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Fitting narrow oak boards engineered: when the intended purpose is to create an authentic elegant classic style the long and narrow boards are the ideal solution. Because of their width the number of joints is increased therefore a busy effect might show up. To avoid this, the boards with small bevels or none are best suited. Also the longer the better. The elongated appearance can also help ...

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Fitting narrow oak boards engineered

Fitting narrow oak boards engineered: when the intended purpose is to create an authentic elegant classic style the long and narrow boards are the ideal solution. Because of their width the number of joints is increased therefore a busy effect might show up. To avoid this, the boards with small bevels or none are best suited. Also the longer the better. The elongated appearance can also help a smaller room appear more spacious and open.
Older homes frequently have original wood-strip floors or 4-6" wooden boards because that was the only available flooring option.

A brief description of the work involved

Our narrow oak boards engineered fitting service is designed to go above the industry standards and to produce exceptional results. Beside the common solutions, we developed our own special techniques. Bellow we provide a description of a comprehensive fitting service.

Furniture: many times we are asked to work having the bigger furniture items around. Indeed this requires extra care on our behalf so if possible we try to stack the lighter items over the heavier ones and move them in the safest area. Of course polyethylene dust sheets are used to cover the furniture, fireplaces, built-in cabinets and shelves etc.

Sub-floor types and checking: for a narrow oak boards engineered fitting the sub-floor, especially it's state, has the same critical importance are the foundation has for a building. Always a proper assessment is done before starting the the wok and after removing the existing covering (if it is the case). Mainly there are 2 types of sub-floors: wooden or mineral. The wooden sub-floors are made of pine boards, chipboard, plywood or osb and the mineral ones are usually screeds.

Existing covering removal: there are just a few floor coverings suitable to be considered sound sub-floors for fitting a new hardwood floor over. For this reason we have to remove them. Most encountered are carpet, laminate flooring, vinyl, ceramic tiles, old floating or glued wooden floors. For each one of these we choose the best suitable removal method to minimize the damages on the sub-floor.

Sub-floor checking and preparation: this stage is so neglected and underestimated by many yet it's failure means the failure of the new light coloured engineered floor. On each project we take enough time and insist in dealing properly with this stage. So, we have many dangers to cope with: damp in the floor and walls, rotten joists and/or boards, cracked or missing boards, loose areas of screed, uneven screed and many, many, many more.

If the desired surface to be covered with a hardwood floor is made of screed or concrete and is situated on the ground level or below we will strongly recommend to have a liquid DPM (damp proofing) rolled all over the surface. The chances to have a damp infiltration during the lifespan of your floor are very high so why not to be on the safe side. We apply this case also for recently done screeds which still contain residual humidity.

The screed sub-floors tend to present higher areas, "humps" which will be grinded. The cracked areas or lower ones as well as the loose ones will be repaired with epoxy mortar (water free).

For wooden floors all loose or squeaky boards will be secured. If we encounter a structural issue and if it's local we will deal with it otherwise this might generate an additional stage of work from a building company.

Sound proofing: at this stage when the sub-floor is totally accessible we can work the sound proofing or impact sound reduction. Soon a blog post will accompany this stage for more details.

Skirting removal or undercutting: after we have the sub-floor totally prepared the skirting will be undercut or carefully removed to avoid as much as possible damages to the upper part of the wall. The undercutting process is very accurate due to our dedicated equipment and for so many times it provided a much better joint with the new floor than replacing it with a new skirting.

Doors and doorframes: now the doorframes will be undercut too so the new hardwood boards will be neatly fitted under. Also the doors will need adjustment as the new floor height will stop them from moving. Thus they have to be taken off, trimmed only with the required height and hanged back.

Setting the alignment and the starting board: this is again a critical point for which we once again take the time to get all the measurements right. All the data is calculated, analysed and the best solution is chosen. Now we can cut the first board. If this one is right then all the floor will be right at the end. Usually the floor will be aligned according to the natural source of light.

The aim for this procedure is to obtain a symmetrical floor against all walls as well as parallel with all of them. Indeed, due to the walls layout, corner angles and walls curvature we can't achieve our aim on all sides. Because of this we measure from different perspectives so to ensure the most visible areas will look as you would like to.

Installing the narrow oak boards engineered: after so much preparation it's time to start fitting the floor. According to the agreed method of fitting we lay the underlay or start spreading the adhesive. We have the starting board prepared and from this we construct the floor. The boards which tend to slightly bounce up and down will be additionally secured. Still, if the floor is fitted floating, expect a degree of resilience. Thus we strongly recommend to opt for the glued down method (with flooring adhesive). Also when fitting the expansion gap will be considered all around the perimeter.

A signature of our crafted floors are the end joints. A lot of attention is paid to this particular detail to avoid having any 2 of them to close or to finish a row with a short piece of board. Because of this we get so many headaches with the poorly manufactured wood coming from south-east Asia in packs with a huge variety of lengths (the worst encountered case was with 14 different lengths)

Precision: By using different techniques we managed to reduce the number of additional mouldings used for a floor.

These are another mark of our floors:

  • precision cuts along the patio doorframes
  • seamless joint with tiled areas (when the ceramic tiles are cut in a straight line)
  • special remaking of the exposed edges of a board (i.e. along the balustrade base rail)
  • precision cutting around integrated elements (i.e. floor sockets)

Integrating a small step: many homes have had improvements over time like extensions added. Due to given conditions the added space may have a sub-floor which is lower than the main floor. This situation creates a breaking line in the continuity of the floor and by this the aim of creating a bigger space might not be achieved. We have created a solution to integrate the step in such a way that actually it becomes a discreet design feature.

Frames: seamless integrated frames are proofs of craftsmanship. You may choose to have them around the fireplace or to integrate an entrance doormat. The possibilities don't stop here and we would really enjoy to hear your ideas.

Fitting the skirting or beading: as the floor is now finished and if the skirting was removed earlier on, is the time to fit the new skirting. After the fitting is done the workmanship of a painter will be required to fill all the gaps against the walls and sometimes at corners which are to deviated from the correct angle.

Thresholds (door trims): are used to join the new floor with the adjacent floor coverings (carpets, tiles, vinyl etc). We will match them as much as possible with floor colour so to achieve seamless blending. A proper threshold has to be fitted under the closed door, yet so many times the adjacent floor covering ends to much inside or comes to much forward. When possible adjustments are done on all sides to ensure the best finish.

Furniture back & felts: now all is done, the equipment loaded and the new floor thoroughly vacuumed and cleaned. We will stick felt pads under the furniture and will rearrange it as it was initially.

 

As a few notes about Installing the narrow oak boards engineered:

  • Our state of the art cutting equipment will be connected to dust extractors. Despite all these a measure of chips and sawdust will result as they are blown away by the circular saw blades especially.
  • Also it is noisy. This is due once again to the circular saw blades when cutting, and not only.
  • It is best to be cautious, so according to the site conditions, wood type and source, the acclimatisation may be required which means to leave the wood inside the fitting area for about 2 days (engineered) or 7 days (solid). We recommend trustworthy suppliers which will deliver your floor with the moisture content according to agreed standards.

We hope that now you have a more in-depth information about how to opt for a narrow oak boards engineered floor fitting.

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Fitting narrow oak boards engineered

Fitting narrow oak boards engineered: when the intended purpose is to create an authentic elegant classic style the long and narrow boards are the ideal solution. Because of their width the number of joints is increased therefore a busy effect might show up. To avoid this, the boards with small bevels or none are best suited. Also the longer the better. The elongated appearance can also help ...

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05/13/2017
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Alin was exceptional. He gave good guidance on what was needed, a detailed plan and estimate for the work, and delivered all that he said and more. He was very responsive to further detailed changes as the project proceeded, and he and his workers were polite and helpful throughout. We were especially impressed with the quality and detailed finish of the workmanship, as well as the care taken with the house and furnishings throughout the work. And all on time and within agreed costs.

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01/30/2017
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The service that Alin provided was exceptional from our first phone call all the way through to the end of the job. He is extremely professional, reliable and thorough. Alin provided us with detailed explanations of the options we had and of how the work was to be carried out. Whilst fitting the floors Alin kept us up to date with the progress and the site was always clean and tidy at the end of the day. He is passionate about what he does and was a joy to work with. We are thrilled with our new floor. I have already recommended Fin Wood to friends and family.

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07/17/2016
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We chose Fin Wood as Alin was extremely knowledgeable about the oak flooring that we had purchased, and were confident with his experience that he would know what he was doing. We are very happy with the result and the time in which it was achieved. Alin's communication and time keeping is second to none. He has an extremely professional attitude and has provided some of the best service that we've had in the last few years of using multiple tradesmen. Looking forward to getting him back to do our upstairs flooring in the future.

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05/20/2016
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Alin and his colleague worked with care, attention to detail and professionalism.

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05/18/2016
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For a wood flooring firm look no further than Fin Wood. Throughout the whole process to fit an engineered wood floor in my sitting room I found Alin and his team to be very professional, knowledgeable and experienced in the work they do. The quality of their workmanship is of the highest standard. They are reliable and very tidy. I am very happy with my new floor.

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05/04/2016
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This was the second time that Fin Wood Ltd had done work for me. The quality of workmanship (and pride taken in a job well done) were outstanding. Alin and his work partner are expert, hard working and committed and I have complete confidence in them personally and professionally. I had no hesitation in leaving them in my property while I went to work. The standard of work was excellent. They tidied meticulously. They moved heavy furniture and removed unwanted carpets that were replaced by the new floor. I warmly recommend them.

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02/08/2016
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Alin and his team were highly professional, very courteous and completed the work to very high standards. He also explained beforehand all the options I had with regard to choosing the wood and how to install it. The new floor looks very good. His quote was higher than others but it was definitely worth it. I can highly recommend him.

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09/08/2015
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We engaged Alin from Fin Wood to install engineered wooden flooring throughout the downstairs of our house. Alin’s attention to detail and evident years of experience shone through. Alin provided a very competitive quote and was excellent at communicating schedules and offering advice on our choice of flooring. Alin completed the installation of the new flooring on time and on budget but more importantly the quality of his work is outstanding and we are very pleased with our new floor. I would recommend Alin in a heartbeat.

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07/24/2015
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When I first met Alin I was impressed by his enthusiasm for his craft and his commitment to excellence. He took a lot of trouble to work out the best solution for me, including preserving bits of the old floor where possible, and his estimate was reasonable and readily accepted by my insurers. The standard of work, neatness, clearing up, speed and courtesy were all exemplary. I warmly recommend him.

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07/19/2015
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From the first meeting with Alin through to the complete job, I was very impressed with Fin Wood. Alin spent time talking me through different options that would work best for my situation (I live on the first floor and have a very sensitive neighbour downstairs), provided professional and timely quote, was flexible on timing and the final job and even clean up was great. I can't recommend them highly enough and I absolutely love my floors!

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07/19/2015
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From the first meeting with Alin through to the complete job, I was very impressed with Fin Wood. Alin spent time talking me through different options that would work best for my situation (I live on the first floor and have a very sensitive neighbour downstairs), provided professional and timely quote, was flexible on timing and the final job and even clean up was great. I can't recommend them highly enough and I absolutely love my floors!

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07/13/2015
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I am extremely happy with my new floor. Alin is very knowledgeable about his work and explains everything in great detail and with a lot of passion for the subject. Alin's quote was broken down well and whilst he was not the cheapest quote we received, I felt confident we'd get the results we wanted. Alin worked very hard whilst on the job and it was completed perfectly within 2 days and the skill he employs is obvious. We are very pleased.

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12/29/2014
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It was an absolute pleasure working with Alin and team. They went above and beyond, and most importantly completed to the budget on time and to a high quality - very much looking forward to working with him again. I also can not stress enough how refreshing it is for a tradesman to be responsive!

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10/21/2014
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Alin did a great job with the flooring, including placing solid wood on the stairs, which many fitter would not do. He was quick, clean and professional all the way through: he gave me a quote and a timescale and stuck to them. The service was worth the expense.

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07/09/2014
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Alin turned up on time every day and was professional/supportive through the entire process; from helping us to select the right wood (Wood & Beyond) and the best flooring options for our particular flat to finishing within a high standard of quality/time and cleaning up when complete. Further to this he worked around us efficiently.

The flooring has changed the look/feel of our flat completely & Alin managed to repair nearly all the squeaks in the original floor.

I would highly recommend his services.

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We were really impressed with Alin, he explained every detail and talked us through all the options to make sure we got exactly what we wanted and we did and absolutely love our floor. He is very friendly and knowledgeable and he really does put in a full days work, we definitely recommend him.

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