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Fitting wide oak boards engineered: the wider and longer the board the more beautiful becomes your floor. It is an impressive sight as it stretches majestically across the expanse of the surface. These boards are proportionately long as well, and they hold a secret: a minimum number of joints created into your floor.

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Fitting wide oak boards engineered

Fitting wide oak boards engineered: the wider and longer the board the more beautiful becomes your floor. It is an impressive sight as it stretches majestically across the expanse of the surface.

These boards are proportionately long as well, and they hold a secret: a minimum number of joints created into your floor. Such a detail brings simplicity and will let the natural beauty of your floor to be appreciated.

Wide boards are aesthetically irresistible.

Wood is a natural material mainly influenced by the humidity variations. The modern heating and cooling systems as well as the changing of seasons mean that the wooden floors are subjected to extremes in humidity. As a result, gapps, cupping, warping may become visible or more often the boards may detach from the sub-floor. Due to their considerable surface wide boards tend to be more exposed to these dangers and especially non-engineered (solid) ones. These reasons make it crucial not to compromise when choosing the engineered boards and to carefully select the dedicated and experienced craftsmen. We would be pleased to schedule an appointment and to provide our in-depth knowledge.

A brief description of the work involved: our wide board engineered floor 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: for a hardwood wide board engineered floor the sub-floorespecially 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 wide plank 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 an 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.

Fitting the hardwood wide board engineered floor: 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 fitting a long board engineered hardwood floor:

  • 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 wide engineered hardwood floor fitting.

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Fitting wide oak boards engineered

Fitting wide oak boards engineered: the wider and longer the board the more beautiful becomes your floor. It is an impressive sight as it stretches majestically across the expanse of the surface. These boards are proportionately long as well, and they hold a secret: a minimum number of joints created into your floor.

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05/04/2017
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Alin and his team were excellent. They turned up on time, cleaned up afterwards, kept me aware of progress throughout the project and laid the best looking floor I've ever had! All in all, I am incredibly pleased with their work and would highly recommend them to anyone wanting a quality wood floor. They are real craftsmen and bring passion to their work.

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04/21/2017
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Fitted engineered oak wood flooring in a large open plan space including the kitchen. Quality of workmanship was superb. Very professional, clean and tidy job. Alin was courteous and informative during quotation and fitting. The additional detail around the fireplaces looks great and really completes the great work. We are very happy.

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04/05/2017
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Alin was very professional and knowledgeable and was able to work around the heavy furniture without fuss. The job was done quickly and efficiently and the floor looks beautiful.

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01/18/2017
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Exceptional from start to finish . Advice given at the beginning on different types of wood and finish was excellent , quote given was very detailed and clear . Punctual , tidy and the workmanship was first class . Alin 's unique method of laying the floor meant no untidy beading giving a great clean finish . Would recommend in a heartbeat .

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12/15/2016
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Alin and his colleague did a beautiful job of laying our new floor. They were hardworking and paid great attention to detail. We are really pleased with the finished product and will certainly use them again if we have any more wood floor laid.

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12/10/2016
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Great work and Alin was extremely professional, timely and high level of detail. He was so insightful and gave us many suggestions. Could not recommend more than enough.

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09/30/2016
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Work was reasonably challenging. Particular attention was paid to areas of the floor where some levelling was required. Alin holds a wealth of knowledge and so was able to advice on each step of the way, very professional. Extremely happy with the end result. Would highly recommend and would definitely use Fin Wood services again.

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09/06/2016
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Alin and his team did a great job fitting our chosen engineered oak floor. We wanted to keep our existing Victorian skirting board and Alin was able to undercut all the skirting and the door architraves. This meant we could keep an original feature of our flat and not have to replaster the walls, fit new skirting boards etc. The flooring flows from the lounge and into the hallway so there was no need for a threshold between the two rooms. After the installation we noticed a manufacturing flaw in the wood and a few nail holes. Alin was very quick to return and fill in the holes with no fuss.

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08/31/2016
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A fantastic job, very detailed and kept us informed throughout the work.

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07/15/2016
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We would certainly recommend Fin Wood to anyone that wanted a truly professional job done. The guy's we had were always on time - worked really hard without breaks - apart from a short break for lunch. They finished on schedule and we are really pleased with the result. Thank you so much.

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06/23/2016
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Excellent service. Prompt response, good advice, helpful suggestions, efficient quote, very clean and great finish.

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04/09/2016
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From the first visit, when Alin gave me valuable advice in choosing the right type of wood to the end result, I felt I was dealing with a highly professional person. The work was completed to very high standards. Very clean. Came and left on time. Alin is very knownlegable and I felt that it is more than a job but a real passion!!
All in all, very skilled and diligent craftsmen; would highly recommend!
Possibly the best in the trade....

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01/08/2016
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Very skillful and good mannered team. I would definitely use Fin Wood in the future and will recommend the service they provide.

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11/23/2015
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Happy with the work from start to finish. Alin visited prior to the work being done as originally I was considering herringbone just to the hallway. Alin provided lots of info on the process and the work to be done but advised it probably wasn't the best choice for a narrow hallway. I went for 21 cm boards in the end and thought I might as well do the lounge too! Alin and his colleague worked solidly for 2 days, and laid the floor including undercutting the boards and door jams. Very happy with the work and would definitely recommend.

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09/28/2015
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Great craftsmanship and very high quality work by Fin Wood who installed wooden flooring throughout our flat. I can only recommend using Alin at Finwood.

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09/26/2015
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The quality of the workmanship by Alin and his assistant Luca was done to a very high standard. They were both very polite and Alin dealt with any questions and challenges in a timely and professional manner. I would have no reservations about recommending this company and we are delighted with our new floor.

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09/26/2015
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The quality of the workmanship by Alin and his assistant Luca was done to a very high standard. They were both very polite and Alin dealt with any questions and challenges in a timely and professional manner. I would have no reservations about recommending this company and we are delighted with our new floor.

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09/10/2015
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The quality of the new floor installation is excellent and they managed to remove just about all the creaks an groans in the sub-floor (anything not completely fixed was beyond their control). The apartment was left very clean. They started on time and completed ahead of schedule for the agreed upon price. Alin was also very helpful in advising on flooring materials, sourcing, etc beforehand. All in all, very professional, skilled and diligent craftsmen; would highly recommend!

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08/24/2015
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Such a professional job. I cannot recommend Alin enough. He is knowledgeable, polite and efficient. Very happy with the whole process and the final product.

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07/02/2015
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If you need a wood floor laid, Alin is your man. I can't imagine anyone being as passionate about wood flooring as him, and it really shows in the quality of his workmanship. His attention to detail is second to none and his advice was really helpful. He's incredibly friendly and professional. I can't recommend him highly enough.

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05/30/2015
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The whole package has been excellent and friendly - advice, detailed quote, fitting in with my timing, good and quick communication, quality of workmanship, care with home during work.

Make sure you ask Alin about all the details such as what finishing is included, what happens to the waste, delivery dates etc. so they can be included in the quote.
Recommend this company!

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04/14/2015
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Alin was fantastic & we are very happy we chose him. He is very professional - he responded to our post quickly, came to our house to quote, is very friendly and patient, and most importantly his work was done to an amazing standard. He clearly cares a lot about creating a fantastic end-result, and we were WOW-ed by what he achieved. Even complicated parts of the job were completed better than we expected. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone I know.

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02/07/2015
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Alin's work is simply stunning, as is his passion. He worked quickly and was highly reliable. Unlike many contractors that I have employed, him and his team are incredibly clean and quiet - qualities not be taken for granted! He is a very easy person to work with as he is incredibly friendly and was tolerant of my many pointless questions both before and during the job.

Punctual, polite & a perfectionist! Highly recommended! *****

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12/22/2014
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We highly recommend Alin and his team to anyone who needs a new wooden floor. His level of professionalism, reliability and craftmanship were fantastic. It's great to work with such a good tradesperson and team and our new Fired Earth floor looks lovely.

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09/18/2014
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Great attention to detail. Alin really knows his stuff. I would recommend him to anyone. The only thing I would say is that more effort could have been made to stop the dust. But taking up the existing floor was a very messy job.

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09/18/2014
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Great attention to detail. Alin really knows his stuff. I would recommend him to anyone. The only thing I would say is that more effort could have been made to stop the dust. But taking up the existing floor was a very messy job.

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05/29/2014
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The job was done on time and to a very good standard. Very trustworthy and professional. I would definitely recommend and use Alin again.

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05/09/2014
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The job was done on time and to a very good standard. Very trustworthy and professional. I would definitely recommend and use Alin again.

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