Engineered Timber Flooring
Timber Flooring Features & Benefits
Timber Flooring Installation
Here are the three different methods that are used for installing timber flooring over concrete, and particle board. Depending on design, flooring type, and budget, it is used for residential and commercial projects. Installation work over concrete should proceed if it has acceptable moisture content.
Solid Timber Flooring
A solid timber floor is always fixed to bearers and joists or a sub-floor with the help of different nailing methods. The benefit is that the timber can be sanded and refinished many times without causing any problem. It is easy to install solid timber floors over the concrete or an existing surface of flooring, but there should be installation of waterproof membranes to ensure the fact that moisture cannot harm the floor.
Installation Over Concrete
The Plywood System
Builders Edge Timber Flooring recommends the plywood system for quality piece of residential work, where a secret nailed Tongue & Groove floor is mandatory, as the method archives a cushioned effect over the concrete. This proven as well as reliable system includes laying a barrier of moisture over the concrete followed by fixing the 15mm plywood sheeting to the concrete with the help of high tensile steel fixings. The floor boards are nailed and glued to the plywood, ensuring a height of 34 mm for 19mm flooring and 29mm height for 14mm flooring. It is applicable in residential places as the solid plywood sub floor removes vermin inhabitation.
The Batten System
This system helps to fix wide board Tongue & Groove flooring over concrete using a 70 mm x 35 mm hardwood batten that is fixed over a moisture barrier. It is glued and hand nailed in order to give a height of 54 mm.
A 19 mm hardwood batten is also beneficial to secret nail and fix an 80 mm x 19 mm Tongue & Groove floor board over concrete, ensuring a final height of 38 mm. It is an economical system than the Plywood, but has the limitation of being drummy to walk on.
Direct Glue System
It involves gluing Tongue & Groove flooring directly to the concrete slab. The addition of the glue becomes critical with the system so the concrete surface has to be even and flat. After the inspection of the site by the trained supervisors we will be able to advise if the concrete surface is good for direct glue system. If the surface remains uneven, the amount of concrete needs to be leveled with a concrete leveling device. During inspection we will find out the moisture content or relative humidity of the concrete, and again if that is higher, then a liquid moisture barrier is mandatory.
Installation Over Particle Board
To ensure a successful process of installation, it is necessary that the particle board or plywood is fastened to the supporting joists below. It will be determined while measuring the site by our supervisors if the sub-floor needs additional fixings. Before the installation of flooring, it is a critical portion of the installation system that the sub-floor is sanded. The complete sub-floor requires being pre-sanded such that the floor remains flat so as to remove any contaminants from the surface that can hamper the adhesion of the glue. The installation process of the Tongue & Groove flooring is similar as over Plywood System.