FloorOX is a professional wood flooring company based in London providing all wood floor-related services across Greater London. We offer wood floor fitting for both residential and commercial properties.
There is a variety of services under the wood floor installation that our company offers. It includes using various types of wood like oak, pine, and maple, preparing and levelling the subfloor and setting up underfloor insulation.
Our company in the UK has staff who are skilled with the installation of hardwood floors, engineered floors, and parquet flooring. We provide wood floor fitting services to commercial spaces like offices, gyms, and restaurants. We extend our services in and around London, in areas like East London, Central London, North London, Essex, and Hertfordshire. We aim at offering an affordable price on our flooring services.
Most houses in the United Kingdom have wooden floors. Solid wood floors are not only visually appealing but also a sign of luxury to any place. Engineered floors, hardwood floors, and parquet floors can last for a long time if maintained properly.
Floor installation is an intricate process and needs planning. To ensure a perfect floor fitting, you must take expert advice and help. Professional fitters have the necessary skill, experience, and tools. You may feel that hiring them would come with a huge price tag, but if you make mistakes while trying floor fitting by yourself, it can cost you way more money.
You must note a few factors before continuing the floor installation process.
Wood reacts to external elements like humidity and temperature by expanding and shrinking. So, the process of acclimatisation is an essential step to ensure the fitting adapts to changes in environmental conditions, especially during autumn and winter.
Acclimatisation for each timber is different from the other. While solid wood floors take up to a week, engineered floors take only about 3 days before installing. There is a chance of the timber expanding or shrinking by reacting to the temperature if you don’t give enough time for the floor to acclimatise. All you need to do is to bring the wooden planks inside the room and let them stay there up to the time necessary for the type of wood.
After the floorboards are acclimatised, the next step is subfloor preparation. It is another important part of the floor installation process. To prepare a smooth and dry surface for the new floors, subfloors need to be adjusted accordingly depending on the type of subfloor being used.
Subfloors are usually of two types, wooden and concrete. If you are using wooden subfloors to level the floor, the typical way would require adjusting any loose floorboard and fitting plywood on the surface to ensure it is even. Concrete subfloors, on the other hand, can be smoothened by applying Self Levelling Compound. You can also choose to apply Liquid Damp Proofing Membrane on the concrete subfloor to ensure the new floor is protected from damps.
Dust is an unavoidable problem wherever you go. Hence, you need to prepare the location before starting the installation process. The floor should be cleaned nicely so that the floorboards can be glued in perfectly. It’s best to keep the adjoining rooms closed to avoid cross-contamination.
There are several techniques that are used to fit floors. Ths floating method is one of them.
Floating is a floor installation process that involves fitting the underlays between the wooden floor and the subfloor. This process helps to provide better protection from sound and humidity. There are 2 types of Floating techniques, Click and Tongue & Groove.
Click: In this process, no adhesive or nails are used to attach individual planks with the subfloor. Instead, the boards are connected to each other with a strong locking profile ensuring no gaps and restricting their movement.
Tongue & Groove: This technique can be compared to a jigsaw puzzle where the boards are connected by grooves and tongues. This method is suitable for fitting floorboards with 18 mm or more depth.
This is a method where high-quality, industrial-grade adhesives are applied to fit flooring. Here, flexible glues are used on concrete subfloors or places where pipes may be located beneath the floor. The glue-down method is suitable for installing solid parquet flooring, or patterned panels.
The height of the floor changes once new floors are fitted. The doors or door frames in that area need trimming accordingly. We use special tools to trim and adjust the drop of the door frame so that it levels perfectly with the new flooring.
Nail-Down is one of the most popular methods for installing hardwood floors. It is especially beneficial when the wooden subfloor is used for fitting. If you use nails to fit the floorboards, we recommend using hardwood with 18 mm or more thickness.
As the name suggests, nails are punched in to secure the floorboards. However, the nails remain invisible to the eyes due to the process in which the boards are attached. The nails are positioned under the boards in an angular way, punched in using nail guns to fasten the boards. Special tongue screws are also used by the fitters from time to time.
This process can be used for repairing a small area where you can remove the damaged board and replace it effortlessly.