Our Floor Fitting Services
Our range of flooring services include fitting of various types of wooden flooring, subfloor preparation & levelling, and finishing works such as skirting boards/beading installation, doors/ door frames trimming, insulation fitting and damp proofing.
If we had to make a list of the services carried daily by our wood floor fitters, it would look like this:
- Supply & fitting of parquet flooring blocks
- Solid & engineered flooring installations
- Laying laminate floors
- Levelling sub-floors, including preparations with plywood, chipboard and battens
- Damp-proofing and sound-proofing
- Supply & fit of skirting boards or beading
- Doors and door frames trimming
All Aspects of Your Floors
A crucial aspect of the floor laying process is the proper sub-floor preparation. Before the fitting of your new floor commences, there are a couple of steps that need to be taken in order to ensure that the installation will be precise and the result will last for a long period of time.
One of the major issues in every household is the dust, so some planning will be necessary before the floor laying process begins. It's important to note that cleaning the floor properly will immensely improve the adhesion. We recommend protecting and sealing off adjacent rooms and their contents, as this will reduce the risk of unwanted grime entering the other rooms on site. Our wood sawing equipment can capture only part of the dust, so doing the above mentioned will help our work and reduce yours, after the service.
Checking The Level of Moisture in Air & Sub-floors
Moisture is one of the main reasons behind most wooden floor failures. Our fitters will always make sure that it's in the acceptable norm, in order to prevent any risks which will cause expanding or cupping of the new flooring.
In order to avoid such troubles, we recommend letting the flooring acclimatize to the humidity and temperature in your house, especially during winter and autumn. You don't have to do much, other than bringing the packs inside and letting them stay there for up to a week, depending on the type of flooring.
Our team of experienced fitters also take the same measurements from the flooring planks, in order to make sure that the product which will be getting installed are up to par with the industry standards.
The necessary prerequisites for the installation itself include the sub-floor being cleaned, levelled, ensuring that it's solid and gapless, as well as checking whether or not the humidity is within the acceptable limits. All dust and debris have to be removed to avoid unevenness and improve the adhesives' bonding. Getting an underlay will also be of a great benefit, especially with floating installations, as it will help even the surface and will reduce the transmission of sound.
We also recommend using a liquid damp-proofing membrane, which is applied on top of the concrete, above which the hardwood floors will be installed. Its purpose is to help protect the new flooring from any rising damp.
Doors / Door Frames Trimming
When laying new floors, there's bound to be a change in the height of the floors afterwards, so a door trimming will often be required as a follow-up action. Our teams use special trimmers to adjust the drop of the door frames, in order to make sure that your new boards will fit nicely below, leaving you with nothing less than a perfect result.
In case there's the need for it, FlooringFirst offers a wide range of mouldings and edgings and we can match pretty much every colour of flooring available on the market.
Methods of Wood Floor Installation
Click: This is a glueless method, typical for installations of thinner engineered floors and laminates. Each plank connects to the neighbouring ones through a locking profile, which secures the planks in place without the need of adhesives. As the planks are not bonded directly to the sub-floor, laying an underlay for additional sound insulation or damp-proofing can be of extra great benefit.
Tongue & Groove: Each plank connects to the others through grooves and tongues, much like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. This method allows the installation of flooring planks with a thickness of 18 mm and over.
Using professional adhesives can sometimes be the only way of laying wooden flooring. FlooringFirst uses high-quality flexible glues for application on concrete, or in areas where pipes can be present below. This method is appropriate for parquet blocks fitting, or mosaics and patterned panels.
The name says it all. What it does not mention is that there is no trace of any nails visible to the eye, as they are placed below the surface of the plank at a 45 degrees angle, pushing the plank down, and backwards to the previous row. Using nails to fasten the planks is advisable for hardwood with a thickness of 18 mm and over.
An alternative method is using special tongue screws, invisible to the eye as well.
The Junckers Way
This type of installation is typical for Junckers flooring only. It has been invented by the company as an alternative, which allows damp-proofing or sound-proofing insulations to be placed below the flooring, regardless of the subfloor structure - concrete, battens or wooden flooring. It uses metal clips, which hold every 2 planks in a pair.
Please, take a look at our "Flooring types and how to choose?" section in case you need to read more about how the different types of products are laid.
Our flooring service comes with obligation free site visit, quick quotations and free advice. Give us a call on 0800 0434359 or 020 88309782 to speak to a member of our staff who could arrange for a free assessment of your wood floor finishing or wood floor fitting service at your convenient time.