Can timber floorboards be installed over an existing floor
Yes they can. The most common installation method is a floating floor. A floating floor enables the timber floor to rest directly over a suitable sub-floor, no nails or glue required.
How long does it take to install timber flooring?
This question cannot be easily answered, as every site conditions will be different. An average installation of approx. 75 square metres would take two installers around 2-3 days to complete.
Can I re-sand the floor?
Yes, as the top veneer on engineered timber floors is around 3.0mm, the surface can easily be re-sanded a number of times. More specifically, a domestic application should average between 5-10 years wear before refinishing is required. For commercial applications, 2-3 years should be possible before refinishing.
What type of finish should I use?
There are many sealers on the market all with various benefits and drawbacks. For a long lasting hard wear finish, we recommend a polyurethane sealer which is available in solvent or water base. They come in many different shine levels.
We prefer to use a water-based polyurethane sealer, available in gloss, semi-gloss, satin or extra matte finishes.
How do temperature and humidity changes affect the floor?
Timber flooring is a hygroscopic material, meaning that it will absorb moisture in high humidity environments, and release moisture in dry conditions, resulting in timber flooring expanding and contracting. It is important for a timber floor to be acclimatised to in service conditions, to reduce the risk of cupping or crowning, which means that if installing a new floor, the timber flooring will need to sit in the environment where it will be installed for a minimum of 2 weeks to allow it to adjust the equilibrium moisture content.