INSTALLATION FLOATING FLOORSSANDING & COATING

Installation

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE CHOOSING A TIMBER FLOOR:
Timber is a stylish, warm and practical choice for a floor in your home. If maintained correctly a timber floor can last you a lifetime therefore it's important to choose wisely and get it right the first time.

When choosing the timber you would like in your home you need to remember that you're not just choosing a color but your also choosing a hardness rating associated with that timber. Each timber has a different Hardness rating therefore resists impact differently and will consequently handle wear and tear differently.

If you have a young family for instance, choosing a softer timber like Tasmanian Oak (light golden color) could become a real problem. With a hardness rating of about 6.5 out of 14 it scratches and dints fairly easily. Children tend to drop toys and objects all the time and since installing a new timber floor can be a big investment, you want to ensure there are no regrets down the track. There are for example, other timbers on the market with a similar colour to Tasmanian Oak that have a 9 Janka hardness rating offering you a 40% harder floor or you could choose darker colors that can offer as much as a 70% increase in hardness.

Eurostyle Timber Floors will expertly advise and inform you of the best suitable choice according to your lifestyle and budget to make sure that your initial choice is one that will be the best one for you in the long run.

INSTALLATION - SOLID TIMBER

SOLID STRIP FLOORING:
Solid timber or strip flooring as its commonly known is exactly that, strips of solid 100 percent timber of varying lengths that are installed over a sub floor. The sub floor can either be plywood in that case we utilize adhesive and nails to hold in timbers in place. Timbers should be clamped to ensure minimal spacing in between each board and then the timber goes through the process of being sanded and coated for maximum durability and protection. Being solid timber it means that in years to come if the floor is dinted or scratched the timber can be re-sanded and recoated a look new again. If the floor has lost its luster and you simply want to revive it then a "recoat" or 'maintenance coat' can be applied over the top usually this can be done within a days work.

If your subfloor is a concrete slab then we lay a new plywood subfloor over the concrete and then lay the strip flooring over the top, once again utilizing adhesives and secret nailing. Usually the overall thickness of the new floor is 34 to 40mm.

An alternative to this method is what's called "direct stick" method. It consists of firstly evaluating the condition and moisture content of the slab and then applying specialized moisture barriers over the slab to avoid uprising dampness that could damage the timber. Utilizing adhesives specifically created for direct stick, boards are glued to the slab and held in place by various methods ensuring gaps between boards are minimal. One advantage of this method is that only 13-15mm thick 'slimwood' is used therefore decreasing the overall height of the floor which means less ceiling height is used, doors may not need to be trimmed and less 'step downs' to tiled or carpeted areas.

'Direct Stick' Method is a specialized field, things can go wrong if shortcuts are taken or the installers are not experts in this method. Eurostyle has been using our method for various years now and can happily say that we have had 100 percent success rate due to our meticulous workmanship.

PARQUETRY :

Mosaic tile parquetry
: usually made up of very small pieces of timber generally 8mm thick pre laid to form a mosaic pattern held together as if a tile with either a mesh or paper backing.

Block Parquetry
: Generally 14 or 19mm thick individual rectangle blocks which are placed one by one onto the subfloor so as to form a geometrical pattern. Borders can be added in different timbers to highlight certain areas. One of the most popular and traditional is the Herringbone Pattern (seen in picture) Parquetry is highly durable as it can be sanded many times, however it is a lot more labor intensive in the installation process.