Timber flooring is an effective way to add
character to your home. Successful installation
of a wood floor depends on the right selection of the type of flooring, the species from which it is made and its construction and appearance.
This leaflet explains the main types of wood flooring and discusses some of the principles of selection to ensure you achieve the desired result.
When installing wood flooring, it is essential that you always do the following:
Acclimatize the boards to the in-service atmospheric conditions expected at the premises for a period of several weeks before installing them. For installations over under floor heating, ensure the moisture content of the boards is between 6% and 8% at the time of laying.
Ensure that any cement sub-floors register a relative humidity (RH) reading of no higher than 75% (65% or less for under floor heating installations or for floors intended as stick-down installations) when tested with a hygrometer.
Make sure that all wet trades (plasterwork, screeds etc) have had ample time to dry out fully before installing the floor.