We at UK Floor Coverings know how vital it is to install a floor correctly: the floor is the first step to creating your room; getting it wrong can be a disaster. Have you ever come home from work one day to find your beautiful wooden floor that was laid six months ago is suddenly bent out of shape? Many flooring problems take time to become apparent, and once they do the only thing that can be done is replacement. Here are some of the most common crimes in flooring and just how easy they are to commit:
Not Checking Moisture
Most flooring problems come down to one thing: moisture. It doesn’t have to be a lot, it barely has to be noticeable; any amount of moisture can spoil your wooden floor. Wood is ‘hygroscopic’ meaning it expands and contracts depending on its environment (moisture, temperature etc.) and if not treated correctly come the humid months it can bend out of shape and rise up off the subfloor. Stopping water damage isn’t as simple as not spilling your tea during fitting.
Wood needs space to grow. It is imperative in floor installation to leave an expansion gap between wood and wall to prevent the wood warping but it’s not as simple as it sounds; different types of wood require different spacing – our team of professional floor fitters are experts in fitting: hard wood, oak and engineered wood flooring, we know how important it is to understand what you are working with.
Understand the Underlay
Is your subfloor clean, dry and secure? Subflooring is so often overlooked in installation and leads to some of the most common problems. If your floor is creaking your subfloor might not be secured to the underlying joists. If your floor is sunken and spongy your subfloor may have not been made from a strong enough material. If your floor is warped moisture may have been overlooked on your subfloor causing it to rot. A skilled craftsman knows what to look for when fitting your underlay and knows how the tiniest little detail can affect your room.
At UK Floor Coverings we supply expertly fitted flooring in Banbury, Oxfordshire and the surrounding area; to request an assessment contact us online and a member of our team will be happy to get back to you.