Wood Floor Showroom, Weybridge in Surrey
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Wooden Floor Installation

Installation costs can vary dramatically, in order to give an approximate installation cost we need to know two things; the approximate size of the floor area and the type of subfloor that you have.

We have put together some useful information below. We offer a full site survey to make sure you have a successful wood flooring installation.  If in doubt please give us a call on 01932 846900.

What subfloor do I have?

  1. Concrete - A lot of domestic properties in the UK have concrete floors, a lot of them are uneven or slope one way or another. Whilst there is an accepted tolerance for wood floors to cope with, should the floor be outside of this then subfloor leveling works may need to be done. A latex leveling compound whilst not necessarily an expensive job, could add a day or two to the installation.
  2. Floorboards - Existing floorboards can prove to be quite an acceptable surface for wood floors to go over. Providing they are free from rot and damp, and are sufficiently secured then they can be used. Alternatively they can be removed and solid planks be nailed to the original joists.
  3. Chipboard/Plywood - More modern properties tend to have a chipboard or plywood base. Whilst chipboard is a good subfloor for timber floors plywood provides the best surface overall for all wood flooring options.
  4. Mixture - Some areas may have a mixture of floorboards, chipboard and concrete, if this is the case then a sheet material of plywood or chipboard may need to go over the top.

If you are unsure of the suitability of your subfloor, don't worry. You can take advantage of our free site survey service.

What happens on a site survey?

A full site survey is free and enables us to present in your home a choice of some of the floors you have seen in our showroom. We can at this stage assess the subfloor condition, and take accurate moisture and humidity readings of the building to make sure you have a successful wood flooring installation:

From our Weybridge showroom we do not make a charge for survey that are within 25 miles for surveys further than this we may make a small charge, this will be rebated should you elect to use our services.

Here's the science- hygroscopic adj. (of a substance) tending to absorb water from the air.

Wood is hygroscopic, and so believe it or not are wood floors, consequently should there be excessive moisture around a wood floor will absorb it and boards will expand. By contrast should existing moisture in wood be drawn out quickly boards will shrink. This is one very good reason why a full survey is required.

What types of wood floors are there and how are they installed?

Solid Wood Planks - We undertake only the tried and tested methods of installing solid wood floors, and that is the traditional secret nailing method. Solid wood planks are nailed through the tongue of the board. This type of installation requires a timber type subfloor to be nailed to ie. existing joists, existing floorboards (if sound) or if you have a concrete floor either battens or plywood will need to be put down first to nail to.

Most wood floors are factory finished with either lacquer, oil, or wax and need no site finishing. Reclaimed wood floors are all unfinished and will need to be sanded (sometimes by hand) and finished on site.

Solid Wood Blocks - Used to create patterns like herringbone, blocks or traditional parquet can be stuck. Modern adhesives have replaced the bitumen used during the last 100 years, but the principals are the same. These can be stuck to an existing concrete floor if they are flat and dry (nb if they are not flat they will need to be leveled with a leveling compound) or stuck to a sheet material. All wood blocks are unfinished and will require site sanding and finishing.

Can I lay the wood floor myself?

All timber floors from Grangewood Floors are available on a supply only basis as well as our supply and fit service.

  1. Engineered wood floors - We would endorse any engineered wood floor as being DIY friendly and can be installed by anyone with good DIY skills.
  2. Prefinished solid wood floors - Whilst not technically that much more difficult solid wood is more susceptible to moisture, they need acclimatizing properly and you do need the use of a Portanailer to fire in the nails. In addition they are generally more expensive, so if things do go wrong can be more expensive to put right. However we have a hiring service for a Portanailer, and with the right guidance (from us) it can be done.
  3. Reclaimed wood floors - 100-300yr old oak floors need very careful handling, this is the most specialist area for timber floors and can only be handled by experienced installers. Call our sales office for more information on our reclaimed and antique flooring.