How to lay timber flooring

There is nothing that feels as good as the warmth of wooden flooring in the middle of winter. Many new homeowners would like to get rid of old tile flooring or carpets but the process of getting wooden flooring can be costly. 

Timber flooring is timeless and improves the decor of any home, the shine and sheen look will surely impress all visitors, no wonder so many people are choosing this type of flooring. 

Wooden flooring is also practical for people who have allergies because unlike some other flooring options, the wood does not trap any dust. 

There are many flooring options and a range of different types of wooden flooring. The most important aspect is to choose the perfect type of flooring that will best suit your home. Not only are there different types of wood flooring there are many colours to choose from too. Below we discuss how to lay timber flooring and the various types of timber flooring. 

Types of wood flooring 

Solid hardwood flooring

Solid hardwood flooring consists of a solid piece of plank that is made from your desired choice of wood. It is a type of flooring that is long-wearing and long-lasting. Solid flooring can be cut into three different ways; flat-sawn, quarter-sawn and rift-sawn. 

Engineered flooring 

The engineered type of flooring, unlike the solid hardwood flooring, is made out of numerous layers of wood compressed together. A layer of hardwood is then placed at the bottom and on top of the flooring. 

An advantage of the engineered hardwood flooring is that it is much more cost effective compared to solid hardwood flooring. This type of flooring can be installed over a concrete floor and will not affect the wood in any way. 

Although engineered flooring has its advantages, the downside of choosing this type of flooring is that it cannot be sanded and refinished. 

How to lay the wood flooring 

  • Measure the area: The first step is to measure the room in which you will be fitting the wooden floor. The measurement will help you in the length size of your planks. Remember that when to start by the longest wall in the room.
  • Choose and prepare your wooden planks: Choose your desired type of wood flooring and prepare the planks. Be sure to measure the room to know which length to go with. 
  • Lay a moisture barrier: Before you lay down your wooden planks be sure to lay a black plastic bag on the surface area. Avoid any overlapping of the plastic as this might prompt the wooden floor to rise. 
  • Start placing the wooden floor: Once you have the moisture barrier in place and have made sure that the area is even, you can start placing the planks. A good idea is to start in a corner and place the planks against an unobstructed wall- be sure to use spacers to leave 12mm space which will ensure a gap between the wall and edge. When installing the planks it’s important to click them into place. A tapping block is good to have so that you can hammer the planks to ensure that they are tucked into the grooves of the previous plank. Move to the second row and repeat the method until the room is completed. 
  • Final touch: Once you have completed the installation of the wood flooring, remove the spacers along the wall and finish off your installation by adding the same wooden planks to cover the spaces along your wall.

The disadvantages of timber flooring 

When it comes to choosing timber wooden flooring, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. The disadvantage of having timber floors is maintaining it. The wood needs to be polished and waxed regularly. The wearing of certain shoes also could make noise against the flooring. 

Another disadvantage is that the wood is weak under certain humidity conditions. If the wood flooring is too moist that might cause crowning, cracks and separations between the flooring and buckling. The prime reason for this is room temperature. 

The advantages of timber flooring 

One advantage of choosing a wooden floor is that it is timeless and is great value for your money and in addition, it is durable and sustainable as it is made from a renewable resource which goes a long way to protect our environment. 

Whether you have a dark or light themed interior decor, wooden flooring fits well with every decor and design style. While technically, all timber flooring is made from the same material, there are many styles and a wide range to choose from. 

The timber floor material is perfect if you suffer from allergies or have children or even family members with allergies. Since it, is made from a renewable source, the timber does not trap any dust.