Investing in hardwood timber flooring can be a great way to add some luxury, and thousands in value, to your property, and make your home look stunning. But in order to make sure your wood floor is luxurious rather than a liability, you must make sure that it is correctly installed. The last thing you want is inadequate damp proofing causing issues with your new floors – something that expert companies who provide the kind of damp proofing London homes need, are well aware of. Here are the basic ways in which you can install a solid wood floor in your home.

Nailing It Down
If you want to stick to the traditional way of installing your floor, consider nailing it down. You can nail down a solid wood floor on both concrete and wooden sub-floors. As before, if your sub-floor is concrete, check the moisture levels and lay down a damp proof membrane first. You will be using battens to install the floor on concrete; these battens need to be at least 4cm deep and installed at intervals of 45cm.

If you are planning to nail your floor on top of a wooden sub-floor, ensure that it is in sound condition, level and sturdy. Never nail a solid wood floor on chip wood as it cannot bear this installation method. You can avoid creaking by checking the sub-floor thoroughly and fastening any loose floorboards securely. You can also increase soundproofing by using a polyfoam underlay as a sound barrier. Carry on the installation by driving nails at an angle of 30 degrees into the sub-floor through the tongue.

Installing On An Underlay
One way of going about the installation is to use an adhesive underlay on top of a concrete sub-floor. Lay down a damp proof membrane first before putting down the underlay, adhesive side up. The final solid wood floor goes on top of the underlay rather effortlessly.

The Glue Down Method – Concrete
There are special glues available to help you lay down your solid wood floor. Using the glue-down method can enable you to install a solid wood floor on both wooden and concrete sub-floors.

When installing on top of concrete, firstly measure its moisture content and make sure that it is below 4 per cent. If it is higher, let the area dry out further or lay down a moisture barrier to prevent moisture from creeping up. Next, make sure that the sub-floor is nice and even; if there are any bumps or cracks, get them fixed. The sub-floor must also be clean from any dirt, dust or greasy residue. When cleaning the area, keep away from solvent-based strippers as they can prevent the wood adhesive from performing.

The Glue Down Method – Wood
If your sub-floor is wooden, you must lay down a half-inch plywood base board first to give a level surface for the final wood floor to adhere to.

Keep space considerations in mind while installing. Your wood floor will expand and shrink quite a bit so you must give it room to breathe. You can do this by leaving a 10mm space all around the room’s edges. Once installed, cover the gap with scotia or skirting. An easy way to maintain the 10mm gap all around is to invest in a proper flooring kit that contains installation spacers.

A Few Essential Tips
When making the transition to a wood floor in your home, try to be as well-informed on the process as possible. Consult a professional if necessary and read lots of how-tos on the subject to be sure of what you are doing. Your wood floor dealer will also have plenty of tips and advice to offer so take it all on board before beginning the installation.

Installing a wooden floor is a great way to add a touch of luxury, whatever type of home you live in; make sure get the effect you’re looking for by getting the job done right the first time. Enjoy!