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Best Practice

Discover what methods; both installation and maintenance are best practice within the timber flooring industry

Ultimately if you employ a professional floor installer, it is his/her responsibility to ensure the floor is installed correctly, but Mulveys strongly recommend the follow best practices.

Racking

Before installation commences it is Best Practice to open a box first and if the homeowner is happy with finished product, open at least 25% of the floor and “rack” it out over the floor. The reason for this is to spread out any knots and colour variation throughout the floor. When 25% is fitted open another 25% and repeat.

NB if after opening the first box if you are not happy with the floor for whatever reason DO NOT FIT or open any more boxes. Contact you place of purchase for advice.

Opening Boxes

It is Best Practice to leave the flooring in the box up until installation.

Starting Off

Every floor, regardless of the fitting method must be installed against a straight line. It is Best Practice to measure out 3-4 boards plus expansion from the starting wall and using a chalk line set a straight line. Then securely fix a strong straight batten along the line. You then install the floor against this. When you are finished the main part of the room remove the batten and back fix the last 3 or 4 boards. If you are installing random length solid flooring it is Best Practice to nail or glue down (using Flex-Floor 920), to the subfloor.

Expansion

If is very important to leave an expansion gap around the full perimeter of any wood or laminate floor. This includes at doors between rooms. It is necessary and Best Practice to put a threshold at all doorways and a moulding or similar over the expansion gap around fire places.

Maintenance

Use only the recommended cleaners to maintain floors. It is Best Practice to use only a small quantity of water.

Underfloor Heating Rule of Thumb

Use only the recommended cleaners to maintain floors. It is Best Practice to use only a small quantity of water.

Site Moisture

Do not fit any floor over a concrete subfloor with a higher than 3% moisture content. If moisture block is used, up to 6% is allowed. If in any doubt contact the place of purchase for advice.

Natural Wastage

When purchasing a wooden floor, it is Best Practice to purchase an extra 5% of material, over and above the measured area. There will always be an amount of natural wastage, due to cutting, natural defects or personal choice on a small number of boards.