Recently I visited the home of a customer who’s floor we completed about two years ago and while discussing how pleased they were with the floors and the job we had done he mentioned he had taken photos from the beginning to the end and was kind enough to forward them to me.
This presented me with a great opportunity to create a post showing the process needed to complete a complicated installation.
This floor was about 170m2 in area and the original surfaces was a mismatch of tiles and other surfaces on different levels. The first part of the process was to remove all of the existing tiles, these had to be Jackhammered up which left a mortar base that had to be ground off.
Once everything had been removed and the surface prepped, the next part of the installation was to match the levels. The areas that had old existing floorboards had to be covered with a sheet flooring because the new boards were to run in the same direction as the old ones. Please note: If you wish to lay a new floor over an old one and have the boards running in the same direction a minimum of a 4mm plywood must be glued and nailed over the existing floor before laying the new one, if you wish to run in the opposite direction this may not be required.
The concrete areas then are covered with a moisture membrane followed by a plywood that is securely fixed to the concrete.
Once this process is completed and the levels are the same, the door jambs and architraves are undercut and the installation of the new floors can begin.
The owner opted to leave the skirting boards on, so a bead was machined from the floorboards and fitted around the perimeter to cover the ten millimetre required expansion gap. Using the floorboards to create the beading ensures a perfect match.
The flooring used in this installation is a Tallowwood 130 x 19 feature grade. The glue is troweled so the whole surface is covered, giving the maximum bond between the two surfaces, the boards are then secret nailed so there are no visible fixings.
Upon the completion of installing the floorboards any knots or gum veins are filled with a clear epoxy resin, this will be sanded flat during the polishing process and will give a very natural look to the floor.