At Arbor Flooring, we are able to professionally fit most types of wood flooring. With over 30 years floor fitting experience and having successfully completed numerous courses, we can advise on the most appropriate form of fitting.
The main types of installation are:
Glue Down: this involves a flexible floor adhesive applied with a serrated trowel, with the final floor fitting covering placed on top. This type of floor fitting has to be very flat to ensure a good coverage of the glue. The purpose of the flexible glue is to allow the wood to move marginally whilst still retaining a bond with the floor. The adhesive prevents the floor from lifting completely.
Floating Floor: This is the normal method for installing a laminate floor. An underlay with a vapour barrier or damp-proof membrane is put down to suppress any residual moisture in the sub floor. The floor fitting is then loose laid on top of this underlay & stays in place through its own weight. This is the quickest, easiest and most common type of installation used. The main advantage being that the floor is separated from any moisture in the sub floor.
Nail Down: This is more commonly used where there is an existing wooden sub floor. A vapour barrier is installed and the wood flooring placed on top is secured through the tongue by use of a secret nail. The next board then covers this nail. The advantage of this type of fitting is that it feels very secure; there is also less scope for the wood flooring to expand and contract as it is firmly secured.
Staircases: We are also proficient at covering staircases with the desired Flooring. This involves any preparation work and precision cutting the wood to fit. Stair nosings are then fitted to provide a good finish.
Skirting Board Fitting and Door Trimming:
Once the floor is installed, to cover expansion around the perimeter of the floor, it is necessary to fit either a bead or skirting boards. It may be possible to reuse the existing skirting boards or, as is frequently the case, if they were old and damaged, they may need replacing. We are able to supply and fit various profiles of skirting boards to complete the job; we can also fit architraves if the need arises.
Once the floor is fitted, as a result of the increased level, it may be necessary to trim the doors to suit. We have precision saws able to do this accurately.
Underfloor Heating is an excellent alternative to the normal central heating systems available.
One of its main advantages is that the heating is concealed and does not interfere with the room layout, as is often the case with radiators. In addition, an even heat source is provided which is comfortable to walk on in bare feet. There are, however, drawbacks. As these systems are designed to be run at a lower temperature they will take longer to warm an area and do not offer the flexibility of a radiator system. It is also important not to place any permanent fittings over the heating as this prevents the heat dissipating sufficiently.
Electric-based systems are ideal for smaller areas, such as a small study, bathroom or even an outside office or conservatory. They are generally more expensive to run but offer more flexibility insofar as they can directly heat a specific room. The heating mat can be installed either within a screed applied to an existing concrete floor which can then be tiled over or have wood installed as a floating floor on top, or via a mat-based system, whereby heating mats are loose laid out and the flooring fitted again as a floating floor on top.
Water-based systems are generally more suitable for new build & large renovation projects where the heating system is being replaced. These are generally a more efficient than their electric counterparts and are also more cost-effective to run than a traditional radiator system
At Arbor Flooring, we are able to specify and install both types of electric underfloor heating and any associated flooring installation, (although the services of a qualified electrician will be required to hardwire the installation).
Should you be unfortunate enough to have a damaged floor, a complete replacement might not be required. We are able to assess any damage – whether caused by dropping a heavy object or by water damage – and will advise as to the possibility of it being rectified.
A typical example would be a delivery or removal company scratching the floor whilst moving furniture. It may be possible to do a localised repair either by sanding back the affected area and retreating, or alternatively by applying a finish to mask any undesirable marks.
We are also able to provide quotations for Insurance work, should a complete replacement be required.