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Last stage of flooring project
Last stage is to fit an oak floor in my small entry porch which measures only 2.5m x 1.5m (less than 4sqm) and is currently tiled and quite level.For this I would like some advice.Is it better to fit a solid oak timber floor or an engineered wood one?I would like to fit something like 18mm thick by 90-105mm wide by varied lengths.
Thank you for previous great service and courteous understanding,
Sincerely Yours, David H - Sussex
Wood-engineered for areas with rapid changes in temperature
Looking forward to you pictures!
In a porch you normally have rapid changes in temperature (no heating I guess) and even lots of moist when people are coming in from the rain.
Wood-Engineered would be better there, is more stable than solid. Although narrow Solid Oak could be an option too, but with the widths you suggest you do need to fully bond the floor to a suitable underfloor. You can't really easily glue over tiles, so they have to come up or have plywood screwed down first.
Is that something that can be done in your situation?
Thanks for reply to my query. If I just fit an engineered floor can it be just laid straight over the tiles(glued) or do I need to put down the plywood as well? Seems like engineered flooring is good quality these days.
The oak strips you sent to me arrived safely in the long tube-no damage and are just the thing I needed.
Floating installation - simplest solutions
When you use Wood-Engineered boards you can install them floating on a combi-underlayment (contains a DPM to prevent any sweat and condensation of the tiles reaching the wood) by glueing the T&G's correctly.
Glad to hear the strips arrived safely.
Kind Regards and have a very nice weekend
Karin H - Wood You Like Ltd
(This very week, David kindly sent the following feedback:
As usual your answer was succint, well ventilated and appropriate. In addition the speed of your replies were quite brilliant. Your service overall can hardly be bettered in my opinion. However, the fact that you are always trying to improve is reflective of your business and great credit to your whole team and the philosphy that drives you. You deserve to succeed (as you appear to be) in your chosen field.
Wood-engineered highly recommended for
all areas where there is more chance of moist and/or high humidity, for instance in:
- kitchen/dining area (open plan living)
Floor show in above image is SolidFloor (TM) Vintage - Jura - Oak rustic - scrubed knots - edge distressed - hand scraped - smoked - natural oiled - 15/4 range (15mm total thickness with 4mm Solid Oak top layer)
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