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barry tree

I have 45sq mtrs of European oak tg flooring 190mmx20mm to lay on joists in my loft conversion, lengths mostly 3mtrs plus...

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Kath Guille

I've read your guidance on installing over 2 types of subfloor. In our case most of the floor is newly laid concrete with two areas of wood floorboards.

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Audrey Griffiths

We are laying a reclaimed parquet floor but we are not sure what adhesive we should use, the original floor was layed with bitchamin (unsure of spelling.
With thanks,
Audrey and Roy Griffiths


Audrey, thank you for sending us more information:
"Type of material to be laid is oak parquet blocks size 9"x21/2" x 3/4" to be laid on an asphalt floor. Underfloor heating is not involved. It was previously laid using bitumen (cold curing). We have removed this. What would you recommend we us now."

There are various brands of adhesive you can use since the bitumen has been removed: Stycobond B92 or B91 (F. Ball) etc. We use these brands ourselves with these works and we know they are good and reliable products.

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ben mcdermott

I am laying solid oak flooring in the hallway, which i have just discovered to be a concrete floor. I still have the original underaly left from the carpet in the hall way its like a spongy mat type is this suitable underlay for the wood flooring. Do i have to nail the flooring or can it be simply glued along the T&G and laid on to the underlay?


Dear Ben

Carpet underlay is best suited for carpet, not for wooden flooring. Existing carpet underlayment can also contain much dirt and even bugs which have come through the carpet.

You need a combi-underlayment (includes a DPM layer) on which you can install the wooden flooring floating (glueing all T&G's completely).

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Steven Derix

To kit or not to kit?

We are laying (or rather: having laid) a floor of so called 'industrial parquet'. The floorpieces are solid oak, about 16 cm in lenght, and 6 cm wide. The pieces are glued on an wooden surface. They will get a finishing of oil.

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Karin H.

Hi Steven

Thanks for this question. See this post for our advice

Paul Sgrignoli

What is they best way to conduct everyday maintenance on solid oak varnished floors? (as far as foot prints, shoe scuffs..)

Karin H.

Hi Paul

You can download (FREE) our maintenance and stain leaflet on our download page, this will tell you what you need to know/do.


I have some reclaimed hardwood block with bitumen still stuck on the bottom, however they are uniformly spread. I was told they can be laid without cleaning. But I should use an adhesive that can be 'troweled' rather than blocks for dipping as Balls F21. Can you recommend a suitable thick adhesive.


Karin H.

Hi Ashfaq

It's always best to remove as much bitumen as possible from wood blocks. If it's just a thin even layer than removing more would be a very hard task indeed, but loose bits or thick layers should be removed.
You can use Stycobond B92 or B91 (F. Ball) with a notched trowel. Beware that the bonding time of the adhesive will be longer than normal due to the bitumen residue.

Hope this helps
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Julian Saunders

My existing floor construction is 19mm waterproof chipboard sheeting on battens on concrete floor. i wish to lay 14mm engineered oak floor (4mm oak veneer) To try and maintain constant finished floor levels between adjacent rooms can I use 9mm WPB ply instead of the chipboard?

Karin H.

Welcome Julian

If your battens aren't really high (and insulation is placed in between) then I don't think going for the 9mm ply would cause you problems.
The only thing you could notice is a bit more 'bouncing' feeling because of the thinner layer of your subfloor.

Hope this helps
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