Our team of experienced local carpenters can supply and install wooden flooring for your house, business or any other property! We perform this work all over South London including Wimbledon, Croydon, Kingston, Surbiton and Woking.
What types of wooden flooring can you install?
We can install any type of wooden flooring that is available on the marketplace, as well as some specialised types for floors in areas of specialist use.
For the more common types we can install:
What are the benefits to Solid Wood Flooring?
Solid wood flooring is the most expensive type, however, there are very good reasons for this. Solid wood flooring lasts longer than laminate or vinyl flooring by a long time. While Vinyl or Laminate normally lasts around 30 years before needing to be replaced, solid wood can last more than 100 if maintained and looked after correctly. There are even wooden floors that have lasted over 300 years and are still going, so it’s very likely to even outlast your children!
Solid wood flooring is also very durable, not only is it very tough and resistant to scratches, but if the floor does gets damaged, it’s as simple as sanding the floor down and re-varnishing and finishing and the floor is as good as new! This can also be done around 8 times before wearing down the wood permanently, so it’s very much worth the investment!
FInally, solid wood flooring is better for the environment; not only does it not contain chemicals harmful to the environment, such as plastics, volatile organic compounds or synthetics, but also doesn’t throw dust into the atmosphere that affects people with allergies. Solid wood is also bio-degrable, which means that it will compost after a few years into the ground and helpprovide new trees with nutrients!
You should be aware however, that solid wood flooring does require a bit of upkeep to the atmosphere of the room it is kept in, as well as a wearing-in period of a week in order to acclimatise to the environment. Specifically, wooden flooring doesn’t like a humid environment and it is best to keep the temperature of the room at 18 degrees, which may be slightly too cold for well-frequented rooms!
What are the benefits to Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is much cheaper than solid wood, so those on a budget or looking to floor smaller properties such as sheds and outhouses would be better off choosing this option.
Laminate flooring is also fairly durable and tough, being stain-resistant, difficult to burn and can also be made waterproof if treated properly. It is normally perfect to use in kitchens, bathrooms and toilets for this reason. This also means it doesn’t suffer from the same trouble of damage from humid conditions that solid wood flooring does!
These are the only benefits to laminate flooring however, and due to the fact that laminate flooring tends to last - at best - a third of the time that solid wood flooring does, we would always recommend solid flooring unless you are on a very tight budget!
How does the South London Carpenters team install wooden flooring?
This process really depends on if the flooring is solid wood or laminate. However, there are some steps we will take before we lay any type of flooring, first and most importantly, we will check and prepare the environment the flooring will be installed in. All dust and furniture would have to be cleared from the room so that it doesn’t interfere with the laying of the sub-flooring, we would then have to seal this room off from the rest of the house so no dust penetrates into the room.
We would also work with you to ensure the temperature of the room is correct prior to installing the floor so that acclimatisation is correct for the flooring to prevent any problems from the beginning.
We would then clear the sub-flooring from any dust and particles, and then lay it down. Sub-flooring is very important to not only ensure that that final flooring is even, but also to help with insulation and sound-dampening. We would also trim any doors and door-framing required to ensure the flooring is even throughout the entire house and fits correctly.
If the flooring is solid wood, then we would either lay the flooring down using the Tongue & Groove method, which is where the planks are created using a jigsaw-like system so the individual planks’ sides fit together like teeth, the other way would be using an invisible nailing down method, in which we nail the planks down into the flooring below and the previous plank by nailing at a 45 degree angle into each plank.
If the flooring is laminate, then we would use the click method if the flooring underneath is clear. This is a very typical installation type for laminate flooring, as it is usually made in a fashion that creates the grooves needed to install in this style. The planks aren’t directly bonded to the sub-floor, which means that there is extra space to add additional sound-proofing or insulation.
How long will it take for the south london carpenters team to install a wooden floor?
Normally, when you get in touch with us, we would get back to you and visit your property within a few days. We would then give you a quote within 24 hours and if you’re happy with it, we’ll get started on your flooring!
The process normally takes 2-3 weeks for solid wood flooring and a few days for laminate. This is due to the process of acclimatisation for wooden flooring.
If you’re interested in having our team of carpenters install wooden flooring in your property, then get in touch with us and let’s get started!
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South London Carpenters
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