Domestic flooring

Domestic flooring services

Laminate flooring
Is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fibre board materials.

Engineered wood flooring
Is made up by bonding multiple layers of wood together which is finished with a solid wood top layer. It is one of the most common flooring types used today and is popular because of its ability to withstand fluctuations in temperature and humidity, meaning that it can be installed with under floor heating, and in areas such as kitchens and conservatories. Engineered wood flooring is also being used more frequently because it does not need fixing down like solid wood flooring; it can be floated (loose laid) over an underlay.

Tongue and grove timber flooring
As the name suggests, the planks of tongue and groove flooring have tongues and grooves that fit together. Each plank of T&G flooring will have one long and one short side with a tongue (a protruding edge), and one long and one short side with a groove (a grooved edge). These tongues and grooves are precisely machined to the planks of flooring during the manufacturing process to create a tight and smooth fit once fixed together.

However unlike the two types above these boards do not ‘click’ together. Tongue and groove flooring can be installed in a number of different ways, including – secret nailing, secret screwing, glued directly to the subfloor, or floated over an underlay with the edges glued together. It is available in both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood formats, meaning that it can be installed over any subfloor of sound quality that has been properly prepared.

LVT or Luxury Vinyl Tile
Is an innovative design of vinyl flooring. It is becoming an increasingly popular and affordable alternative to wood or stone. The realistic look of either wood, stone or ceramic tile is extremely hard wearing and resilient to daily wear and tear. It has a scratch resistant surface and waterproof making it ideal for any room in your home. The LVT is made up of multiple thin layers so that the flooring is still flexible but very durable and easy to look after.

One thing about Luxury Vinyl Tile is that it is available in variety of different effects. For example, wood planks or even ceramic tiles and stone. The wood plank effect LVT is in the shape and form of a plank of wood. It can be found with different species of wood, colours and grain patterns, all which look very realistic and authentic. You will also be able to find different plank widths and lengths to suit the requirements and décor of your room. The stone and tile effect LVT is just as realistic with uniform sized tiles and choices of colour and style including dark grey slate tiles through to cream and beige ceramic effect tiles.

Chipboard flooring
Chipboard flooring is used as a 1st fix material over joist sets. It is expected to be covered with a final finish of a home owners choice. There is a correct way to install this to manufacturers instructions and so that it will not squeak later in its use. I have levelled many timber floors within renovation projects which is time consuming but necessary for a perfect finish.

Vinyl roll flooring and prefinished shirting boards and architraves
With the original skirting boards the timber floorboards were scraped of debris and protruding nail heads hammered flush. When complete the floor was thoroughly vacuumed. 6mm wbp plywood was laid over in a staggered fashion using screws with the heads left flush to the plywood surface.

The roll was brought in and unrolled with the printed flooring margins equalled either side of the room. Then cut to size. Half is then lifted back to spray the floor with adhesive. I also spray the vinyl roll. Then the uplifted sheet is carefully lowered onto the floor illuminating any bubble which might occur. This is repeated with the other half.

The offcuts of flooring can be used as protection while the prefinished skirting boards and architraves were fitted.

Vinyl roll flooring and prefinished shirting boards and architraves.

With the original skirting boards removed the timber floorboards were scraped to remove debris, and protruding nail heads hammered flush.  When complete the floor was thoroughly vacuumed. 6mm wbp plywood was laid over in a staggered format using screws with the heads left flush to the plywood surface.

The vinyl roll was brought in and unrolled with the printed flooring margins equalled either side of the room. The vinyl was then cut to size. Half was then lifted back to spray the floor with adhesive. I also spray the vinyl roll. The uplifted sheet is then slowly and carefully lowered onto the floor eliminating any air bubbles which might occur. This is repeated with the other half.

The offcuts of flooring were used as protection while the prefinished skirting boards and architraves were fitted.