Installation Methods

The introduction of the home energy rating system brings with it some changes to the traditional process of installing a timber floor. The days of bearers and joints are declining, replaced by concrete slabs with timber flooring laid over ply or directly stuck to the concrete.

Our industry trained installers carry out these types of installation methods on a daily basis.

Long term performance of your timber floors requires stringent checking and testing of the flooring prior to installation. Measuring the moisture content of the timber and assessing the environment for a new floor are all factors to be considered for correct installation.

All works completed by Pro Sanding are guaranteed and a warranty is provided for your peace of mind.

Direct stick – the key to great results starts with surface preparation and a reliable moisture barrier to ensure high quality installation every time. The adhesive is trowelled onto the concrete to ensure maximum adhesion and the boards are weighted down, pinned with removable pins or face fixed using hardened galvanized T-nails depending on the type of timber installed.

Ply overlay – the ply is pinned to the concrete slab over a heavy-duty plastic membrane. The adhesive is trowelled over the ply and the flooring is fixed by secret nailing. This method can be used if there are imperfections in the concrete or if direct stick is not a viable option.

Battens over concrete – this method involves a recessed slab, installation of kiln dried hardwood battens, then 19mm flooring is laid over the top. The width of the boards determines whether the boards are secret nailed or face fixed. This method is great when concrete is not quite level.

Chipboard or yellow-tongue – This is now the most common method for houses being built on stumps. The chipboard is pre-sanded to remove the wax coating and to flatten the butt joints before the adhesive is trowelled onto the surface and the flooring is installed over the chip board by secret nailing.