When should a timber floor be installed?
Generally a timber floor should be installed after all other trades have completed work on your home with the exception of painters. As the process of installing a timber floor can create dust and occasionally minor damage to plaster, it is better to have painting completed after the timber floors. However timber flooring should not be installed until after all other trades have completed their work to avoid unnecessary risk to damage of the floor.
Can Bosch Timber Floors arrange installation of my timber floor?
Yes, Bosch timber floors is very happy to facilitate the installation of your timber flooring throughout Perth and Western Australia.
We work with timber flooring installation specialists who will ensure your floor is installed to the correct industry standards and meets with your approval.
Bosch Timber Floors only works with recognised flooring contractors who we are confident will complete a quality installation. Customers pay the installers directly for installations and provide feedback to Bosch Timber Floors confirming the installation meets expectations. Bosch timber floors does not profit from flooring installations helping to reduce the overall costs.
Bosch Timber Floors has agreed rates of installation with installers at fair rates. When we provide you with a price estimate on timber flooring, these rates are itemised and included in our offer so that you have an understanding of the total price of your floor.
Installers are continually being measured by Bosch Timber Floors and its customers. We only continue to work with installers that gain positive feedback from our customers, as the Bosch timber floors brand relies on positive experiences for customers.
We have found this is the best way for customers to get a quality installation at the best possible price.
Do I need to allow a cost for preparation to my concrete slab?
In most instances your timber floor will be installed over a concrete slab. All quotes from Bosch timber floors are based on the concrete slab;
• being of sound construction (not crumbling),
• having no contaminants on the concrete (such as bondcrete or excessive paint residue), and
• having no significant high or low spots across the floor.
On occasions where the concrete does have one or more of the above issues it is necessary to rectify the concrete prior to commencing the timber installation. This ensures a strong bond between the concrete subfloor and the timber floor, and reduces the potential for hollow spots on the finished timber floor. Where additional work on the concrete is required this needs to be charged in addition to the quote already provided for supply and installation of the timber floor. The pricing for the subfloor rectification can only be confirmed once it has been assessed. Unfortunately this will sometimes delay the commencement of an installation if issues are noted only after a previous floor covering has been lifted. Where possible, when installers first visit a site they will assess the concrete subfloor and advise at that time if additional sub-floor rectification would be required. Rectification of a concrete slab will ensure that no major low or high spots remain, however, it will not guarantee that the sub floor is completely level. Achieving a level slab is the responsibility of the builder of the home and this is not taken into account during the installation of the timber floor.
In circumstances where the concrete subfloor is within an acceptable presentation, no additional cost is required and the floor installer will scrape, lightly sand, and clean the concrete prior to applying a vapour barrier. The vapour barrier is also a very good primer ensuring adhesion between the timber and the sub floor is strong.
What are the important issues to discuss with my installer before the floor is installed?
It’s important that the following items are discussed with the installer;
• The direction you wish to have the timber floor installed. The installer will recommend the most practical suggestion for the direction of the timber however he is happy to work with you if you prefer an alternate direction
• Depending on the type of timber you have, there may be some types of boards that you would prefer in less obvious positions on the floor if for example the board has a contrasting sapwood colour running though it or a gum vein that is overly large. In these situations the installer will try to accommodate all reasonable requests so long as there is understanding that not every board can be hand selected across the floor. It is also important to remember that “colour” is not considered as part of the timber grade.
In addition to these points your installer will;
• Check the home environment and ensure that the floor is not going to be left with too much exposure to direct sunlight
• Consider the environment in your home and install the timber with regards to the prevalent humidity and temperature conditions including the type of air-conditioning system you have in place.
o Evaporative air conditioners create humidity which will increase the moisture content of your timber over time
o Reverse cycle air conditioners reduce humidity which will reduce the moisture content of your timber over time.
• That the product is correct to lay by checking pack labels for size and grade, damage that may have occurred in transit, board moisture contents, cover widths and tolerances.
What should I expect during the process of installing, sanding and coating a solid timber floor?
The installation of a timber floor in your home is a significant undertaking and essentially your home will be a building site during this period. Installers and Sanders will take all due care, but please be aware;
• Despite machines having vacuum systems, your home will be affected by some airborne dust. Taping up and closing off areas not to be installed with flooring helps to minimise the dust but it cannot be eliminated completely. Installers/Sanders vacuum at regular intervals to minimise the issue.
• There will be times when the occasional mark or chip out of a wall will occur during the installation or sanding of the floor. Installers/Sanders take care but cannot avoid missing walls altogether. For this reason we recommend painting of walls should be completed after the floor has been installed.
• Installers cannot identify all colour variations or unusual grain characteristics during the installation process. Care is taken during the process to try and install boards in line with preferences, but occasionally there can be a board that is installed outside those preferences which is not noticeable until after the coating when colour and grain variations are more noticeable.
• During the sanding process, timber will have putty applied to fill appearance defects, gaps, and nail holes. Every effort is made to match the putty colour as closely as possible with the timber, however on some occasions, the putty will change colour over time and will not match as closely as when first installed. For this reason, sanders minimise the amount of putty used on the floor where practical.
• Before sanding commences, electricity must be operational in the house with lights working. Sanding machines draw significant power and cannot be operated from temporary supply outside the home.
• Once sanding the floor commences, home owners need to vacate the site to enable the best possible coating finish. Having people walk across a floor during the sanding process increases the risk of contaminants from shoes getting onto the floor which can cause the coating system to reject.
• The sanding process involves sanding the floor to a flat surface and then fine sanding noticeable sanding marks. Generally sanding marks should not be noticeable after coating, however if down lights are in place, it is possible to see fine “cobwebbing” sanding marks which cannot be avoided.
• As the floor is not sanded and coated in a factory environment it is unrealistic to expect a similar finish to that of furniture. Some finishing imperfections occur in all floors. Some dust may be trapped in the finish even when appropriate precautions are taken. Such imperfections do not generally detract from the overall beauty and appearance of your floor.
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