Tuscan Grandé Dark Smoked Oak Flooring TF301
Tuscan Grandé Dark Smoked Oak Flooring TF301 Details...
Like its name suggests, the Tuscan Grandé Dark Smoked Oak Flooring TF301 is a grand, superior quality floor. Made from premium materials, this elegant and luxurious engineered wood floor is sure to look beautiful in the home. Not only does it benefit from sumptuously good looks, but it also boasts excellent durability too. It even comes with a 25-year domestic warranty, giving it fantastic value for money.
Featuring an oiled surface, the planks measure 220mm by 2200mm and 20mm in depth. The protective oil ensures the floor can withstand daily wear and tear. The planks also come with a tongue and roove system, ensuring they are easy to fit together. You can also install them with suitable underfloor heating systems. However, you should ensure your system is compatible prior to installation. Made from tough multiply, this is one of the most stable and hardwearing engineered wood floors on the market.
The Tuscan Grandé Dark Smoked Oak Flooring TF301 is sure to transform your chosen area into a luxury, modern space. One of several beautiful designed available, why not browse the full Tuscan Grande range before buying?
Engineered wood flooring has come a long way over the years. New developments within its manufacturing process have enabled more installation options than ever before. While at one time, engineered floors had to be secured down with nails, these days you also have a floating installation method available.
Here, you’ll discover a brief guide showing you how to use the floating engineered wood installation method. Remember, each floor comes with its own unique installation guidelines. These should always be followed strictly to ensure you don’t void the warranty.
Floating floor preparation
Before installing your new floor, there’s a few preparation steps you’ll need to take. Firstly, you’ll want to acclimatise the floor in the room it’s going to be fitted.
It’s important to follow the guidelines provided by the manufacturer, but generally speaking engineered floors should be acclimatised for around 48 hours. Leave the planks unopened and stacked horizontally, then vertically on top of each other. This will allow maximum air flow.
While the floor is acclimatising, make sure the subfloor is clean, flat and dry. You may need to carry out a moisture test to ensure its dry enough to install the floor. If there are high levels of moisture, you’ll need to invest in an underlay which comes with a moisture barrier. If there are any holes or dents in the subfloor, be sure to fill them before installation.
Finally, you’ll want to place spacers around the perimeter of the room. All engineered wood floors require an expansion gap around the room to accommodate for any warping and expansion throughout the year.
Consider using glue to secure the planks
Although floating engineered wood floors don’t necessarily need to be secured down, it is recommended you use glue to secure them. Gluing the planks together will create a more stable finish, ensuring the floor doesn’t move over its lifetime. It’s fairly simple to do, but it does require a little more effort than simply locking the planks into place.
Installing the floor
When you’re ready to install the floor, the process is fairly simple. Engineered floors tend to use either a tongue and groove or click system. Use the steps below as a general guideline but remember to follow manufacturer instructions wherever possible.
Step 1: Lay down the underlay. You don’t need to secure it down, though you may need to secure pieces of underlay together to cover the entire area.
Step 2: Start in the left-hand corner of the room, laying the first plank with its long groove against the wall (leaving space for the expansion gap). Then, click or lock the second plank into place by placing it at a 90-degree angle and gently but firmly pushing it down. If you’re choosing to glue the planks, you can apply the glue in the groove. Once it has been locked, the glue will set to achieve a stronger, longer lasting bond.
Step 3: Continue to install the rest of the planks in the first row using the same method as step 2. Once you reach the end of the row, you may need to cut the plank to fit. This can be done with a ruler to mark the line, and a saw.
Step 4: Begin installing the second row by inserting the tongue of the plank into the groove of the first plank in the beginning row. This will click or lock it together. To ensure the planks fit tightly together, place a wooden block on the outer edge of the plank, then use a hammer against the block to push the planks together.
Step 5: Continue installing the rest of the row, just like you did in the last few steps. Once complete, remove spacers from around the room and cover the gaps with beading or skirting boards.
It’s important to ensure that if you are using glue, you remove any excess before it dries. You’ll also want to ensure you’re using a high quality glue to ensure the strongest bond.
Installing the Tuscan Grandé Dark Smoked Oak Flooring TF301 will be a fast and easy process if you follow the steps above. If you need any help during the process, give our flooring experts a call. They’ll be able to talk you through the steps and answer any questions you may have.
Important: We highly recommend contacting the manufacturer of the floor to receive an official installation guide. Failure to follow manufacturer guidelines could void the warranty.
Our Frequently Asked Questions
- Unfortunately not unless you have just ordered some flooring and decide to add an additional box / number of boxes to your order to be sent out with your existing order. If this is the case, please quote your existing order ID in a message and send it via email or the contact form on the "Contact Us" page.
- We provide stripping and adhesive in the accessories section.
- Sorry but no.
- Installing solid floors in water-prone areas causes them to swell. Consider pre-finished solid wood floors, which come with a waterproof surface.
- Lifestyle Flooring UK offer solid wood floors reinforced with multiple layers of protective coating. Therefore, our floors are extremely resistant to scratches and chipping.
- Squeaks are caused due to a wobbly sub-floor. Solid wood flooring must be installed on an even and intact subfloor to prevent squeaks.
- Yes, leave a gap of 10mm at the minimum, to accommodate expansions. A decorative bead board or skirting board can serve as a good cover for the gap.
- Lifestyle Flooring UK recommends an acclimation period of 5 days. This ensures that the solid wood is in a perfect condition for installation.
- A solid wood floor can be sanded and refinished several times, which makes the floor look new. The floor doesn't need sanding for the initial 10 to 15 years though.
- Standard engineered wood floors are not recommended for bathrooms as too much contact with water causes them to swell. Pre-finished types are preferable as they feature a water-resistant surface.
- Floors from Lifestyle Flooring UK come with multiple protective coatings, which makes them highly scratchproof.
- Squeaks occur when a floor is installed on an uneven subfloor. Correct installation will not produce squeaks.
- Yes, a gap of a minimum 10mm is required.
- Allow the floor to stay for a minimum of 36hrs in the room of installation for acclimation.
- Engineered floors can be sanded multiple times to retain their new look. They will not, however need sanding for 10 to 15 years immediately after installation.
- Yes. But, laminate floors are water resistant only to a certain extent. So, remove excess water at the earliest.
- Install the floors on even subfloors to prevent such noises.
- Laminate floors are not made of natural products however we recommended a minimum expansion gap of 1/4 inch.