Suitability - Is a wooden
floor for you?
The average suggested
room temperature is 15 - 25°C and the average relative humidity 35%
- 45% @ 20°C. Always check the individual manufacturers specifications.
- Slight seasonal
movement is to be expected with wood, so you can expect to see small
gaps in winter which close up in summer
- Ideally wood should
be allowed to acclimatise
- Wood flooring
is best fit using the nailing method as it allows the floor to move.
However, if the sub floor is concrete a suitable floor adhesive can
be used. Concrete slabs must be thoroughly dry prior to fitting a solid
wood floor. Electronic moisture meters are available but it is important
to treat readings with caution.
- Wood flooring,
including Junckers, can be used with underfloor heating, providing the
heating system is designed to accomodate a wood floor, the building
is well insulated and the wood is kept within recommended temperatures
- In conservatories
and south facing rooms temperature and humidity are likely to exceed
the recommended values for solid wood floors
- BS 8201
- British Standards code of practice on timber flooring suggests the
followng range of average moisture content:
- unheated rooms
15% - 19%
heating 10% - 14%
heating 9% - 11%
heating 6% - 8%
However, there is
no hard and fast rule, it will depend on many factors i.e air circulation,
geographical location, heating systems, type of wood etc.