Help & Advice Centre
There are so many different types of wood flooring out there, it may at first seem a little overwhelming to look at. Matching the right wood flooring to your home or business is no small task, and we want to offer the help and support we can to ensure you make the right choice for your wooden floors.
Engineered Wood Flooring Guide
We think Engineered Floors are the best thing to hit the flooring industry since trees grew! Why? Well, engineered floors give the grand look of solid wood, but can be laid in areas where Solid isn’t the best option for the environmental conditions. The bright sparks that have developed these floors have done this by making engineered flooring out of multiple layers to make the flooring more stable.
The top layer is the part that will transform any room: a beautiful veneer of solid wood.
The second layer is the clever bit: a strong, supportive layer that can be made of softwood, plywood or High-Density Fibreboard. All three materials work to prevent the top layer from warping.
This then all comes together with a stabilising back layer. The outcome? A floor which looks stunning but doesn’t warp in areas of changing moisture.
Solid Wood Flooring Guide
The Lifespan of a Junckers Solid Wood Floor
Because there is a thick Solid Veneer, a Junckers floor may be sanded between eight and ten times. You can sand deeply into the dovetail joint and board strength is unaffected. Ask us for life span comparisons between our floors and other types. It can easily be repaired by a professional contractorors.
Should I be looking for the most abrasion resistant lacquer finish? You may think so, but a combination of hardness and flexibility is better. We achieve this with a combination of two lacquers. Many other boards will have a low cost “UV cured” lacquer with a distinctive “rippled” texture which may be brittle and difficult to over- coat. Here the client’s maintenance costs will be higher and the life of the floor will be shorter.
Do other floors have better water resistance than solid boards? No. Any wood floor will suffer water damage if it becomes sufficiently wet, and synthetic floors will suffer damage if welded seams fail. Junckers coats the stave ends during manufacture to reduce water penetration. See our cleaning and maintenance guides.
Acclimatisation and Storage
Your new flooring must be acclimatized before installation, Engineered for a minimum of 72hrs and Solid wood for a minimum of 120hrs. The flooring must remain in its packaging stored horizontal in the room which it is to be installed into. Please Note the room must be dry and have a constant relative humidity between 45 - 60% as this will affect your behaviour of your floor.
It is of the utmost importance that the subfloor is dry, clean, solid and flat. You can find appropriate electronic moisture meters in DIY stores; the subfloor must be flat, and the flatness tolerances must be observed. The installer must always and in particular with renovation work check the current status of the subfloor, if it does not meet the requirements stated here extra work will need to be carried out to level the subfloor out, to determine the flatness of your floor apply these tolerances over 1m length the floor must not be more than 3mm difference and over 2m that rises to 4mm.
A herringbone design should typically be started from a central axis, using a chalk line or straight edge to mark the centre of your room create the ‘x’ line, then a second line needs to intersect this line at 90° to create the ‘y’ line. Setting this axis up is crucial and its good practice to check all angles and measurements are correct at this stage before any planks are laid. From the ‘Y’ line measure out 27mm each side and mark the floor off with lines ‘A’ and ‘B’ these will serve as guide lines as the ‘Y’ line runs through the centre point of the two planks once they have been joined. From plywood create a starter board, this will need to be the same as the plank length and must be square. Lay the starter board so its top and bottom corners are in line with line ‘B’ and temporarily fix it to the floor.
Full Surface Bond Glue Down Installation
It’s essential the Herringbone floor is fully glued down on the back, including the short edges for the most secure fit. The sub floor must be checked for suitability in all respects as per the information previously stated above - including flatness, soundness and suitable moisture content - with the appropriate equipment and as per guidelines given in B.S. 8201:2011. The moisture content of a concrete / screed sub floor should be checked carefully with an appropriate moisture meter or humidity box/sleeve as per the B.S references above and MUST have a relative humidity value of less than 75% and be in accordance with BS8204: 2004. 9 If the appropriateness of the moisture content of the sub floor cannot be determined or guaranteed, install an appropriate liquid damp proof membrane that is compatible with the adhesive to be used.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring Guide
Our iD Inspiration Loose-Lay
Easy to lay and take up again, iD Inspiration Loose-Lay perfectly adheres to the ground thanks to its patented herringbone anti-skid backing and sets new standards for easy-lay flooring. Designed for swift installation and ease of use, this collection is ideal for a reliable fast renovation. Moreover, a long product lifespan is achieved by beautiful high quality materials.
Easy Lay Flooring Technology
Inspired by industrial security flooring, the exclusive antiskid backing ensures an enhanced adherence to the subfloor. The patented herringbone pattern prevents the floor from sliding, allowing for an easy installation that requires no adhesive*.
*For long standing worry-free installation, we recommend tackifier for areas larger than 16m².
Extremely Fast Installation
Ideal for fast renovation, this loose lay vinyl flooring collection requires limited subfloor preparation. Thanks to the product’s thickness and the anti-skid backing, bridging slight subfloor unevenness is possible. 3 times* quicker than a glue-down LVT and 1.5 times* quicker than a traditional LVT Click, iD Inspiration Loose-Lay can be installed overnight, reducing business downtime.
*Estimation based on Tarkett’s internal tests.
Practicality At Its Best
Easy to install and just as easy to remove, without damaging the substrate, it provides effortless access to the technical subfloor and demands little maintenance over time. Highly resistant and durable, iD Inspiration Loose-Lay is treated with the Tarkett TopClean XP™ coating, extending its life-cycle and making it easier to clean.
For more useful advice visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.