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2022.05.11

Disclose the secret of Wood flooring. How to choose the construction method of wood floor?

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Flooring is the building material that occupies the largest area of interiors, and it is also the element that interacts with the occupants the most. Wood floorings are used in many interior designs to create various aesthetic styles through different colors and substances. Wood floorings can enhance the warmth of the space, enrich visual layers, and let our feet feel the warm wood texture. I believe that after reading the previous article, you will have a better understanding of the type, space, environment, and material selection of wood floorings. The installation methods of hardwood floors, in addition to material selection, plays an essential part in interior design. The method of wood flooring installation is affected by various ground conditions and situations. This article will show you what wood flooring installation method suits your home the most.

3 major construction methods of wood flooring

平鋪法

Staple down installation method
 

【Construction method】

• Lay PE moisture-proof cloth on the ground first.
• Lay the splint flat on the moisture-proof cloth and fasten it with steel nails.
• Nail the wooden floor to the splint.
• Finish with Silicone caulk or skirting.

 [Advantages] Moisture resistance, good durability, spacious visual space, can compensate slightly uneven grounds, splint support reduces stepping sounds, and reserved expansion joints to reduce thermal expansion and contraction.
[Disadvantages] There is a layer of splints between the flooring and the original ground, which elevates the floor slightly more than the straight laying approach.
[Applicable ground] The most common way of installing wooden floors. Suitable for flat grounds with a height difference less than 15mm, but could not be used on too uneven grounds.
 
直鋪法

Glue down installation method

【Construction method】

• Lay EVA silent mat on the ground.
• Lay the wooden floor on top of the EVA silent mat.
• Finish with Silicone caulk or skirting.
   
[Advantages] Low price, fast construction, low elevation from the ground, no stepping sound.
[Disadvantages] It sticks directly to the ground and is easily affected by thermal expansion and contraction, and the wooden floor is prone to bulge.
[Applicable ground] It is suitable for spaces where the original floor must be protected, such as marble floors. It is not suitable for uneven grounds.
 
架高法

Floating installation method

【Construction method】

• Lay PE moisture-proof cloth on the ground.
• Fix the angle section on the PE moisture-proof cloth.
• Fasten the splint to the angle section.
• Nail the floor to the splint.
• Finish with Silicone caulk or skirting.

[Advantages] Good moisture resistance, can compensate uneven and cracked grounds, reserved expansion joints to reduce thermal expansion and contraction, and extra storage space under the flooring.
[Disadvantages] High price, long construction time, and the hollow space between the wood and the ground is supported by angle sections, which tends to amplify stepping sounds.
[Applicable ground] Suitable for spaces with high ceilings, uneven grounds, spaces with height differences, and spaces with storage space requirements.
Comparison of three construction methods for wood flooring
AdvantagesDisadvantagesApplicable ground
Staple down installation method
  • Good moisture resistance
  • Less prone to stomping sound
  • Reduce thermal expansion and contraction
  • Emphasizes spaciousness
  • Compared to the glue down installation method,
  • there is an extra layer of splint with the original ground,resulting in a height difference
  • This method is most commonly used
  • Suitable for flat floors with a height differenceof less than 15mm
Glue down installation method
  • Low price
  • Fast construction
  • No stomping sound
  • Affected by thermal expansion and contraction
  • 2Prone to bulging
  • Suitable for flat ground such as marble and where theoriginal floor must be protected
Floating installation method
  • Good moisture resistance
  • Retouch uneven floors
  • Reduce thermal expansion and contraction
  • Increased storage space under the ground
  •  High price
  • Long construction time
  • Prone to stomping sound
  • Suitable for high space, uneven ground, space with height difference,and has storage space requirements.

Conclusion

Wooden floors are laid in a variety of ways depending on the wood and the necessities. The most common construction methods for engineered flooring specifically tailored for Taiwan's humid environment are "staple down installation method" and "floating installation method." If you are not sure which construction method to use, consider if the area has to be leveled, whether there are visible pipes, the height reserved for the space, and your personal demands (If the reserved height is 27mm~30mm, the Staple down installation method can be used). Choosing the right wood floor laying process maximizes the wood floor's endurance while enhancing the aesthetics of the area.
KD wood floorings are all engineered floorings processed with our exclusive coating technology which prevents vapor penetration and improves moisture resistance. Its multi-structural board design increases durability while reducing problems such as panel deformation and bulging. Our panels has also passed the Green Building Material Verification to protect the entire family's health. KD provides high-quality management, from product quality, construction and laying to completion inspection. We are committed to providing first-class quality products.
 


 
 
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