Wooden Floor Installation Manual
Everything you need to know about
DIY wooden floors
Having a quality wood floor in your home is a real asset: it’s durable, anti-allergic, easy to clean and very, very beautiful. Many before you have discovered it adds more value to your home than any other flooring option, including tile or wall-to-wall carpeting. And unlike other options, wooden floors not only maintain their value over the years, but effectively retain and improve their elegance and their beauty.
You can have your natural wooden floor professionally installed, an increasing number of DIY-ers opt to “go-it-alone” with mixed results. Wood You Like’s 160 pages Manual higly increases your chance to achieve a guaranteed great, if not professional, result!
Install your floor like a pro
- Learn how to tackle underfloor problems
- Know what to look for when purchasing your materials
- Use the check-list before you start with the job:
- the correct preparations
- the correct tools and materials
- the correct schedule of works
- Discover the Tricks of the Trade that will make seemingly difficult obstacles easy to execute
- Finish your floor to the highest quality
- 160 pages, all in plain English with product recommendations - products used by the professionals
- Written by genuine floor fitters, not by academics or so-called diy-experts
- With extra (online) bonus filled with colour images and drawings
Wood You Like's Wooden Floor Installation Manual is first in its kind: written by experts who deal with wooden flooring and all the different situations imaginable on a daily basis, situations and circumstances you can encounter too but with the Manual at hand are no longer an obstacle for diy-ers.
"How do I install the last row?"..... "My room is part chipboard, part concrete. What do I do?".... "Can I install a wood floor in a kitchen?".... “I've got underfloor heating, can I have wood flooring?".... "Do I glue or float my wood floor?".... . "The pack says to glue it, the supplier says nail it. Now what?".... "I've got two dogs and four kids, my wife likes wood flooring, what do you suggest?".... "How do I know how much wood to buy?"....
"There are Marley tiles, can I glue a wood floor on them?”....
Just a small collection of questions that has found its way to Wood You Like's inbox over the last 5 years.
How this Manual came about:
Being involved on a daily basis with all aspects of natural wooden flooring, and noticing the growing influence of online information (some correct and some incorrect - neither Google nor your web browser knows the difference), we started to answer questions about wooden flooring on various DIY forums at the end of 2004. Questions ranged from confusion about products, confusion about contradicting advice from suppliers, instructions on the materials, to cries for help after an installation had gone horribly wrong.
This lack of proper and honest information made us realise even more how important knowledge is, and by using the (then) latest web technology we launched our own blog about natural wooden flooring which we called the FAQ & News site: Everything you always wanted to know about wooden flooring but didn't know where or whom to ask.
Our own recent survey "Do you know any disater stories?" highlighted the most common reason for a disaster was not making the correct preparations at the right time, and all of these disasters are problems that could have been very easily prevented, saving everyone time, money, and a lot of hassle!
Now you can search and find plenty of information online, but that does not always mean you can or will learn how to tackle or prevent problems. This is especially true if your type of problem or situation is anything but "standard". As suppliers and installers, we know that every home and even every design wish can be unique, and it deserves an unique solution - not a "one-fits-all" answer or product.
For that reason we launched our blog first, where we invited readers to submit their questions into the "comment-box". These questions we answered personally, making sure we focused only on the "situation at hand".
A short while later we created a special page on our main website for the same reason - to invite readers to receive personal advice from us. The queries came flooding in! From asking for advice on which wood species or floor type would best suit a certain home, to whole stories filled with such misery that it almost broke our heart (we're very sensitive people!). There is so much information out there on the wibbly wobbly web, and yet still so little real knowledge. The sudden rise in wood flooring "supermarkets" jumping on the band wagon didn't help either. Pile them high, sell them low, and who cares if the punter ends up with rubbish?
After answering question after question for three years we decided to create a simple but comprehensive installation guide, and to make this not only available to our own DIY-clients, but to anyone planning to install a wooden floor in the best possible way. This guide (in a simple PDF format, delivered by email) was launched in December 2008, and was an instant success.
It also triggered more questions. So we kept adding to the guide, which became more and more a collection of questions and answers grouped in a few logical categories. Late in 2009 we decided it was time to completely overhaul the guide, and make it available not only as a PDF, but also as a proper paperback. So you can have it handy by your side while you're working on your floor. The end result (160 pages) is what you can have in your hands right now.
Installing a wooden floor isn't rocket science - all it needs is some common sense, patience, the right preparations at the right time and of course quality materials and the right tools. Wood You Like's Installation Manual for Wooden Flooring covers it all: including tricks of the trade to install your own floor like a professional!
The E-version: instant access to the exact same content as the the paperback, plus includes all colour images and drawings.
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