1. HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WOOD FLOORThere are a number of points to check when choosing a new wood floor and some of these will depend on the type of floor available to you:What is your Sub Floor (existing floor)Do you have under floor heating?Is the room a south facing conservatory or basement (below ground level)?Are you fitting in a bathroom or kitchen?SUBFLOORYour subfloor is very important as this will need to be flat, dry and suitable for laying a wood floor on.For timber floor subfloors, you must ensure that your floor is flat and that it is free from any type of woodworm or rot. All boards should be securely screwed or nailed down before laying a new wooden floor otherwise boards will start to creak. When you have a timber floor you can nail, glue or float your wood floor (glue tongue and groove together and use an underlay between the two floors)Chipboard and Plywood Please note that chipboard is not strong enough to nail a wood floor down on (it is fine for gluing or floating). The chipboard easily disintegrates over time therefore the nails in the floor would work loose. Ply board is suitable and can hold nails. Marine ply is recommended for use with a wooden floor.For laying onto joists, you need to check that these are also free from woodworm or rot and that they are level enough to lay boards onto. Most of the time the existing floor will simply have been pulled up so the joists will be ready to have the new floor laid on top. However you must ensure that all nails have been either pulled out or hammered in fully so they do […]