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Nail Down Installation

Only 20mm thick engineered wood floors can be nailed.

Our 20mm floors are ends matched, when installing over joists at 450mm centers there is no requirement to support head joints on a joist for normal domestic installations. If heavier point loading is expected all header joints should be supported.

If installing over solid sub flooring, planks must be laid at 45 or 90 degrees to sub floor boards or add a layer of minimum nominal 12mm Class1 plywood underlayment to the existing sub floor.

Always use underlay with all nail down installations, overlapping the seams by min 100mm and returning up the wall. Snap a working line parallel to the starting wall, allowing 15mm expansion space. Lay one row of plank along the entire length of the working line.

Top-nail and blind-nail the first row (hand-nail if necessary), using appropriate fasteners. Denser species may require pre-drilling. Each succeeding row should be blind-nailed wherever possible.

Joists sub floors – Blind nail in each joist

Plank or Panel sub floors – Nail every 200-300mm  

During installation of flooring, push or gently tap boards flush to the previous row. Tap against the tongue; tapping the groove may damage the edge. To prevent damage to the finish, avoid tapping the face of the board with a rubber mallet. 


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