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Fixings – What Have You Been Missing?

There are many articles about wood-based London flooring for a reason. One of the most important aspects to consider when installing such flooring is definitely the correct usage of adhesives and the right moisture content in the material. But along with that, there is one more thing to be taken into account – namely, fixings – when using wood-based products.

  • London flooring professionals point out that people usually that use nails to fix plywood and that`s alright. It is a good option to go with this way of fixing. Yet, another question arises – what nails should you use – plain or ring-shank ones? Flooring experts in London recommend both types as acceptable. However, many people prefer to use ring-shank nails as they offer better resistance when working loose or pulling out.
  • Screws also can be used but London flooring contractors explain that the withdrawal value of ring-shanks nails and screws is pretty much the same. The withdrawal value is the resistance to being pulled out. The significant advantage of screws is that they don`t have to be hammered in the material – they don`t require a lot of banging which is essential in some cases, e.g. when there is a sensitive ceiling below.
  • What about the hardboard? As it is dense, special hardboard pins should be used in order to resist the withdrawal when pulling through. This is pretty much the opposite to plywood. Such London flooring solutions are usually made from low density wood species.
  • London flooring professionals say that flooring isn`t always about overlayment of wood products on an old floor – the case can be that you are installing floorboards or fixing a new chipboard floor. Speaking of the latter, the chipboard is screwed down as a precautionary measure so the floor is not squeaking after that. Softwood floorboards are typically nailed down. Flooring specialists in London say that usually ‘cut’ nails are used as they have a flat profile and prevents the boards from splitting when they are being nailed.

There is not a universal rule what nails should be used – it all depends on type of material used and the site conditions. What is important is that fixings must be secure and small details should be taken care of before the final London flooring is installed.

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