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We need to fix solid oak flooring probably Barn Oak to a Limecrete screed. Can you recommend a permeable adhesive which would be suitable to maiintain the breathablity of the floor.

Alan Kingston October 6, 2016 at 4:22pm

Hi Alan,

If you intend to fit our barn grade solid oak flooring to your subfloor, for the glue down method we would not recommend a board any wider than 120mm in width. For wider boards, we would recommend opting for engineered oak flooring.

With regards to the adhesive, our usual MS Polymer would not be suitable for this because of its rubberised nature. If you wanted to give us a call we could perhaps discuss in more detail the various fitting methods available.

Peak Oak October 7, 2016 at 12:14pm

I'm thinking of laying a solid oak floor on a first floor with underfloor heating - is this a bad idea? - I'm worried about warping etc. I know that engineered plank would be better, but could I nail that to the joists?

Chris March 5, 2017 at 10:29am

Hi Chris,

For laying over an underfloor heating system we would recommend using engineered oak flooring rather than solid. Engineered oak flooring is designed to be more stable in changeable conditions.

As for fitting, yes engineered can be fitted in same ways as a solid oak floor. We would normally recommend our Spax 3.5 x 55mm Screws for fitting into joists.

Peak Oak March 6, 2017 at 11:42am

Hi. I want to replace the pine ground floor floorboards in our Victorian house and wondered if solid or engineered oak would be better and if either/both would require a ply subfloor and membrane over the ventilated void (about 40cm deep)?

Also, I'm not sure if this falls into your area of expertise (so feel free to ignore!) but one possible complication is that the interior hall walls actually sit on the floorboards rather than on foundations! Any experience of what folk do in these circumstances?!

Thanks in advance!

Dr Neil Gascoigne September 11, 2017 at 9:09pm

Hi Neil,

As long as the area is ventilated and insulated between the joists, both solid and engineered oak flooring could be used in this situation. 20mm thick boards would need to be used and screwed to the joists.

As for the second question, this is not something we can particularly comment on and would be the job of a building inspector to take a look at.

Hope this helps.

Peak Oak September 14, 2017 at 2:43pm

Hello,

Do you have any advice for laying your 14mm solid boards to a plywood subfloor as found in an upstairs bedroom and landing?

Could this be done as a floating floor installation on top of fibreboard underlay or would it need to be nailed or screwed down?

If fixed to the subfloor what measures are there to reduce noise transmission through the floor?

Thanks,
Matthew.

Matthew September 25, 2017 at 2:12pm

Hi Mathew,

For laying a Solid Oak Floor onto a plywood subfloor we would recommend the secret screwing method of fitting. A solid oak floor should not be laid using the floating floor method.

For acoustic value an underlay such as our sheep's wool insulation could be used.

Hope this helps

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