Laying solid wood flooring
and installing panelling.
Laying a floor. At out factory the wood is seasoned until it has a moisture content of approx. 8 %, known in the industry as ”furniture-dry” . This is to ensure that the floor moves as little as possible once it has been laid. Remember that wood is a living material which adapts to the ambient humidity. Allowance must be made for shrinkage or expansion, depending on the ambient humidity at the time the floor is laid. The best environment for a solid wood floor is when the ambient humidity is 30–60 %.
We recommend that the boards are screwed or nailed down where possible. This is to allow each board to move individually, but it is also the simplest method for laying boards. During the drier part of the year, some shrinkage gaps may open up between the boards.
A Baseco floor can be laid in combination with underfloor heating.
A floor can also be laid as a glued floating floor if it is not possible to use screws, or if you want to avoid gaps between the boards. The floor remains floating without being glued down to the underlying surface, so any movement in the floor occurs beneath the skirting board on the walls, for which reason thick skirting board should be used. It usually takes longer to glue a solid wood floor than to screw it down. Our floors can also be screwed into concrete.
Installing panelling. The panels are slant-screwed or slant-nailed into the board’s tongue. When screwing panels into place, it is best to pre-drill holes in order to prevent the wood splitting, and we suggest that countersunk screws are used. If nailing boards instead, it is best to use pins and to drive them in using a pin punch so as not to damage the wood.
If installing panelling on a flat wall that is clad in chipboard, for example, it is usually possible to screw or nail the boards directly onto the underlying surface. However, if the underlying surface is plasterboard or concrete, for example, you first need to put up battens to which the boards can then be attached. Battens should ideally be placed at intervals of 600 mm between centres. Recommendations for installing panelling on walls also apply to panelled ceilings. When installing wooden panelling on walls and ceilings, it is best to begin with the ceiling.