Precautions prior to handover
Means of keeping the flooring dry and stable in the period between laying and handing over should be provided.
Start up schedule
Where underfloor heating is involved, particular attention should be paid to ensure that the top surface temperature of the wood flooring should not exceed 27°C. Some electrical underfloor heating systems are not compatible with timber flooring and the manufacturer of the timber flooring should always be consulted before installing over underfloor heating systems, particularly regarding the moisture content, species of the timber and specific installation guidelines. It is most important that electrical UFH systems must be overlaid with a fibre reinforced smoothing compound of not less than 5mm. No direct contact of any electrical matting should come into contact with the wood floor itself. Please seek the advice of the UFH manufacturer’s instructions to confirm compatibility with wood flooring.
- Do not use the UFH for 48 hours after the installation is complete. This gives the adhesive time to fully cure and allows the floor to generally settle.
- Do not turn the system straight up to maximum. Gradually increase the temperature 1°C per day until you reach your optimum operating temperature. And never exceed 27°C at the surface temperature.
- We strongly recommend a dual thermostat system is used to monitor the surface temperature and the ambient temperature of the room. Throughout the life of the flooring avoid any rapid or big temperature changes as fluctuating the heat within the product runs the risk of drying out the timber. This can result in dimensional changes causing the floor to split and crack.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Always check the mutual compatibility of moisture barriers, primers, aggregates, levelling compounds and adhesives before installation.