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What does a timber floor installation service include?

Once you’ve decided to install timber floorboards - and you’ve found the best floorboards for your home - it’s time to get them installed. Here’s the process you can expect when you work with a professional timber flooring installer:

Area preparation

Before your new floor can be laid, the area will need to be fully prepared to give the best results. This will change slightly depending on the materials underneath and the type of floorboards. The floor underneath needs to be dry, clean, and stable. Ideally, all skirting boards, doors, and door frames will be removed at this stage, too. Also, timber floorboards usually require some level of acclimatisation before being laid to adjust to the temperature and moisture levels to prevent warping and shrinkage. So, you’ll need to leave the boards open in the room where they’ll be laid. This process can take up to a week.

Timber Flooring Installation

Before installing your floorboards, your timber floor installer will lay your choice of moisture-proofing and insulation material. Insulation is important to reduce the noise of floorboards and help regulate the temperature of the house. Once the underneath layers are in place, the new boards will be installed. The method of installation will vary with the materials chosen - solid timber floors need a substructure underneath that they can be secured to, whereas engineered boards can be laid directly over tiles, concrete, or other wooden boards. The boards are usually installed parallel to the longest length of the room, or is visible from the front door, perpendicular to the door.

Before laying the boards, your installer will usually plan out the layout to make sure the lengths, colours, grades, and variations in the timber are spread throughout the floor. They’ll glue or nail your floorboards in place, allowing for a small gap around the perimeter (that will be covered by skirting boards) for expansion.

Cutting & shaping

Once the bulk of your floor has been laid, your installer will carefully measure, cut, and install smaller board sections around corners, cupboards, and doorways. This ensures a tight finish that blends with the overall design.

Cleanup & finish

If you’ve chosen solid floorboards, they may need to be sanded to a level finish, stained, and sealed with a topcoat to protect the wood from scratches and damage. This process might mean you can’t finish the installation and cleanup for a few days. If you’ve chosen engineered floorboards, they are usually pre-sealed, leaving them ready to use. Once the floors are ready, the doors, skirting boards, and door frames are all attached and painted if they need a fresh coat. Then your contractor will clean up the room and any work areas that were used for cutting and painting.

Timber flooring repairs & restoration

Over time, wooden floors can get damaged from water, pets, furniture, high heels, and even dirt. If the damage is minor, you may be able to refinish the surface with light sand, a new coat of sealant, and polishing. More extensive structural damage may need a professional floor repair specialist who can assess and fix the problem correctly.

Recent Timber Flooring tasks in Adelaide

Timber flooring removal


Kent Town SA 5067, Australia

25th Mar 2022

Glued down timber flooring removal - Due date: Needs to be done on Monday, 28 March 2022

Lay timber floating floors


North Adelaide SA, Australia

25th Jan 2022

Lay timber floating floors. Townhouse approx 90sqm. Floor boards supplied. Will need to lay underlay and glue boards together at tongue and groove with PVA glue (also supplied)

Timber flooring minor repairs


Campbelltown SA, Australia

21st Oct 2021

I have timber flooring with some claw marks from my dog which need filling. I also have some other little areas around the living area which I would like “made tidy/fixed” main area needing filling in is as pictured. Flexible as to when it is done.

Repair timber laminate floor


Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

15th Oct 2021

Timber laminate flooring is slightly damaged in a few spots and needs to be repaired/ colour matched - Due date: Flexible

Rick is always punctual and does a great job

Timber floor board restoration & protection


Echunga SA 5153, Australia

3rd Oct 2021

Hello, just moving into our new place and wanted to restore this room before I start placing things in their permanent positions. Just looking for a sand and a finish. Room is roughly 10x8m

Sanding and staining timber floor


Vale Park SA, Australia

8th Sep 2021

Appx 150 sq meter area Baltic Pine timber

Replace damaged vinyl timber floor section


Mount Barker SA, Australia

20th Aug 2021

Vinyl timber flooring damaged near dishwasher needs replacing

Sand and polish timber flooring


Adelaide SA, Australia

17th Mar 2021

Looking for someone to sand and polish flooring, approx, 150-200sqm

Lay floating timber floors


St Peters SA, Australia

13th Jan 2021

Approx 40sqm to be laid at a unit in Ovingham in February (date to be confirmed).

Timber flooring layed


Marden SA, Australia

1st Oct 2020

Laminate flooring to be layed. 33sq meters. I have laminate timber and the underlay all ready. How much please. Need to be layed this weekend please

Oil stain on timber floor


Adelaide SA, Australia

4th Sep 2020

The lid of a vegetable oil bottle came off in my backpack. It leaked through my bag and then into the timber floor. The stain is about 60cm by 20cm. I need it fixed. I have no idea how much this will cost.

Great job!!!!!

Polish timber flooring


Adelaide SA, Australia

28th Jun 2020

Looking for an experienced person to buff & polish, Jarrah timber flooring. Needs to be experienced. 125sqm of flooring. Happy to pay for Buffer Machine from Kennards Hire.

Install 20 m2 of engineered timber flooring


Horsnell Gully SA 5141, Australia

15th Jan 2020

I have 20m2 of flooring that I want to lay, all ready to go, just need someone with the right tools. I have already bought adhesive but may need additional leveller

Install timber floor on concrete


Myrtle Bank SA 5064澳大利亚

26th Jul 2019

Need someone to reInstall the timber floor on concrete for about 40 square meters ( moisture barrier & glue )/ must have experience . Immediate start . Will supply all the materials . Please send quote