If you are considering glue down installation, it’s best that you consider a professional floor installer as they are equipped with the knowledge to identify and rectify issues that may arise during or after installation.
Choosing a floor
Glue down installations are best recommended for engineered floors or more stable options like bamboo and solid wood. Compared to wide and thick wood floors, solid wood floors that come in narrow planks are more stable. In the context of floors, stability refers to the resistance of wood floors to changes in climatic conditions.
Due to the fact that planks may vary in width, gluing down solid wood floors may be challenging. Engineered wood floors, on the other hand, are straighter and have less width variation. As a result, they are easier to install using this technique. Due to this, engineered floors are recommended as the best choice for gluing down on concrete.
Bamboo, wood and cork floors should be acclimated prior to installation. Most manufacturers recommend acclimation in a room with relative humidity of 30% to 50% and temperatures of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure that your HVAC system is working efficiently before acclimatization. If required, you can postpone delivery until the room is set to the right acclimation conditions. The installation can also be held off until the floors are sufficiently acclimated.
Given that cork, wood and bamboo are natural materials, it’s difficult to find two products that are identical. Appearances in terms of grain, texture, color, etc. vary from floor to floor. It’s however normal that wood, bamboo and cork flooring in Mississauga get richer and darker as they get older. This color change often goes unnoticed until accent rugs or carpets are lifted during cleaning, furniture is moved or during renovations. To fix the variation in color on different areas of the floor, one can either stain them, or give them up to eight months for the colors to blend. The rate at which the color of floors changes depends on the type of floor. Moreover, it’s important to note that color change is not related to the manufacturing process.
Depending on whether the floor is bamboo, wood or cork, adhesive requirements will vary. In the installation guide, the manufacturer is likely to provide information about the necessity of moisture testing procedures, adhesive labeling, floor product installation as well as advisories pertaining to requirement of moisture barriers and recommendations of trowel sizes. The installer may be required to use moisture barriers or test for concrete moisture depending on the application of particular adhesives. Whenever you are in doubt about adhesive use, it’s best to contact the manufacturer or a specialized flooring company.
Before gluing down your cork floor, check on the following during the pre-installation inspection.
• The installer should be the final quality inspection
• Laying out each flooring plank helps to inspect for imperfections, thus enabling the installer to make necessary adjustments
• If defective boards are used, they should be used in hidden corners of the room to make them inconspicuous
• Filler or stain can be used for corrective purposes during installation
• Adhesives shouldn’t be allowed to dry or skin over the floor
• Adhesive products shouldn’t be mixed. Instead, the installer should use adhesives from the same product line
• Trowel teeth are bound to wear due to constant use. It’s therefore recommended that one uses a new trowel with every new container of adhesive
• Use a 100lb roller during the installation to ensure glue transfer
• Floor panels should be installed parallel to the longest wall of the room