Teak Flooring Installation Tips and Tricks

Teak flooring can add a stylish and elegant touch to your home. Teak is an attractive and resilient hardwood, that is widely used in construction. The high durability of teak is one of the reasons why it is a much sought after material for flooring. It contains certain unique oils which repel insects. This gives your floor a high resistance to damage and rot. However, the natural beauty of teak is lost if your floor isn’t well installed. Below are some tips to help you along.

Storage

Once your wood flooring arrives, it is best to stack it indoors for about 1 week. This gives the wood a chance to adapt to the humidity inside the house. It facilitates accuracy during installation and a more satisfactory outcome.

Sub-Floor

For wooden sub-floors, it is best to nail the teak floor rather than use glue. Nails provide a more secure attachment. Concrete floors require more thorough preparation. You must clean the floor well and repair all cracks and holes. An epoxy mortar is ideal for such repairs. Once the mortar has dried, use a sander to make the repaired surface smooth. A smooth surface facilitates effective installation. Be sure to leave ¼ inch gaps between each board when you attach the plywood sub-floor. This leaves adequate room for the wood to expand comfortably during weather changes.

Felt Paper

This should be spread over the entire sub-floor. It provides some protection from moisture and also helps to minimize squeaks. Fifteen pound asphalt felt is ideal for teak flooring. Overlap seams by 2 inches as you lay the paper, to create a watertight seal. Tack the felt onto the sub-floor with a staple gun.

Board Arrangement

It is best to lay the boards perpendicular to the floor joists. If installed parallel to the joists, it is necessary to add an extra layer of sub-floor plywood. It helps if you mark the positions of the floor joists along the wall. Determine the center-point of the room along the width. Draw a line across the room that connects the 2 widths. This acts as a reference point during installation.

Allowance around Perimeter

Some allowance must be made for teak wood expansion once installed on the floor. A ½ inch gap left around the perimeter of the floor is sufficient to accommodate this expansion. Measure the gap from the wall where you’ll begin work. Draw a line on the felt paper that runs parallel to the center line. Once installation is complete, you can seal the gap with baseboard molding.

Alignment

Perfect alignment contributes towards a neat and attractive appearance. It is best to check alignment once you’ve installed the first 2 boards. Cut out a straight piece of board to help you check the alignment between 2 installed boards. If you find alignment is wrong, you’ll need to reinstall. Otherwise, a perfect fit helps to eliminate flaws and gaps on the flooring.

Nailing

Teak is extremely hard which creates difficulty when you drive in nails. It is best to use a pneumatic flooring gun to install nails. This allows you to work faster and more efficiently. You can rent the flooring gu