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Top Tips to Achieving a Quality Install

29 May 2020 by Forte

Work with a Reputable Installer

This may go without saying but we cannot express its importance enough. A professional, experienced installer will get the job done right the first time and you will be far less likely to experience issues down the track

Choose your Installation Method Carefully

Timber Flooring

Installation over concrete, particle board, ply or existing timber flooring: For the best quality timber flooring installation, we always recommend direct fixing your timber flooring. Although direct sticking is usually more expensive than floating, it results in a lovely solid-feeling floor that is very quiet to walk on.

Installation over existing cork or vinyl flooring: These substrates are not suitable for direct fixing to so the flooring will have to be floated. Be sure to use a high quality underlay as this will do a lot to minimize the footfall noise, resulting in a more quality sounding floor

Laminate Flooring

All laminate flooring: Laminate flooring must always be floated on an underlay. Again, it is very important to use a high quality underlay as this will do a lot to minimize the footfall noise, resulting in a more quality sounding floor

Ensure Correct Subfloor Preparation

A floor is only as good as its foundations. As the installer is usually responsible for the floor prep, it is again so important that you get someone that knows what they are doing. Many floor movement issues come down to poor or incorrect subfloor preparation. For example; - No moisture barrier, not enough moisture barrier, the wrong type or incorrect application can lead to moisture coming up in the surface which can result in the flooring cupping or warping. Leveling the floor can be an expensive process but it is integral in achieving a quality install. If the substrate is uneven, you could experience creaking, squeaking, hollow spots etc in your flooring.

Use a Good Underlay

If floating your timber or laminate floor be sure to choose a good quality underlay - the last thing you want is to have to pull your flooring up to replace faulty underlay. If installing over under floor heating the underlay will need be compatible with the heating system you are using. It is also important that the underlay be installed correctly - if not installed right it could result in your under floor heating being less effective or less efficient. If installing in a multi-level building, it is NZ regulation that you must use an acoustic rated underlay. Keep an eye out for density ratings and thickness - generally the denser the underlay, the quieter it will be and the thickness multiplies this effect

Don't Forget to Acclimatize

Acclimatisation is an important pre-installation process of letting the flooring materials breathe and become accustomed to the surroundings in which they will spend their life. We recommend storing the unopened packs of flooring in the installation area for 48 hours to acclimatize. Failure to properly acclimatize flooring before installation begins may compromise the integrity of your floor. Excessive gaps, warping or cupping can occur after the installation is complete; the expansion joint may also be compromised, which will result in further damage. Failure to acclimatize the flooring will also void the manufacturer’s warranty if such problems arise

Order of Installation

Timber flooring should be installed before your carpet. Kitchen cabinetry can be installed over a direct fixed timber floor. If floating your timber floor, the cabinetry must be installed before the flooring is laid - heavy units can create pressure on the timber and potentially lift the floor in a different area if it is not fixed

Correct & Careful Installation

Again, the installation is usually left completely up to the installer so it is important to get someone that knows what they are doing. If installed incorrectly you are likely to experience issues with your floor in the future and your warranty may also be voided.

A note on adhesive tape: Never use any adhesive tape (even low tack) directly on a pre-finished timber floor - the chemicals in the tape can react with the floor coating, causing it to peel off when the tape is removed. As a pre-finished floor is usually factory finished overseas it is not easy to touch up damaged areas

Don't Overlook the Finishing Details

Matte black finishing bars.. brass inlays.. inset stair treads... Its the small details that make all the difference! Stylish finishing details can really enhance the look of the room - whilst unsightly details can be a real eyesore. The finishing details are often left in the hands of the installer as with a building project they are usually the last thing on your mind. If you want to have control over your finishing details, we recommend discussing them with your installer right from the beginning so there's no surprises. If you know what you want your installer may be able suggest how to achieve the look, and if you don't they should be able to recommend popular solutions to what you are after. Alternatively, if the installer can't help you may need to source the finishing detail yourself - in this case don’t hesitate to contact us as we have a number of suppliers on file that can help with finishing details. Let us know if you have any questions!

Post-installation Protection

If trades people are going to be working in the area after the flooring has been laid, we recommend using a temporary protective system such as "Ram Board" or similar to cover the entire timber floor. Be sure not to fix the product with tape on the floor - tape to skirting boards instead using a low tack tape. In addition, covering the entire floor is important as timber flooring can change colour with exposure to UV light - you don't want to cover only one area and find it is a different colour to the uncovered area afterwards!

New Zealand
Who are FortéForté are a third-generation family business, supplying an exceptional range of timber flooring, decking and wall covering products throughout New Zealand and Australia. We have the largest stocked range of timber flooring in NZ and offer free samples delivered nationwide. Our product range is inspired by the latest global flooring trends and our brands are all exclusive to Forté in NZ. With over 35 years’ experience in the timber industry, we are widely recognized as the experts in our field."Forté - The Timber Flooring Specialists"What We DoWe are committed to providing an exceptional range of timber flooring, wall coverings and decking products that are stylish, innovative and of very high quality. We are constantly scouring the globe in search of new and upcoming timber trends and working with our suppliers to translate them into products that New Zealanders will use and love. We also develop bespoke products for clients to suit their exact requirements.We work alongside clients on their projects, assisting them every step of the way from product recommendations and measuring plans, through to delivery and installation, to ensure their dreams are brought to realization. We also provide unparalleled knowledge, advice and technical support to ensure the right products are purchased for the job, the required specifications are met, the products are installed correctly and finally, cared for and maintained correctly.Why Choose Forté?Trusted & Proven SupplierForté are a New Zealand owned and operated company. We have been in the industry for over 35 years and in this time have earned an excellent reputation as a trustworthy and reliable supplier. Check out our Testimonials page and search our Google reviews to see our customer feedback!Exclusive Brands, Unlimited Product OptionsOur brands are exclusively distributed by Forté in New Zealand and cannot be purchased from other importers. We are proud to have NZ’s largest stocked timber flooring range - thanks to this we are able to quicker turnaround times than many of our competitors. We also have a large number of speciality products, which are available by indent. And if you still can’t find what you want, we can work with you to design your dream bespoke timber flooring or wall coverings!Free SamplesWe ship samples all over New Zealand free of charge, because we understand that there's nothing quite like seeing the product in situ to help you make a decision!Expert Knowledge and SupportWith over 35 years’ experience in the timber industry, we have a wealth of knowledge that only experience can provide. From product enquiry, to technical questions, to after-sales support, we are there for you every step of the way.Committed to QualityOur products are extensively tested before they go on the market. We only supply quality products and we only buy from trusted brandsOutstanding ServiceOur customer support team go the extra mile to ensure your project runs smoothly. From measuring plans, to answering technical questions, to getting the product delivered on time, we always strive for complete customer satisfaction!Environmentally ResponsibleAt Forte we committed to minimizing our environmental impact and ensure our practices are sustainable.


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