1. The characteristics of the floor : That is to be laid -shrinkage and swelling characteristics this will determine how much expansion gap is needed, the floor grade, moisture content and board density.
2. The Environment the Floor will be laid in :
a) An analysis of the sub floor eg. excessive moisture coming from the sub floor can destroy floors,
b) The condition of the subfloor needs to be assessed and it’s a good idea to obtain a moisture reading of the subfloor using a specialized moisture reader.
c) External moisture needs to be accessed eg. Evaporative cooling can cause problems with certain types of flooring. Also, moisture can seep through the extremities of the slab if the house has been built on a slope and earth is direct contact with external walls. If the house is built on stumps, then it’s important that below the sub floor is nice and dry.
3. Regional Influences : Each flooring product requires different considerations according to the climate of the region. Some Products need to be acclimatized & (allowed to sit in the home to which it will be installed for a period of time PRIOR to laying them so as to reduce gapping or excessive movement. An Expert installer will know what each product and environment need and how to take into account all the factors for a successful long-term installation.
4. Precision In Cutting : There is nothing worse than spending a lot of money for home improvements only to notice that the workmanship is a little shoddy. Imprecise cutting around the doors or tricky areas is one we see frequently and detracts from the elegance of the new floor.