Installation & Specifications

Please understand that approximately 30% of orders come in random short lengths and that our timber is supplied as ABCD grade generally. Timber is a natural product. Colours can and may vary from images shown from actual samples. Boards will vary across every floor in colour, tone and knot frequency. It is this variation that gives timber its natural beauty and appeal.

 

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INSTALLATION

Concrete sub-floors
  • Glued and secret nailed on to 9mm or thicker pinned ply with moisture barrier underneath.
  • Glued and weighted on to glued acoustic mats.
  • Directly stuck and weighted to a membraned slab where sub-floor heating is being used.
Timber joist sub-floors
  • Glued and secret nailed on to structural ply laid over joists.
  • Glued and secret nailed on to acoustic mat over structural ply over joists.
Stairs
  • Over a formed staircase use matched pre-finished solid stair nosing and 189mm boards for treads and risers. Use matched pre-finished cover strip to hide engineered profile if using a floating stair (i.e. no stringers).
Walls
  • Glued and secret nailed or just secret nailed on to ply-lined walls. Use matched pre-finished solid corner moulding for corners.

 

 

CARE & MAINTENANCE

Regular Cleaning & Maintenance
  • Regular cleaning will prevent dirt and grit from wearing and scratching your floor. An electrostatic mop can be used to get rid of loose dirt and dust or you can vacuum (make sure the head won’t scratch your floor). Contact us directly for recommendations on cleaning & maintenance.
  • Do not under any circumstances use any bleach, ammonia or caustic based cleaners (e.g. regular household cleaners like Domestos and White King) as this can weaken the coating and could cause colour distortion and the high likelihood of staining.
  • Felt feet and protective pads should be used on all furniture prior to moving in to prevent scratching.
  • Rugs and hall runners provide additional protection, particularly in heavy traffic areas, like entry points.
  • Fats, including oils and other greasy foods can be extremely penetrating and can leave permanent marks. We strongly recommend avoiding leaving any spills of this nature. Clean up immediately – you can use a mild sink detergent or a 1 part methylated spirits or vinegar to 4 parts water mix.
Scratching & Denting

Repair bottle

  • Royal Oak Floors can be refinished if it becomes excessively damaged. Our finishes are designed to be recoated without the need for sanding. For best results, we recommend contacting us directly for up to date information. Please supply us with the specifications of your installed floor.
  • Minor surface scratches can be fixed with Royal Oak Floors Repair Oil. We sell a range of colours in handy 90ml bottles. These are available for $20.00 each from our South Yarra showroom or $30.00 including postage.
Climate Control
  • Australia’s sun can be very harsh so we recommend the use of blinds, curtains, exterior blinds/awnings or if possible utilizing glass with built in UVA and UVB protection. This will help prevent fading or discolouration. Moving rugs and furniture on a semi-regular basis will help the floor age evenly.

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

What is an engineered floor?
  • An engineered floor is simply a floor board made of more than one piece of timber. The multi-plywood layers use up to 12 layers of thinly cut hardwood and softwood plantation timbers, placed and glued in multiple directions to increase the strength and stability of the top layer of solid timber.
  • By utilising fast growing softwood plantation timbers in the base it minimises the old technology requirement of using slow growing timber in all layers – this is a far more environmentally advanced selection that still offers the same strength and stability in the board and beauty of the top layer. Engineered timber flooring technology has developed greatly over the past 25 years and has dramatically improved the quality of flooring products in that time.
Why not a solid floor?
  • Timber is a living material, sensitive to constant environmental changes. It responds in different ways to variations in moisture levels. If a piece of solid timber flooring is placed in a very moist environment it will absorb some of that moisture, causing it to fatten and swell and creating a rise or ‘crown’ in the middle. If, however, the same piece of timber is placed in a dry environment it will release moisture causing the timber to shrink and ‘cup’ across the face. The amount of movement caused by varying moisture levels is far greater with a solid wooden floor than an engineered floor.
  • In addition, the wider a solid floor board is the greater the risk of cupping and crowning because the movement multiplies. Good quality engineered floors offer far greater stability and enable the use of much wider floor boards without the inherent risks common with solid floors.
Engineered Floors – Pro’s over solid floors
  • Far greater stability means less floor failures than with solid floors.
  • Wider board widths are achievable with the inherent stability of a multi-plywood base.
  • Usually a thicker ‘wear’ or sanding layer than solid floors.
  • Available in a range of pre-finished, hard to achieve colours.
  • Far lower VOC emissions once installed compared with on-site finishing.
  • Reduced installation time due to pre-finished product.
  • Far more efficient use of slow-growing top layer timbers (Oak, Teak and Walnut, etc.) than solid floors.
  • Can be secret-nailed or just glued down, unlike solid boards which, if over 90mm wide, require top-nailing.
  • Can be used in conjunction with in-slab and other sub-floor heating systems.