eKo-wood 5G Iroko 3 Strip Premium
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eKo-wood Iroko Premium 3 Strip 5G Locking profiled, Lacquered Flooring is an Engineered floor system available in a 195mm width. Each board is 13.5mm in thickness with a 3.5mm Iroko wood Veneer and comes in 2200mm lengths. The boards have square edges on all four sides giving a contemporary and sterile floor finish.
Engineered Floors are naturally hygroscopic and will therefore both expand and contract throughout the yearly seasons. eKo-wood 3 Strip Iroko 5G is diverse and can be laid floating on to a suitable wood floor underlay, or be fully bonded to a prepared cement/screed sub-base using an appropriate wood floor adhesive and primer. eKo-wood Iroko 3 Strip 5G is not guaranteed for installations over under-floor heating and we would recommend that you seek the advice of a professional wood floor installer.
The patented 5G Locking mechanism is designed for ease of installation. Due to a flexible plastic strip at the board’s header joint, the ends just clip in unlike other Locking systems. No more need to glue the boards together, instead each board interlocks.
Premium Iroko will give you a contemporary look. Your floor is a natural material and can therefore display heavy grain markings, figuring, mineral streaks, colour variations, sapwood and frequent knots of varying sizes. Knot holes, checks splits and other imperfections are allowed. All knots are filled prior to the factory finish being applied. The floor is prefinished with a light commercial, heavy domestic silk matt lacquer which encapsulates and protects the nature of your eKo-wood Iroko floor.
It is important to first check that the environmental conditions in the room/s in which you are to install your wood floor are in keeping with both British Standard and Manufacturers guidelines.
The sub-floor must be in accordance with BS8204 which stipulates that it must not deviate by more than + or – 3mm under a 3m straight edge in any one direction.
Furthermore it is important to ensure that the moisture and temperature readings within the room/s are within the guidelines as defined by both British Standards and the manufacturers.
Relative Humidity: Between 40 – 60%
Room Temperature: Between 13 - 27°c
Moisture Content of Walls: 8% and decreasing
Moisture Content of Concrete/Screed Sub-base: 5% Moisture or 75% Rh
It is important that you use an adequate moisture barrier. For installations over concrete/screed based sub-floors you should you a minimum, 1000 gauge polythene or a suitable wood floor underlay incorporating a moisture barrier.
For installations over wood based sub-floors it may be wise to use a bitumen based tar paper.
Your moisture barrier will need to be lapped at 50mm and taped on its seams using a waterproof tape.
It is also important to use a wood floor underlay and not a carpet underlay. Speak to us for further details on the correct underlay to use.
If you are fully bonding your floor to a concrete/screed sub-base then it is important that you first apply a paint on moisture barrier. This may require a drying time before you can safely bond the floor to it.
You must also ensure that you use a suitable wood floor adhesive. Speak to us for details on suitable flooring adhesives.
To ensure that you maintain a straight line throughout the installation it is important to first measure across your room at 3 separate and equal intervals, this is so you ascertain the difference in width from one end of the room to the other. Once you have worked out the width difference adhere/nail/screw a batten in place, 1 board width from the wall, as this will become your straight edge to work off.
Lay the first row along your straight edge. To ensure minimal wastage and to ensure a staggered fit use the off cut (Minimum 300mm) of the last board you fit in this floor run to start your next line. Continue using the same method across the floor until you reach the other side of the room.
It is imperative that you ensure suitable expansion is left at all four walls and all fixed points. You should always leave a minimum 10mm open expansion gap at the floors perimeter. However for larger areas a larger gap will be required. To ensure the correct gap is left use the following calculation.
1.5mm x Meter Width of the floor run.
For example a room of 10m in width would require a minimum expansion gap of 15mm at all 4 walls and fixed points, including around radiator pipes.
Once you have reached the opposite side of the room from where you started and you have ensured that a minimum expansion gap of 10mm has been left, insert wedges along the wall line (these are removed later).
Now you can return to your start off point and carefully remove the batten that you adhered/nailed/screwed to the sub-floor.
Now fit your final row.
The open expansion gaps can now be hidden under a skirting board, scotia beading or quadrant.
Your floor will expand more across its width than its length and the maximum floor width that you can install is 10m after which a natural break in the floor run will be required.
It is important that y0u maintain your wood floor in the right way. This can help to keep your floor looking fresh and to increase the period over which your floor will need to be sanded and re-sealed.
Hoover regular and often. If it is possible for you to lift the hoover brush from off the floor then do so as this limits the chances of sharp or coarse items getting caught and scratching the floors finish or gouging the veneer.
Remember wood and water do not mix. If you are to clean your floor using water then ensure that the mop is damp to the touch only and do not air dry.
Always use a suitable wood floor cleaner. Ensure that it is PH neutral as more aggressive cleaning agents will soften the floor finish over time. We would always recommend that you purchase a wood floor cleaner from a wood floor specialist.
Always ensure that any spillage is cleaned up immediately. Never let items such as Coffee, Curry Sauce, Cooking fats, Red Wine, Nail Polish or Hair dye sit on the floor for any length of time as these may burn through the surface finish and become difficult to remove.