A recovered wood floor gives warmth, beauty and prestige to the environment; it becomes an integral part of living comfort and, at the same time, represents a design element capable of enriching the space.
An antique wooden floor is unique and unrepeatable and its installation is the final result in which all the processing phases are realized. In fact, although the wood is beautiful and well treated, if the installation is not performed in a workmanlike manner, most of the work done upstream is nullified.
The installation is an operation that requires, alongside the application of precise rules, the skills of “creativity” in those who perform it, especially in the combination of ancient woods.
The most common techniques are:
– laying with nailing
– floating installation
– laying by gluing.
The most used for antique wooden floors is the floating (or floating) installation which, in addition to being practical and fast, is also eco-friendly, because it does not use nails or glues. The wooden boards are interlocked together, with a malefemale combination; the reclaimed wood is then placed on a birch plywood base (except in the case of solid wood).
There are also laying patterns, most often linked to the size of the room, its brightness and its use.
The most common system is the irregular formwork laying (or running laying), which involves laying the boards parallel to each other, but with a phase shift between the head joints of the individual boards.
At the end of the laying of the floor, the finish is carried out, which can be varnish, oil, wax. The first is the most used; the paint that is recommended today is the water-based one, because it is very resistant (it lasts 10/15 years) and prevents liquids from penetrating into the wood.
At this point, the recovered antique wooden floor is ready to enhance and make any environment warm and welcoming.