Hardwood Floor Fitting
Replacing your floor with a new hardwood floor can transform your room, adding style with the natural elegance of real wood. A real wood floor is durable practical and beautiful.
At fixed Price Trade we are confident we have some of the best hardwood floor fitters in the North East. All our Pro Tradesmen have years of experience laying all types of hardwood flooring including traditional floor boards, tongue and groove, parquet and reclaimed flooring.
One of our professional floor fitters will come to your home and carry out a pre-fitting survey which even includes a moisture test to make sure the surface is suitable for a real wood floor.
Our service includes the fitting of the floor, underlay and trims and comes with a free brass or chrome floor threshold.
Check out our Hardwood Flooring Page and book a FREE survey today!
Hardwood Floor Fitting FAQ
- Q: Do you do free surveys and quotations?
- A: Yes. We will come to your home and carry out a full pre-fitting survey including a moisture test.
- Q: Can you give me advice on what flooring I should use?
- A: We can help you decide the best hardwood flooring for your room during the survey.
- Q: Do you fit the underlay and all the trimming as part of your service?
- A: Yes. We will fully complete the job including fitting all trims.
- Q: Will you dispose of the old flooring?
- A: Yes. If required we will remove and responsibly dispose of all your old flooring at a fixed price.
- Q: Is your work guaranteed?
- A: Yes. All Fixed Price Trade's workmanship is guaranteed for 1 year.
- Q: How long will it take to fit my new floor?
- A: This will depending on the size of the room and the exact work required.
- Q: How can I guarantee the job will be completed to my satisfaction?
- A: We only use the very best professional installers to carry out your works. Your personal install manager will check you are fully satisfied when your work is completed.
How to prepare for a new hardwood floor
To prepare for your new hardwood floor clear the room of all furniture and ornaments and lamps. Our Pros are happy to help moving any furniture too heavy for yourself of course!
Remember! If you are having your hardwood floors fitted by Fixed Price trade then we can take care of every aspect of the job including removal and *disposal of your old floor.
If you are removing the old floor yourself please read out 'top tips' below for some advice on the best ways to remove different types of flooring.
Removing Laminate Flooring
Equipment Needed: Claw Hammer, Small Crow Bar or Wrecking Bar, Safety Goggles
- First you will have to remove the skirting boards as these will be sitting on top of the laminate flooring. To do this take the hammer and crow bar and making sure you are wearing the protective goggles place the straight end of the crowbar at the top of the skirting board where it meets the wall and hit with the hammer so it separates the skirting board from the wall, gently force the skirting board away from the wall. Repeat this every 12-15 inches until the skirting board has been removed around the whole room. Any nails remaining in the wall remove with the claw hammer.
- Lift the first board by sliding the curved end of the crowbar underneath the edge and lift until it snaps away from the adjoining board. Continue to do this until all the laminate flooring has been removed.
- Next remove the underlay, sweep the floor and it is now ready for your new hardwood floor to be laid.
Removing Lino/Vinyl flooring
Equipment Needed: Floor Scraper, Heat Gun, Utility Knife, Workman Gloves, Face mask
- Remove the plinth that hides the void underneath the base units of your kitchen as these may be sitting on top of the lino/vinyl to be removed. These can usually be removed quite easily, if you cannot remove them cut neatly along the edge of the plinth with the utility knife.
- Cut a square in the flooring with the utility knife large enough to get the floor scraper underneath.
- Using the floor scraper and wearing the gloves lift a corner of the cut area and with a backwards and forward motion slide the floor scraper underneath the lino/vinyl flooring, tearing off and lifting the flooring as you go. Depending on the area being worked on it might be a good idea to continue to cut and lift the floor in sections.
- Continue until all the flooring has been removed.
- Any adhesive that remains on the floor can be removed using the floor scraper or the heat gun and floor scraper. If using the heat gun wearing the face mask gently heat the adhesive until it becomes soft enough to remove. If you are exposing natural wood to be the final flooring be careful not to burn the floor with the heat gun or damage the floor with the floor scraper.
Equipment Needed: Utility Knife, Claw Hammer, Flat Head Screwdriver, Safety Goggles, Gloves, Crow Bar/Wrecking BAr
- Using the screwdriver lift the carpet from one of the corners, pull up along the length of one of the walls then fold a section of the carpet over so the underneath is face upwards.
- Next carefully cut along the whole length of the carpet with the utility knife, roll up the piece of cut carpet and continue until all the carpet is removed.
- Remove the underlay, again cutting into easily manageable rolls.
- Around the edge of the room nailed to the floor should be 'carpet gripper' thin strips of wood with small spikes used to hold the carpet in place. Wearing protective gloves and goggles remove this by forcing the crowbar or flat head screwdriver underneath the carpet gripper with the hammer and prizing up.
- Remove any nails left in the floor from the carpet gripper, sweep or hoover the floor, it should now be ready to lay your new hardwood floor.
Removing Ceramic Floor Tiles
Equipment Needed: Hammer, Small Bolster, Rotary tool or Small screwdriver, Paint/Wallpaper scraper, Safety Goggles
- Scrape around the grout of the first tile to be removed using the rotary tool or screwdriver to create a crevice in which you can insert the bolster.
- Angle the bolster at about 45 degrees against the underneath of the tile and making sure you are wearing protective goggles tap the bolster lightly with the hammer until the tile becomes loose and comes away.
- Continue until all tiles are removed.
- Any remaining grout or tile adhesive can be removed with a stiff scraper. Any stubborn parts can be removed using the bolster and hammer.