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Laying Wooden Floor Through An Arch

Postby simonk » Wed May 09, 2007 12:25 pm

Can anybody give me any advice for laying a (floating) oak floor in a kitchen/diner with an archway?

The full length of the room is approx 8 metres, should I go all of the way through or use some kind of expansion threshold at the arch? If so, can anybody recommend any (the arch is about 4ft wide).

I think going straight through would be quite difficult on the other side of the arch (going back towards the wall)??


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Postby thedoctor » Sat May 12, 2007 9:34 am

Its your call Simon, we prefer to go straight though but many of our DIY customers put in a seperation strip. A 15mm gap should be left under the arch for expansion if you go with this way of doing it. The strip can be of chamferred hardwood simply glued ( Gripfil adhesive is the best, see our adhesives used at home project at ) to one side of the floor. this will still allow movement under the strip. It takes a bit of experience and some considerable carpentry skills to be able to complete a floor and keep all cuts and expansion joints neat but we think its worth getting some same size timber to practice on as a strip in the middle of a floor (in our opinion) looks untidy,.
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