Wood floorboards floating on battens

The floating installation method is generally used to reduce noise.

Wood floor floating on battens installation method

A floating wooden floor has a noise reduction of 11dB and is therefore suitable for apartments. We provide the subfloors with an 11 db sound reduction certificate if you like. Also, when the wooden floor has to be moved to a new home, a floating installation method is the way to go. A floating wooden floor can be installed in existing homes and is also very suitable for new buildings. With this installation method, the solid hardwood floorboards are connected with battens. This installation method is applicable to wooden floors wit a maximum width of approximately 10 meters.

Properties of this installation method

  • The floor sounds like a wooden floor.
  • Good temperature insulation.
  • Noise reduction of up to 11 dB.
  • The floor is demountable.
  • Can be installed on any flat subfloor.
  • The floor stays stable during expansion and shrinkage of the floorboards.
  • Expansion of the floorboards is evenly distributed throughout the floor, so seams and slits remain limited.
  • Egalizing.
  • This method can be done by a DIY.
  • The thickness of the subfloor is 15 mm.
  • Thickness of the total floor is 35 mm.
  • Thickness of the total floor, including skirting boards is 40 mm.

Instructions for installing a wood floor floating on battens

Of course we can install and finish the floor. If you prefer to do this yourself, you can do so by following the steps below:

  • Remove unevenness and dust from the work floor.
  • Remove existing skirting boards and make sure that you do not damage the wall when pulling out the skirting board. Put the vapor-proof foil on the subfloor in longitudinal direction and bond the strips over the full length with aluminum tape.

  • Put the battens 20 mm from the wall at a right angle to the direction you are installing the floor.
  • Stagger the battens
  • Install the green insulation plate (30 × 120 cm x 7 mm) between the battens, creating a mutual distance of 30 cm.
  • Place the floor part at a right angle on the battens, with the groove to the wall, use spacers of approximately 20 mm thick.
  • Drive the floor parts using a 'spare floor part'; Never hit the floor part to be installed directly to prevent damage to the tongue.
  • Attach the floor part at an angle of 45 gr through the tongue, with a staple on each batten (about 30 cm) by using a stapler (length of staple: 32 mm or 1 1/4/4 inch) .
  • Make sure the staples are tightly knocked into the wood, with 8 atm air pressure.
  • Keep ± 20 mm away from the wall.
    Use spacers between the floor parts and the wall during assembly.
  • Stagger floor parts at least ± 40 cm  (so-called irregular bond pattern).

Installing the last rows of your solid wood floor

  • Attach the first and last parts with a tacker because the stapler is not useful here.
  • Use for 32mm tacker brads.
  • For the last job, place the floor part on the part of the row next to it.

  • Take a piece of the sawn plank and place it with the tongue against the wall.
  • Then draw on the plank where it should be sawn and then cut slightly next to the line so that you have ± 20mm expansion left over.
  • Immediately after removing the last row, remove the spacers.