The installation of wood floors began with mechanical fixings (boards nailed or stapled down) and by bedding in and bonding with bituminous compounds. Later, came rigid wood adhesives and additionally many wood floors and laminates installed with no fixings to the subfloor, also known as 'floating systems'.
All of these installation methods have significant disadvantages. For example, mechanically fixed floors will creak, floating floors increase reflected noise and feel springy giving the 'trampoline effect', plus rigid adhesives can damage the sub floor, caused by stress transfer.
The optimum method and the most professional way of installing wood floors, is using elastic adhesives. Sika created this concept of elastic wood floor bonding in the early 1990's and it had its origins in the marine ship building industry.
Teak boarded decks are used and preferred on various types of yachts, leisure cruisers and ocean liners. Many of these are bonded and caulked with Sika Marine elastic adhesive systems, which has now been done successfully for over 30 years.
Advantages of Sika Elastic Adhesives for Wood Floors
- Reduces transmitted and airborne sound
- Improved walking comfort, better for our joints
- Minimised perimeter joints
- Larger surface areas without joints
- Installation is possible in difficult areas (e.g. wet rooms)
- Accommodates differential movement between wood and substrate
- Secure and durable adhesive bonding
- Adhesives bond to all woods and a very wide range of substrates
- Also suitable for problematic wood species such as teak, maple, beech and bamboo
- Primer-less application system
- Fast curing
- EC-1+ classified products