How to attach a floor fixing

25 November 2019

dark brown wooden flooring

From time to time you might find a need for a floor fixing. As you might expect, you need to choose the right fixing depending on the type of floor you want to fix it to. Here’s an overview of what to use and where to use it.

Before inserting a fixing into the floor, remember to always check for hidden pipes and cables using a detector and if you are in a flat/apartment you should check with your Managing Agent/Landlord first.

Boarded floors

Boarded floors only require ordinary woodscrews. However, you should make sure they’re not particularly long ones, since you don’t want to penetrate through to the underside of the board – this could potentially damage pipes or cables located in the floor.

Concrete or screeded floors

These require a standard wall plug and screw, which can be picked up from just about any DIY shop.

Separating (‘party’) floors

Separating floors are usually found in flats or maisonettes. They are often designed with a ‘floating’ top layer in order to reduce the passage of sound. Always think carefully about the necessity of fixing something to these types of floors. If it can’t be avoided, it’s essential that your fixing is short enough so that it does not connect the floating layer to the structural floor, as this could reduce the effectiveness of the floor construction in relation to sound transmission.

Can’t tell your boarded floors from your concrete ones? You may find this information within the Inside my home section of your HUG but if not, please check with your builder.

Every new-build home in the UK that is sold with an NHBC Buildmark warranty and insurance policy comes with a secure, online Home User Guide (HUG). HUG is a free, personalised portal where you can store all the information you need about your home. It also contains useful advice about moving into a new home, designed to help you settle in as smoothly as possible.

This how-to guide is just part of the guidance available on HUG. If you’re in the process of buying a new-build home, or have recently bought one, with Buildmark cover make sure you check out HUG. It’s also the place where you can most conveniently accept your Buildmark cover.

Remember, most repair and maintenance ought to be carried out by a professional.

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