Installation

A Dinesen floor is a unique piece of nature. It is a living material which must be treated with care. Our instructions explain in detail how you get the best result so the floor can last for centuries.

If you need any additional advice about Dinesen floors, you are very welcome to contact us. To order and purchase products in the maintenance series, please go to our webshop.

FAQ

  • Does a Dinesen floor require a special substructure?

    No. You can install our floors on most common subfloors, including joist constructions, wood-based structures and concrete floors. It is however essential to follow our technical instruction manuals carefully

  • Can the floor be laid as a floating layer?

    No. Dinesen floors must always be fastened to the subfloor with screws or by full-surface gluing. Never apply glue to the long sides of floor planks.

  • Why should there be a gap between the floor and the wall?

    The distance to walls, pipes etc. is there to allow for the expansions that occur in the summer when the planks absorb moisture and thus expand in width. Always leave a 10-15 mm gap between the floor and the wall when installing the floor.

  • Is it necessary to install a skirting board to conceal the gap?

    No. You can simply use an elastic joint filler or another flexible material for a finished look. It is essential, however, that the filler does not restrict the floor’s ability to move.

  • Can the floor be laid without dilatation joints in the floor surface?

    Yes. Dinesen planks are individually attached to the subfloor, not to each other, and there is therefore no need for dilatation joints. That makes it possible, for example, to have an uninterrupted floor surface if the doors do not have doorsills.

  • Why does a Dinesen floor not require acclimatisation before installation?

    Dinesen floor planks are dried to a moisture content of 8-10%, which matches a normal indoor climate. If the planks are stored for some time before they are installed, they may absorb or emit moisture, which will result in undesirable movements. In winter, however, the planks should be placed in the room in which they are going to be installed for 24-48 hours prior to the installation.

  • Can a Dinesen floor be installed any time of year?

    Yes. The floor planks are delivered with a controlled moisture content that matches a normal indoor climate. They do not require acclimatisation but should be installed immediately after delivery, and therefore, seasonal variations are irrelevant. In winter, however, the planks should be placed in the room in which they are going to be installed for 24-48 hours prior to the installation. The building must be sealed off, dry and warm and free of construction moisture, cf. Dinesen’s instructions.

  • For how long should the concrete floor dry before the Dinesen floor can be installed?

    The drying of a concrete layer is not an exact science but a process that depends on many different factors, including time, temperature and air humidity. This process can easily take 4-6 months, and it is therefore extremely important to allow enough time for the concrete layer to dry during the construction process. We strongly recommend that you measure the actual residual moisture before the floor is installed.

  • Is a vapour barrier always required?

    In constructions where moisture may be present due to construction humidity or general humidity conditions, we always recommend that you use a vapour barrier. Generally, a newly cast concrete floor always requires a vapour barrier. The positioning and the need for a vapour barrier, however, will depend on the given construction.

  • Can I install a Dinesen floor myself?

    In principles, yes. However, we always recommend that you have the floor installed by an experienced specialist with the right expertise, as tiny details can have a major impact on the finished floor.

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