02 Aug 5 things to keep in mind during installation
In this blogpost, we share 5 tips to keep in mind when installing Glosswood’s natural timber lining boards. From acclimatising the timber to the local environment to end-sealing the boards, we cover 5 important steps:
1. Acclimatise the Boards on Site
We recommend a period of 2-3 days for the boards to acclimatise to the environment. Stack the boards 150mm off floor on bearers. Acclimatising should not be undertaken during very wet or very dry periods of weather.
2. Use a New Pair of Gloves
When installing the boards, we recommend using a new pair of gloves so the product does not get marked by hand or finger marks. Particular care needs to be given when installing the colour White or similar light colours, as it is more evident if glue and dirt is transferred onto this colour.
3. Off-set the Boards
Glosswood recommends off-setting the boards during installation. This will ensure the board joints are staggered and do not line up in a row.
Note: There is a minor lamination join that appears approximately in the middle of the board and installers should stagger this line where possible.
4. Leave Expansion Gaps
Leave expansion gaps for natural timber expansion between the tongue and groove (approx. 2mm in thickness). Expansion varies depending on climate and application, but Glosswood recommends a minimum of every three to five boards. Expansion gaps are good practice for internal installation and essential for exterior applications. This is especially crucial in moist and high-humidity locations, i.e. Queensland.
5. End-Seal the Boards
It’s mandatory every end-joint (or freshly cut) board is resealed to ensure the board ends are completely sealed. This prevents moisture ingress to the timber. End-seal and wipe face clean with a damp cloth if any sealant gets on the face of the board. If you select a Matte colour, Glosswood supply the stain. If installing a Satin product, the installed will need to use an end-sealer of a similar colour.
This blogpost does not substitute reading the Installation & Maintenance Guide, available on the technical page or packed in your order.