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6 common mistakes when constructing plastic wood floors that need to be avoided

In order for plastic wood flooring construction projects to have a long and durable life, we should avoid the following 6 basic mistakes:

The foundation for the construction of plastic wood floors has no slope to drain water

Laminate flooring is an attractive construction item in outdoor areas such as balconies, gardens, swimming pools, etc., where it is exposed to direct sunlight and high humidity.

Laminate flooring is often used for outdoor installation, especially in the swimming pool area
Laminate flooring is often used for outdoor installation, especially in the swimming pool area

In order for the construction of plastic wood floors to not be stagnant, the foundation must have a slope of about 2% - 3%.

In order for water to drain away easily, the floor support frame must also be installed along the slope.

It is recommended to install plastic wood floors on slopes about 2 - 3% high.
It is recommended to install plastic wood flooring on the foundation with a steep slope of about 2-3%

The distance between the plastic wood floor and the foundation is less than 30 mm

In order for the building to have ventilation, it is imperative to install plastic wood floors on the skeleton. Absolutely, do not fix the floor directly to the floor. The minimum height of the skeleton is 30 mm.

Just ensure the distance between the plastic wood floor bar and the foundation 3 cm Then you can use plastic wood beams, stainless steel bars or galvanized iron boxes for construction.

Not leaving the right distance will cause the construction of plastic wood flooring to be stagnant
Not leaving the right distance will cause the construction of plastic wood flooring to be stagnant

The distance between the plastic wood floor and the wall is less than 15mm

Plastic wood is a material that contains both plastic and wood in the structure. Therefore, in the face of the harsh sun and heavy rains, the plastic wood floor is hard to avoid the phenomenon of expansion. To create the best conditions for the floor, the distance between the floor and the wall should be 1.5 cm (≥ 15mm).

Minimum distance between laminate flooring and wall is at least 15mm
Minimum distance between laminate flooring and wall is at least 15mm

As mentioned earlier, the work plastic wood floor construction There must be ventilation. Therefore, leaving gaps between floor bars or between floor and wall is extremely necessary. Not only does it help prevent the floor from warping due to expansion, but the gap also makes it easy for water to flow down to the foundation.

The mistake when constructing plastic wood floors is to install them close to the wall
The mistake when constructing plastic wood floors is to install them close to the wall

Do not use plastic dowels when constructing plastic wood floors outdoors

For projects with unstable temperature conditions such as the outside, where there is a large area and no roof, we should use plastic dowels for construction. Plastic fasteners also ensure proper spacing between floor slats (about 6 – 8 mm).

The case of using stainless steel dowels to build plastic wood floors
  • The distance between the floor and the foundation should be from 50 cm above.
  • Buildings with roofs such as huts and prefab houses.
  • The installation area has a stable temperature and is not humid.

When using stainless steel dowels, the distance between the floor bars will be about 3 mm.

Should leave a suitable gap between the wooden plastic floor slats
Should leave a suitable gap between the wooden plastic floor slats
The error when constructing plastic wood floors is using stainless steel dowels in wet outdoor areas
The error when constructing plastic wood floors is using stainless steel dowels in wet outdoor areas

Do not install the double skeleton system when connecting the floor

For works with large area, where the bar plastic wood floor 3 meters long is still not enough to meet the requirements, so floor connection is inevitable. At the connection position, we should place the two ends of the floor bar directly on the skeleton to protect the floor from breaking.

Note: The position of connecting rods (without using connecting pins) needs to be spaced  5mm.

Need to install more beams at the place where the plastic wood floor is connected
Need to install more beams at the place where the plastic wood floor is connected

Do not leave the gap between the two ends of the rod

Under the heat of the sun, galvanized iron bars, stainless steel bars or plastic wooden beams are also in the same situation with the floor, also expanding under a certain rate. Therefore, at the connection position between the two bars, we need to leave a gap of about 2 cm (15 mm).

Need to leave a gap when connecting the rafters
Need to leave a gap when connecting the rafters

5 tips when constructing plastic wood floors that you need to know

In places exposed to direct sunlight and regularly cleaned, we should use striped or 3D textured plastic laminate flooring.
It is recommended to install laminate flooring in a staggered 50 - 50 pattern (floor bars are installed ½ ) to increase the connection between the boards.
It is recommended to use accessories to cover the edges of laminate flooring.
Avoid using iron rods, iron screws to build plastic wood floors to prevent rust.
To install the plastic wood brace at the right angle position, it is necessary to cut the brace at an angle of 45 degrees.
Install accessories at the end of plastic wood floor construction
Install accessories at the end of plastic wood floor construction

Just avoid the Common mistakes when constructing plastic wood floors above, you will immediately have a beautiful structure with a long lifespan of up to 15 years. Kosmos Vietnam is ready to answer any questions construction plastic wood for you here or via Hotline: (+84) 903 093 221

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