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8 Tips For a Successful Chevron Floor Installation

The chevron flooring technique, known as "opus spicatum" in antiquity, was initiated by the Romans. Already used to mark the roads of the Empire from 600 BC, this method consisted of arranging bricks at an angle to pave the ways. Over time, it has evolved to become a symbol of elegance in the field of interior design.

This centuries-old method now adds a touch of sophistication to our living spaces. Here's how to integrate it into your home.

What is chevron flooring?

Chevron flooring, also known as herringbone installation, is an installation technique that creates a distinctive V or zigzag pattern, reminiscent of the weave of a wicker basket or the bones of a fish.

Traditionally used with hardwood, this elegant method is also very suitable for modern materials such as ceramic and porcelain.

8 tips to successfully achieve your chevron pattern on the floor

1. Have a good base

Ensure the base is clean, dry, and level. Good preparation of the base is crucial to avoid misalignments and future problems.

2. Estimate the percentage of loss

Before installation, estimate the number of planks needed for the surface to be covered and plan for 20% extra to compensate for losses due to cuts.

3. Material acclimatisation before installation

For wood, you should leave it for at least 48 hours in the room where it will be installed to minimize expansions and contractions after installation. For ceramic tiles, being less sensitive to humidity variations, acclimatisation is not a standard step before installation.

4. Planning

Perform planning to organize the implementation of the project and avoid unnecessary losses. This step also allows quantifying the cuts and the number of pieces needed.

5. Start with a W

Begin by carefully laying the first rows to form a perfect "W," which will serve as a basis for the rest of the installation.

6. Moisture control

For installing a chevron wood floor, we recommend maintaining the relative humidity between 35% and 70%. If you do not know your ambient humidity level, you can measure it with a moisture meter.

7. Wait after installation

After installing a floor, the waiting time before it can be used varies depending on the material.

Wood: It is recommended to wait at least 24 hours before replacing furniture and allowing heavy traffic to let the wood acclimate to its new environment and stabilize.

Ceramic: Once the ceramic is installed and the adhesive is dry, the waiting time before fully using the floor depends on the type of adhesive used and the manufacturer's recommendations. Generally, it is advisable to wait at least 24 hours before walking on the freshly laid tiles, and 48 to 72 hours before cleaning or wetting them.

8. Choosing between lengthwise or widthwise installation

Laying the floorboards lengthways or widthways are two installation methods that can visually influence the perception of a room's space.

Installing lengthwise directs the gaze along the room, accentuating its depth and creating the impression of a more extended space.

Installing widthwise, on the other hand, visually widens narrow spaces, creating an illusion of lateral expansion.

In small rooms or corridors: install the planks widthwise to give the impression that the space is larger.

In large rooms: prefer lengthwise installation to emphasize depth and lend a natural elegance to the space.

If, despite these recommendations, you feel uncertain or need additional advice, do not hesitate to contact us.

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