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Wood Flooring Adhesives

Wood flooring must always be fitted according to BS8201:2011 and wherever possible an experienced wood floor fitter should also be used. This section is for guidance only as site conditions and subfloors will dictate the best method of fitting your floor. If you want your own builder or fitter to install your floor, they must understand that they take on full responsibility for the fitting of the floor and ensuring the subfloor is suitable. For more information or to arrange one of our recommended fitters to visit you, please call 01666 504 015.

We recommend that wherever possible you glue your wood floor directly to your subfloor.   The method for using wood flooring adhesive is remarkably similar to that of apply tiling adhesive, though you do need to consider a few factors prior to installation, which we’ll overview in this section.

Here are some of the advantages you can benefit from when gluing your new floor:

  • Gives you a solid feel to the floor (floating can feel spongy)
  • Massively reduces chance of developing squeaky floor boards
  • In most insurance policies, a fully bonded floor classes as structural and is on the building insurance, whereas floated floors are seen as temporary and need to be declared on your contents insurance.
  • It more secure than floating
  • Reduces Excessive movement of the floor
  • Can be a more cost effective solution when compared to using specialist UFH underlays and the requirement tongue and groove adhesive.


Here at The Solid Wood Flooring Company we’ve worked with Bona and Sika (two leading adhesive manufacturers) to develop our own SW-890 floor adhesive.   This product is only available through ourselves and works perfectly with all of our wood floors including parquet, bamboo, solid and engineered boards. 

SW-890 is a U.K market leader in wood flooring adhesive for the following reasons:

  • Most environmentally friendly flooring adhesive with an EC1 Plus Rating
  • Single Component
  • Easy to Use & Handle
  • Soft Elastic
  • Low Emissions
  • Water & Solvent Free
  • Nearly No Swelling of the Wood
  • Good Adhesion to Almost all Substrates
  • Easily Removed if Splashed
  • Firm Visocity with Retains Trowel Pattern
  • Rapid Initial Bonding Strength


Before you fit your floor you must always check the moisture content of the room you’re fitting in.  According to BS8201:2011 which is the standard your floor just be fitted to, the maximum moisture content of subfloor must be less than 2%.  You must also not fit a wood floor in rooms where the relative humidity is not within 35-55%.  You can check these levels by using a Hygrometer.  For more information on subfloors please see: Suitable Subfloors.


When we supply our adhesives, we always include a comb with it. This is so you can easily, evenly spread the adhesive on the sub floor before fixing the boards down. Using this method, small undulations in the floor will be covered and you’ll achieve maximum surface adhesion.

If the subfloor’s concrete, it must have a moisture content of less than 2%. The floorboards must also be unpacked and laid out before you start to fit. This is so you can see the colour variation in the wood, as you select each board individually as youstart to glue. MSA Polymer adhesives are flexible and dry like a hard rubber. They will also cure from moisture in the air so the floor can be walked on after roughly 24 hours.

If you’d like to discuss our SW-890 flooring adhesive in more detail please contact our experts on 01666 504 015 or email alternatively, you can visit the product page: SW-890 Wood Flooring Adhesive

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