Wood Flooring Guide
Solid wood can be installed throughout any room in a property except in areas of climatic change i.e. bathrooms, kitchens, conservatories and also if a wood burner is present. This product is not suitable for use with Under Floor Heating and should never be installed over underlay due to its unstable nature. Installation must be carried out either by secret nailing or gluing the planks to the subfloor using a flexible adhesive.
Engineered wood consists of a plywood or softwood base laid inone direction and a wear layer of wood glued on top in the opposite direction. Due to its construction it is more stable than solid wood so can be installed throughout any room in a property except the bathroom. Engineered flooring cannot be secret nailed unless it is 18mm or above in depth but can be floated over underlay or glued to a sub floor using a flexible adhesive. This structure type can be installed over Under Floor Heating.
Tongue & Groove
The traditional method for fitting flooring. This profile type is available with a square or micro bevel edge on the surface. This can be glued to the sub floor by trowelling out a flexible adhesive, secret nailing or floating over an underlay and gluing the joins with a WPVA glue to complete the installation. Please see the structures section above for further information regarding limitations etc.
As the name suggests each board is simply clicked together over an underlay. Alternatively you can glue the planks using a flexible adhesive to the sub floor if needed. This profile type has a micro bevelled edge applied to the surface and is only available in the engineered structure. Under no circumstance can this be secret nailed due to the shape of each plank profile.
Parquet block has a square edged surface and must always be glued directly to the sub floor using a flexible adhesive. Many pattern varieties can be created, the most common option being Heringbone. All our parquet block comes unfinished so will need to be sealed.
This particular finish is smooth to the touch and makes cleaning the floor easy. Scratching can be a little more evident but if the correct care is taken then this can be mostly avoided. Our lacquered floors are available in either a matt or semi-matt appearance; this will be indicated according to each floor selection found on our website.
An oiled finish gives a more natural appearance. This is achieved because this floor finish has no reflective properties along with a slight rough to the touch quality. Scratches are less evident if made on an oiled floor and cleaning is simple but we would still recommend following the manufacturers guideline regarding care and maintenance.
Brushed & Oiled
Exactly the same qualities as our oiled option but with the added extra of a wire brushed effect applied. This gives the floor surface a textured touch and an even more authentic appearance. Care and maintenance is identical to its lacquered and oiled counterparts..
This is a completely un-finished floor surface. A stain of your choice can be applied or you can simply choose the natural, untouched look. However, no matter which option you choose it must be then sealed with either a lacquer or oil once the flooring has been installed, this will then provide complete protection against dirt and water spills etc..