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The Wood Flooring Guide

  • Top Ten Questions About Wood Flooring

    We often get asked the same questions about wood flooring over and over again.  Here are the top 10 questions and answers that we get asked about wood flooring?


    1. Can I use underfloor heating with my wooden floor?

    You can only use underfloor heating if you have engineered wooden flooring. It has been designed and produced to withstand the constant changes in temperature from underneath. Solid wood flooring is not compatible with underfloor heating.


    1. What is the difference between solid wood and engineered wood flooring?

    Solid wood flooring is a plank of flooring that has been made out of a single piece of wood.  Engineered wood flooring has a solid wood surface layer but has multiple base layers (usually plywood) to give it additional strength and stability.  To find our more in-depth information, have a look at Should I choose solid or engineered hardwood?


    1. Can I have a wooden floor in my kitchen?

    You can have a wooden floor in your kitchen.  We would advise that you use engineered hardwood. You should make sure that your hardwood floor is not fitted underneath your kitchen cabinets.  Also, be careful to wipe away any water spills immediately.


    1. Can I have a wooden floor in my conservatory?

    Yes, you can use engineered hardwood flooring in a conservatory.  It has been designed to cope with constant fluctuations in temperature and humidity.  We would not recommend using solid wood flooring in a conservatory.


    1. Can I have a wooden floor in my bathroom?

    No, we would advise that you avoid having a wooden floor in your bathroom. A great alternative is a Luxury Vinyl Tile floor.  They are perfect for a bathroom as they are waterproof and durable.


    1. What is unfinished flooring?

    You can find wooden flooring either pre-finished or unfinished.  An unfinished floor is the raw wood.  You will need to protect your unfinished floor from wear and tear once it has been installed.  You should add protective layers of wood flooring oil before you walk on it.  With an unfinished floor, you have the benefit of being able to add colour stains and the surface finish of your preference to create a unique floor.  The alternative is a prefinished floor.  The planks of flooring have already been protected, so it is ready to use as soon as you install it.


    1. How do I measure my room?

    If you want to measure your room for wooden flooring, you will need to do the following:

    • Measure the width of your room
    • Measure the length of your room
    • Multiply the two measurements together
    • This will give you the amount of flooring your will need in square meters
    • We advise that you always add on 5% for wastage

    If you room is not a standard shape, or you have multiple rooms, we can work out the amount of flooring for you. Simply contact us.


    1. How do I install a wooden floor?

    How you choose to install your wooden floor depends upon the following:

    • What type of subfloor you have
    • Whether you have chosen engineered or solid wood flooring
    • Whether you have click fitting or tongue and groove flooring

    The two main fitting options are floating the floor over an underlay or fixing it down to the subfloor.  For further information have a look at our Installation and Fitting Guide.


    1. What is acclimatisation?

    Acclimatising your hardwood floor is an important part of the installation procedure.  You need to allow you floor to acclimatise to its surroundings before it is fitted.  You should leave the flooring in the packaging and leave it in the room where it is going to be installed. Solid wood flooring needs to be left for at least 7 days.  Engineered wood flooring needs to be left for at least 72 hours.

    For more information, have a look at Do I need to let my hardwood floor acclimatise?


    1. How do I look after my wooden floor?

    Wooden floors are extremely easy to look after.  You should sweep them every day to remove dirt and dust.  Then you should clean them with a wood floor cleaning spray and microfibre mop.  This will help to remove and dirt or stains from the surface of your floor.  For more cleaning tips, have a look at our Guide to cleaning your hardwood floor.


    If you still want to know more about wood flooring, then look at our FAQ page, or browse our other blog articles.  Alternatively, give us a call and we will answer any questions that you have about wood flooring.


    Engineered Rustic Oak Flooring
  • What should I use to clean my wooden floor?

    Regular cleaning of your hardwood floor is essential to keeping it looking fresh and new.  Your hardwood floor needs to be kept clean to keep it looking great, but also most importantly to protect it from damage. If you allow a build up of dust or dirt on your floor, the surface can easily become scratched or scuffed.  It is really easy to clean your hardwood floor and there are some great, easy to use, products around. Continue reading

  • Loose Lay Floors Explained

    A loose lay floor is an explanation of how your wooden floor has been or is going to be fitted.  You may also hear the term ‘floating floor’.  They both mean the exactly the same, just different terminology.  There are two different ways to install your hardwood floor.  Continue reading

  • Why choose Flooring Samples?

    When you decide to purchase a new wooden floor, you want to make the right choice in terms of colour, grain pattern, board width and style of flooring.  You have so many different styles of flooring to choose from: Continue reading

  • Why choose laminate flooring?

    Laminate flooring has been a popular choice for decades.  It is known for being easy to install and usually offered at a much lower price than real wood flooring.  Years ago, when laminate flooring became popular with DIY enthusiasts, it was of a poor quality.  In recent years, some top brands, like Quick-Step have invested in the design and production and have created some high quality and authentic looking floors. Continue reading

  • What is a hardwood door bar?

    A hardwood door bar is a hardwood flooring accessory that is used between doorways.  There are many different types of hardwood door bars, depending upon the layout of your room. You may also find a door bar called a ‘threshold’.  The door bar you will need will depend upon what type and level of floor is next to your wooden floor. Quite often, the floors will be of different levels, so a door bar or threshold will help to give you a stable transition between the two. Continue reading

  • What is a hardwood door stop?

    First of all, a hardwood door stop is, exactly as it sounds; a door stop made from hardwood.  Our door stops are made from solid Oak.  They are designed to match your Oak wooden floor.  It will do the same job as any other door stop.  Furthermore, they help to prevent an internal door from slamming and damaging your walls.  You will find them simple to use and easy to fit.  They are an invaluable accessory, especially if you have recently decorated.  They will help to keep the wall behind your door from becoming dented, scuffed or damaged.

    Have a look at our Oak Hardwood Door Stops.

    Oak hardwood door stop

    When would I use a hardwood door stop?

    You would use a hardwood door stop for the following reasons:

    • Firstly, if you have an internal door that could bang onto a wall when opened. You would place the door stop behind the door.  It would stop the door from banging onto you wall and possibly marking or denting it.
    • If you had an Oak wooden floor and wanted a matching door stop.
    • Or perhaps you had a different species of wooden floor and wanted a contrasting coloured door stop.


    Finally, if you do have a hardwood floor, you may also be interested in our hardwood pipe covers.  These will cover the gaps you may have around radiator pipes.

  • What is a hardwood pipe cover?

    A hardwood pipe cover is a hardwood flooring accessory that is used to cover over the expansion gaps left around pipes. The pipe cover itself is a small circle shaped piece of wood just big enough to cover the gap around radiator or heating pipes. Continue reading

  • What is hardwood beading?

    Hardwood beading is a hardwood flooring accessory that is used to cover up the expansion gaps around the edge of the room. The beading itself is a strip of hardwood that is just wide enough to cover the gap. There are two different types of beading: scotia and quadrant. Continue reading

  • Chevron and Herringbone: What is the difference?

    Many people get confused about the difference between chevron and herringbone flooring. At a first glance, you may think that is the same style of floor. However, if you look more closely, you will find different shaped planks and a different pattern.  Both chevron and herringbone are becoming more and more popular and will give you a stand out, luxury floor. Continue reading

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