Choosing a Wood Floor

Selecting a new hardwood or laminate floor

This can be a confusing process. There are thousands of options and as a hardwood floor will be with you for many years your choice today is an important one. This is one of the reasons we have carefully selected our ranges so that you can go straight to the best quality wood floors without getting mired in all the lesser quality floors which are on the market.

For simplicity we have listed the flooring types that are typically suitable for installation in the UK. As you follow the step-by-step selection process you may have more questions, which we will be happy to answer either by phone or email.

Remember to always order 5% more wood than the area of your floor to allow for cutting planks to the correct size when fitting.

LAMINATE FLOORING - Our 100 Range

Description:
A “woodless” wood floor. Laminate flooring is a wood pattern bonded to either HDF or chipboard.

Construction / Styles:
Typically 8 mm in thickness and approximately 129 mm wide in various lengths. We have selected 6 popular colours that will suit all needs

How is it installed?:
The planks are simply laid over a foam underlay and nowadays are a clic system. Much is made of the versatility of the clic system in that it can be removed if you want to move house and take it with you. In reality this is not practical, as boards will have been cut to fit around doorframes and fireplaces; these boards cannot be reused.

Where can it be fitted?:
Over any level dry sub-floor, but use caution if you are planning an installation in a “wet” area, bathrooms etc. If introduced to moisture the boards will warp and the pattern will simply chip away from the core.

Why buy?:
Its price and resistance to surface scratching and stains from spillages.

DIY:
A good diy choice as they are clic together laminates they don’t require any glue.

ENGINEERED OR STRUCTURED WOOD Our 200, 300 and 400 Ranges

Description:
A solid wood veneer bonded to two layers of softwood (3 layers).

Construction/Styles:
Between 13.5 mm and 22 mm in thickness and from 138 mm to 400 mm wide. The thicker the board the deeper the hardwood veneer. The popular thickness is 13.5 mm/15 mm which have a 3mm hardwood veneer. A very wide range of colours, normally stained Oak.

How is it installed?:
The boards are laid over a foam underlay and then glued together. Or use the new clic systems.

Where can it be fitted?:
Over any level dry sub-floor. The 22 mm options can be laid directly onto joists and make a structural floor. Use caution in “wet” areas.

Why buy?:
Its appearance and ease of installation. A 13 mm option will last over 50 years if cared for. Most of the engineered floors can be re-sanded and sealed if required.

Why not?:
This type of floor is often installed over poor sub-floors and will fail fairly quickly. Be prepared for scratches and chips if barrier matting is not used.

DIY:
A competent diy’er should have no problem installing this kind of flooring. All good products carry comprehensive fitting instructions.

CHOOSING A PLANK STYLE

Long Plank

Except for our Laminate 100 Range, all our floors are long plank. This has the following advantages over shorter plank lengths:

  • More visually appealing as there are fewer joins and gives the feeling of extra spatial dimension
  • Quicker to lay as not so many boards are used

Edges Edge Styles  Choosing a Wood Floor edgedescriptions

Square edge means that the four sides of a plank or strip are square and fit flush together for a smooth, even finish. This type of flooring is easier to keep clean and gives the feeling of mass rather than dimension.

Bevelled Edge or V Grooved gives the effect of long dimension if 2 Vgrooved (just grooved on the long sides).
4 V grooved (grooved on the short sides as well) shows the planks as individual boards. Only our laminate floors are 4 grooved.

Micro Bevel or Eased edge is a good compromise. As you hardly see the bevel it gives dimension, but also definiton for a realistic look and is easily cleaned.