One of our experienced fitters can visit you with some real wood floor samples and can offer some design advice if required. Have a think beforehand about what kind of look suits you, your taste, your furniture and your house. Do you want a light, airy feel or a rich dark tropical look? Are you after a plain, consistent appearance or do you want plenty of whirling grain and swooping lines? What is the floor butting up to – slate, tiles, carpet, wooden stairs, back door, front door? Think about the thresholds and the junctions, mat wells, hatches, changes of level. And if this is all too much to think about – then get us to come and talk it over with you and let us do the thinking for you!
What is engineered board?
Engineered Board consists of a top layer of solid wood on an engineered base usually made of good quality plywood. Over the last 15 years, the technology for producing high quality engineered board has greatly improved and engineered wood has become the market leader in wood flooring. This is because engineered board is a highly stable product, relatively easy to install and maintain and is often supplied with a durable finish already applied, so that you don’t have to apply several coats of oil or varnish and wait for each coat to dry.
We fit a wide range of engineered boards, starting from 125mm wide to 220mm wide, along with a wide
range of thicknesses starting from 14mm up to 20mm,
The thicker boards have a thicker wear layer of solid wood on top, this means that the floor can be lightly sanded multiple times in the future.
What is a solid wood floor?
A traditional solid wood floor is made of timber strips which are solid wood throughout. The materials can be supplied in a number of different forms – short uniform lengths ideal for parquet or herring bone patterns, long strips which lead the eye into the distance making spaces seem bigger or a mixture of long and short strips and a mixture of widths which is very pleasing to the eye as it looks natural and avoids uniformity. Advantages: if you look after it, a solid wood floor will outlast you and your home! it can be sanded and oiled, stained or varnished many, many times and the older it gets the better it looks when it’s refurbished. A good solid wood floor, correctly installed, looks wonderful. Disadvantages: solid wood floors can take longer to fit, if the timber has not been dried properly or the floor is subject to extreme temperature or humidity change, then boards can shrink – leaving small gaps between them. Good quality materials, correct installation and leaving the boards to adjust to your room before installation can all help. But solid wood is a natural material, that’s part of its charm. If you are looking for uniform perfection or you are installing an a damp environment or a new building which may settle and move, then you might be better considering high quality engineered board.
What is laminate?
Strictly speaking a laminate floor is any floor that has different layers of material, but in general use, a “laminate floor” often refers to a floor which does not have a top solid wood layer – sometimes having artificial material with images of wood printed on them. While these have their place for cheap installations, we wouldn’t recommend them as they just don’t look like the real stuff and often look very tatty after a couple of years.