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Wood flooring fundamentals

With an overwhelming amount of choice out there, narrowing down the options to the find the right wooden floor for your home can be a formidable task, but if you take the time to consider the essentials the end result will always be worth it…

Adaptable to a wide variety of interiors, wooden floors are both practical and beautiful. As a means for introducing timeless character and warmth to a space, this natural, sustainable material is tough to top. But where do you start on the selection process to make sure you commit to the right type, finish and style of wooden floor?

We’ve brought together the fundamentals to be considered when choosing your wood flooring…

Construction | Solid wood vs engineered?

Modern Shaker kitchen with plank flooringSolid wood flooring, as the name suggests, is made of solid wood throughout its thickness and is usually made of hardwood species, such as oak, maple, or walnut. Engineered wood flooring combines multiple layers of timber with a solid wood veneer.

Our preference is engineered every time. Firstly, it is a particularly tree-friendly choice because it uses less of the slow-growth hardwoods. Then, pragmatically, it benefits from all the character of solid wood whilst its improved dimensional stability makes it more suitable for the trials and tribulations of modern life. The best of both, if you will.

Engineered wood flooring is no different to solid wood flooring on the surface and can be sanded back and re-finished. It was created to be more stable than solid wood, which changes shape with fluctuations in relative humidity and temperature. Designed to allow for wood expansion, engineered wood is compatible with underfloor heating systems and boasts a high moisture tolerance level, it’s construction adding dimensional stability and strength.

Styles | Planks, parquet or panels?

Boards can be laid in a variety of styles – straight planks, parquet (both herringbone and chevron) and panels – offering up design possibilities to suit a multitude of properties.

The clean lines of broad planks lend themselves to more contemporary spaces, opening up the rooms and providing a refined foundation to an interior scheme, whilst the enduring appeal of parquet flooring can breathe new life into period homes restoring a sense of scale and elegance.

It is also possible able to adjust the width of the boards to suit your requirements and the aesthetics of your existing interior, so consider the scale of your space and whether a large format might be more suitable than standard dimensions.

Finishes | Light, dark or something in between?

Dark oak plank flooring

The finish of the boards will help define your space, serving to anchor an interior, restore the character of a property or define distinct areas. Take time to consider the amount of light within the space, the furniture to be incorporated, the relating colour scheme and how the finished colouring of the floor might unite or counter these elements.

We understand what works well in different spaces and can offer design and technical advice to help you choose the right wood flooring finish for you.

It is also wise to give thought to the practicalities of the room and the durability of the finish you select. Every board we supply is finished in a special oil coating which offers unprecedented protection and durability as well as preserving the natural beauty of the wood.

The unique formula, made from modified plant-based oil, is the first and only oil in the world that doesn’t contain VOCs or water and is completely environmentally friendly. This coating dries quickly and offers great wear resistance, it produces a strong, water and stain-resistant surface that is ready for light use in just eight hours.

Fitting | A specialist trade?

Oak parquet flooring

The final furlong can be crucial. Any awkward nooks within a space can make fitting a wooden floor difficult so find yourself someone who knows what they’re doing.

Our in-house fitting comes as standard to help make the process more straightforward, as we supply and fit your flooring in one easy step. Our dedicated team work with you throughout the entire process to make sure your new wooden floor blends seamlessly with the character of your home and is immaculately fitted around any existing, period (or just plain awkward) details in your space.

And, once fitted, we stick with you and are always on hand to answer any queries you might have, be it aftercare or ongoing maintenance.

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