Hardwood flooring can add beauty and warmth to your home.  It can also be a large and a long term investment.  This choice can impact the style (as well as value) of your home, and you’ll be living with it for years to come. Hardwood flooring contractors say it’s ideal to thoroughly research the type of wood and the hardwood flooring contractor you’ll use.  Sometimes, making the choice can feel overwhelming, especially when one ventures into a hardwood flooring store.  This hardwood flooring guide can help you think through the choices.

Purchasing the perfect wood flooring for your project can be a daunting task and there’s lot of things to consider. To help you with your decision-making process we’ve collated a comprehensive list of questions and answers on wood flooring. You can find the full list of questions here. Below we explore some of the questions we frequently get asked.

Can You Install Wood Flooring In a Kitchen or Bathroom?

Yes, wood flooring can be fitted in any part of your home. Remember that wood flooring is a natural product and will react differently compared to man-made like Impervia or stone tile options.  Discuss care and maintenance advice with our experts prior to fitting in high spillage areas. Our wood flooring is great for kitchens and bathrooms thanks to it being extremely high-quality and very durable.

The Advantages of Engineered Wood Compare to Solid Wood

Engineered Wood Flooring comes in a large range of finishes and styles as well as in different structures. There are a number of advantages in choosing engineered boards instead of solid.  These are as follows:

It is significantly more sustainable and friendly to the environment as around five times the amount of hardwood (e.g. Oak, Walnut, Maple etc…) to produce a solid board compared with an engineered board.

  1. Engineered wood flooring is suitable for use with underfloor heating – see our UFH guide for more information.
  2. Engineered wood floors are more stable than solid, and are less likely to move and warp.
  3. Engineered wood floors can be made wider and longer than solid boards.
  4. Engineered wood floors can be fitted with no acclimatisation period providing there is no under floor heating where the boards are being fitted.

What Do You Mean by Unfinished? 

When you see a wood floor described as “Unfinished” that means we have not applied any protective coatings to the boards.  This gives you the opportunity to lay the floor and then apply whatever products you wish to protect the floor and give it any colouring desired.  

What Do You Know About the Difference between Chevron and Herringbone Parquet?

The difference between herringbone and chevron parquet is how the boards join together. A chevron parquet ends in a point as the ends of the boards are cut at typically either 30, 45 or 60-degree angles.  A herringbone parquet on the other hand does not have an angled cut, rather the pieces are rectangular, and one lays across the top of another creating a stepped pattern. Check out our full range here and order your free sample to see the difference for yourself.

The choice of flooring is one of the most basic yet important decisions a homeowner has to make when undertaking a renovation, as it underpins everything else. While there are plenty of different options, from carpet to terrazzo, one material is the acknowledged standard: hardwood.

But not all hardwood flooring is created equal, and selecting a product isn’t simply a matter of choosing a preferred color. A range of other factors can have an impact on both aesthetics and performance.