Guide To Choosing and Ordering Wood Flooring Wood and Beyond Blog

Guide To Choosing and Ordering Wood Flooring Wood and Beyond Blog

Guide To Choosing and Ordering Wood Flooring

If you’re in the process of planning a wood flooring project, you’re likely to be either highly organised and know exactly what you want, or your head could be spinning with all the choices available to you.  If you’re in the first category, then all you need to do now is visit our website or showroom, but if you’re in the second category, then this guide is definitely for you.  We’ve developed this step-by-step guide to help you choose and order your wood flooring:

ü  Engineered or solid wood? This is one of the most fundamental questions you’re likely to be faced with when choosing your wood flooring.  When it comes to the difference between the two, you probably already know that solid wood flooring is made from a single plank of a single species of wood and you’ll find a complete guide to engineered wood flooring here. When it comes to choosing between the two options the key things to bear in mind are whether or not you have under floor heating and the amount of temperature and moisture fluctuation you anticipate in the room you’re planning to re-floor.  If you have under floor heating, then solid wood flooring isn’t normally recommended because it risks cupping and bowing due to the fluctuations in temperature.  When it comes to the likes of bathrooms and kitchens, likewise, solid wood isn’t normally recommended.  So, if you have under floor heating and, or you’re planning to fit your new floor in a bathroom or kitchen, then engineered wood flooring is your best option (NB.  double check before ordering that your selected floor is suitable for installation over under floor heating).  If neither of these situations apply to your project; then solid or engineered wood flooring should work equally well.

ü  Species of wood? Which species of wood you choose will depend on your budget and, to a lesser extent, the colour of floor you want.  Oak is one of the most commonly used species of wood in quality wood flooring.  Oak is not only strong and long-lasting, it is also very affordable and should be within the reach of anyone seeking a good quality wooden floor.  The likes of walnut flooring on the other hand is likely to be more expensive, so these considerations need to be taken into account when you make your decision about species.  Although wood naturally varies significantly in colour between species and even within a single species, there are plenty of clever colouring techniques available today that will allow you to achieve the colour of wood you want without having to blow your budget.

ü  Grade of wood? Wood is graded into one of four different categories when it is lumbered.  These categories are: prime, select, natural and rustic.  The grade that a wood is allocated depends on the size and number of knots it demonstrates as well as its colour consistency and the amount of sap it contains.  Prime grade wood is the highest grade and has only a very small number of small knots, highly consistent colouring and only a tiny amount of sap.  Rustic grade wood, on the other hand, is at the opposite end of the scale, often with chunky knots, significant colour variations and sap.  Choosing the right grade for you will depend again on your budget (not surprisingly prime grade wood is significantly more expensive than rustic grade) and the look you want to create.

ü  Finish? Today, you can buy your wood flooring already finished, ready to install in a one-step process or you can choose to take delivery of an unfinished wood floor.  You’ll find our guide to hardwood flooring finishes here.  This will help you decide which finish might work best for you, but you may also decide that you want to delay your choice of finish until you see your floor in situ .  If this is the case, then an unfinished floor is definitely the best option for you.

ü  Width of board? The choice of board size available both online and off is really extensive now and there is no right or wrong answer about what will work best for you.  Like most things interior design, the best option is the option that pleases you most, and don’t let yourself be led by interior designers who have a strong point of view.  You can create stunning effects with board widths that might shock.  For example a broad board in a small room can work really well, as can a narrow board in a cavernous room.  You’ll find a full feature on choosing the right board width for your room here .

Guide To Choosing and Ordering Wood Flooring Wood and Beyond Blog

ü  Buying online or off? There is a huge market for wood flooring in the UK nowadays and knowing who to trust and who to order from can become a real nightmare.  Unfortunately, like all areas of commerce there are unscrupulous wood floor suppliers, both online and off, but there are also some seriously good deals available if you shop carefully.  We’ve produced a guide to buying online. which you’ll find helpful.  This guide will give you a good idea of the things to look out for if you decide to plump for an online supplier.  In many ways, the best option is to choose a supplier who will either provide you with free samples of the flooring that interests you or has both a high street and online presence.  At Wood and Beyond we believe that having a high street presence is important, which is why we have our London based showroom as well as our website.  Working this way means we can meet our customers and let them touch and feel our products, at the same time as benefiting from great online prices.

ü  Knowing how much to order. If you’re ordering online, it’s really important to know how much flooring to order.  A good supplier will help you with this, even at a distance, but for a step-by-step guide to measuring your room, all you need to do is click here and to work out how much flooring you’ll need, this article will show you the easy way.

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