Wood Buying Guide — How to buy the perfect Wood Flooring — Beautiful Flooring Direct

Wood Buying Guide - How to buy the perfect Wood Flooring - Beautiful Flooring Direct

Wood Buying Guide — Beautiful Flooring Direct

Wooden floors have been used in homes around the world for hundreds of years.

No other flooring offers the warmth, natural beauty and value of real wood.

Each floor will allow you to enhance the décor in any room provide timeless beauty and a unique look and add value to your home. The main features and benefits of real wood flooring are:

  • Unique- as real wood flooring is a natural product no two floors will ever look the same.
  • Hardwearing- ideal for areas of heavy use
  • Easy to clean- excellent for households with pets and children
  • Natural and Non-Allergenic- a good choice for allergy sufferers
  • Adds Value- real wood flooring can increase the value of your property
  • Compatible- Engineered wood floors can be laid over under floor heating

Plank Dimensions

Wood flooring plank dimensions indicate the plank depth, width and length for each range.

Wood Floorings are sold in packs, and contain multiple planks equating to a m2 coverage.

Once you know the area of the room you need to cover, you divide this by the pack quantity to calculate how many packs you need.

Wood Flooring styles

2 strip and 3 strip designs –perfect for a modern contemporary room. Full Plank designs- ideal for a more traditionally designed room

What is Wood Flooring?

Wood flooring is divided into two types based on how they are produced.

Solid wood flooring- Each plank consists of a piece of solid timber which is machined into a flooring plank, and then the surface is treated to create different textures and colours and then coated to create a finished plank ready to be installed. Solid wood floors must be fixed to the subfloor.

Engineered Wood Flooring- Each board consists of three or four layers of real wood, which are bonded together in a cross-ply construction. This means it is engineered to be more stable than a solid wood floor and is less affected by moisture changes from within the room of installation.

The top layer is usually a hard wood, and the other layers are soft wood species with a stabilising back layer. Engineered boards are also suitable to be laid over under-floor heating and can be laid floating or fully adhered to the subfloor if required.

What other items will I need in addition to my new Wood flooring?

In addition to the flooring, you will need accessory items to fit, finish and care for your new wood floor.

To lay an Engineered wood floor Underlay-Under the floor you will require an underlay to create a level base to lay your floor, and if fitting on the ground floor this underlay must include a moisture barrier.

Fitting Kit- our handy kit has spacers and a tapping block, to ensure your wood floor is fitted correctly.

To lay a Solid wood floor Adhesive-If you are laying a solid wood floor onto a concrete subfloor it must be fully adhered.

To cover the expansion gap you will need: Scotia Beading or Skirting- this is necessary to cover the expansion gap that must be left around the edge of the floor. These will either be available to match the colour of your floor or the colour of your existing room décor.

In the doorways you will need: Door bars- these are necessary to bridge the gap between two floor coverings in different rooms. These will either be available to match the colour of your floor or the colour of your existing room décor.

If you have a radiator in the room: Pipe Roses- these are necessary to cover any expansion gaps around the radiator pipes that go into the floor. These will either be available to match the colour of your floor or the colour of your existing room décor.

For the feet of all furniture in the room: Floor protectors- A variety of felt pads are available to protect your new floor from the movement of furniture. Once your floor is installed, you will need to maintain it looking good:

Cleaning items- are available at the time of purchase to ensure you are able to maintain your floor as the manufacturer recommends, it is vital that you use the correct cleaning agents to avoid damage to your beautiful new floor.


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