Wood Flooring – Comparing Floor Types

Wood Flooring – Comparing Floor Types

Wood Flooring Comparison Guide

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If you are thinking about installing new solid wood flooring, there are lots of choices to make. These include the pattern of the flooring, the wood species you choose and the type of flooring chosen. The floor pattern and wood species are usually fairly easy choices to make. The wood species can be chosen to match the furniture in a room – e.g. a solid oak wooden floor will look beautiful when installed in a dining room that features an oak dining room table and chairs. Similarly the floor pattern will be picked based on what looks good and what appeals to the customers taste.

But the type of wood flooring installed in your home, shop, restaurant or dance floor needs to be given more serious consideration, as the different construction, methods of installation and flooring finishes have advantages and disadvantages. So this wooden floor comparison guide aims to help you choose between our different floor products and find the right solution for your home or commercial premises.

Parquet Flooring

Parquet flooring uses timber of around 10mm, installed in a a geometric pattern.

Pros of Parquet Flooring

· Parquet flooring can be highly customised due to the extensive range of timbers and wood floor designs

· The majority of parquet floors are compatible with water under floor heating systems.

· There is only a minimal height increase for concrete floors.

· No beading or edge detail is required, so the floor can be cut tight to the original skirting boards.

The cons of Parquet Flooring

· Parquet flooring can be expensive, so is not ideal for a low budget wood floor installation.

Distressed Wood Flooring

Distressed wood flooring, also known as aged wooden flooring is a new solid wood floor that has an aged / distressed appearance. The distressed appearance is created by tumbling the flooring in a special machine, which cause irregular damage the face and sides of the timber giving it an authentic, used look.

Pros of Distressed Wood Flooring

· Due to its worn appearance it is very practical for domestic or commercial projects..

· Distressed flooring doesn’t require the same level of care as a perfect lacquered product making it ideal for families with children and pets.

· Areas of a distressed / aged floor can be repaired locally very easily without the need to restore the entire floor.

· Future dents and scratches add to its appearance.

The cons of Distressed Wood Flooring

· Distressed wood flooring is slightly more expensive due to the cost of distressing the surface.

Engineered Flooring 

Engineered flooring is available in thicknesses from our Endurance range in 14mm or 15mm, and in our Fusion range in 20mm and incorporates a hardwood wear layer between 3mm and 6mm which is bonded to a layer of plywood or spruce. There are a wide variety of products available from cost effective three-strip boards, to wide planks in various widths and finishes.

The Pros of Engineered Flooring

· Some types of engineered flooring can be very cost effective, ideal to meet tight budgets.

· The majority of engineered floors are compatible with both electric and water under floor heating systems.

· Engineered flooring can be used with sound reduction systems to meet building standards in flats.

The Cons of Engineered Flooring

· Poorer quality engineered floors can look artificial, similar to plastic laminate floors.

· Our Endurance range, with 14mm or 15mm thickness, has a 3mm to 4mm wear layer which gives means that the floor can only be restored t times.

· An expansion gap must be allowed at the perimeters of the floor.  An edge detail such as beading is therefore required.

End Grain Flooring & Solid T&G Wood Blocks

End grain flooring from our Inception range features a beautiful pattern and is often chosen for its decorative appearance. It is produced by cutting across the growth rings of the tree.

The Pros of End Grain Flooring

· End grain flooring is supremely durable and hardwearing.

· It has an attractive,  distinctive appearance that creates a unique floor.

The Cons of End Grain Flooring

· End grain flooring cannot be used with any type of under floor heating.

· If skirting boards are fitted a beading is required to cover the expansion gap.

Solid T & G Strip Floors

Solid T&G Floors are available in thicknesses from 15mm to 20mm, widths from 57mm lengths up to 5m. Produced from 100% solid timber they have a central T&G to the sides and ends and are either secret nailed through the T&G or glued to the sub floor.

The Pros of Solid T&G Strip Flooring

· Widths of solid T & G strip flooring not exceeding 130mm can be secret nailed to joists as a structural floor to replace existing floorboards.

The Cons of Solid T & G Strip Flooring

· Solid T & G strip flooring cannot be used with any type of under floor heating.

· If skirting boards are fitted a beading is required to cover the expansion gap.

· If installed over existing timber floorboards a plywood may be required, which means that the floor height will increase by approximately 20-26mm.

Mosaic Panels

Mosaic panels are small pieces of timber pre-assembled in a 5:1 squares and supplied as tiles. The tiles are generally mesh backed and can be glued directly to plywood or a concrete sub floor. This type of flooring was popular in the 50’s and 60’s and is still sought, often for repairs and replacement floors.

The Pros of Mosaic Panels

· Mosaic panels offer a cost effective wooden floor.

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