Frequently Asked Questions
What is solid hardwood flooring?
A solid wood floor is floor laid with planks or boards which have been milled from a single piece of timber, usually a hardwood. Since wood is hydroscopic (it acquires and loses moisture from the ambient conditions around it) this potential instability effectively limits the length and width of the boards. Solid hardwood flooring is usually cheaper than engineered timbers and damaged areas can be sanded down and refinished repeatedly. Solid construction timber is often used for sports floors and most traditional wood blocks, mosaics and parquetry are also of solid construction.
What do you mean by Floating?
Floating floor installation is where the planks are attached to each other instead of to the subfloor over which it is being laid. It is a fast & easy method of fixing which allows some room for movement and expansion given changes in humidity; the floor can be removed easily too, making it ideal for commercial applications where the flooring is more likely to be changed. Floating installations are usually associated with the fitting of engineered wood floors but, in fact, solid wood boards can also be laid floating over a suitable subfloor providing a damp-proof membrane is laid and Elastilon employed.
Will my solid wood / Engineered floor change colour after it’s fitted in my home?
Most woods will darken as they age; becoming deeper and richer as they react to natural light. The extent of the contrast within the boards will be determined by the grade of floor chosen, with rustic floors changing the most. Quality is obviously another important factor. It must always be remembered that a real wood floor is a natural product and it will react/respond to varying conditions and should be expected.
Should I do anything differently if I have underfloor heating?
Yes, because if a room has under floor heating, it becomes vitally important that it’s properly acclimatised and installed to allow for the extreme heat variations. We always recommend that our engineered oak board is used and never advise for the use of solid
What is Micro-Beveled, Beveled, V-Grooved & Square-Edge Hardwood Flooring?
Micro-Bevel refers to a class of edge styles that have a small bevel. These are often referred to as eased, kissed, micro-v, and micro-beveled. The individual flooring panels are delineated.
Square Edge means the edges of all planks meet squarely creating a smooth, uniform surface that blends the wood floor together from plank to plank. The overall look of this floor gives a more contemporary and formal feeling to the room.
Bevelled edges on wooden floorboards emphasise each individual plank, resulting in a more traditional floorboard feel. Bevelled edge planks have a very distinctive, deep v-groove. They lend themselves more to an informal and country decor. The deep bevelling helps hide sub floor irregularities that could result in variations in height between planks.
Does Solid wood flooring increase the value of your home?
Solid wood floors, just like ceramics are recognised as a high quality building material. They are long lasting and completely renewable with very little effort. Aside from these benefits solid wood floors are fashionable, minimalist and above all, desirable which means that they are likely to increase the value of your home.
What does tongue & groove mean?
Tongue and groove is a method of fitting similar objects together, edge to edge, used mainly with wood, in flooring, parquetry, panelling, and similar constructions. Tongue and groove joints allow two flat pieces to be joined strongly together to make a single flat surface.