TYPES OF TIMBER FLOORING
Solid wood – Traditional 3/4″ hardwood
Made from the named species, planks are solid all the way through. Some types are suitable for installation as the structural floor(floor boards), without needing a sub-floor underneath. Have a look at our range of stained & natural solid oak flooring. You can visit us and view samples in Hounslow, West London.
This can be bought as bundles of planks, boards or panels from reclamation and salvage yards, or as whole floors from timber-flooring specialists. Prior to installation, reclaimed timber flooring can look very unappealing. However, once it’s laid, it can look beautiful and full of character.
Multi-layered or engineered wood
This consists of a plywood or veneered base, built up with several layers of criss-crossed hard or softwood boards, and topped with a layer of the named timber species. The construction of this flooring gives it strength and stability, so it’s a good alternative to solid-wood flooring especially when laying onto concrete.
Made by producing an image of a wood flooring design on a layer of plastic, which is laminated to a board backing. Top-quality versions have convincing textured finishes, and are hardwearing and tough. Inexpensive versions may look flat and lifeless, and the “wood” finish may flake or chip at the edges of the boards.
Vinyl flooring is widely available in timber designs. Luxury sheet vinyl can be a good choice in the kitchen or bathroom, and is considerably cheaper than solid wood. Vinyl plank or block flooring feels harder underfoot, Vinyl is also great for commercial use as it can handle more foot fall.
Pros / Cons Suitability
- Timber flooring can be noisy, especially in upstairs rooms; use rugs to deaden the sound of footsteps in busy areas and always use the insulation suggested by the installers.
- Reclaimed timber flooring is usually well-worn and is tough enough for most living areas, although you should avoid bathrooms and kitchens
- Solid or engineered wood flooring is suitable for living rooms, dining rooms, halls and bedrooms.
- Laminates are suitable for living areas and bedrooms, but avoid rooms with water, as seepage between the joins can cause planks to swell or discolour.
- Vinyl look-alikes are good choices for bathrooms and kitchens, conservatories and utility rooms, as well as for main living areas.