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What Do I Need To Consider Before I Buy My Wood Flooring?

What Do I Need To Consider Before I Buy My Wood Flooring?


Posted in Wood Flooring by Source on April 11st 2014
Wood Flooring is now one of the most popular flooring options in Britain as there are hundreds of different options available combined with an installation process which can be carried out by anyone using simple DIY knowledge. There are however a few considerations you should make before you choose which type of wood flooring is right for you.

What To Consider Before Buying Wood Flooring

  • Solid or Engineered? – This is the biggest consideration you will need to make and the most important. There are many reasons why people choose one over the other, solid wood are planks which are each made from one piece of wood and provide a natural look, whereas engineered are manufactured and have layers which together form the plank. This type of wood is cheaper than solid wood but will often have more of a spring when you step on it and is not considered as durable.
  • How Much Do I Need? – Often it’s hard to estimate how much wood flooring is required to cover the area you are installing them in. Some of the wood is inevitably wasted during the installation process, so knowing how much is important so you do not fall short or end up with unwanted planks afterwards. Professional fitters will usually keep the wastage down to around 5-10%, but if you are doing it yourself its worth giving yourself a bit more leeway. Each pack usually has around 2 sq metre of coverage, so measure your room and round up to the nearest sq metre.
  • Tongue & Groove or Click Lock? – This is the way in which the planks fit together, tongue & groove is where there is a tongue on one side of the plank and a groove on the other, which fit into each other before locking in place. This method can present problems, as if not done carefully the planks can become dislodged and create gaps between them. Plus as they need to be glued or nailed to the subfloor, you will have to ensure you have used enough for them to stick properly and leave it enough time to dry. Click lock is considered the quickest and easiest installation method as each plank is cut so they fit together, meaning they are less likely to drift apart. They can also be un-clicked if you need to take up the flooring, something which is impossible if the floor has been glued down.
  • What Finish Should I Go For? – This will depend on what your preference is, as each finish looks different depending on the room they are for. Wood flooring can come oiled, lacquered or unfinished, which allows you to leave them natural or apply your own finish. Lacquer is a hard varnish that protects the wood and adds a shiny finish and oil protects the wood and provides a more natural finish that becomes shinier as it is used.

Solid & Engineered Wood Flooring At Source Wood

At Source Wood we have a huge selection of hardwood and engineered wood flooring, with many different species and finishes to choose from. If you would like advice about any of our wood flooring options please contact one of our friendly team who will be happy to explain everything to you. Email enquiries@sourcewoodfloors.co.uk or call 08456 021 781.

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