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            Wood Flooring Buying Guide

            When looking for a hardwearing floor, this wood flooring buying guide compares the features and benefits of wooden floorboard types to help homeowners make an informed decision for rooms throughout a living space. A staple of heritage and boutique interiors, timber can bring natural character and high-end luxury to a design. These durable planks are tough enough to withstand modern life and provide many years of style, thanks to a robust construction that can be easily customised to reflect changing trends or simply refreshed over time.

            What types of wood flooring are available? 

            •  Engineered wood

              Enjoy a wooden floor for less thanks to engineered boards, which feature a thin layer of hardwood that is bonded to a plywood core –offering an affordable alternative to solid timber. 
            •  Solid wood

              Invest in solid wood floors for durability and luxury that can last a lifetime. These natural timber boards can be sanded and refinished multiple times for a fresh look that renews a space.

            What are the benefits of wood flooring?

            • Premium finish

              Introduce a luxe feature to any living space thanks to the organic texture, rich colour, and unique pattern of timber, which is a staple of boutique interiors.
            • Inspired by nature

              Take inspiration from the outside world with a wooden floor. Made from organic materials, they promote positive wellbeing in a home. 
            • A long term investment

               With a little care, wooden floors can remain in great condition for many years, making it a worthwhile investment for the long term.
            • Style that will last 

              From rustic retreats to Scandi-inspired homes - wood offers a  timeless look that transcends trends, which can be styled up or down to suit any scheme.

            What rooms is it suitable for?

            What colours are available? 

            • Bamboo

              Utilise the rich tones of bamboo to create a warm area in the home. As a fast-growing wood, this is a great option for those wanting a sustainable material.
              • Grey

                Ensure you flooring is always in style with a classic grey shade that offers a cool palette for any decor.

              • Oak

                Go with the timeless shade of oak for a versatile option that will transcend trends in any  interior.

            Planning considerations

            • Underlay

              For a professional result, install a suitable underlay before fitting an engineered or solid wood floor, which will help improve stability, noise reduction, and heat retention.
            • Accessories

              Achieve a seamless finish when fitting a new wooden floor with matching accessories. This includes trims to conceal any gaps after floorboards have been installed.
            • Installation

              For a simple and hassle-free fit, ensure the subfloor is even. We also recommend that you measure the space accurately, and let the boards acclimatise to the room prior to installation.
            • Cleaning and aftercare

              A broom is a homeowner’s best friend when taking care of a wood floor, so be sure to sweep up any dust or debris regularly. This is gentler on the surface than using a vacuum.

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