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Solid Wood Flooring Guide

Solid wood flooring as expected really, regardless of width or length, if it’s one piece of wood from top to bottom, it’s considered solid wood flooring.

Solid wood flooring gives you a great opportunity for customisation. Your choice of specie, stain and finishes all contribute to the personalisation of a solid floor. This is an excellent choice in most areas of a home on the ground level or above.

Solid wooden flooring is a flooring material that will last for generations - all supported by very long warranties and guarantees that reflect this fact.

Installation is slightly more involved than engineered or laminate flooring, however there are various way to fit them and lots of accessories to assist the installer in making a great job of laying your new floor.

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Simple solid wood flooring frequently asked questions

  • Is solid wood flooring water resistant?

  • solid wood floor surfaces are resistant to spillages however water may seep between the boards, and if left for a long period of time could get under the finish and discolour the wood.
  • Is solid wood flooring scratch resistant?

  • solid wood floors are resistant to scratches due to the tough finish applied. This means that everyday wear and tear should not be apparent on your new floor. Some damage like deep scratches from heavy furniture may occur, these can be repaired using a repair kit.
  • Do you offer samples of solid wood flooring?

  • Yes, you can order samples and brochures online, visit our range of solid wood flooring to choose which samples you require.
  • Is my solid wood floor guaranteed?

  • All our floors come with a warranty, for more information on these please take a look at the product specifications on the floor you like.
  • Is solid wood flooring cold underfoot?

  • Solid wood flooring is warm to the touch unlike ceramic or natural stone floors which can also become really cold in winter months. Solid wood floors will take on the ambient heat within the room.
  • Is solid wood flooring suitable for people with allergies?

  • Due to the closed joints between the boards, there's nowhere for dust to accumulate. Dust mites and other allergy-causing organisms cannot survive on clean floors and this will help you protect your home from allergens. This is extremely important for people suffering from as asthma or dust allergies.
  • Is solid wood flooring environmentally friendly?

  • Solid wood flooring is produced using ethical forestry practices, making it environmentally friendly. Manufacturers are aware of the obligations of being sustainable, and recycling waste products to protect the environment.

Fitting information

  • Where can I install solid wood flooring?

  • Solid wood flooring can be installed in almost any situation except for over underfloor heating. It is ok to use in kitchens as they are moisture resistant, although we recommend any spillages are wiped up immediately in case somebody slips.
  • Can I install solid wood flooring over underfloor heating?

  • No, unfortunately solid wood flooring is not suitable for use on under floor heating. The reason for this is that having a solid wood floor that close to heat could cause localised movement of the boards, leaving gaps where the warmer parts of the system lay.
  • Can I install solid wood flooring in a commercial area?

  • Yes, all of our solid wood floors are suitable for installation in both residential and commercial areas and offer warranties to suit each situation.
  • Can I lay solid wood flooring outside?

  • No, it is not recommended for outdoor use.
  • Can I lay the floor myself?

  • Yes, these floors are designed for the DIY market. Full information on how to install your solid wood floor can be found in our advice section. If you prefer to have a professional install your floor, take a look at our installation service.
  • Is there anything I need to do before my floor is laid?

  • You need to ensure your goods are acclimatised before installation. Keep the materials within the property for a minimum of 14 days before installation. You need a constant temperature between 18C-26C which will need to be maintained throughout the installation and for at least 24hrs after installation.
  • Do you need to leave an expansion gap when fitting solid wood flooring?

  • Yes, a 10mm expansion gap will be required. This is to allow for seasonal movement that will occur with your floor, as the temperature changes. By having an expansion gap around the edge of the room, the floor will not leave gaps between boards, it will utilise the gap instead.

Maintenance information

Keeping an solid wood floor clean is relatively straightforward, it takes no more maintenance than any other floor. It is always best to read the manufacturers information for your new floor. Also check for any recommended products to help keep your floor in good condition. Check the warranty to make sure you don't do anything to the floor that might void it.

Have a door mat outside entrances to help remove dirt, stones and other bits of debris from shoes. This cuts down on the amount of dirt that ends up on the floor and helps reduce the risk of scratches on the surface.

Sweep or vacuum your floor on a regular basis. If you notice a large amount of dirt, sweep it up right away instead of waiting until the next time you sweep.

Its worth occasionally cleaning the floor with a specifically designed cleaner, as a wipe over will remove any dust too fine to be swept up. This will also give it a nice finish, as if had just been laid. Avoid too much moisture which can get underneath the finish if left too long. A microfibre cloth on the mop provides a soft and effective cleaning surface for solid wood floors.

Clean up any spillages immediately with a damp, soft cloth. Taking care of the spills right away prevents stains on the floor that are more difficult to remove. Move large pieces of furniture carefully when cleaning under them. Enlist the help of someone else to lift and move the items. Another option is to place felt pads on the bottom of the legs so they slide easily while protecting the floor.

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