Commonly Asked Questions When Purchasing A Wood Flooring

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Commonly asked questions when purchasing a wood flooring

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Purchasing the perfect wood flooring for your project can be a daunting task and there’s lot of things to consider. To help you with your decision-making process we’ve collated a comprehensive list of questions and answers on wood flooring. You can find the full list of questions here. Below we explore some of the questions we frequently get asked.



Yes, wood flooring can be fitted in any part of your home. Remember that wood flooring is a natural product and will react differently compared to man-made like Impervia or stone tile options.  Discuss care and maintenance advise with our experts prior to fitting in high spillage areas. Our wood flooring is great for kitchens and bathrooms thanks to it being extremely high-quality and very durable.



Engineered Wood Flooring comes in a large range of finishes and styles as well as in different structures. There are a number of advantages in choosing engineered boards instead of solid.  These are as follows:

  • It is significantly more sustainable and friendly to the environment as around five times the amount of hardwood (e.g. Oak, Walnut, Maple etc…) to produce a solid board compared with an engineered board.
  • Engineered wood flooring is suitable for use with under floor heating – see our UFH guide for more information.
  • Engineered wood floors are more stable than solid, are less likely to move and warp.
  • Engineered wood floors can be made wider and longer than solid boards.
  • Engineered wood floors can be fitted with no acclimatisation period providing there is no under floor heating where the boards are being fitted.



When you see a wood floor described as “Unfinished” that means we have not applied any protective coatings to the boards.  This gives you the opportunity to lay the floor and then apply whatever products you wish to protect the floor and give it any colouring desired.  Our team are able to assist in discussions about some of the options available in terms on site finishing products.




The difference between herringbone and chevron parquet is how the boards join together. A chevron parquet end in a point as the ends of the boards are cut at typically either 30, 45 or 60-degree angles.  A herringbone parquet on the other hand does not have an angled cut, rather the pieces are rectangular, and one lays across the top of another creating a stepped pattern. Check out our full range here and order your free sample to see the difference for yourself.



Ultimately this will depend on the usage the floor will get and what you are expecting from the floor.  We offer either UV Oiled, Lacquered or Hard Wax Oil finished to our products.  Some hardwoods work better with particular finishes (i.e. Walnut is best Hard Wax Oiled).  Oak is more versatile in terms of what it can be finished with, however, most of our clients are very happy with our UV Oiled range as it gives the benefits of ease-of-repair of an oiled floor with the added surface protection as a lacquered finish.


To find some more commonly asked questions take a look at our questions and answers on wood flooring page. Take advantage of our free sample service here or speak to an expert here!