Underlays and Floating Wood Floors

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We are open for business as usual (although there here is nothing usual about this situation) with our transport company (Brooks Transport) who are designated by the government as critical to the covid response. We are still delivering direct to door or site, (however collections or visits to the warehouse are not possible.) Our IT systems allow us to work from home so our staff are protected. Please Call or Email Us for samples or orders. Our factories are back to full capacity and the supply chain is operating effectively which can be seen here. As a trade supplier we have a minimum requirement of 50m2 for any samples and supplies. Please call 01666 504015 if you require less. For Government advice please click here. Even with these steps we have made, we must pull together, support one another, and get through this as a group, a family, and feel proud to say to our wider community we are critical to the Covid-19 response, and we will support it for as long as we are able. Stay safe, stay well, look after yourself, and each other.

The Building Centre will be open fully with the café back and exhibitions in place from Monday 12th April 2021. In the meantime, you can book visits in advance by contacting The Building Centre directly on 020 7692 4000. Please note that we do not have any representatives based at this showroom, but you can call us during your visit to talk through the options on display on 01666 504 015.

The Tetbury showroom is strictly by appointment only, maximum of two people with social distancing and face coverings required. Please call 01666 504 015 to book an appointment.

Underlays and Floating Wood Floors (not the best method)

There are many misconceptions regarding wood flooring and fitting via the method of floating.  To highlight, wherever possible we recommend you glue the flooring directly to your subfloor (see our guide Wood Flooring Adhesives). 


Floating floors has been the preferred method of fitting for years due to a lack of flexible adhesives on the market. Unfortunately this has set a precedent and lead people to believe that floating wood flooring is still the best/safest fitting method.


We have supplied a large number of developments when floating floors over a concrete screed has been specified. We always run into issues with the subfloor which in turn puts unnecessary stress on the joints of the wooden flooring. This could be easily overcome by fixing the flooring directly to the screed using our recommended adhesive.


When considering fitting methods we recommend that you seek professional advice from the fitter or the manufacturer such as ourselves.  We specify and control the quality of all of our boards and can offer the best advice available as we have no bias.

For more information or to seek professional advice on any aspect of fitting/finishing please call 01666 504015.