Discount Flooring Depot Blog

03/07/2018
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Can Wood Floors Be Stained Darker?

Hardwood floors with a thickness of 8-10mm may be sanded and stained up to ten times. Each time, a darker or a lighter stain may be chosen. The surface layer of an engineered wood floor must meet a minimum thickness of 2mm for the process to achieve adequate results. Outcomes vary depending on the wood species, the grade or quality of the wood, and the age of the wood. The age of the selected stain is another factor that may contribute to the end result. Where a stain is many... Read More

20/06/2018
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Can Wood Floors Be Laid Over Tile?

A solid concrete base is the ideal foundation on which to lay a wood floor. However, where tiling has been set into a concrete floor, work to remove the tiles could disrupt the concrete foundations. In this scenario, raised wood floors or glued wood floors may be laid over tile. Prep work should include leveling any raised tile edges. Laying Wood Floors Over Tiles – Prep Work Whether you are planning to lay a raised wood floor over tiles or whether you are planning to install a glued laminate wood... Read More

31/05/2018
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How to Clean Wood Floors Naturally

Popular methods of cleaning wood floors naturally include: Black Tea White Vinegar and Vegetable Oil Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, and Water Water, White Vinegar, Liquid Soap & Baking Soda (stain removal) The timeless visual appeal of a well maintained wood floor can increase the asking price of your property. With that in mind, there are clear short term and long term benefits to regular maintenance – but what is the best method of cleaning your wood floor? Let’s take a more in depth look at each natural cleaning solution. But... Read More

underfloor heating 25/04/2018
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Can I Install Underfloor Heating Under Wood Floors?

Underfloor heating systems are available for all types of wood floors. A suspended wood floor lends itself to water pipe underfloor heating, whereas a concrete base floor is suited to an electric heat mat. ‘Flexible’ engineered wood floors with a thickness of around 15mm-18mm deliver the best results. Underfloor Heating Installation – Initial Considerations When considering underfloor heating options, major consideration should be given to newly laid concrete foundations. New foundations are typically laid with a thickness of around 75mm. On average, this thickness of concrete requires a settling period... Read More

modern wood flooring 09/04/2018
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Should I Opt For Light Or Dark Wood Floors?

When opting for light or dark wood floors, consider: Room size – Lighter floors add depth to small rooms Foot traffic – Darker floors show less overall scuffing Presentation – Lighter wood hides dirt e.g. hallways Maintenance – Different finishes could take several days Style & resale value – Consider current trends in wood flooring The choice between light wood flooring and dark wood flooring ultimately comes down to personal preference. However, there are many hidden factors to consider. Navigate your choices successfully and you could see both short term... Read More

03/04/2018
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Will Installing Wood Floors Increase The Value Of My Home?

80% of estate agents surveyed by the National Wood Flooring Association agree that installing wood floors increases home value by 1% – 10%. For example, the value of a £250,000 property would increase to between £257,500 – £275,000. Furthermore, 12% of the estate agents surveyed agree an even larger increase in value is likely. Increase Buyer Appeal – Low Maintenance The average thickness of a high quality solid wood floor is 3/4 of an inch. This type of floor can be sanded and refinished up to ten times over its... Read More

21/03/2018
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How Much Does It Cost To Buy & Install Hardwood Floors?

The average cost of buying and installing hardwood floors is £45.00 per square metre for materials and £21.50 per square metre in labour costs. UK new build floorspace averages 16.3 square metres, totalling £733.50 per room for materials and £350.00 per room for installation. These numbers should only be used as a guide. Hardwood floor costs: Solid wood: £35.00 m² – £45.99 m² Engineered wood: £17.99 m² – £73.00 m² Underlay (Wood Subfloor): From £1.75 m² Underlay (Concrete Subfloor): From £4.25 m² Types of Hardwood Floor Hardwood flooring comes in... Read More

21/02/2018
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How to Keep Hardwood Floors Warm in the Winter

Solutions to how to keep hardwood floors warm in the winter include: Place rugs in problem spots Add insulating weather strips to doors and windows Ceiling fans can help to reduce cold spots by circulating air Redirect air flow by replacing air vent covers with multidirectional grills Replace your curtains with triple layered interlined heavy blackout curtains Limit access to the room from entrances that open directly to the home exterior Let’s start from the beginning. We must consider the construction of the home (solid vs suspended flooring) and the... Read More

06/02/2018
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4 ways to use Elite Stone Concrete in your home

One of the main advantages of a laminate wooden floor is that advancements in design allow for wooden floors to cleverly replicate other popular flooring options, like tile or stone effect floors. As the range of tile-effect wooden floors has increased, so too have the opportunities to incorporate them into your home interior. Many design-conscious homeowners are embracing tile in rooms all over the house, not just the bathroom where these would be a traditional choice. One of our most popular tile-effect flooring choices is our Elite Stone Concrete which... Read More

Mopping your wooden floor 30/01/2018
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Keeping your wooden floor protected from scratches

When you’ve spent a long time deciding which is the perfect wooden floor for you, you’ll want to keep it looking good for as long as possible. Unfortunately, opportunities to get scratches in your floor are plentiful, but can seriously detract from the overall effect. A beautiful wooden floor with an ugly scratch mark isn’t always easily fixed either – with a solid wood floor you can always sand down the top layer of the wood and refinish it (although this is a big undertaking and not a quick fix),... Read More