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Laminate Flooring

01/10/2018
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What Are Floating Wooden Floors?

A floating wooden floor is one of three engineered wood floor installation solutions. Floating floors consist of interconnected tongue-and-groove planks placed on top of a concrete or wood subfloor. Unlike the alternative ‘glued’ or ‘nailed’ methods, the boards are not fixed to the floor, hence the name ‘floating wood floor’. Why Choose Floating Wooden Floors? Of the three engineered wood floor installation methods, the floating wooden floor method is commonly regarded by DIY enthusiasts as the simplest and most cost effective installation solution. Let’s take a look at the three... Read More

15/08/2018
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Can You Use Steam Mops to Clean Wood Floors?

Cleaning a wood floor with a steam mop increases the risk of water damage – typical long term damage includes ‘cupping’ or ‘crowning’. Water residue could also dull a wax or varnish finish. All wood floors are sensitive to moisture – a hygrometer device can be useful in measuring and maintaining humidity levels. How to Clean a Wood Floor Safely Wood floors may be finished using a variety of methods and products. Different finishes provide different levels of protection against moisture. For example, popular oil based stain-and-seal finishes may offer... Read More

31/07/2018
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Are Wood Floors Waterproof?

Wood floors are not inherently waterproof. Applying a water resistant finish at regular intervals (2-10 years, depending on type of finish and intensity of usage) can help to maximise the lifespan of a wood floor. Options for creating different levels of water resistance range from Polyurethane oil and water based finishes, to varnishes and sealants. Waterproofing can help to avoid: Bow Bowing occurs where water damage causes a distinct contraction across the surface of the wood, causing the two ends of a piece of wood flooring to rise up slightly.... 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

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

02/01/2018
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Wooden flooring trends to watch for 2018

Trend spotters, take note! If you want your home to be the epitome of fresh design and contemporary chic next year, then you need to stay on top of emerging trends and embrace them in your home décor. With the recent revelation that Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet, it won’t come as a surprise to soon see this colour trickling thought the high street home interiors departments, but what are the wooden flooring trends to watch for 2018? Will these be as eye catching and... Read More

29/11/2017
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Don’t make these mistakes when choosing a wooden floor

Choosing a wooden floor is a complex process – what colour should you go for? Is this the right style for your room? What finish is best for you? Once you have sorted out the obvious things, there are some less obvious factors that you need to take into account which are just as important if you want your floor to give you years of hassle-free enjoyment. Don’t make these mistakes when choosing a wooden floor, or you could end up with a floor which doesn’t fit, needs to be... Read More

21/09/2017
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Laminate or solid wood – which is right for you?

When it comes to choosing a new floor for your home, the sheer number of choices you have to make can be overwhelming – colour, wood type, thickness of planks, underfloor heating compatibility. Where do you start? We always think the best place to begin when choosing a new floor is to decide on solid wood or laminate, as this will help you narrow the choices down further until you have your ideal floor. When it comes to laminate or solid wood flooring, how can you decide which is right... Read More

12/09/2017
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Light vs dark – which style are you?

When it comes to home interiors, are you more drawn to the dark colours or the light and bright ones? We’re not going to deny that home decorating trends come and go but there just some colours we will always be drawn to more. If you’re not sure which style is right for you, don’t worry – this post has lots of inspiration and a few tips and tricks to help you if you’re not sure which option is more suitable for your room. Creating bigger spaces One of the... Read More

Mopping your wooden floor 08/08/2017
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How do you look after your wooden floor?

A new wooden floor is a beautiful addition to your home, and with the proper care and maintenance it will look great for years to come. But exactly how do you look after your wooden floor? As there are different types of wooden floor (laminate, engineered, solid wood) there are different ways to clean each for getting them to look their best. Here’s some of our tried and tested tips and advice on looking after all floors for the best results. Vacuuming For lifting surface dirt and debris on a daily... Read More