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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

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

21/02/2018

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 type... Read More

10/10/2017
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Golden rules for laying a wooden floor

Now that you’ve decided on the perfect wooden floor for your room, it’s time to think about installation. The process of laying a wooden floor requires a bit more time and preparation than any other flooring type, so it’s important that you familiarise yourself with the basics. Here are the golden rules for laying a wooden floor successfully 1.Moisture testing Before you even think about putting down your new floor, you need to carry out moisture testing on the sub floor. Your fitter or joiner should be able to carry... Read More

wooden floor wooden worktops 16/08/2017
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Tips for matching your wooden floor to your kitchen worktops

Choosing the right flooring and kitchen worktop combination can be tricky – you want it to look stylish, and yet if you buy them separately it can be a bit of a risk to match them up. To help you decide on the best combination for your home, read our tips for matching your wooden floor to your kitchen worktops for effortless style. Wood and wood Some people think you can’t have wooden floors if you have wooden worktops, or if your kitchen cabinets are wood then you shouldn’t have... Read More

30/05/2017

Design tips for combining practicality with style for your home décor

Often when it comes to decorating our homes, we’re forced to choose between style or practicality, but we just don’t think that’s the case. With some clever furniture choices and lots of inspiration, you can have a home that looks great, but that also suits your needs too. It’s the best of both worlds. Here are our best design tips for combining practicality with style for your home décor, for a house you’ll love to live in. Laminate flooring When it comes to flooring, the need for both practicality and... Read More

05/05/2017
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Brushed or lacquered? Which flooring type is right for you?

When you’re choosing a new floor, you want the best choice of wooden flooring options available, from colours, to grain to price to finish. Many people don’t really consider what kind of finish will be right for their floor, but it’s actually an important factor to take into account, as it could mean the difference between loving your floor and wanting to show it off, or regretting your choice and hastily covering it with a rug. So, when it comes to the most popular flooring finished, which is right for... Read More

06/03/2017
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What to do with your left over wooden flooring

Here’s the scenario – you’ve just installed a beautiful new wooden floor at home, and thankfully you measured correctly and had more than enough to do the job. But now you’ve got a lot of scraps left – what should you do with them? We understand you’ll be reluctant to throw them away, after all you paid good money for your floor and it would be a shame to see it go to waste. So, here’s a few ideas as to what to do with your left over wooden flooring... Read More