Can I fit a wooden floor anywhere?
Most of our floors can be used in any room as long as it is free of damp and all plaster and concrete are fully dry (see below for further details). The exceptions are bathrooms or other areas of high humidity where only a limited number of floors are suitable and these are indicated specifically in the brochure.
Can I fit a wooden floor over underfloor heating?
Most of our floors can be successfully installed over underfloor heating. Suitable products are marked in the brochure and shown in the flooring selector on p56. Some products will require re-kilning and careful attention should be paid to the advice in our installation guide.
How is a wooden floor fitted?
Except for our [/products/floors/strata Strata boards], which can be floated, all floors in the Broadleaf range must be nailed or glued to the subfloor (the underlying floor structure). Which method is recommended will depend on the product you choose and the type of subfloor you have. Details are given in our flooring selector and further information on the fixing methods can be found in our installation guide.
Who should fit my floor?
The quality of installation of your floor will be integral to the end result. In the absence of complicated site conditions, most of our floors are designed to be accessible to a competent amateur assuming that they have the correct tools and follow the installation guide closely. Generally however, we would suggest that you use an experienced professional and particularly if you are considering a parquet floor or have a less than perfect site. Please ask our staff for advice if you are in doubt.
Will a wooden floor be thicker than a carpet?
Generally, yes, although to what extent will depend upon the product that you choose and the fitting method used to install it. Any height difference between rooms can usually be simply and discreetly accommodated with an appropriate threshold and a small adjustment to the door.
How much flooring do I need?
You will need enough flooring to cover the floor area of the room plus wastage. Recommended wastage allowances are detailed in our flooring selector.
Will my floor move?
Some movement in response to seasonal and atmospheric changes is characteristic of a real wood floor and part of it's beauty. Wood is a hydroscopic material which is sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. It is quite normal to see small gaps between planks and blocks that vary over time.
Can my floor be fitted the day it is delivered?
No. It will need to be acclimatised for 7-14 days in order to adjust to the particular atmospheric conditions of your home prior to fitting. Please see the 'Before installation' section for further details.
Does a wooden floor need a lot of maintenance?
Quite simply, no. Modern finishing products are designed for modern living. A simple regime of vacuum and damp mop, plus a quick application of a maintenance wax or equivalent from time to time is all that is generally required. For guidance on keeping your floor in tip top condition see our aftercare guide.
Can I use masking tape to protect my floor while I paint the skirting?
No. All adhesive tapes, even those marked as low tack, are solvent based and will damage your floor finish. In our experience, the best way to protect your floor if you need to decorate the skirting after you have fitted your floor is to use a sheet of newspaper and to slip this under the skirting.