Hardwood flooring creates a sense of luxury, high-end, timeless style, and is quite simply unbeatable when it comes to flooring homes of any size, business premises, or other commercial properties. This type of wood floor is hugely practical for everyday living because of its durability, making it easy for you to mop, sweep and hoover with minimal fuss. An investment as hardwood does not need to be replaced when it gets worn, ages and loses its lustre, sanding and polishing can give back its lease on life, restoring its former glory.
With so many options to choose from it can be difficult to know what to consider, what to look for and what to be aware of before you make a purchase that will last you a lifetime should you desire it. The following is a buyers guide to hardwood flooring, and what to consider before your next purchase.
What to consider:
Modern hardwood flooring is available in two distinct types, thick timber planks of solid wood or engineered wood which is economically made with a thin top layer of hardwood, bonded with other layers of material to prevent the wood from expanding and restricting contraction over time.
Though many homeowners still prefer solid wood over its updated counterpart due to its undeniable durability, comfort and quietness underfoot, many advantages come with engineered wood. The latter is easier to install because it can be laid on top of existing concrete, radiant heat or soundproofed floors and glued directly, rather than raised over plywood as solid wood so often is.
In many Western countries, the ideal hardwood flooring is oak, and for good reason. It is widely available and extremely hard-wearing, making it perfect for busy family homes and commercial spaces alike. Other popular hardwood choices include walnut, beech, ash and maple, though one does not need to be restricted as there are a variety of softwoods on offer in the form of pine, cedar, spruce and yew; the use of which comes down to personal preference depending on your interiors and key features.
Hardwood floors can be finished in a range of ways, according to your design preferences. Prefinished hardwood is the simplest to work with as it does not need an application of stain, topcoat, or sealant. Despite this many customers desire a level of customisation which can only be achieved using unfinished (sanded) wood and applying basecoats and other elements in situ, for greater control over the shine and smooth appearance of the floor.
Floor staining can be completed for you by our experts as oil-based hardwood floor stains can dramatically change the colour of your floor, bringing a dull surface to life while it protects against shoe scuffing, wheel marks, water, pawprints and whatever else a busy family life may throw at your hardwood. Choosing the right option for you can be difficult, so we go the extra mile with colour charts and the spraying of test patches so you can get a feel for the result with no regrets.
Our hardwood floor staining colours include (but are certainly not limited to):
- Light Oak Floor Stain
- Medium Oak Floor Stain
- Dark Oak Floor Stain
- Antique Pine Staining
- American Walnut Staining
- Teak Wood Staining
- Mahogany Wood Staining
- Ebony Wood Staining
- Whitewash Floor Staining
- Jacobean Dark Oak
Another element of hardwood which enhances the individuality of your home is the array of patterns the wood can be arranged and fitted into. From simple and elegant wooden planks to more intricate parquet flooring patterns such as herringbone, basketweave, and Versailles panels you can achieve an ultra-modern or classic heritage aesthetic. The possibilities and visual combinations are unlimited.
We are experts in all aspects of timber wood floor installation. Our in-house fitters are fully trained in each area of the job, from sub-floor preparation through to the final finishing touches. We also never subcontract to other companies as we believe loyalty is the key to great business and know that our specialist floor fitters always get the job right. That’s why we only use our staff, who are local to the London and Essex area. You can be confident of efficient service and a stunning result for your floor.
Maintenance is key to the continued vitality of any wooden floor; thankfully the care and maintenance of hardwood begin with the basics, sweeping, mopping or vacuuming to remove dust and dirt. Spills, mud, water and food should be cleared away immediately so as not to soak into the wood and harm its integrity in the long term. Getting a professionally recommended cleaner or wash to deal with this problem when your fitting is complete will arm you for these potential incidents.
When your flooring begins to appear a little dull it might be time for sanding, giving hardwood floors a beautiful finish, buffing away scratches and scuffs to reveal the patterns and wood grain beneath. Sanding in conjunction with a recoating of varnish or wood stain prevents your hardwood for further wear and tear for years to come, floorboard filling using a specialist filler that doesn’t shrink over time or change colour may also be needed.
It is important to be aware that engineered wood cannot be sanded, as its hardwood layer is too thin.
Choosing the right hardwood flooring for you.
With the most relevant, up to date industry information, you can source the best hardwood flooring to suit your lifestyle, daily needs and practical requirements without sacrificing quality or charm.
Do you have questions about finding the right hardwood flooring for your home? Contact Quicksand Flooring and a member of our team will be happy to help. Alternatively, browse our Services page to find out what we can do for you.