Wood Flooring can give your home a timeless look. It can create a neutral base for your chosen colour scheme and gives you the freedom to change rugs, soft furnishings and paintwork as often as you like. At Frank’s The Flooring Store, you will find three kinds of flooring: solid, engineered and laminate.
Which type of flooring is suitable for my room?
Our expert team will be happy to chat with you about your requirements but as a rough guide:
- Solid or engineered flooring is suitable for living rooms, dining rooms, halls and bedrooms.
- Laminates are suitable for living areas and bedrooms, but you are advised to avoid rooms with water as seepage between the joins can cause planks to swell or discolour.
- Vinyl look-a-likes are good choices for bathrooms and kitchens, conservatories and utility rooms, as well as for main living areas.
Solid wood is available in a variety of thicknesses and each board is 100% timber cut out whole from the trunk. The timber is artificially dried, cut and planed to the desired dimensions in width and length. The board edges are precision milled with tongue and groove construction so that each piece locks firmly into place.
This type of flooring is still classed as solid hardwood but is an industrially, finished surface-treated floor element made of wood or a combination of wooden materials. These are not to be confused with laminates.
Engineered consists of at least two or three layers made up from various woods or different grades of the same wood. These are stacked and glued together under heat and pressure. By putting together three different layers at an angle of 90 degrees to each other, a laminated construction is formed in which the three layers counteract each other’s natural movements.
Laminate is created by producing an image of wood on a layer of plastic, which is then laminated to a board backing. Top-quality versions such as LVT, have convincing textured finishes and are hardwearing and tough.
At Frank’s The Flooring Store, we stock over 120 varieties of laminate floors in a range of thicknesses. Only the manufacturing principle is the same. There is a surface layer of fibrous material supported by a baseboard and the product is usually finished with a backing primarily used as a balancing material.
Quality that can last a lifetime
Hard flooring is incredibly durable and will last for many years even in high traffic areas. In particular, solid flooring ages gracefully, and the signs of wear and tear can actually add more character to the flooring. Just as timber furniture ages and picks up the occasional dent or mark, so will timber flooring. Hard flooring is a low maintenance option, which will look fantastic with regular sweeping with a soft brush or vacuuming. Mopping the floor once a week or so with a well-wrung mop will keep it clean.
To see our range visit a Frank’s The Flooring Store and speak to one of our members of staff who will be happy to offer you help and advice!