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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOOR?
SOLID Floors that have the specific wood for the whole thickness of the floor. These are normally fixed to the sub-floor. SEMI-SOLID Floors that have a very thick layer of the specific wood on top of a less expensive wood. ENGINEERED Floating hardwood floors made up of two layers: a hardwood veneer and a stabilising base layer. These are usually pre-finished with either a lacquer or an oil. They are also referred to as 'laminate' floors. For more information, see our guide for types of wooden flooring, also our FAQ section on solid and semi-solid floors and engineered / laminate floors.
WHAT'S THE BEST TYPE OF WOOD FLOORING?
The best type of wooden flooring will depend on what you want from your floor, where it is being fitted, how it is being fitted and what it is going to be used for. To answer this question accurately you should call your hardwood flooring expert and be prepared to answer a lot of questions!
WHAT'S THE BEST WOOD FOR A FLOOR?
There is no 'best' wood for a floor. There are just different types or species of wood. Which one is best for you will depend on your budget, the look you want to achieve and the practicality of the particular wood you like. For example, Walnut is a very popular floor because of its colour and beautiful grain patterns but it is very expensive and also quite soft and will mark easily. The best thing to do is consult with your hardwood flooring expert.
WHAT'S THE HARDEST WOOD FLOORING?
The hardest wood that we have ever used is a timber called Purple Heart. It was so hard that the installation team had to change the blades on their chop saw three times in single installation. However for most domestic installations you simply can't go wrong with a traditional Oak floor.
WHAT'S PARQUET FLOORING?
It depends who you ask! Most people think that Parquet Flooring is some form of patterned floor - which usually turns out to be Herringbone. However, anyone who works in the industry will tell you that Parquet Flooring is just another term for hardwood floors.