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How durable would my timber flooring be compared to other floor coverings?

 

Compared to carpet, tiles and vinyl flooring that do wear and need to be replaced periodically, timber flooring can last a lifetime.

Can I install a new timber floor over my existing timber floor?

 

Yes. As long as the existing floor is level, you can lay a new timber floor over the top. However, bear in mind that the new flooring will raise the total floor level from 12-19mm (depending on the thickness of the flooring type you have chosen).

Can I install a timber floor over concrete?

 

Yes, you can lay timber over concrete. If the concrete slab is less than 5 years old, a membrane between the slab and the timber can be applied so as the moisture from the slab doesn’t damage the timber.

What coating should I have in order to get the best result on my new or existing timber floor?

 

When choosing a coating for your floor you must take into consideration the amount of traffic it needs to endure. A polyurethane finish is the most durable coating and will stand up to any heavy traffic. A water based finish is less durable and wears a lot quicker, however this particular finish is a more popular choice for commercial applications, due to its minimal smell and drying time.

What is laminate timber flooring?

 

Laminate wood flooring is a construction product used to finish floors. It is designed to mimic the look of a hardwood floor but is actually constructed quite differently to traditional wood flooring products. You can choose from a wide variety of finish options when selecting laminate products, with many that are virtually indistinguishable from real wood.

What is the Janka Hardness Scale?

 

The Janka Hardness Scale determines the hardness of a particular type of wood. The scale was designed by Gabriel Janka in 1906 and it was standardised in 1927 by the American Society for Testing and Materials. As a rule, the higher the timber is on the number scale, the more durable, harder and scratch resistant the timber.