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  1. How To Fit Hardwood Floor To Plywood
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    How To Fit Hardwood Floor To Plywood

      Plywood is a great base on which to lay a hardwood floor, no matter which fixing method you choose for your floor.  There are essentially 3 main hardwood floor fitting methods and they are: floating, gluing and nailing.  Here’s a brief overview of what is meant by each: Floating - A floating floor is a floor that is neither nailed...
  2. Fitting Hardwood Flooring To Existing Floorboards
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    Fitting Hardwood Flooring To Existing Floorboards

      Fitting hardwood flooring to existing, or original floorboards, in most cases, is a relatively straightforward and effective installation option.  That said, because existing, or original floorboards are often made of softwood, it is highly likely that they will have bowed, cupped or shrunk, which means that the surface may have become irregular.  If your existing or original floorboards are...
  3. What Is Hand Scraped Wood Flooring
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    What Is Hand Scraped Wood Flooring

    Hand scraped wood flooring is an extremely popular wood flooring option with anyone seeking something just a little bit different.  This type of wood flooring, as the name suggests is wood flooring which has been made to look old, somewhat distressed and worn, using a technique called hand scraping.  Hand scraped wooden floors come in a variety of different looks...
  4. Distressed Wood Flooring Explained
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    Distressed Wood Flooring Explained

    Distressing is a technique which is currently being used on everything from jeans fabric to wood flooring.  Distressed wood floors are the ideal compromise for anyone who is yearning the look of an old floor but the functionality and the practicality of a new floor.  Distressed wood floors are not surprisingly a popular choice in this period of style where...
  5. Laying Hardwood Flooring DIY Style Is About Preparation
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    Laying Hardwood Flooring DIY Style Is About Preparation

      Laying hardwood flooring on a DIY basis isn’t for the faint hearted, but at the same time, if you’re organised, methodical and patient you can achieve some great results as well as saving yourself a good chunk of cash in the process.  No matter whether you’ve chosen solid wood or engineered flooring, if you’ve decided to lay your new...
  6. How To Protect Wood Flooring From Water?
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    How To Protect Wood Flooring From Water?

    If you have a hardwood floor, you’ll be only too aware of the need to protect your floor from excess water.  Excess water, if left on the surface of your floor for any length of time can wreak havoc and, like most things in life, prevention is better than cure. The best way to start your water damage prevention process...
  7. What Are Exotic Hardwood Flooring
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    What Are Exotic Hardwood Flooring

      Not so very long ago, to get the look of an exotic hardwood floor without the end result costing you an arm and a leg, the only option was to use clever staining techniques.  Typically emanating from places such as South America, Africa, India and Asia, exotic hardwood floors are sought after not only for their aesthetic values but...
  8. Antique Wood Flooring Options
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    Antique Wood Flooring Options

      There is no doubt that antique and reclaimed wood flooring are flooring options which are becoming more and more popular as time goes by.  With a growing number of people seeking design or style options with a story to tell or a heritage behind them, antique and reclaimed wood flooring appears to be able to tick all of their...
  9. Wood Flooring Durability Explained
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    Wood Flooring Durability Explained

    There are various things which affect the durability of a wooden floor.  Not surprisingly, one key element is the type of wood you choose, but no matter the type of wood you have, you can always improve the durability of your wooden floor by applying a hard wearing finish or sealer. The importance of durability for your wood flooring project...
  10. Wood Flooring For Kitchens
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    Wood Flooring For Kitchens

      There are loads of people out there who are worried about making the decision between wood, tiles, marble or vinyl in the kitchen area, so in true Wood and Beyond style, we want to give you all the wood floor in kitchens ‘nitty gritty’, so you can make the decision for yourself.  Here are some of the things we...
  11. Wood Flooring Patterns and Design Options
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    Wood Flooring Patterns and Design Options

      Wood flooring patterns or parquet flooring as it is often described is a really popular wood floor option.  Allowing you to be as creative and as stylish as your imagination will let you, wood flooring patterns typically take the form of brickwork, herringbone, chevron, basket weave and random designs. Random Pattern Random pattern wood flooring involves the use of...
  12. Information On Wood Floor Refinishing
    Categories: Engineered Flooring & Solid Flooring

    Information On Wood Floor Refinishing

      Refinishing or refurbishing a wood floor takes time, care and patience and is not a job that should be taken lightly.  That said, with the right preparation, the right equipment and a bit of effort, the end results can be quite outstanding.  There are essentially three steps to refinishing your wood floor.  The first is sanding, the second is...

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