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10 Step Buyers Guide For Laminate & Hardwood Flooring

10 Step Buyers Guide For Laminate & Hardwood Flooring image

Check Before You Buy 

We understand that before choosing flooring for your home there are many areas to consider, from pricing to suitability for your lifestyle to the desired style. To help make this decision as seamless as possible we have put together a 10 step ‘Buyers Process’.  

As always you can check out our blog and education centre for more information on our flooring types, maintenance and installation process.  

This concise checklist will give you a quick run-through before you make the big decision. 

1. Measure your rooms from end to end and be sure to measure in-shots and bay windows separately to ensure you don’t order too much. 

2. Check your door clearance if you are buying a floor over 10mm as you may need to trim them. 

3. Collect the tools needed to fit your floor. This will vary with each style but a general rule of thumb is always  

- A saw 

- Tape Measure 

- Spacers 

- Pencil 

4. Check for dips or unevenness in your floor as this can affect how the floor is fitted. 

5. Plan beforehand for issues such as what type of underlay will be required, this is specific to the environment in your room. For example, if you live in a ground floor flat with a concrete floor. The possible underlay components you would need are floorboards, chipboard & underfloor heating to insulate and keep you warm in the winter months.  

6. Consider questions such as will you require beading, skirting or facings to complete your interior, If you have underfloor heating already you need to find flooring which will be suitable. 

7. Plan a specific amount of time to fit the floor. We recommend that flooring installation be completed in one day, especially with solid wood and engineered wood flooring because wood tends to expand & contract. 

8. If you are thinking about buying tile effect floor try to plan the layout beforehand, if you begin to lay this incorrectly you may have quite a lot of wastage. 

9. When considering herringbone flooring, always add 10% more than what you think you need as there are a lot of wasted cuts on the perimeter. 

10. Always remember to leave a 5mm space around the perimeter of the room to allow for floor expansion. 

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to get in touch

Remember, that when you contact a member of our team we will run through the process with you and find the perfect flooring for your requirements, all you have to do is double check your measurements beforehand!  

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