If you are looking to renovate your property and maybe replace an old flooring solution in the process, there are a considerable amount of options to choose from. In particular, real wood is a popular choice in residential and commercial projects, but in choosing so it is important to bear in mind that wood has natural limitations that might make it unsuitable in certain circumstances. Your flooring solution should always combine looks and practicality to ensure long service life. Using an industry professional such as Waller Associates will help ensure that these goals as well as others are met in full. Here are just a few of your options when it comes to wood flooring.

Wood Floorboard Construction

The category of ‘real wood flooring’ includes two closely related variants. One is made from complete wood and has the name ‘solid wood’, while its alternative is made from wood and synthetic materials which resulted in the descriptive name of engineered wood.The two options cost about the same, look the same when fitted and required the precise care procedures. Therefore the difference between the two takes a more practical direction.

The category of ‘real wood flooring’ includes two closely related variants. One is made from complete wood and has the name ‘solid wood’, while its alternative is made from wood and synthetic materials which resulted in the descriptive name of engineered wood.  The two options cost about the same, look the same when fitted and required the precise care procedures. Therefore the difference between the two takes a more practical direction.

Solid Wood Floorboard – Each floorboard contains 100{5649ae563538d4e4143b9a1c2946af7df32b9f4b4d437e9732645a466ec43c51} natural wood such as Oak, Walnut and other common hardwoods. This solid construction equals extensive service life, which explains why wood is often seen in period and historical homes.

Engineered Wood Floorboard – Each floorboard contains natural wood as well, however this time around, only as a top layer. Manufactured layers of MDF, Plywood and Softwood support the 3mm to 6mm thick natural wood layer. The result is a floorboard that looks the same as the previous solid wood type, but is immune to some of the natural limitations of wood.

Deciding Solid or Engineered Floorboards

There are plenty of differences between the two types and these are easier to explain based on common everyday situations.

When under floor heating is present – Natural wood reacts to atmospheric changes by expanding when the temperature climbs and contracting when the temperature drops. Fitting solid floorboards over under floor heating will create precisely this reaction and lead to gaps between the floorboards and possible damage from over expansion. Engineered floorboards will not react in such manner due to the varied materials that makeup each floorboard.

Sanding and recoating – Sanding is a process that removes 1mm layer of top wood to expose new wood. The new wood surface is often in pristine condition as old scuffs, stains and other imperfections from years of use were removed in the sanding process. Commercial properties that often experience high levels of foot traffic will benefit from sanding every so often (as opposed to replacing the entire floor). In addition, residential properties that are ‘buy to let’ often benefit from sanding between occupancies. Solid floorboards can be sanded many times over, but on the other hand engineered floorboards only a handful of times depending on the thickness of the top layer (typically 3mm to 6mm thick).

Bathroom, Kitchen and Basement Areas – Humid and wet conditions are likely to occur in these areas over time. Natural wood does not react well to humidity and the floorboard will damage after a short while. It means that solid floorboards are completely unsuitable in these areas, however engineered floorboards that have been coated in a waterproof coating (lacquered based) will stand the test of time in these challenging conditions for wood.

All other situations – If the natural limitations of wood do not apply in your project, solid floorboards due to their longer service life are often the choice of many. However, as the cost of wood flooring often includes the cost of fitting, coating and grade of wood, it is often a question of value for money at the time.

These are just a few of the considerations when choosing wood flooring for your project. Contact Waller Associates to discuss your project today.

Written by Jonathan Sapir managing director of wood flooring supplier Wood and Beyond. UK based ethical vendor of engineered walnut flooring and solid walnut flooring from managed forests (Holder of ‘FSC Forest Management Certification’).

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Most people assume if you have a broken hinge or handle on a window that the window must be replaced.

If the window is old, it may well be nice to get a new set of windows but if the recession has affected you and money is tight why get them all replaced?   If you only want one specific piece fixed and they are in a semi-good condition then that’s something we may be able to help you with!

Yearly we install hundreds of windows; generally, we install double glazed units, handles, window hinges and locks.

If you feel this is something we may be able to help you with then please do not hesitate to contact us!

No job is too little or too large.

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Forming of a structural opening and installation of a set of aluminium French doors and window at Iwade Primary School Nr Sittingbourne.

Due to the jubilee bank holiday weekend the schools half term only had three working days for the works to be carried out. This meant we were very limited for time to carry out the knock through, installation of new doors, plastering works and decorations, but with great team work by our operatives we managed to meet the deadline. The school were extremely pleased with the finished result and said that the door looks like it had always been there and the school cleaners complemented us on how clean we had left the school after some really messy work.

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The UK’s amended Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations (PECR) Act 2011 was brought into force on May 26, 2011.  The UK’s data protection agency, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO),  gave UK companies a 12-month reprieve, pushing back the compliance date to the 26th May 2012.

As of the 26th May 2012 Waller Associates has implemented the new EU Cookie Law with its informed consent pop up linking to our updated privacy policy and our ‘how to manage cookies’ section.

Our pop up will display once every 365 days, linking to our privacy policy, which contains all relevant information regarding our use of cookies and our cookie management section, detailing how our visitors can disable cookies.

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Waller Associates incorporates a wholesale decorating business into Waller Building Services.

We can now supply you, through our building division, paint and all other decorating products at trade prices.

Whilst working in Kent schools and speaking to bursars and site managers, we noticed that many of our clients found it difficult to obtain decorating materials at trade prices. As a Kent County Council approved contractor we are in position to supply our clients, including schools, at competitive rates. With our buying power we can pass on great prices to you and we deliver to site which makes your life easier.

Ordering decorating products is simple; either visit www.wallerservices.com/decorating or phone our dedicated sales line 01795 424435. Alternatively, contact me directly on 07805 977 651 to discuss any requirements you may have.

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