9 September 2012

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If you are thinking about installing solid hardwood flooring in your home there are a few considerations which you must bear in mind before installation:
In some instances it may not be advisable to fit solid hardwood flooring in areas such as:


Hardwood flooring can be installed in some conservatories, but checks must be made prior to installation that the difference in temperature between day and night and at different times of the year will not have an adverse effect on the structure of the floor covering. Solid Hardwood flooring will expand and contract in different temperature and humidity conditions, we would recommend using engineered hardwood flooring or laminate flooring.


Solid Hardwood flooring should not be installed in a bathroom due to the damp environment. If water penetrates the hardwood surface the floor may swell or even split. There are alternatives which can be used in these types of rooms which still give you the same visual effect of natural wood such as engineered hardwood flooring.

Near heat sources

If you have underfloor heating you should use a type of wooden flooring which is compatible with the expected change in temperature. Engineered wood flooring is commonly more stable than solid wood flooring in all situations. If you are installing solid wood flooring over heating pipes or adjacent to other heat sources you should also bear in mind that the changes in heat can have an effect on the dimensional stability of the floor substrate.

If you are unsure it’s worth asking your hardwood floor fitting specialists.