Constructed from multiple wood layers with a hard wood surface, engineered floors are the modern alternative to solid wood. They offer several practical advantages without compromising on the authentic real wood look and feel. Its layered construction is more stable than solid wood and will not be as affected by humidity changes in the environment. This dimensional stability means there is less need to accommodate for seasonal movement when installing, a reduced acclimatization period and it allows engineered floors to be fitted above underfloor heating. This allows for a floating floor installation, some with a click system, making for a simple installation.
Our durability rating is the best way to decide if your chosen floor is ready for the task at hand, simply the more stars the higher the rating. From dirty shoes and pet paws to spills, dropped items, pram wheels and moving furniture, your floor is under daily attack.
The durability rating determines how the look of a floor stands up to common daily conditions, how easy it is to scratch and dent and whether it is susceptible to staining. Floors for areas such as hallways and kitchens will need a high durability rating, whereas lounge or bedroom areas that have less traffic can use a lower durability rating. Also consider how long you want the floor to last before you intend to change it.
With modern generation click-together systems, a lot of floors available from UK Flooring Direct are DIY friendly. However, some floors do require expert knowledge or particular attention being paid to site conditions and the subfloor.
If you are looking for floors that are ideal for DIY installation make sure you choose one with a high installation rating. Floors with a low installation rating will almost certainly require professional installation, however by using a specialist installer you can be rest assured that you have a job well done.
Maintenance is a vital part in keeping your new floor looking great, but some floors are easier to maintain than others. Our maintenance rating not only looks at daily cleaning, but also how easy it is to make minor repairs to your floor.
Certain floors have surface treatments that make them a breeze to clean with nothing more than a damp mop. Others need specialist top-up treatments to keep them looking their best. For a floor that’s easy to live with choose a high maintenance rating, low maintenance rating floors tend to be more natural in looks, but do need a little bit more in the way of TLC!
Subject to good regular cleaning and the right periodic maintenance, your floor can last for many years. Exactly how long depends on the type of floor and where it is installed in your home, though some floors have the potential to last a lifetime.
Our lifetime rating assesses a floor under normal domestic conditions and assumes it is looked after well. For a better long-term investment choose a floor with a high lifetime rating. However if you are looking for a short-term solution then a lower rating may be all you need!