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Flooring @ Timberland
- Timberland Flooring supply and fit hardwood floors, offering over 150 different types of wood. They have pioneered the used of engineered wooden floor and fit the floors themselves (they don't use contractors). Fill in the form online to receive a free brochure.

Solid Oak FlooringFlooring - Laminate, Engineered Hardwood and Solid Hardwood - what's the difference?

With so many different types of flooring it can be difficult to always understand what it is that you are buying, and what the differences are between all the different flooring types. Hopefully, after reading this guide, it will all make sense.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a durable floor designed to cope with heavy traffic in your home, making it ideal for hallways, landings and children's rooms. Laminate flooring is easily maintained and scratch resistant, thanks to the way in which it is contructed.

It is actually constructed from three separate layers. The top layer is a strong wood effect type material laminated with a special finish to protect it. The middle layer is made from a dense fibre board, which adds strength, and the bottom layer is a waterproof backing that protects the fibre board from moisture. This type of floor does not contain any real hardwood at all. Laminate floors are always "floated", making them ideal for houses which have concrete floors. They can be glued together or installed via a "click" (tongue and groove) system. Foam underlay is placed between the floor and the laminate.

Engineered Hardwood Floors

An engineered hardwood floor has a top layer made from real hardwood, making it similar in appearance to a solid hardwood floor. Additional layers under the hardwood are either made from high density fibre board or plywood. These additional layers provide strength and moisture protection.

Installation again is by floating the floor - glueing the planks together and ensuring a firm join by using a floor clamp. A sheet of foam underlay is placed between the concrete floor and the hardwood floor to provide insulation. Some floors can be temporarily placed and taken to your next home, if fitted via a glueless click system.

Solid Hardwood Floors

Solid hardwood floors are made completely from hardwood. When installing on a wooden floor they are nailed directly to the floor. When installing on a concrete floor they can be floated using glue and clamps as with the engineered hardwood floors.

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Tiles

Tiles are usually stuck directly onto the floor and come in a variety of colours, styles and finishes. They can be made from ceramic / porcelain, vinyl or carpet. Note that tile effect laminate is also available, which combines the ease of fitting and warmth of a laminate floor together with the appearance of ceramic tiles.

There are varieties of interlocking tiles that lock together for easy laying, plus can be taken up and relaid elsewhere.

Flooring (Screwfix)
- A range including solid wood available in red oak, maple, white oak, birch and rustic birch; glueless laminate floor; engineered semi-solid wood, available in oak and beech; interlock durable tiles, available in black slate and silver and tile effect laminate, available in black slate and beige; and carpet tiles for commercial or home use.
Free next day delivery is available on orders over £45.

B&Q Laminate Flooring
- A wide range of laminate flooring in many finishes delivered to your door. Prices start at £ 7.98 per sqm. Also check out the solid wood flooring, bathroom flooring, kitchen flooring and mats, floor tiles, carpets and trade carpet tiles.
Wickes
- Save up to 40% on flooring, underlay and edging. The online range includes solid wood, laminate, floor tiles, floorboards and vinyl tiles.
Lamwood Flooring
- The complete range of Quickstep laminate flooring at discount prices including QuickStep 700 Classic, QuickStep 800 Classic, QuickStep 800 Long Plank, QuickStep Perspective 2 950, QuickStep Perspective 4, QuickStep Perspective 4 Elegance 800, QuickStep Special Finishes and QuickStep Tiles in a range of colours and finishes.