Your home represents your biggest asset. Any investment you can make in your home is a smart move that can not only freshen up your living space but also add value to your property.

Installing wood flooring can provide the perfect way to change things up, lending a classic, expensive look to your home. The investment in wood flooring can reap benefits if you decide to sell your home, so the initial outlay can prove to be well worth it.

What type of wood flooring do I choose?

With so many wood flooring options available it’s hard to know where to start. From solid wood to engineered wood flooring (wood flooring that is composed of two or more layers of wood to form a plank) it can be easy to get confused! Let’s make it a little simpler for you. Firstly, there are some practical concerns that you need to consider.

Before you go ahead and pick a wood flooring type, you need to think about issues such as the condition of your subfloor and the humidity level in your chosen room(s).

Solid wood flooring is more likely to expand and contract as a result of changing humidity levels. If humidity is a factor in your home, then engineered wood flooring is a better choice for you. This is the same if you have underfloor heating fitted. However, if humidity is not a problem for you then you could use either.

What style of wood flooring should I opt for?

Whether you choose a light, medium or dark shade wood all depends on the style you are looking to achieve in your home. Darker woods, such as a rich mahogany or walnut do very well in larger rooms, adding a sense of luxury and warmth to a room in need of some TLC.

However, if you have smaller rooms or you’re a fan of a brighter look to your living space, then a lighter wood such as oak or ash is the perfect choice for you.  Lighter shades of wood can provide an excellent contrast to a bolder wall colour.

Freshening up existing wood

If you already have wood floors installed in your home that you want to keep then there are still options to revitalise your home. Both solid wood and engineered wood floors can withstand being sanded a number of times. After sanding you can recoat the wood – allowing you to rejuvenate your existing floor while also saving you money.

Something that is always worth investing in is quality underlay for wood flooring. A good quality underlay provides a solid base on which to lay your new flooring and can provide a range of benefits for your home.

Our Fine Floor underlay range, such as Fine Floor FibreBoard, can level out uneven surfaces providing a smooth subfloor for the floor covering.

Our ProTech underlay has a full DPM and overlap, fully protecting your floor against rising moisture.

Or, if you worry about the noise often associated with walking on wooden flooring, a sound reducing underlay such as our TimberTech2 Acoustic Plus will really help you see a reduction in noise levels.

Here at QA Flooring Solutions, we supply underlays suitable for almost any application, including an extensive range of wood flooring underlay.

We’ve created our three step Traffilay system to help you find your perfect underlay from the options available. All you have to do is choose your room’s traffic level, the benefits you want from your underlay and your chosen flooring type.

We will then work out the best underlay for you, designed to suit your needs and your flooring type. With QA, it couldn’t be simpler to add value to your floor with high quality underlay to keep it looking good for longer.

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