offers a simple, easy-to-use website featuring a series of flooring reviews about various wood flooring types including solid wood flooring, engineered flooring and laminate flooring reviews from brands like Galleria, Florence, Series, Wickes and City.
Flooring Types Explained
When choosing your new flooring, there are no doubt a number of factors that will affect your decision. These include the type of flooring, the style, the specifications and last but certainly not least the price. Find Flooring UK aims to break down these decisions by categorising them into brands including City, Wickes, Galleria, Tastes of Life, Series and Florence, and providing you with all the information you need during your search. The key difference between the floors on our site are the varying types. While all have a wood appearance, they're broken up into solid wood flooring, engineered flooring and laminate flooring. The overall appearance of these three types are largely the same but the specifications and prices can vary greatly.
Laminate flooring is widely regarded as being some of the cheapest flooring you can buy. This is largely the case but unfortunately laminate flooring doesn't always offer the best value. The cheaper Series laminate flooring grades such as AC3 often have lifespans of just 5-7 years and so while costing as little as £5 sq.m, work out being more expensive than a solid wood floor that can last a lifetime if properly maintained. Laminate flooring is however still an ingenious solution to flooring that takes a durable core made of a material such as HDF and laminates an image of a wood effect to the surface. The appearance from afar seems identical to a solid wood floor but the feel of laminate still doesn't match up.
Engineered flooring is another option that is also often cheaper than solid wood flooring. It looks and feels identical to solid wood flooring and essentially it is. Engineered flooring is made of 100% wood and the top few millimetres of the plank are in fact real wood. However, a majority of the plank is made up of layers of plywood composed of highly durable wood such as pine and spruce that is cheaper and also more readily available. The end result is a floor with a real wood surface that can be oak, ash, maple or walnut to name a few with real natural features that is even more stable than a solid wood floor. This flooring type offers a win-win situation and most customers ultimately choose to purchase engineered flooring.
Solid Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is the other flooring type featured on Find Flooring UK and remains a popular choice despite its price. This is because of the inimitable authentic feel it offers and the knowledge that the floor you've chosen can be re-sanded and re-finished multiple times throughout its lengthy lifetime. The definition of solid wood flooring is unsurprisingly a flooring plank made of a single piece of timber (unlike engineered flooring which is made up of multiple layers). Many timber species such as oak, walnut, ash and maple can be incorporated in a solid wood floor and come in many grades including nature, rustic, family and select depending on the quality of the wood used.