#1 - Board Type / Style
The first step for purchasing flooring is to decide on the board type. This not only includes the style of flooring, but also the construction.
Choice of style is easy as it’s entirely up to you! At the most basic level, the choice is between Parquet or normal plank flooring. If you’re not sure which you prefer, check out or Pinterest Boards for Inspiration. From there, you can dive deeper into considering extra wide boards, long length planks, aged & distressed and much more. But remember, at this point, you’re only concern should be your personal preference.
The next step is slightly more complex. In regard to real wood, you can opt for Engineered or Solid construction. To summarise our full blog post, Engineered wood flooring has superior dimensional stability which means if you are looking to fit in a Kitchen or with Underfloor heating, it’s really the only choice.
Solid wood flooring however does have its place, allowing for more intense distressing techniques or being able to sand and re-finish several times more than Engineered floors increasing its lifespan.
Other options to consider would be Laminate or Hybrid flooring. Laminate offers considerable savings over real wood, but does sacrifice the realistic look and feel. Hybrid flooring is an exciting innovation that features an incredibly realistic appearance and texture, while offering a 100% waterproof, ultra durable floor capable of comfortably surviving in the toughest of conditions.
Most flooring products (exluding parquet) come in either Random Length or Mixed Packs. Quite simply, if you desire long lengths, opt for a mixed pack product e.g. 6 x 1900mm planks with one split length. If you’d prefer or don’t mind shorter lengths, random length flooring offers cost savings and a really interesting look. Click here to find out more.
The last thing to consider in regard to construction would be fitting profile: Click Fit or Tongue & Groove. This is one of the more hotly contested debates. To summarise our full article, we firmly believe that you should not be put off your dream floor just because it doesn’t have the kind of joint you were originally looking for. Most fitters can be persuaded either way and if you are a competent DIYer, T&G is every bit as easy to fit as Click Fit; just remember to keep an eye on the joints.