HOW TO CHOOSE WOOD FLOORING

Wooden flooring will give an attractive natural base for your home’s aesthetic and should last a lifetime, but it can be challenging to know where to start when it comes to picking wood flooring. As you will be residing with your selection for many years, it’s simple to be a little overwhelmed by all the choices available to you.

At Chaunceysour specialists will be happy to talk you through your project and direct you in the ideal direction, but feel free to read through the guidelines below which give an overview of the questions you must be asking yourself if it comes to picking hardwood flooring.

With so many fantastic options available, what should you consider when selecting a hardwood flooring?

THE LOOK

The desirable look of the flooring is normally the first thing you will consider, and with so many possibilities — all of them beautiful in their own way — it is a tricky choice to make.

Do you need a traditional or contemporary look? Are you currently leaning towards a light or dark floor? Should it be sleek and understated, or distinctive and filled with character?

COLOUR
Dark flooring tends to offer a sense of luxury and cosiness, and mild flooring can give a sense of space. Or you may opt for more organic mid-tones that are welcoming and warm.

You can choose from a wide-ranging colour palette with hardwood floors. Take a peek at the Chaunceys color guide to get some inspiration.

FINISH
Consider the sheen level you envisage to your own project. We offer a range of finishes from Ultra Matt to Gloss in the two oils and lacquers.

GRADE
As they are organic products, each hardwood flooring has its own individual personality and beauty. The knots, splits, and color variation in each plank will probably be unique to each board, and you can choose to have more and less of these features based on the caliber of timber you decide on. We have developed our very own grading guide that will help you choose the look you’re after.

LENGTH AND WIDTH
Chaunceys provide a massive variety of board sizes to fit your needs. To stay on-trend, elect for extra-wide single-width floorboards. These are especially well suited to larger rooms. We suggest Taking a Look at our Extra Long Engineered Planks.

A more traditional appearance can be achieved with the boards laid with 3 or 4 varying widths.

Utilizing our Fixed Length planks provides a timeless appearance of traditional hardwood floors, whereas blending lengths can produce a more distinctive modern feel.

THE SIDE PROFILE OF THE BOARD
The edge of your floorboards may be square, which provides a sleek modern look or can have a small bevel for them. Micro bevels give a more traditional feel and may also hide the tiny possible height differences between the planks.

PATTERNED FLOORING
Parquet flooring is yet another superb choice to consider. Chaunceys provide a variety of beautiful Herringbone, Chevron, and Versailles panels. These geometric patterns create an impressive statement in entry halls and rooms.

LOCATION AND TRAFFIC LEVEL

Are you planning to match your chosen wood flooring in an area where there is going to be a whole lot of footfall? If this is so, we advise you go for a hard-wearing wood such as Oak, or an end that could withstand the elevated levels of traffic. It’s also better to avoid lighter floor tones in these regions as they’ll show more marks and dirt.

Which rooms are you going to be putting the floor in? We urge engineered boards for kitchens and bathrooms since these will provide more stability for rooms more vulnerable to humidity and spillages.

SUB FLOOR & STRUCTURAL CONSIDERATIONS
When choosing wooden flooring, it is important to consider the surface you’ll be fitting your new floor over. Will it be put over old or new screed, wooden batons, or in addition to an present wooden floor? Can you, or will you have underfloor heating? These variables may impact your options and concerning flooring choice and how it can be fitted.

You might also have to consider the thickness of the boards when the floor needs to be structural i.e. load bearing. 20mm thickness boards are needed if you are spanning joists, for instance.

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