10 Frequently Asked Questions – New Wood Floors

Wood flooring looks gorgeous in any home but its benefit factors don’t stop with appearance! Wood floors add so much character, warmth and also value to your home. Another point is unlike carpet, laminate and other types of flooring is that wood if cared for gets better with age.

However, of course wood flooring is an investment so take time with deciding the different wood looks and the options available, such as solid or engineered wood. Here at Alresford Interiors we have a flooring room with loads of samples and laid floors around the building which we are happy to go through with you, just pop into our workshop!

What are Wood Grades?

Grades of wood are useful for assessing the overall look; we refer it to the amount of knots or other natural marks on the boards. The four wood grades include: Prime – the lowest knot content, SelectCharacter and Rustic – The highest knot content.

What rooms are not recommended for wood flooring?

Because wood floors can be mark by water and liquid, especially if not cleaned up promptly as well as them not tolerating moisture well. This means we do recommend not necessarily installing a wood floor in rooms which are exposed to excess moisture, heat and condensation. These conditions could leave you with a wooden floor that has expanded and warped. The main room that is a concern for laying wood floors in is places such as the bathroom!

What finishes are available?

We use a whole variety of brands so have lots of finishes available and colours. If you would like to see finish options / colours are available feel free to pop down to our workshop in Alresford near Winchester, we have loads of examples in our flooring room and an experienced team happy to go through the options with you. We actually have a whole blog dedicated to this subject – What are the different finishes for sanded wooden floors?

Shrinking and Expanding Wood Floors

Solid wood flooring has been taken over by engineered; a modern version built up with layers making it much more durable. Wood is a living material and reacts to both temperature and water which will most likely effect its positioning, especially solid wood. If the humidity and moisture levels rise in summer where there is more contact with humidity, the wood will start to absorb the moisture leading it to expand.  Reversibly in a home with the heating on, let’s say in winter, this will evaporate and suck out the moisture leaving it to shrink. However, fitted correctly and ensuring there is no dramatic contact with moisture the floor should remain looking the same throughout its lifespan size wise.


The price of a wood floor is something that commonly puts people off, however a wood floor is truly worth the investment. Its lasts for a minimum of 25-30 years, longer than most people live in one home for and it also adds value to your home, not forgetting it is for sure the most stunning option.  It brings so many benefits to a home both financially and appearance wise.

How to prepare for Installation?

We recommend moving the wood floor boards to the environment they are being laid so they can adapt to the temperature and humidity of the room. A recommended room temperature is somewhere between 18 – 22 degrees Celsius / 65 – 72 Fahrenheit. If the wood floor reacts to a temperature / humidity change once laid it could move and change size. We lay the floors in a way that can cope with slight change so your floor should always look perfect.

Who should lay my floor?

Installing a wood floor isn’t the easiest of jobs and is pretty irreversible once finished. It is highly recommended to get a skilled professional floor fitter in, someone with experience. Here at Alresford Interiors we supply and lay fresh, brand new wood floors weekly and would be happy to help with your flooring dreams.

How should I look after my floor?

Of course when you get a new floor that looks gorgeous you want to keep it that way. You can take steps to help look after your wood floor such as protecting your floor from furniture by using cloth / felt pads on the legs of your furniture. They are hidden so wont effect the appearance of your furniture. For other tips visit one of our previous blog posts which is all about this topic – How to keep your oak floor in perfect condition.

Is solid wood flooring compatible with underfloor heating?

It is recommended not to place a solid wood floor over underfloor heating. Solid wood floors can’t deal well with a continuous fluctuation in temperature. However, there is another option! Engineered wood flooring – it gives you the same look and feel but is a lot more durable with things such as heat change. If you want to learn more about engineered wood flooring visit one of our previous posts – Engineered wood flooring: Everything you need to know.

Options for dog owners

Most homeowners want to know what the hardwood flooring options are if they have pets – particularly for dogs with their muddy feet and scratchy claws! Fortunately, if you have a pet and want a gorgeous hardwood floor for your home, the two aren’t mutually exclusive.  Engineered hardwood flooring is a great option, particularly when it has a strong finish applied. Read more here – Pet owners: What wood flooring should you choose?

More brilliant blogs posts up on our site about wood floors!

Engineered wood flooring – Pros & Cons

What is reclaimed wood flooring?

What you need to know about laying wood floors

We also have plenty of photos in our gallery to show you more examples of our gorgeous wood floors: http://www.alresfordinteriors.co.uk/services/wood-floors/

Or if you already have a wood floor and it’s not looking its best, we have loads of helpful blog posts about floor sanding. Our website is full of informative and interesting content.

Hopefully this blog post has answered some of your questions, if you have any more queries or just want to discuss getting a new wood floor don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01962 733016, email info@alresfordinteriors.co.uk or visit our workshop, we are happy to help.