“Yeah I think we’ll go for wood flooring. Just need to choose the right colour now…”
If only it was that simple. It’s true though, most people do like wood flooring but there’s more to choosing a floor than simply picking a colour. By now most people tend to know that when budgeting for wood flooring it can be a bit more expensive however, they are happy to treat themselves by investing in their home. The price of the wood has a lot to do with the finished quality. For example, the best grade of wood (prime) has a lot less tree knots. Some people may prefer the natural unrefined wood characteristic (rustic grade). The specifications for choosing the right wooden floor can vary and what direction the wood runs may not necessarily be one of them.
If plank direction is not necessarily one of the specifications, then why is it so important? The answer is: value. It’s the personal value that it adds. It makes the house a home. It feels right when you walk into the room. The cost of wooden flooring can be expensive. However it is hardwearing and adds significant value to any property, especially if it’s a buy to sell. If it’s your own home then that’s even better as the market value increases. This can be great if re-mortgaging or selling in future.
So what direction is best to lay the wood flooring? Straight, perpendicular or diagonal? There is also the option of having parquet wood. One of the more compelling reason for clients tend to be overall the beauty and attractiveness. How it looks once installed. Most home owners are easy going and wish not to over complicate things as long as they are happy with the finished outcome. Some are a bit hands on and don’t mind doing it themselves (DIY). If the flooring is a DIY job then the choice is up to whoever is installing it. If the job is being done by a trusted flooring professional, then early consultation is important. Whether it’s floorboards over joists or sand cement concrete there is technical guidance for what direction the floor can be installed. Simply things like buying the right sofa, new blinds or the ideal paint colour for your living room, are all great for decorating ideas. Having new wood flooring in the living room can look great against a fireplace (UK). The laid plank direction could potentially add to its beauty.
Are you a homeowner living on the Wirral? Heswall or West Kirby for instance and looking to buy solid or engineered wood, it’s worth getting the extra advice first from a professional wood floor fitter. Feel free to get in touch with any query. We’re happy to help. All our wood flooring installations are subject to a site inspection prior to starting the job. That’s because it may require some degree of subfloor preparation which may or may not include floor screeding.