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Solid Wood, Engineered and Laminate Flooring Guide

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Everything you need to know when purchasing new flooring

As well as Karndean vinyl flooring there is an array or other kinds of flooring you can have throughout your home. We have compiled a buyers guide to help you decide which type is best for you.

Types of Flooring

Solid Wood

Solid Wood Flooring is made from single pieces of timber making it the most versatile and unique flooring. It is also the most natural looking of the three types of flooring. Usually, solid wood will come with tongue and groove joints and will need to be stuck down when fitted. Solid wood flooring can also be sanded down at a later date if accidentally damaged or if a change of finish is required.

Wood flooring is a stylish and practical way to update your home’s flooring. If our in-stock items aren’t to your taste we also have a broad range to order from companies such as Woodpecker Flooring.

Engineered Wood

Engineered Flooring is composed of layers of wood pressed together. These usually consist of a top wear layer of solid wood, a central core and a backing board. Engineered flooring provides the look and feel of solid wood flooring while being able to provide more stability regarding heat and swelling.


Laminate Flooring is entirely manufactured layered flooring. The advantage of this is that it is generally available in a wider range of designs and colours including natural wood effect and tile effect. Laminate is also easy to maintain and does not need sanding down or re-varnishing.

Flooring Underlay

We have a variety of underlay available based on your needs. You will need to consider what your sub-floor is made from and how even it is to determine what thickness of underlay is required.

Unibase Bronze

2mm Thick.
Available in 10m² and 15m² rolls.
Lightweight and longlasting



Unibase Silver

2mm Thick.
Available in 10m² rolls.
Protects against damp from sub-floor.




5mm Thick.
Available in 6m² packs.
Keeps the cold out from your sub-floor.



Work Tack Pro Plus

3mm Thick.
Available in 10m² rolls.
Easy to fit due to being self-adhesive on one side.



Floor Trims

We have a variety of trims in stock and available to order to finish off your project.

These include:

  • Scotias – to finish off the edge of your room.
  • Twin profiles – to join one room to another with the same height flooring.
  • Ramp profiles – to join two rooms with a vast difference in flooring height.
  • Semi-ramp – to join two rooms with a small difference in flooring height.
  • End profiles – to frame your flooring or a foot well.

What you’ll need to fit your new floor

  • Your choice of flooring including 10% extra in case of breakages.
  • Flooring adhesive (if applicable)
  • Your choice of Underlay
  • Tape measure
  • Handsaw
  • Installation kit containing pull bar, wedges and tapping block. (if needed.)

Floor Maintenance

Make sure you use special protective coating and cleaner for you laminate, solid and engineered wood flooring to make sure it lasts for years and years.

For something different, have a look at our Karndean Kitchen Flooring page for flooring that is truly inspirational.

To inquire specifically about kitchen flooring call us on
0117 9340873, or email us

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