Timber flooring is a quite expensive part of renovation. Now, you can see on TV multiple TV programs about DIY renovation.
It is always good to think twice before you start timber flooring installation yourself. We have seen many cases when people were in trouble because they had overestimated their expertise and ability, wasted time and money and only after called professional timber flooring installers for help.
You should know your budget. The amount of money you can afford to spent on your new flooring. There is a great range in flooring prices:
Tips: If you are going DIY (Do It Yourself), please do not buy expensive material; come to nothing more than laminate or bamboo floor. You should understand that you cannot be professional in everything and expensive timber flooring and parquetry need professional installation.
After you defined your budget allowance, you can choose the color of flooring. Some customers prefer to choose the color first and only after start thinking about the amount of money they are going to spend. This is not very good approach as there is no difficulties to find appropriate flooring within the color range you need. Please see our table of timber flooring species compounded into 3 groups: Yellows, Browns and Reds or you can use our Search by Colour
If you prefer hardwood timber flooring there are 3 grades:
Tips: Select grade is the most expensive. So, if you are not going to pay that much money, just prefer Standard or Natural grade and ask our professionals to make your floors look better. I promise they could do that without extra charge.
Janka rating is another important factor, especially if you are going to lay wooden floors in properties for rent, commercial sites and active areas with a lot of traffic. The higher the Janka, the harder the wood. Please see our Janka rating table here.
Generally, there is gloss, semi-gloss, satin and matte finishes. In general, there are so many products on the market with different features that it is better to speak to professionals for final advice.
Usually we recommend to order 5% more for off-cuts. In case, you desire to do diagonal or complicated shape of flooring, please order 10% more.
Tips: you can ask your supplier to give a refund for any not used material if it is in not opened boxes. Keep in mind to ask before purchase.
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