FAQs

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about wood flooring. If you have a question that's not answered here, please drop us an email at sales@timbafloor.com and one of our Timba Team will assist you further. 


Laminate Flooring:

What is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate Flooring is made from a series of synthetic layers to create a strong and versatile flooring product. It starts with a backing layer that is often made from a melamine and fibre board. Then a specialist photographic layer is applied to the surface to simulate the look of a real wood floor or tile. With the latest in laminate technology it is now possible to print 3D surfaces that allows your laminate floor to feel more authentic than ever. To protect your floor a clear coat of lacquer is then applied to the top surface to withstand day-to-day wear and tear.

What are the benefits of Laminate Wood Flooring?

Durability - Since laminate is made from series of layers pressed together, it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wear and tear.

Cost - Laminate Flooring is a cost effective alternative to Engineered or Solid Wood Flooring.

Choice - Thanks to the photographic layer used in laminate flooring construction, it is possible for us to offer a wider range of colours that mimic high end species of timber.

Easy to Install - Because all Laminate flooring features a LOC fixing system it allows this product to be incredibly easy to install making it perfect for the DIY consumer.


Engineered Flooring:

What is Engineered Flooring?

Engineered Flooring is constructed from several layers of wood bonded together. The core is made from layers of HDF, plywood or softwood running in different directions to increase overall stability of the floor. The top layer often called the 'Wear Layer' in an engineered board is always made from a veneer of solid wood between 2-6mm in thickness. Because this top layer is made from a solid wood veneer, it has the overall visual characteristics of a solid floor. Engineered floors are also simple to install thanks to a selection of T&G or LOC fixing systems available.

What are the benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring?

Easy to install - Engineered Flooring is incredibly easy to work with and quick to install. It lends itself to both DIY enthusiasts and professional installers.

Wider Boards - Engineered Flooring is often available with much wider board widths than its solid counterparts. To achieve wide boards in solid flooring a large tree is required to cut the timber from. This isn't the case with engineered wood flooring as the core is made from manmade timber such as plywood.

Stability - The core of an engineered board is made up from multiple layers of plywood, HDF or softwood, which creates a much more stable product that allows slight natural movement when the product has been installed.

Looks & Value - Engineered flooring has the advantage of a natural real wood floor appearance with the ease of installation from T&G or clic system’

Can I install an Engineered Floor over a Concrete Subfloor?

Yes, an engineered floor is ideal for installing over a concrete base as long as the moisture content in the concrete is no higher than 4%. The preferred method is to install as a floating floor over a underlay which has a built in damp proof membrane. You can also fully glue an engineered floor to the sub-floor. Only recommended adhesives should be used of this.

Can I refinish my Engineered Wood Flooring?

Yes, it can be resanded. How much or how often will depend on the thickness of the wear layer. We would always recommend the services of a professional when carrying out and refinishing work.


Solid Flooring 

What is Solid Wood Flooring?

Solid wood flooring is made from a single piece of timber. Taken directly from the forest to the sawmill and into our factories for kiln drying and finishing. Solid flooring provides a unique and timeless design to any home interior thanks to its stunning characteristics. Solid flooring will also stand the test of time as it can be sanded and refinished many times.

What are the benefits of Solid Wood Flooring?

Strength - Because solid flooring is made from a single piece of timber it makes the product very strong.

Character - Thanks to the 100% timber construction found in Solid Wood the character of this product is as natural as can be allowing the knots, cracks and rustic features into your homes interior.

Shelf Life - The shelf life of a solid flooring product is far greater than that of engineered or laminate and is known to last a lifetime. You will also often find extended warranties with Solid Wood a Flooring compared to Laminate or Engineered.

Healthy - Given the organic origin and non electromagnetic nature of a solid wood board. This tends to attract less dust particles, which in turn can prevent allergies or mould that are commonly found with dust.

Can I sand or refinish my Solid Wood Flooring?

Yes, it can be resanded and/or refinished. We would always recommend the services of a professional when thinking about refinishing Solid Wood Flooring.

Does a Solid Wood Floor look better than a Engineered Floor?

Not at all. The finished overall look between a Solid and Engineered Wood floor is very similar when completed.


Finishing:

What is a Lacquered Finish?

Lacquered Floors use a polyurethane coating which is sprayed onto the surface of each board by a series of brushes or rollers. This layer provides a coating over the grain of the wood and forms a hard coating that will in turn protect the product from dirt and moisture seeping into the wood.

What is an Oiled Finish?

Oiled Floors use a synthetic oil that penetrates deep into the wood allowing the colour and texture to be brought to the surface creating a visually stunning floor. In addition the oil also provides a protective layer protecting the floor from day-to-day scratches and damage.

What is a Distressed Finish?

A distressed finish is a finish that has been manufactured to create a hand worn and aged feel to your flooring. The machining process uses filled surface cracks and knots to create a more rustic appearance across the board.

What is Rustic Grade?

Rustic Grade is a mixture of timbers with varying appearance. Our rustic grade contains a mixture of cleaner boards with limited character to more lively planks that contain colour variance and filled knots.

What is Natural Grade?

Natural Grade is a selection of timbers with less variance in colour & character. Although you will see colour variance the appearance will more controlled with only small knots and shade variance allowed.


Installation:

Can I fit Wood Flooring over Underfloor Heating?

As a general rule fitting Wood Flooring over Underfloor Heating is possible for the majority of our product range except products that have a Solid board construction. Always check the product specifications when selecting a product to ensure it meets your needs when it comes to Underfloor Heating.

What is a Floating Floor installation?

Floating Floor installation is where the boards are connected to each other rather than fixed directly to the subfloor. The floor would be installed over an underlay product suitable for your specific subfloor. This method allows for some degree of movement and expansion as all wood floors expand over time. Floating installations are often used with Laminate & Engineered Wood Flooring.

What is a Nail Down installation?

The nail down installation method is probably the most demanding types of installation, It requires the most skill and specialist tools such as a floor nailer and is normally carried out by a qualified flooring fitter or installer. This process should only be used when a wooden subfloor is present.

What is the 5G Click System?

The patented 5G Click system is a fixing method for Engineered Wood Flooring that uses a flexible and displaceable glass fibre reinforced tongue to make the installation process quick and simple.

How do I dispose of old flooring?

Your old floor coverings or leftover flooring from the installation phase should be recycled at your local household waste collection site. Laminate flooring consists of over 80% wood that can be recycled and put back into the manufacturing process in the form of wood chips.

How do I choose the correct Underlay for my flooring?

Laminate & Engineered flooring is usually floated over an underlay. We have a large range of underlay products than can deliver many different results. If you have specific needs please email us on sales@timbafloor.com and one of our team will advise you.


Areas of Installation:

Can I have a wood flooring in my kitchen?

Yes, we have many customers who have installed our products in Kitchens.

Can I have a wood flooring in my conservatory?

It really depends on the local conditions you have. If the you have the technology to maintain the correct condition, then you should have no problems. However, if you see vast swings in seasonal temperature, you may encounter problems.

Can I have a wood flooring in my bathroom?

At Timba Floor we do not recommend installing wood or laminate flooring in bathroom environments because of the high levels of humidity and temperature it is normal to experience.


Maintenance:

How do I care for my Wood flooring?

Wood Flooring is very easy to maintain. For everyday cleaning a household brush, vacuum cleaner or micro-fibre mop should be used to remove loose particles and dust. For a deeper clean a damp mop or specialist spray mop may be used with a diluted lacquered wood floor cleaner (available in the Timba Floor Range). Avoid getting the floor too wet during this process and dry any excess water using a micro-fibre towel.

Can I repair my damaged floor?

It’s always best to consult a specialist floor finisher when looking to repair your floor.


Misc.

Will my floor change colour over time?

As Engineered and Solid Flooring products are made from natural wood, some change will occur over time depending on the species of flooring you have installed. Most floors will experience colour change and tone down over time especially in areas that have contact with direct sunlight. To keep your flooring looking the best we recommend using our Maintenance products.

Will my furniture dent/scratch my wood floor?

To prevent dents and scratches always apply felt pads to the bottom of furniture items such as chairs and tables.

Do you offer a Fitting Service?

We do not offer a fitting service. As the manufacturer and importer of our products we rely on our network of retailers or merchants to provide the next level of service you may require. However, we always recommend that our customers use a professional to install their flooring. Please use The National Institute of Carpet and Floor Layers database to find a local registered installer - www.nicfltd.org.uk


If you have a question you would like us to feature on our FAQs page, please drop us an email at sales@timbafloor.com and one of our Timba Team will assist you further.