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Have a question? we’ve compiled a list of the most common question customers have for flooring companies.
  1. Hardwood Flooring:

    • Pros: Natural beauty, adds value to home, can be refinished multiple times, long-lasting.
    • Cons: Can be expensive, susceptible to moisture damage, requires maintenance.
  2. Laminate Flooring:

    • Pros: More affordable, durable surface, resists scratches and moisture better than wood, easy to install.
    • Cons: Not as valuable as real wood, can’t be refinished, can swell with excessive water.
  3. Engineered Wood Flooring:

    • Pros: Can be more stable than hardwood, less susceptible to shrinking and expanding, can be used with underfloor heating.
    • Cons: Can only be refinished a few times, quality varies with the thickness of the top wood layer.
  4. Vinyl Flooring:

    1. Pros: Water-resistant, cost-effective, durable, can mimic the look of natural materials.
    2. Cons: Can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), not as environmentally friendly, can be damaged by sharp objects.


  5. Carpet:
  • Pros: Soft, warm, and comfortable underfoot, sound-dampening, wide variety of styles and colors.
  • Cons: Can harbor allergens, requires regular cleaning, not suitable for high moisture areas.


Yes, most engineered oak floors can be sanded and refinished. The number of times you can do this depends on the thickness of the top veneer layer. Generally, the thicker the top layer, the more times it can be refinished.

With proper care and maintenance, engineered oak flooring can last as long as solid hardwood floors, often several decades. The lifespan can be extended with careful use and periodic refinishing.

Yes, like solid hardwood, engineered oak flooring can add value to your home. It is considered an upgrade over laminate or vinyl flooring due to its durability and aesthetic appeal.

Unlike solid oak flooring, which is milled from a single piece of oak, engineered oak flooring is designed with a top layer of oak and multiple layers of plywood or high-density fiberboard. This makes engineered oak more dimensionally stable, meaning it is less likely to warp or react to moisture and temperature fluctuations.

Floating floors and direct stick floors are two different methods of installing flooring, each with its own advantages and considerations. Here’s a comparison:

Floating Floor:

1. Installation Method:
– Floating floors are not glued or nailed to the subfloor. Instead, the planks are interlocked, either by gluing the tongue and groove together or by snapping together in a click-lock system. The entire floor ‘floats’ above the underlay.

2. Subfloor Preparation:
– Less intensive preparation is needed. However, the subfloor must be level and clean.

3. Materials Used:
– Common with laminate, engineered wood, and Hybrid Floor.

4. Pros:
– Easier to install and can often be done by DIY enthusiasts.
– More forgiving of subfloor imperfections.
– Easier to remove and replace if necessary.
– Can be installed over most existing floors.
– Better for installations where a moisture barrier or sound insulation is needed.

5. Cons:
– Can feel less solid underfoot compared to direct stick floors.
– May produce more sound when walked on, though quality underlayment can mitigate this.
– Not recommended for areas where heavy equipment will sit.

Direct Stick Floor:

1. Installation Method:
– Direct stick involves gluing the floor directly to the subfloor. For hardwood, this can also include nailing the planks to a wooden subfloor.

2. Subfloor Preparation:
– Requires a very flat, clean, and dry subfloor. Any imperfections in the subfloor can affect the final result.

3. Materials Used:
– Commonly used for solid hardwood and bamboo floors, and can also be used for some types of engineered flooring.

4. Pros:
– Provides a solid, stable floor with less movement and “hollow” sound when walking.
– Generally considered the more traditional and high-end approach, especially for hardwood.
– Better suited for high-traffic commercial environments due to its durability.

5. Cons:
– More labor-intensive and usually requires professional installation.
– Difficult to remove if replacement is needed.
– Can be more sensitive to moisture and subfloor issues.
– Typically more expensive due to the labor and materials involved.

In summary, the choice between a floating floor and a direct stick floor will depend on several factors, including the type of flooring material, the condition and type of subfloor, the desired final feel and sound of the floor, the potential for moisture, and the installation budget.

Further Readings

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Buying Guide

At TIMBERCLUB, you are sure to find the perfect floor for your home, but where do you begin? please check our buying guide.

Floor Types

We supply many different types of flooring, choosing the right type for your home is not easy. Take some suggestions before you go.

Maintenance Guide

How should you maintain your new flooring? Please check our maintenance guide has some helpful points you should always take.

Installation Guide

There are various installation methods for different types of floors. The floorboards are retailed by TIMBERCLUB.

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