Dark, elegant, indulgent. Harlech Chocolate Oak is a truly glamorous engineered wood floor. Lively natural details wind throughout long and wide planks which are smooth to the touch. Boards are matte urethane for a stylish sheen.
These are the questions we get asked most often about our floors and their features.
How do I clean this Harlech floor?
To clean this Harlech urethane floor, simply use our specially formulated cleaning liquid for urethane floors. Alternatively, use a well-wrung mop (water only). We do not recommend using a steam mop or any other solutions on our floors.
Does my Harlech floor need to acclimatise before installing?
Yes – We recommend you let your Harlech floor acclimatise for 3 to 4 days before installing. This needs to be in the same room that it will be installed in, and it needs to remain within the sealed packaging. The sealed packaging helps ensure the floor doesn’t warp with the change of temperature from different environments. Do not store the flooring outdoors, in an outbuilding, or anywhere with damp or condensation problems.
How much wastage do I need?
We generally recommend 10% wastage, however, this can be impacted by the room shape, laying style and other factors so always check with your installer first.
What condition should the subfloor be in?
The surface immediately beneath a Woodpecker natural wood floor must be in good structural condition, free from damp rot, fungal or insect infestation, and contaminating residues. It must be flat with uneven areas not exceeding 3mm over a 2m area. Naturally, the surface should be vacuumed and totally free of debris before fitting begins. Hot pipes should be well insulated to prevent localised hotspots, which can cause wood flooring to warp or shrink.
What is colour variation and how should I lay the planks with colour variation?
Colour variation is the natural beauty and variations in colour that occur in real wood. To ensure the overall effect has a good balance of colour and details, take care to blend planks from several packs across the entire room.
What type of joints does Harlech have?
Harlech has tongue and groove joints.
What expansion gaps does Harlech flooring need?
As wood is a natural substance, it will expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. That’s why when a wood floor is fitted, expansion gaps need to be left wherever the boards meet a wall, structural support, stairs, breakfast bar, fireplace, central heating pipe…etc. Gaps must also be considered at doorways to allow for the differing expansion between rooms. Place spacers at regular intervals when fitting and then remove them before skirting boards, beading or trims are put in place. Allow a 2mm gap for every metre span of the floor with a minimum of 10-15mm gap regardless. For areas over 5m in width, extra provisions should be made for expansion.
How can Harlech flooring be installed?
Harlech flooring can either be floated, secret nailed or glued.
Can I have underfloor heating with Harlech flooring?
Yes – Harlech is suitable for underfloor heating but only if it is fully stuck down.
How thick is Harlech flooring
Harlech flooring is 15mm thick with a 4mm real oak wear layer.
What does 'pack includes cut lengths' mean?
This means that at least one plank within your pack will be cut in half. This is intentional as it will help spread the joints out across your floor, thus helping prevent weakening. The other planks will be the same length.
Can I use Harlech flooring in my bathroom?
We generally wouldn’t recommend using engineered flooring in a bathroom.
We generally recommend adding at least 10% on top for wastage, however, the plank type, laying pattern and room shape will have an impact on how much wastage is needed so it’s always best to consult with your installer first. Herringbone and chevron floors will typically need 15%-20% wastage.
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