Capturing the charm of a rustic beach-house floor with its bright white hues and ashen undertones, each engineered board sings with texture. Smoked and then matte urethane for a truly elegant satin sheen to enhance the light and airy feel that this floor brings to your home. Salcombe Chalked Oak also benefits from our 100-year guarantee.
These are the questions we get asked most often about our floors and their features.
Does my Salcombe floor need to acclimatise before installing?
Yes – We recommend you let your Salcombe 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.
Is Salcombe flooring suitable for underfloor heating?
Yes – Salcombe flooring is suitable for underfloor heating.
What type of joint does Salcombe have?
Salcombe flooring has easiloc/click-joints.
How can Salcombe be installed?
Salcombe can be floated only.
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.
Does Salcombe flooring need expansion gaps?
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.
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.
How do I clean my Salcombe floor?
All of our Salcombe floors have a lacquered finish, therefore you can use our cleaning kit for lacquered floors. You may also keep it clean with a well wrung damp mop.
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.
How thick is Salcombe flooring?
Salcombe flooring is 14mm thick with a 3mm wear layer of oak.
Is Salcombe flooring suitable for a 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.
Use our simple guide to learn how to get accurate measurements of your room.