Frequently Asked Questions

Floor Fitting

What types of flooring are available?

N & L Flooring Services specialises in the installation of wooden floors for home and business owners across Sheffield. We source and install hardwood, laminate, and solid wood flooring. We can also lay engineered wood flooring as well as more traditional parquet flooring. Our expertise also includes the installation of reclaimed wooden floors.

I want a new wooden floor, what do I do?

Whether you know what type of floor you are looking for, or you would like some advice regarding which type of wooden floor is best in your particular circumstances, N and L Flooring Services can meet your needs and work within your budget. Simply give us a call to discuss your requirements.

How long does it take to lay a wooden floor?

The time it takes to lay a wooden floor very much depends on the type of flooring you have chosen and the size of the room in question. Generally speaking, we can complete the installation of your wooden floor in a day or two. We will advise you accordingly how long your project is likely to take when we have been able to visit you and assess what’s required.

How do I care for my new wood floor?

Cleaning a wood floor is simple. Start by making sure that you sweep with a soft-bristled broom or microfibre mop regularly, then clean the floor periodically using professional wood floor cleaning product. We can recommend an appropriate product for your chosen type of floor, just ask.

  • Use mats in doorways to prevent debris from scratching the floor.
  • Do not use a wet or steam mop on a wood floor
  • Immediately wipe up any spills using a slightly dampened cloth
  • Use felt protectors under furniture legs to prevent scratches and scuffs
  • When moving furniture, pick it up rather than sliding it

What do I do if my wooden floor is damaged?

Whether your floor has buckled due to moisture, cupped, shelling or splintered, we can help you to put it right. Give us a call and we’ll be able to come out and assess the issue. We will explain what is causing the problem and what we can do to put it right. If replacement boarding is required, we will talk to you first.

Do you add Scotia to wooden floors?

All laminate, engineered wood, and solid wood flooring needs an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room. We use decorative scotia to cover the gap without needing to remove the skirting. Scotia comes in a variety of colours and is available with a lacquered, veneered or laminated finish. Unfinished versions are also available. We will help you to find the right beading to suit your floor.

Can you fit a wooden floor on top of underfloor heating?

Using underfloor heating beneath wooden floors does present problems due to the varying temperatures the floor will be subjected to. Solid wood floors are therefore not suitable for use with underfloor heating unless specified by the manufacturer.

Engineered wood flooring is less prone to movement and can usually be used with underfloor heating systems. This is because the boards comprise a minimum of three layers of wood and the grain of the middle layers runs at right angles to the outer layers.

Will sunlight affect my new floor?

Direct sunlight is a problem for hardwood floors. If you move a rug to discover that the floor underneath is lighter or darker than the surrounding wood, this is most likely to have been caused by sunlight.

The fading, bleaching, or darkening of hardwood floors is caused by overexposure to UV light, visible light and infrared light. UV light has the biggest impact on the colour change of real wood.  You can do a few things to minimise the effect of sunlight, which include:

  • Rearranging your furniture regularly to even out the fading process
  • Use curtains, shutters or blinds to defend against UV and infrared light
  • Apply a UV & IT light inhibiting window film to your windows

There is no way to completely avoid exposure to UV and infrared light. What you can do is reduce the amount of damaging light your floor is exposed to and balance the amount of light which reaches each part of the floor to ensure that it fades evenly.

Floor Restoration / Sanding

Which floor restoration services are available?

We use floor sanding machines to remove dents or marks from the surface of your floor before applying varnish, stain, or oil in your choice of colour to finish the floor.  Visit our Floor Restoration page to find out more.

How long does it take to sand a floor?

The time it takes to sand your floor will depend on the size of the room we are working in. That said the majority of floor sanding projects can be completed in as little as one day.

What equipment do you use to sand a floor?

We use the finest abrasives and 98% dust-free sanding machines in order to remove all stains from real wood floors. We can also tackle floors embedded with grime, paint, and more.

How soon will I be able to use my floor?

Your floor will likely be varnished to protect the surface once the wood has been sanded. You will need to give the floor time to dry and harden once the work is complete; we will advise you regarding timescales when working with you.

Why should I sand my floor?

If you want to revive your wooden floor, one of the first things you’ll need to do is have it sanded. Sanding your floor prior to painting or varnishing roughs up the surface and gives the new covering something to stick to. We carry out this process using 98% dust-free machines to ensure an unblemished finish.

Can I change the colour of my floor?

Solid hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished many times, giving you the opportunity to choose a new varnish or oil every time. If you would like to change the colour of your floor, we can help you find the perfect shade.

How can I care for a varnished floor?

Regularly cleaning and caring for your varnished floor is the best way to keep it looking great for longer. Make sure that you dust, clean and maintain your varnished floor properly.

  • Dust and clean your floor regularly to prevent dust and dirt from scratching and wearing the floor.
  • Try to use as little water as possible when cleaning your floors and wipe up any spillages immediately to reduce the impact.
  • Sweep and vacuum your floor as often as possible.
  • Only use cleaners specifically for wood when cleaning your floor.

Is floor sanding messy?

Many people put off having their floor sanded because they think it will create far too much mess. The good news is that N & L Flooring use 98% dust-free sanding machines which makes the whole process much cleaner and more efficient.

Can floor sanding remove paint?

Our floor sanding service can be used to remove paint from your floor. Our machines will also ensure that the dust and paint particles are captured, preventing harmful fragments from entering your lungs. Just ask us and we’ll be able to advise you based on your circumstances.

If you have any further questions which have not been covered above, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to assist you.