Wednesday, 1 September 2021


Are you considering changing from carpet to hardwood floors. It's not uncommon to consider switching from carpet to hardwood floors. Carpet is a popular choice for decades, and it's less expensive to install than other flooring options. However, there are many things homeowners need to be aware of before committing to carpet.

Do not stick with carpet! Here are four reasons to replace carpeting with hardwood floors by Hanwell Floor Sanding :


Did something get spilled on your carpet? Now you need to clean up any spillages and then dry the carpet. For stains such as wine, grease/tar, and Koolaid, you may need to hire a professional. Don't forget to have your carpets cleaned at least once a year, or more frequently if you are using lighter colors. Your carpets will soon look dreadful if they aren't cleaned regularly.

Hardwood floors, however, are very easy to maintain. You only need to vacuum and mop your hardwood floors every week. Beautiful floors will always be yours. You will have beautiful (and clean!) floors every time. Carpets are free from unpleasant stains and odours!

Tip: To avoid damage to the wood, we recommend using a vacuum with either a floor brush attachment or an electric mop. To get rid of allergens and dirt quickly, you can use a dampened mop or sponge mixed with diluted wood cleaner.


It's something we all have seen. The carpet that people use to walk on is matted down a little more than the rest. These are called traffic patterns and there's not much you can do to correct them. These are caused by years of foot traffic, which has also worn down the pad beneath the carpet. There is no other option than to replace the carpet when this happens. These large wrinkles are common in carpets and
require professional help to repair them.

Wood floors are more resilient to foot traffic than wood floors. Wood floors last a minimum of ten years before they need to be refinished or professional cleaned. It can be refinished for another ten years. You can refinish solid hardwood floors many times. The color and finish can also be changed to keep your home current.


Your carpet can quickly become a magnet to allergens, such as dust mites, pet fur, and mold spores. These can all cause inflammation in your immune system. These pesky allergens can build up in carpet fibers, and even deep within the pad. It is difficult to eradicate completely. Hardwood floors are a great option to reduce allergens in your home if you are sick of your allergies.


Are you a fan of HGTV? Do you love the hardwood floors? Are you thinking of selling your home? Hardwood floors are very popular because of their beauty, durability and longevity. Although hardwood flooring can be more expensive than carpet initially, it is worth the investment over time as it lasts longer than carpet. You can get rid of your old carpet and make your home stand out with hardwood floors.

Are you ready for a new look? Read what to expect during a wood floor installation. Contact us online to swap your carpet for hardwood floors or call us at 020 3151 83335 To schedule your complimentary consultation.

Monday, 28 June 2021

Underfloor Heating and Engineered Wood Flooring

Underfloor heating systems are growing in popularity. To make sure you know what type of flooring to use, you will need to be familiar with the options. One of the most common questions we get is "Can I install underfloor heating underneath engineered wood flooring?" This blog is intended to answer this question.

The Simple Solution...

It is possible to put underfloor heating beneath your engineered wood flooring. Engineered hardwood flooring is made in a way that gives each plank dimension stability. Your floor will naturally expand or contract depending on the temperature in the room. This is possible because underfloor heating can affect the temperature. Solid wood flooring, on the other hand, is not capable of coping with an underfloor heating system's demands because the planks are less stable in terms of expansion and contraction due to temperature fluctuations.

Choices To Be Made...

There are many elements to consider before you decide on the flooring you want from our extensive range of engineered hardwood products.

First, what type of underfloor heating system are you going to use? There are two main types of underfloor heating systems that you can choose from: water-based and electric. Electric systems often include a foil heater. The foil heater is an electric heating pad that can be installed underneath wood flooring or other floating floors. The foil-wrapped heating cables provide a high level of thermal conductivity to the wooden flooring. This allows for quick heat-up and efficient heat distribution.

Water-based systems come in a variety of options, including rail and panel versions. However, they can vary depending on which company you choose to purchase your system.

The temperature of the underfloor heating system is another aspect to be considered. Kahrs and other retailers, as well as the vast majority of manufacturers, recommend that a floor's surface temperature not exceed 27 degrees Celsius. This is also true for areas close to heating elements and radiators. As long as you don't have any furniture, it is reasonable to expect 23 degrees Celsius across the entire underfloor area. It is important to ensure that insulation (such as our Sonic Gold Underlay) is high-quality, that windows are double-glazed and that your flooring and room meet industry standards. It is important to follow the instructions of the heating system supplier and take every precaution to ensure that the water temperature never exceeds the maximum.

It is important to check the underfloor heating system before you lay your flooring. You don't want to be forced to rip up your flooring due to a leak or fault. This could prove to be a costly error. It is best to test the system slowly, heating it at 1degC higher than the room temperature. Then, gradually heat the system until you reach the magical 27degC mark. After you've done this, turn the system off for between 48 and 72 hours before installing your flooring.

We recommend that you hire a professional to install an underfloor heating system or engineered wood flooring. This will reduce the chance of making costly mistakes.

Let us know what you think

Are you a homeowner with underfloor heating? Please share your experiences in the comments below!