Decorative timber flooring

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Timber is an excellent flooring material and has been used for this purpose for centuries. Interest has increased in recent years and wood flooring is now popular both in residential and commercial situations.

This Wood Information Sheet gives guidance to designers and
specifiers on aspects which should be considered when choosing
a timber floor. It deals mainly with decorative floors in dwellings,
offices and institutional buildings and does not specifically
address the detailed requirements of gymnasia, sports halls,
dance floors or other special floors.

This information sheet includes TRADA’s advice on:

  • uses and benefits of timber flooring
  • suitable timber species
  • available flooring product types
  • advice on installing and maintaining wood flooring.


  • Introduction
  • Benefits
  • Timber species
  • Types of decorative wood flooring
  • Selecting and specifying wood floor products
  • Floor construction
  • Further reading

Suggested Reading

Nearshoring: the industry market trend in hardwood flooringnavigation-arrow

Why are firms starting to source products from Europe rather than China – and what are the market implications? Alex Davidson investigates.


Article from Timber 2017 Industry Yearbook



01/03/2017 |  Magazine Article  

Wood flooringnavigation-arrow

Timber flooring is an effective way to add character to your home. Successful installation of a wood floor depends on the right selection of the type of flooring, the species from which it is made and its construction and appearance.

This Choose and Use sheet contains some best practice...

01/01/2012 |  Choose and Use  

Timber joist and deck floors - avoiding movementnavigation-arrow

This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) gives guidance specifically intended to minimize problems of movement and noise in timber floors in masonry or timber frame buildings. The guidance relates mainly to dwellings although much is applicable to floors in other building types, such as timber compartment floors in flats.


24/03/2021 |  Wood Information Sheet