Selecting the right floor

It is of the utmost importance that the correct and adequately suited flooring product is selected and specified before a timber floor is laid. This avoids future problems with the installed floor. The following should be determined before selecting your wooden floor;

  • What is the primary use of the floor?
  • Is the floor likely to be subject to heavy wear and tear?
  • Is the floor for sports, multi-purpose, domestic, or commercial use?
  • Will the floor receive regular and correct maintenance?
  • What type of maintenance is currently available?

Wood is a natural material and is therefore subject to infinite variations in colour, texture, knots, and grain pattern. Natural timber also contains characteristics such as surface splits and shakes; these are accepted as being a normal feature of wood and are not detrimental to the performance of the floor. The level and volume of natural characteristic of wooden flooring is known as the ‘grade’, a clean grade will have minimised amounts of knots and mineral streaks, whilst a rustic grade will usually have an abundance of knots, mineral streaks and grain variations to add character.

The floors selection will be determined by its use.

Domestic Floors

1. The required look and colour of the floor, as well as its use.

2. Ease of maintenance is important.

3. Thickness is less important as wear is minimal.


Commercial Floors

1. Aesthetics play a great part in the selection.

2. Long term durability will be required.

3. Ease of cleaning and maintenance costs.

4. Speed and ease of installation.

5. Durability of species and grade.



We offer an extensive collection of laminate flooring to cater for all residential and commercial settings. Laminate wood flooring are famed for the durability and this is determined by their AC rating. AC ratings vary from AC3 – AC6, A higher rated floor will have a longer life expectancy than other laminate flooring. Our laminates are available in both plank and herringbone. 

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood flooring is generally comprised of a cross-grain plywood base with a solid wood top. This structure enables the product to be very stable, strong and durable. Engineered flooring is also suitable for use with under floor heating and can often be less expensive than a solid wood floor. Our engineered wood flooring is available in a number of different finishes including smoked, stained, brushed, oiled, limed, hand scrapped and lacquered. Our engineered wood flooring has a solid layer of 4, 5 & 6mm, allowing the floor to be sanded and refinished a number of times.

Solid Wood

A solid wood floor consists of a solid piece of wood from the base to the face of the board. Many solid wood floors are sold unfinished so the purchaser can choose the end finish to suit their preference. As part of our collection, we have a number of unfinished solid woodblocks in a number of different species of wood.

Keen M Laminate & Wood Flooring Brochure