Some of the questions we commonly answer about hard flooring

Which is better – laminate, timber or vinyl planks?

The best hard floor depends on your lifestyle, budget and where you will be installing it. Consider the following:
• Want a timber look that is more resistant to general wear and tear?  Our laminate provides the look of timber, but is more resistant to wear, staining and fading.

• Will you be installing flooring in a wet area such as a bathrooms or laundry?  Vinyl Planks by Godfrey Hirst are suitable for areas where excessive moisture is present.

• Is authentic timber important to you? For an authentic timber floor, our Engineered Timber ranges offer real timber finishes with a hard-wearing coating and are available in a variety of species.


How do I know how much flooring I need?

Our Flooring Calculator can help you to work out how much flooring you will need for your home.


Should I allow for extra flooring when measuring my space?

It is always best to allow 5% to 10% extra for waste and cuts depending on the layout of the area


Can I install my Godfrey Hirst floor in wet areas?

Godfrey Hirst Timber, Laminate and Bamboo are not suitable for wet areas, however Godfrey Hirst Vinyl plank is a great choice for bathrooms and laundries.


Can I install my new floor myself?

Godfrey Hirst Flooring is designed for the DIY home installer.  All floors should be installed in accordance with the Godfrey Hirst Floors Installation Guidelines (as set out in the Godfrey Hirst Floors Care, Maintenance and Guides) unless otherwise specified.

Your retailer can provide installation as part of the sales package or after-sales service. Installation should be discussed with your retailer during the sales negotiation.


Can moisture affect my floor?

Excessive moisture can lead to numerous changes to Timber, Bamboo and Laminate flooring. These changes, such as cupping, buckling or cracking are not experienced with Vinyl flooring.


Do I need a special cleaner for hard floors?

Godfrey Hirst Floors are low maintenance, usually requiring just a soft broom and a well wrung mop to keep clean.  Please refer to the Godfrey Hirst Floors Care, Maintenance and Guides or the appropriate Care Tips section of this site (Timber Care, Laminate Care or Vinyl Care) for information about the best ways to clean your hard floor.