Wood Floor Installation

Wood Floor Installation

Expert Hardwood Flooring Services in Leicester and the East Midlands

Transform your space with the timeless elegance and durability of expertly installed wood flooring. At Martin Allen Flooring, we bring over three decades of craftsmanship and innovation to every wood floor installation project, creating stunning, long-lasting surfaces that elevate your home or business.

Our wood floor installation service combines traditional techniques with cutting-edge technology, ensuring a flawless finish that stands the test of time. From classic hardwoods to engineered alternatives, we offer an extensive selection of options to suit every style, budget, and environmental requirement.

With unparalleled expertise in residential and commercial installations, our skilled team ensures a smooth, efficient process with minimal disruption to your daily life or business operations. Our precision craftsmanship guarantees a seamless, professional finish that will enhance the beauty and value of your property for years to come.

At Martin Allen Flooring & French Polishing, we understand that choosing the right wood flooring and installation service is crucial. That’s why we provide comprehensive support from initial consultation to aftercare, ensuring your complete satisfaction at every stage. Our commitment to excellence and customer-focused approach has made us the trusted choice for wood floor installations nationwide, particularly in Leicester and the East Midlands.

Experience the Martin Allen difference—where quality craftsmanship meets exceptional customer service. Ready to transform your space with the warmth and beauty of wood flooring? Contact us today for a free consultation and discover how our expert wood floor installation services can bring your vision to life.

What is Wood Floor Installation?

Wood Flooring

Wood floor installation involves laying and securing wooden boards or planks to create a durable, attractive floor surface. This skilled carpenter craft transforms bare subfloors into beautiful, functional spaces that enhance a property’s aesthetics and value.

Key aspects of wood floor installation include:

  1. Solid Hardwood: Traditional, single-piece wooden planks nailed or glued to the subfloor.
  2. Engineered Wood: Multi-layered planks with a hardwood top, offering stability in varying conditions.
  3. Parquet: Intricate patterns created by arranging small wood pieces in geometric designs.
  4. Floating Floors: Planks that interlock without being fixed to the subfloor, often used with engineered wood.

Wood floor installation suits various settings, from residential homes to commercial spaces and historical buildings. The choice of wood type, installation method, and finish depends on factors such as room location, subfloor condition, and desired aesthetic.

With proper installation and maintenance, wood flooring can last for decades, providing a timeless, warm, and elegant foundation for any interior design scheme.

For more information on wood types and their properties, visit the Wood Database.


Benefits of Professional Wood Floor Installation



Adds natural beauty and warmth to any space
Offers a wide range of wood species, colours, and grain patterns
Complements various interior design styles, from traditional to contemporary
Creates a timeless, elegant look that never goes out of style


Withstands heavy foot traffic and daily wear
Can last for decades with proper care and maintenance
Resistant to stains, dents, and scratches when properly finished
Able to be refinished multiple times, extending its lifespan


Doesn’t trap allergens, dust, or other particulates like carpets
Easy to clean, reducing the build-up of irritants
Made from natural materials, minimising off-gassing of harmful chemicals
Hypoallergenic option for those with sensitivities



Highly desirable feature for potential buyers
Offers excellent return on investment compared to other flooring options
Enhances the overall appeal and marketability of a property
Provides a luxurious feel that can command higher resale prices

Transform Your Space with Expert Wood Floor Installation

Experience the timeless beauty and durability of professionally installed wood flooring.

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Why Choose Martin Allen Flooring?

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With over 36 years of experience in wood floor installation, Martin Allen Flooring brings unparalleled knowledge and skill to every project. Our team of expert installers ensures flawless results, no matter the complexity of your space.


We source only the finest wood flooring materials, ensuring longevity and beauty in every installation. Our extensive range includes responsibly sourced hardwood and engineered options to suit any style or requirement.


Your satisfaction is our top priority. From initial consultation to final installation, we provide personalised service and attention to detail. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our numerous positive customer testimonials and repeat business.

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Our Process

By choosing Martin Allen Flooring for your wood floor installation, you're ensuring a seamless process from concept to completion. Our commitment to excellence in every step guarantees a stunning, durable, and valuable addition to your home or business.

Our expert wood flooring consultants will meet with you to understand your vision, assess your space, and discuss your requirements. We consider factors such as subfloor conditions, room usage, and your interior design preferences.

  • Comprehensive site evaluation
  • Discussion of wood species and finishes
  • Analysis of foot traffic patterns
  • Subfloor assessment and moisture testing

We can help you select the perfect wood flooring based on your preferences and site conditions. Our range includes solid hardwood, engineered wood, and reclaimed timber options.

  • Selection of wood species (e.g., oak, walnut, maple)
  • Choice of installation patterns (strip, plank, parquet)
  • Custom stain and finish selection

Proper professional preparation is crucial for a successful wood floor installation. We will ensure your space is ready and the wood is acclimated to the environment.

  • Removal of existing flooring (if necessary)
  • Subfloor levelling and repair
  • Installation of moisture barriers (if required)
  • Wood acclimatisation (typically 3-5 days)
  • Our skilled craftsmen execute the installation with precision and care, using state-of-the-art tools and techniques.

  • Accurate measurements and cutting
  • Proper expansion gap allowance
  • Expert nailing, glueing, or click-lock installation
  • Attention to detail in transitions and tricky areas

We apply the chosen finish and conduct a thorough quality check to ensure every detail meets our high standards.

  • Application of stains or oils (if chosen)
  • Multiple coats of protective finish
  • Detailed inspection of the entire floor
  • Final cleaning and preparation for use

We provide comprehensive aftercare advice to help you maintain the beauty and longevity of your new wood flooring.

  • Detailed care and maintenance instructions
  • Recommended cleaning products and techniques
  • Advice on protecting your floor from damage
  • Ongoing support for any future queries

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Questions Answered

Q: Can I install wood flooring myself? A: While DIY installation is possible, professional installation by experts like Martin Allen is highly recommended. Professional installers ensure proper subfloor preparation, accurate measurements, and precise installation techniques that are crucial for the longevity and performance of your wood floor.

Q: What are the risks of DIY wood floor installation?

A: DIY installation risks include improper subfloor preparation, incorrect expansion gap allowance, and inadequate moisture barrier installation. These can lead to issues like warping, gaps, or premature wear, potentially voiding warranties and resulting in costly repairs.

Q: How does professional installation benefit homeowners in Leicester and the East Midlands?

A: Professional installation by Martin Allen Flooring ensures your wood floor is installed to the highest standards, considering local climate conditions and building regulations specific to Leicester and the East Midlands. Our expertise guarantees a beautiful, long-lasting floor that adds value to your property.

Q: How should wood flooring be installed?

A: The installation method depends on the type of wood flooring and subfloor. Common methods include:

  • Nail-down: Typically used for solid hardwood over wood subfloors
  • Glue-down: Suitable for engineered wood and some solid hardwoods, especially on concrete subfloors
  • Floating: Often used for engineered wood, where planks connect but not to the subfloor

Martin Allen Flooring assesses each project individually to determine the best installation method for optimal results.

Q: Is it easy to fit wooden flooring?

A: While it may seem straightforward, proper wood floor fitting requires skill, experience, and specialised tools. Factors like subfloor levelling, moisture testing, and precise cutting make professional installation the best choice for ensuring a high-quality finish.

Q: How do you prepare a floor for wood flooring?

A: Proper preparation includes:

  1. Removing existing flooring
  2. Cleaning and levelling the subfloor
  3. Conducting moisture tests
  4. Installing a moisture barrier if necessary
  5. Acclimating the wood to the room’s conditions

Our Martin Allen Flooring & French Polishing team handles all these steps meticulously to ensure the best foundation for your new wood floor.

  1. Q: Can you put wood flooring directly on concrete?

  2. A: While installing wood flooring on concrete is possible, it’s crucial to take proper precautions. A moisture barrier is typically required; the concrete must be clean, dry, and level. Engineered wood is often better for concrete subfloors due to its stability.

    Q: Do you need underlay for solid wood flooring on concrete?

  3. A: Yes, an underlay or moisture barrier is essential when installing solid wood flooring on concrete. This prevents moisture from seeping up and damaging the wood. Martin Allen uses high-quality underlays to protect your investment.

    Q: Do I need a vapour barrier between concrete and wood flooring?

  4. A: Yes, a vapour barrier is crucial when installing wood flooring over concrete. It prevents moisture from migrating through the concrete and into the wood, which can cause warping, cupping, or other damage.

Q: Where should hardwood floors not be installed?

A: While wood flooring is versatile, it’s generally not recommended for:

  • Bathrooms (although possible when done correctly) and areas with high moisture
  • Basements below grade level (unless using engineered wood with proper preparation)
  • Areas with radiant heat (unless using specially designed wood flooring)
  • Rooms with extreme temperature fluctuations

Martin Allen can advise you on the best flooring options for challenging areas on your Leicester or East Midlands property.

Q: What is the typical timeline for wood floor installation in a Leicester home?

A: The timeline varies depending on the project size and complexity. For an average-sized room in a Leicester home, installation typically takes 2-3 days. This includes:

  • Day 1: Subfloor preparation and acclimation
  • Day 2-3: Installation and finishing

Q: How can I prepare my Leicester home for wood floor installation?

A: To prepare for installation:

  • Remove all furniture and belongings from the area
  • Ensure clear access to the workspace
  • Make arrangements for alternative living spaces if necessary
  • Disable heating or cooling systems 24 hours before installation

Martin Allen will provide specific guidance to ensure a smooth installation process in your Leicester home.

Q: Which wood species are most popular for flooring in Leicester?

A: In Leicester, popular wood species for flooring include:

  • Oak (both European and American)
  • Walnut
  • Maple
  • Beech
  • Cherry

Each species offers unique characteristics regarding grain pattern, colour, and hardness. Martin Allen Flooring can help you select the best wood species for your specific needs and local climate conditions.

Q: How does the choice of wood species affect the durability of my floor?

A: The hardness of the wood species directly impacts its durability. We often recommend harder woods like oak or maple for high-traffic areas in Leicester homes or businesses. Softer woods like pine may be suitable for bedrooms or less frequented areas.

Q: What are the current wood flooring trends in Leicester and the East Midlands?

A: Martin Allen Flooring remains ahead of these trends, offering Leicester homeowners and businesses the latest styles. Current trends in wood flooring in Leicester and the East Midlands include several popular designs and styles:

  1. Wide plank floors – These larger, wider planks create a dramatic and traditional look and can be paired with various patterns and finishes.
  2. Herringbone and Chevron Patterns – These classic patterns are known for their timeless, sophisticated appeal and can effectively enhance the aesthetic of any space. The main distinction lies in the installation angle; herringbone planks are laid at 90 degrees, while chevron planks are cut at an angle to create a continuous “V” shape.
  3. Mixed-width planks – This style incorporates planks of different widths, creating a visually appealing and unique montage effect.
  4. Grey and whitewashed finishes – A popular trend is to use weathered wood, which can be modified with a whitewashed finish to create a soft, rustic appearance.
  5. Reclaimed and distressed wood – The growing demand for eco-friendly products has increased interest in reclaimed wood, often coupled with distressed features to add a historical, weathered look.

These trends cater to various tastes and preferences, offering a range of styles and aesthetics to enhance the appeal of any space.

Q: Can wood flooring be installed over underfloor heating in Leicester properties?

A: Yes, many wood flooring options are compatible with underfloor heating systems, which are becoming increasingly popular in Leicester homes. Engineered wood is often the best choice for this application due to its stability. Martin Allen can advise you on the best types of wood and installation methods to ensure optimal performance for your heating system.

Q: Can wood floor installation increase my Leicester home’s value?

A: Yes, quality wood floor installation can significantly increase your Leicester home’s value. Wood flooring is desirable for potential buyers, often providing a good return on investment. Martin Allen Flooring’s expert wood flooring installation ensures you get the maximum value boost from your new floors.

Q: How does the ROI of wood flooring compare to other home improvements in Leicester?

A: Wood flooring consistently ranks as one of the top home improvements for Return on Investment (ROI) in Leicester. While exact figures vary, many homeowners recoup a significant portion of their investment when selling their property.

Wood flooring consistently ranks as one of the top home improvements for ROI in Leicester. While exact figures vary, many homeowners recoup a significant portion of their investment when selling their property. In fact, the ROI for hardwood floors typically falls within the range of 70% to 80%. Additionally, hardwood floors offer several benefits contributing to this high ROI, including timeless appeal, durability, low maintenance, and aesthetic appeal, contributing to increased home value and faster sales.

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