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Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing Wood Flooring

What is an oiled finish?

Oil penetrates deep into the wood and brings out the true beauty of both the color and grain, as well as providing protection for the floor. In addition to providing a natural look, oiled floors lend themselves to being spot repaired in the event of surface damage.

Most oiled floors require an additional coat of oil or Hardwax Oil, a mixture of sunflower, soybean and thistle oil, carnauba and candelilla wax after installation. This is micro-porous, water-repellent, dirt-resistant, and stain-resistant against wine, beer, cola, coffee, tea, fruit juices and milk; it will not crack, flake, peel or blister.

What is a lacquered finish?

Lacquer is normally a polyurethane coating which is applied to the surface of a wooden floor by brush or roller. The polyurethane covers the pores of the wood and forms a hard, resilient coating which protects the wood from dirt and moisture ingress.

What is engineered wood flooring?

An engineered board is a wood board which consists of more than one layer. By placing each layer so that the grain runs perpendicularly, it becomes much harder for the wood to swell or shrink with changes in humidity. This dramatically increases the stability. The top layer of an engineered board (the lamella) is solid wood, usually hardwood, and ranges from 3/32" - 1/4" (2mm to 6mm) thick.

Engineered boards should not be confused with laminate or veneer. Laminate uses an image of wood on its surface, while veneer uses only a very thin layer of wood over a core of some type of composite wood product, usually fibreboard.

Engineered wood flooring technology has enabled the production of much wider boards as well as the application of an enormous variety of interesting finishes, textures and colors.

Where are your products from?

Our wood is sourced from all over Europe.

Where are your showrooms?

In North America, Havwoods has a showroom located in New York City, USA and in Toronto, Canada. You can visit our showrooms from 8:00am-5:30pm or book private appointments. Learn more about both showrooms here.

Do you carry other products besides wood flooring?

Yes! Havwoods has collections like Vertical, which feature wood wall cladding and cork wall cladding. Our Relik collection is hosts geniuine reclaimed wood products.

Do you have a product catalog?

The WoodBook, published quarterly, is Havwoods go-to guide for our newest product launches, inspirational images, case studies, pricing and more. You can view The WoodBook online, and requested printed or digital editions with pricing here.


Can I fit wood flooring over underfloor heating?

The majority of engineered boards are perfectly suitable to use with underfloor heating; this is particularly true of those with an oak lamella and less likely to be so for ones using exotic timbers. Always check with Havwoods before specifying any wood floor for use with underfloor heating.

What is a floating floor installation?

A floating floor installation is where the planks are attached to each other, instead of to the subfloor on which it is being laid. It is a fast, relatively easy method of fixing which allows some room for movement and expansion given changes in humidity; the floor can be removed easily too, making it ideal for commercial applications where the flooring is more likely to be changed within the foreseeable future. Floating installations are usually associated with the fitting of engineered wood floors but, in fact, solid timber boards can also be laid floating over a suitable subfloor providing a damp-proof membrane is laid and Elastilon employed.

Care and Maintenance

How do I care for an oiled wood floor?

Oiled wood floors are very easy to care for. For everyday cleaning to remove dust or loose debris a broom, vacuum cleaner or dry mop is all that is required. For more thorough cleaning, damp mop using a diluted oiled wood floor cleaner. In public places where the footfall is greater, oiled wood floors may be damp mopped on a daily basis and should be treated regularly with a maintenance wax. This may be applied to the most heavily used areas or to the whole floor, spreading it with an electric, single-disc buffing machine with a beige pad. Maintenance wax need only be applied to residential flooring when the wood begins to look a little lifeless.

Why are the humidity levels so important?

Humidty levels affect how wood flooring expands and contracts and can vary depending on your climate. 
If you have questions about humidty and wood flooring, contact us and we'd be happy to discuss with you.

Wood Grading

What is the difference between prime, select, nature and rustic grade in wood?

You can read through the full explanation of the different wood grades available from Havwoods, or give us a call at 844.808.9663


What is FSC®?

FSC® stands for Forestry Stewardship Council. It is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit-making organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC principles and criteria aim to ensure that forest can be managed to meet the social, economic, ecological and cultural needs of both present and future generations. Products may be from an FSC source but cannot carry the FSC label unless the chain of custody throughout is FSC approved.

Sales and Shipping Information

Where do you ship to?

Our North American Warehouse is located in Belcamp, Marland on the east coast of the USA.

We ship to all of Canada, Mexico and the United States. If you live outside these areas, you can find a Havwoods International partner here.


What are your shipping lead times?

We stock most of our products in our US warehouse and can ship to anywhere in North America in 4-7 business days.

If a product is not in stock or is a bespoke product, lead times may vary from a few weeks to a few months depending on the project needs. If you would like a more information for your project, you can request a quote.

About Havwoods

Where is Havwoods originally from?

Havwoods was founded in the UK in 1975. After growing a European and Australian presence, Havwoods North America opened in 2016. We are now located in both New York and Toronto. You can also browse all of our showrooms.

Do you host events?

Havwoods hosts an array of events in our New York City and Toronto Showroom. If you're interested in attending an event, or partnering with Havwoods to host your event in our showrooms, please email us at marketing.na@havwoods.com.