Soft/Hardwood Flooring

Payne Carpentry have extensive experience in many types of soft/hardwood flooring. To find out more contact us today.


Softwood and Hardwood flooring is a finished product designed to give you a smooth finished surface to walk on. These can be a range of different types of wood depending on your visual design needs.

Softwood flooring offers a slightly cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring but is susceptible to damage, so using them in high-traffic, heavy-wear areas is not suitable.

Hardwood flooring is more expensive than softwood flooring but offers durability, along with closed grain and low sap content.


  • Softwood is cheaper than hardwood flooring

  • Softwood grows quicker than hardwood so is considered a renewable source

  • Hardwood flooring is more durable

  • Hardwood flooring is very low maintenance and is easy to repair

  • Hardwood flooring has good fire resistance

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Traditionally floorboards would have been fitted directly to the structural floor joists with a secret nailed tongue and grooved joint along the length of the board. The length of the floorboards would always run at 90 degrees to the floor joists. Today, it is far more common that a sub-floor exists and then the finished floor is applied.

Most finished timber floor products are free floating systems that do not actually get fixed or secured to the floor joists, they are usually joined by a click together dry joint or a glued tongue and grooved joint.

Most of the floorboard products are known as engineered flooring as they are essentially constructed from laminated plywood with a 4mm - 8mm timber veneer to the top surface, this is engineered so the floorboard is stable and far less likely to twist, cup, distort or shrink.

Usually there will be a soft matting material that is laid beneath the finished floor, the floor fitter will measure the room for width to ensure that the flooring is set out in a way that doesn’t leave small strips at one edge, and allow for expansion joints to the perimeter of the room.

Often it is better to install the finished floor prior to fixing skirting boards so that the expansion joint is covered by the skirting board and not visible. However, when finished floors are retro fitted a small bead will be fixed to the bottom of the skirting board to cover the expansion gap.

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How can we manage your needs?

Payne Carpentry have extensive experience in the many types of traditional cut roofing. We manage our clients’ needs by providing time and cost saving solutions by carrying out the following compulsory works procedures as part of our standard service.

  • All applicable installations are completed to manufacturing guides for product warranties
  • Quality and workmanship audits throughout the job
  • Health and Safety auditing for a clean, safe work environment
  • Regular site reports to assist site managers with build progress
  • Training & development programmes to improve our service
  • Always considering other trades when working onsite by going the extra mile on our quality of work and keeping things clean and tidy
We are always available and more than willing to offer valuable advice to our clients in assisting with the selection of products and services that are best suited. Below is a list of these additional services we offer.
  • A Supply and fit service
  • A Labour only service
  • Liaise with any client, Architect, structural engineer & design representatives at the initial stages of your project
  • Liaise with Local Build Control authorities/officers to sign off the installed works for warranty approvals etc. 

Get in Touch With Payne Carpentry Ltd.

We have been leading Devon’s carpentry industry with superior quality, reliable communication and efficient, effective solutions. If you have a project you would like us to work on, we would love to hear from you.

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Kingdom Business Centre, Kingdom House
Brunel Road
Newton Abbot
TQ12 4PB

Company number: 08938517