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Floorboards are available at Howarth Timber & Building Supplies online or at your local branch area. We offer a wide range of wooden floorboards, typically manufactured from redwood or whitewood. They are PTG, meaning that they are planed, with tongue and groove fitting. This means that the boards are planed to a smooth and attractive finish and will interlock securely with each other. The main benefit of this is that the boards will remain strong once installed.  

Redwood and whitewood timber floorboards are a type of softwood which is perfect for structural use, including studwork and joists, joinery work exterior and interior, including door linings and flooring.

What is the difference between redwood and whitewood floorboards?

Redwood floorboards are durable meaning this is ideal for machining and easily absorbs treatment, whereas whitewood floorboards naturally resists treatment. Whitewood is also durable, making it ideal for construction purposes and works well with hand and machine tools and can be glued and painted. 

The floorboards are intended to be used as a base layer for any living area, including dining rooms, bedrooms, etc. It is often referred to as a subfloor and is normally covered with a final floor which could be a carpet, tile, parquet flooring, laminate floor or engineered wood flooring. Nevertheless, if you are keen to achieve a rustic feel in your home, leaving the wooden floors visible is a great way to achieve this. 

If you choose not to install any kind of further flooring, such as carpet, over the top of your floorboards, you should take time to choose the paint or stain that suits your personality as well as the needs of the room. 

Paint is a great option if you want to add a burst of colour to your floorboards. On the other hand, if you are keen to enhance the natural character of the wood grain, you might choose a wood stain instead. Stains are available in gloss as well as satin on matte finishes to suit your personal preference.  

We advise installing a good level of insulation beneath your floorboards to ensure that your home is kept warm during the winter months. 

Insulating under floorboards

Advice on floor insulation, click here.

Responsible sourcing with consistent, reliable quality 
All materials are EUTR compliant and wherever possible, sourced from legally managed sources in line with recognized initiatives including FSC®, PEFC, and Chain of Custody*. All timber stocked by Howarth Timber & Building Supplies is to the highest standards possible, with regular quality checking to ensure consistency. 

The advice you can rely on 
We’ve over 175 years’ experience working with and supplying timber and timber-related products! Our team is always on hand to answer any queries you may have.  

Your materials, exactly how you need them 
Based on years of experience, Howarth Timber & Building Supplies specializes in creating bespoke timber and sheet material solutions to exact specifications. Computer-controlled cutting machines allow precision cutting to any width desired, providing a truly bespoke service. From a traditional profile to match a period interior to a completely new design for a modern housing estate, our staff works with you to create the exact style you need. 

*Please check at the time of ordering if CoC is a condition of supply.