Technical Reference

Over the years we’ve built up a considerable knowledge base of products and processes. We’ve established all the do’s and don’ts and are familiar with the finer points, benefits and limitations of all the materials we use. We’ll work closely with you to find the best way forward for your project and achieve the finest possible results.

You’ll find some insight and handy tips on choosing, installing and caring for your Reeve products. For more specific advice or information, please get in touch on: 01553 776835 or e-mail and we’ll be able to answer any questions you might have or provide product samples.


Please download our underfloor heating rules, our fitting instructions warranty, our storage policy, our full terms and conditions and our returning goods instructions.

Types of flooring

There are many different flooring woods available, but your choice will tend to fall into one of two camps — solid wood or engineered wood. Download more information on choosing a floor, finishes, oils, lacquers and manufacturing tolerances.


Before installing wood flooring or other wood fittings, you need to consider the atmospheric conditions, day-to-day usage and other site-specific factors.

Download more information on site conditions, delivery and acclimatisation, expansion gaps, sub-floors and keeping the noise down.

The art of the fitter – once your product has arrived on site the fitter should inspect every board as they are unpacked and decide which boards to use and where to locate the knots and grain characteristics. Once the boards have been installed, the fitter takes full responsibility for their work and the boards that are laid.


Depending on the amount of traffic you anticipate, you’ll need harder or softer flooring. The Brinell hardness test lets you know what wood to choose. Download more information on Brinell hardness testing and slip tests.


It is important to maintain your hardwood floor investment. Like a carpet it needs regular cleaning and every now and again some professional attention. If you maintain your hardwood floor it will last as long as you do. The important point is to maintain the oil or lacquer coating and never allow bare wood to appear. Download more information on Aftercare and general care.

Under floor heating

With concealed under floor heating, you should always opt for a 14mm or 20mm engineered board as they have 90% less movement than solid wood floors, and are generally far more stable. Download more information on Underfloor heating.

Fixing Over Heated Subfloors

If you do not use a thermostat with a subfloor probe set to 26˚C your warranty is void.


We have collated some of our most commonly asked questions with the answers to help you decide which is the best product for you. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please get in touch.

Yes you can if you are practical and have carpentry experience.  You need to plan the floor and take your time.

No. You can install our floors on most common subfloors, including joist constructions, wood-based structures and concrete floors. It is however essential to follow our technical instruction manuals carefully.