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Wood Flooring

Wood is a natural product and a constant favourite in modern and traditional homes. It offers a wonderful diversity of tones, colours and grades, is warm and tactile and works well in living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways and, accompanied by rugs, is a practical flooring choice. Certain woods can be used kitchens and bathrooms although alternatives such as Amtico, Karndean and sheet vinyls are often preferred. Being a natural product there will be variations in the colour and shade of the planks and it is not always possible to obtain an exact colour match between different production batches which have the same colour description.

Wood is susceptible to dimensional changes due to moisture and humidity and each installation needs to be professionally assessed, the floor acclimatised before installation commences and should be fitted by an experienced wood floor layer. Oak tends to be the most popular wood flooring in this country because it is naturally stable, indigenous and tends to suit our interiors. Darker finishes on oak are a current favourite rather than other dark woods but at the other extreme, paler, distressed grey and white shades complement minimal Scandinavian style.

Solid Wood

Each board is made from a single piece of timber, usually with a tongue and groove joint on the ends as well as the long sides. Inherently durable, they stand up well in heavy traffic areas and are a long-lasting option since the surface can be sanded and refinished as required. Not always suitable for use with underfloor heating. . 

Engineered

These floors offer added stability and a greater variety of design. They are usually constructed in 3 layers, using the chosen species as a top wear layer, a high density fibreboard core and a base board. The top layer can vary from 0.6mm to 6mm depending on the product and governs how many times the floor can be sanded. This type of wood can be used with underfloor heating.

Laminate

These are made from HDF board coated with a decorative wood grain foil beneath a transparent but hard wearing melamine surface. It is less expensive to buy and fit than either solid or engineered wood and good quality laminates will have a realistic appearance.

Cork

New style cork floors are manufactured with a 3mm cork top layer, an HDF core and are backed by 2mm cork which act as a built-in sound absorbing underlay. It is a highly effective acoustic flooring solution which absorbs sound, reducing impact by up to 18 decibels. Cork floors are finished with a high wear resistant lacquer and can be used over underfloor heating systems.

Bamboo

– Not a wood, actually a grass. Bamboo is an environmentally friendly, rapidly renewable product with minimum waste and pollution in its harvesting and production. It is hypoallergenic and non-pollutant and all parts of the bamboo plant are utilised. It is very strong and versatile with a lacquered finish and suitable for use with underfloor heating.

Wood flooring offers a wonderful diversity of tones, colours and grades and can create an individual atmosphere in the home. There is a wide choice of grade, grain type, colour variations, quantity and size of knot, finishes (lacquered or oiled), size of boards (long, wide boards or 2 or 3 strip), with brushed, shiny or matt surfaces.

GRADING

Prime Grade – clean, straight grained, even colouration without knots

Select Grade – considerable grain and colour variation to provide a characterfull look – only small knots allowed. Contains up to 10% sapwood.

Rustic Grade – considerable grain and colour variation, large knots, some filled, dark streaks and filled cracks. Up to 10% sapwood.

Extra Rustic Grade – Large knots, filled and unfilled, splits, cracks and sapwood.

Aged and Distressed, Sawn – Each plank is hand distressed, producing a roughened surface. Then subjected to a series of caustic processes that include smoking and the application of oils and stains prior to finishing.

SURFACE FINISH

Lacquered - The surface of the board has been pre-treated with either an acrylic UV or ceramic lacquer. This is a hard, smooth surface coating. It can have between 5 and 10 coats of this lacquer applied, depending on the range, making it a very hard wearing and durable surface. A lacquered surface is normally smooth with either a dull matt sheen or a shiny gloss appearance.

Brush Matt Lacquered – The surface of the board has been brushed to remove the soft fibres from the grain leaving a textured surface. The Matt Lacquered surface gives the same impression as an oiled floor but has the added benefits of the reduced maintenance required from a lacquered floor.

Natural Oiled - The application of natural oil to a floor deepens the natural colour of the wood. It brings out the grain and soaks right into the wood. The benefit of using natural oils is that if the floor becomes scratched or bruised the damaged area can be touched in by applying another coat of hardwax oil.

Hardwax Oiled - This has the same characteristics as natural oil but it doesn’t sink into the surface quite as much, staying more on the surface due to the greater viscosity of the wax. This floor can easily be touched in and when buffed restores itself to its original condition.

 

See V4 Flooring (www.v4woodflooring.co.uk), Woodpecker Flooring (www.woodpeckerflooring.co.uk) and Haro Flooring (www.haro.com)

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