We had a fantastic (and hot!!) weekend at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Sandown Park. Lot’s of plans emailed over, samples sent and enquiries logged. If you came to visit us, we hope you found your visit worthwhile 😁🏡
Nearly time for the long weekend, and hopefully some sunshine! ☀️
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Did you know we do much more than just manufacture and install wood floors? We offer a complete package from sub-floor preparation, latex levelling, damp-proofing, chip-boarding and joist strengthening, to ensure the best possible base for your new floor to go on! Call today on 01252 520520 for more information from your local wood flooring company.
We are excited to offer some bargain end of line internal Oak doors, all brand new, available at just £100.00 plus vat each, please take a look at our advert!
We have 31 available in various sizes and styles. Grab yourself a great deal with collection from Farnborough.
Happy Valentines Day!
Why not fall in love with your home again and install that wood flooring you’ve always dreamed about?
See how we can help today by calling us on 01252 520520 or drop us a line at [email protected]
As manufacturers, we have complete control over our final finished products, and can offer bespoke levels of graining, brushing and distressing to suit the taste and style of every individual customer. With some new exciting colours introduced this week, we are sure to have something for every home and every budget! Why not pay your local wood flooring company a visit to see how we can help create your dream floor?
What an absolutely fantastic weekend we had last week at the first Homebuilding and Renovating Show of this year at our local Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre. Thousands of visitors, lots of quotes booked in, plans emailed over, samples requested, we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend! We hope all of our visitors had an informative couple of days.
Another example of our pre-finished engineered rustic grade Oak planks, this time installed at a residential home in Fleet. As you can see, our skilled joiners can create bespoke treads, risers and stair nosings, among many other joinery items to suit each individual job, which are then installed by our professional flooring technicians. Why not give us a call on 01252 520520, and see how we can help create your dream floor?
If I had to a pound for every person that said they remembered parquet floors at their school thirty years ago, I’d be a millionaire! The truth is, parquet can be quite an old-fashioned look, particularly our Antique range, which is distressed and is intended to have that ‘aged’ look. But these beautiful, classic floors have made a huge comeback in the last few years, and it’s easy to see why. They don’t look out of place in a 100 hundred year old cottage, but equally, look just as beautiful in a new, modern house.
The blocks are laid unfinished by fully bonding to an appropriate sub-floor, then are given a very light sand to remove any glue marks. Next the floor is cleaned, followed finally by finishing with Hardwax Oils to complete the look.
As in-house manufacturers, we have the flexibility to offer bespoke levels of distressing to our clients, with varying degrees of graining, edge distressing and brushing available when ordering a pre-finished Antique grade floor. Why not pay our showroom in Farnborough a visit to see what we can offer you?
We produced some stunning Ash engineered flooring for a client at 220mm wide and lengths of 2200mm. Ash is a very varied wood, with lots of character and colours showing through, and this Grey oiled finish really complimented the natural variance. Why not get in touch today and see how we can help create your dream floor!
What are medullary rays?
Medullary rays appear to be ribbons or stripes in wood, which are made more noticeable when the timber is oiled or varnished. They catch the light and are not very noticeable from every angle.
Their presence in the wood should not be viewed as a defect, but in fact, quite the opposite: the more expensive and time-consuming process of cutting wood is quarter-sawing, which preserves the naturally occurring rays and ensures greater stability and quality of wood.
What causes Medullary rays?
Medullary rays are created when plant cells which grow in the opposite direction to the way the tree is growing.
We think the rays are naturally beautiful, and hope our customers feel the same!
A large majority of our work is producing and installing bespoke products, with smaller or bigger bevels, light distressing, reclaimed wood effects and more, all possible with our skilled technicians and specialist machinery. We produced some Antique grade parquet blocks, at bespoke sizes to suit the large rooms for this wonderful home in Esher.
Why not get in touch today to see how we can create something beautifully bespoke for you – call our friendly team on 01252 520520 or drop us an email at [email protected]
I’m sure your poor floors are suffering as much as you are in this current cold spell! Our showroom floor has taken a lot of wear and tear this last week, and was full of mud, grit and salt. Not pretty! It is always worth remembering that floors are a natural product, and need maintaining to prolong their appearance. Do make sure to give your floors a good clean with a mop and bucket, using warm water and a cleaner that is suitable for oiled floors. We are more than happy to give advice about which products are best to use, just give our friendly team a call on 01252 520520.
Also, remember not to ‘cook’ your floors, they never appreciate that! When using an underfloor heating system, optimum temperature for the wood surface should never exceed 27 Celsius.
Lastly, if you haven’t done it recently, it may be worth applying a coat of maintenance oil or floor wax to keep your wood looking tip-top – we carry in stock a range of options.
Happy Friday everyone, and stay safe out there!
Here at UK Wood Floors, we specialise in bespoke joinery. Everything from doors to windows, kitchen worktops and cabinets, to skirting boards and thresholds.
We also create bespoke steps, complete with treads, risers and nosings, pre-finished to match your flooring, or indeed in any other colour we produce! Why not give us a call to see how we can help you create your dream staircase today?
Other than the classic Clear Hardwax Oil’s, our most popular finishes continuing from last year into this year tend to be our Whites and Greys. With 9 different shades, we are sure you will find something you love. White and Grey finishes bring a sense of modernisation and openness to a room, without feeling cold or bare. Gone are the days you are limited to honey, golden tones, with the advances in wood flooring finishes, consumers are now spoilt for choice.
Whether you choose our modern Prime A/B grade flooring, or the more varied Rustic grade, our stylish Greys and Whites suit any home. Why not take a look at our range, and call 01252 520520 for your free sample.
Congratulations on the purchase of your new wooden flooring! Whether you decided to go for our Antique grade planks for that beautiful aged look, or modern Prime A/B Oak for a sleek, modern appearance, chances are you need to know how to look after it.
For day to day cleaning and maintenance, you can follow these steps:
Our Hardwax Oils have been used for many years in both commercial and domestic settings, standing up the years of traffic and use, even Waterstones bookshops use our floors, and they still look as good as new! Look after your floors, and they will stay looking beautiful for years.
Introducing our new WPC vinyl range, which is the next big thing in flooring. It is a rigid floor which is 100% waterproof and slots together using a click fitting system. The board thickness is 6.5mm, with a built in 0.7mm wear layer. This product is fit for almost any purpose and with a lifetime warranty you cannot go wrong.
Below are the features and benefits of WPC Flooring:
• 0.7mm Wear Layer
• 100% Waterproof
• Fast Click Joint System
• Integrated Underlay
• 19dB Sound Reduction
• Suitable for Underfloor Heating
• Lifetime Warranty Residential / 25 Years Commercial
Call 01252 520520 for more details.
If 2017 was the year parquet floors really came to the party then what developments can we expect over the next 12 months?
1. Grey hardwood flooring
The trend towards darker wood floors is one that has grown and grown, but in 2018, we expect to see a reversal of that as cooler tones, particularly greys, start to become more popular. The move away from warmer tones is one that’s already starting to emerge, with cool tones (lighter browns such as oak and greys) increasingly being preferred to reds, red/browns and even floors with yellow undertones.
Grey wood floors provide a clean, contemporary look that fits perfectly in modern houses which need a little brightening up. Although they lack the warmth of darker coloured flooring, they are easier to maintain. Grey is also becoming an increasingly popular choice for people’s walls.
2. Longer length floorboards
Wider plank flooring has seen a dramatic rise in popularity in the last decade or more, but now it is the turn of longer length hardwood floorboards, which can add a real elegance and charm to a room. Many people looking for wood floors for the first time consider the width and grade of their flooring but do not think about the length of the floorboards. However, this has a big impact on the overall look of the wood floor.
If you have a large room then longer floorboards can help to make the most of the proportions and can even make the room look bigger. However, they do tend to cost more, so as well as stretching the room, they may do the same to your budget.
3. More natural looking finishes
Satin finishes, matte finishes and flatter sheens are very much in for 2018, while glossier finishes are out. The trouble with glossier finishes is that they not only look dated, but they can also be very difficult to maintain as they show every scratch and speck of dust. Flatter finishes, on the other hand, are both stylish and practical and complement the matt paint finishes many homeowners are choosing for their walls.
4. A cleaner look
In recent years, there has been a movement towards layouts such as herringbone, chevrons, borders, diagonals and multiple widths, but in 2018, all that looks set to change as homeowners revert back to clean, simple lines. This produces fewer distractions and complements the rest of the room rather than drawing the eye away. It also reduces clutter and allows homeowners to be more adventurous with their choice of patterned rugs and throw pillows.
Hardwood flooring to suit your taste
Those are our top hardwood flooring trends for 2018. As a simple rule, we think cooler tones, a lower lustre and more subtle colours and textures is the way flooring is going, but here at UK Wood Floors, we’re happy to create stunning hardwood flooring for you, whatever your taste.
Choosing solid wood flooring is not simply a question of popping into the showroom, picking the type of wood you like best and deciding how many floorboards you need. There a number of extra considerations to take into account which we can help you with.
The grading and finish of your floor can make a huge difference to the way it will look in your home, so it’s important to spend some time learning about the various options that exist and the impact they will have.
Wood floor grading
All woods have natural features such as knots, holes, sapwood and colour variations, and it is these features that give the wood its charm and make every floorboard unique. The number of natural features present in each type of floorboard depends on the grade of the wood. The higher the grade, the greater the consistency of colour and the fewer sapwood and knots there will be. Lower grades will have more natural features and greater colour variation.
Some people think of the grade of the wood as its quality, but that’s a misnomer. It actually tells you how close the wood was to the centre of the log, with higher grades sourced from the centre of the log and lower grades coming from further out.
Wood flooring grades include:
Choosing the right grade of wood for your floor will depend on your budget and the look you want to achieve. But as long as you purchase your flooring from a reputable company, any grade of wood will be equally durable in your home.
Wood floor finishes
One of the final things you’ll need to think about when buying a wood floor is the finish. This is the semi-translucent layer that’s applied to the floorboards to provide protection from wear and tear and help you achieve a particular look. Wood flooring may come unfinished so you can apply your finish of choice, or pre-finished and ready to install.
There are three main options when it comes to your finish. That includes:
Would you like a little help?
There’s no wrong or right decision when it comes to choosing the grade and finish of your floor. It’s all down to personal preference and the look and level of protection you want to achieve. If you’d like to discuss your options with an expert, please get in touch for some friendly advice. We also sell a quality range of flooring finishes to suit every taste.
There are lots of things to think about before buying a real wood floor. Just like any big purchase, jumping in before you have taken all the considerations into account can lead to mistakes. For example, if the floor is sealed properly it shouldn’t mark, but you should still put felt stoppers under furniture legs and avoid high heeled shoes to protect your investment.
If you haven’t got the chance to do the research yourself, our experts will be happy to discuss every aspect of your decision with you and suggest more suitable products if a real wood floor is not necessarily the best fit. Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice…
1. Achieving the right look
Before ordering a real wood floor, you should request a floor sample so you can see how the floor will fit with the rest of the room. You should also bear in mind that all timbers darken with age, particularly those which are lighter to start with.
If you have a modern home then avoid heavy grained wood with lots of knots, which will only date the space. Instead, keep a similar tone throughout with a light oak or similar. To achieve the best effect, you should also lay the boards in the direction of the light entering the room, as this will help to accentuate the beauty of the wood.
2. How much flooring do you need?
The beauty of real wood floors is just how little wastage there needs to be. Your fitters should be able to keep wastage down to as little as 2 percent. Just measure your room and round up to the nearest square metre and we can provide the planks (all at 2000mm lengths) or parquet in whatever specification and species you need.
If you’re laying the flooring yourself, it makes sense to order an extra couple of square metres to account for the additional wastage there’s likely to be.
3. The underlay and damp proof membrane
You’re laying the flooring over a sand and cement or concrete floor then you will need a damp proof membrane and an excellent underlay to protect the floor. In terms of the underlay, thicker foams or felt are best. We offer a range of quality underlays and can provide any advice you need. You should also check whether the flooring manufacturer recommends a particular underlay as it could affect the guarantee.
4. What finish should you go for?
There are three things to consider when deciding on the right finish for you. That includes:
Wood floors can be oiled or lacquered and both of these options will have a different impact on your floor.
Nothing compares to the natural beauty of a solid oak floor. The distinctive grain and gorgeous honeyed tones give this type of flooring a unique charm that is impossible to beat. The stunning aesthetics are just one of the reasons solid oak remains such a popular choice for so many homeowners. With fantastic thermal insulation properties and its incredibly hardwearing nature, solid oak really is an excellent long-term option for your home.
But a solid oak floor is not necessarily the right choice for every space. In this article, we’re going to take a look at five important factors to consider when deciding whether solid oak is the best option for you.
1. There are high moisture levels in your sub-floor
Before ordering your new wood floor, it’s essential you check the moisture levels of your sub-floor. Sub-floor moisture can wreak havoc with your flooring, causing complications and delays in the installation and leading to compatibility problems and even the formation of the dreaded mold and mildew – not what you want when you’ve just forked out for a beautiful oak floor. Here are some pointers to help you test the moisture levels of your sub-floor.
Ideally, you want a moisture level that doesn’t exceed 2-3 percent. If it exceeds this level, you’d probably be better off opting for an engineered wood flooring product rather than solid oak. Engineered wood, when installed with a suitable underlay or membrane, will help to assure the longevity of your floor.
2. You’re choosing flooring for a kitchen or bathroom
If you’re choosing flooring for a kitchen or bathroom then the fluctuations in moisture levels need to be taken into account. As well as moisture, the temperature changes in kitchens and bathrooms can cause problems with a solid oak floor, which will expand and contract considerably when exposed to environmental changes. Over time, this can cause damage to your floor. That’s not to say solid oak floors can’t be used in kitchens, particularly if your kitchen is large and airy, but you should seek advice before making your choice.
3. There’s heavy footfall
If you’re looking for flooring for a room that experiences heavy footfall and have your heart set on a solid oak floor, the good news, as long as your sub-floor is nice is dry, is that solid oak is ideal. Solid wood can be sanded up to five or six times before any damage is likely to be done to the floor, which means it can take all your busy family can throw at it and keep on looking its best. Hardwoods, like oak and walnut, will potentially last longer than softer options as they do not damage or scratch as easily.
4. The room has underfloor heating
Unfortunately, humidity and significant temperature changes mean that a solid oak floor is not always the best option if you have underfloor heating. If you want a natural wood product then an engineered wood floor will provide the stability you need.
5. You’re on a budget
Many homeowners tend to think that the cost of solid oak flooring puts it out of their reach, but that’s simply not the case. Whatever your budget, there are solid wood flooring options to meet your needs. There’s also very little difference between the cost of solid wood and engineered flooring, which means your budget shouldn’t really come into it. Solid oak floors also add value, appeal and a sense of luxury to your home, as well as producing a warm, rich sound.
Want to know more about solid oak flooring?
If you’re refurbishing a room in your home then you certainly won’t be the first person to need a little help understanding whether an engineered or solid oak wood floor would be a better choice for your space. But before we start discussing the characteristics of each of these different floor types, let’s get a clear view of what both are.
What is engineered wood flooring?
Once it has been laid, an engineered wooden floor will look almost identical to solid oak, but while it might look very similar, it is actually made very differently.
Engineered wood floors are made from several layers of wood that have been pressed together. The top layer will be a veneer of solid wood, but under this layer, the core of the floor can be made from wood such as birch, plywood, poplar and HDF. These multiple layers of wood are glued together using a strong adhesive, with a 4mm to 6mm layer of solid oak, maple or whatever wood you choose glued on top.
What is solid oak flooring?
Solid oak floor boards are cut from single pieces of timber, which makes them incredibly simple in terms of their construction. They are also a completely natural product. The finished oak boards are usually around 18mm thick.
How do they differ?
1. Life expectancy
The thickness of a solid oak floor means it can be re-sanded and re-finished as much as five or six times during its lifetime to remove any damage and make it look as good as the day it was installed. Although an engineered floor with a relatively thick top layer could be sanded two or perhaps even three times during its lifetime, it will eventually need to be replaced.
A well-maintained solid oak floor can last for decades even in active households where there’s heavy footfall. Because the surface of an engineered floor is a lot thinner, it can become chipped or de-laminated under stressed conditions, which can reduce the aesthetic appeal of the floor.
3. Scratches and stains
All floors will become scratched and stained over the years. Both solid oak and engineered floors can be re-sanded and re-finished to remove the damage. However, as solid oak floors can be sanded time and time again, they will look their best longer. Solid wood floors also encompass a greater range of wood hardness than engineered floors, which makes them better at withstanding surface damage in the first instance.
4. Moisture resistance
As solid oak flooring is an entirely natural, organic product, it is affected by moisture. A hot, humid room could make the flooring dry out and shrink, while a cold, wet room could cause it to expand. This means solid oak floors are not best suited to bathrooms, basements or conservatories. The layers of wood in an engineered wood floor run in different directions, which makes them stable and more resistant to changes in moisture.
So what’s it to be?
It has to be said that nothing looks as good as a solid oak floor and it will deliver unbeatable value over the longer term when installed in the right room. Engineered wood is more practical as it can be used in more rooms in your home, but it lacks the longevity of real wood.
For those of you who are not familiar with parquet flooring, this is the name given to a type of flooring made from small blocks or strips of wood which are laid in a regular and geometric pattern. Dating back to the mid 17th century, parquet flooring is enjoying a resurgence of late due to its ease of installation and the fact that it’s such a cost effective flooring choice.
Various species of wood can be used to make parquet flooring, such as oak, walnut, pine, cherry and maple, giving homeowners plenty of choice as to the look they want to achieve. It can also be made from both solid and engineered wood. But is parquet flooring be the perfect choice for your home? Let’s have a look at a few of the key benefits of this versatile flooring type.
1. It’s unique
No two parquet flooring installations have to look the same, with each floor having its own wood types, colour and grains. That can be extremely appealing for homeowners who want to create a unique and appealing floor. While squares, triangles and lozenge shapes feature strongly in parquet flooring designs, stars, suns and chevron patterns are also possible. The herringbone design is also an extremely popular choice.
2. It’s budget-friendly
Whatever your budget, there is sure to be a parquet flooring for you. That’s because the wide range of wood types and choice of solid wood or engineered flooring allows you to choose a solution that meets your requirements. That includes the type of finish you want, the pattern and the cost.
3. It’s durable
Parquet floors are durable and can easily handle the demands of everyday use, even in busy areas. Take care of it properly and the strength of parquet flooring means it could last for up to 50 years in a single space. This does rely on it being properly sealed in the first instance and cleaned and cared for properly. It’s also important to avoid excessive moisture or humidity.
4. It’s easy to maintain
One of the biggest benefits of parquet flooring for busy homeowners is the fact that it’s so easy to clean and maintain. A simple routine of sweeping and mopping will do the job. Any spillages can be easily wiped up and it does not hold stains easily or absorb odours. One thing to remember is that rough materials and abrasive cleaners are not to be used on parquet surfaces, but all that does is simplify the maintenance regime.
5. It’s allergen-free
Parquet flooring doesn’t trap dust, dirt and allergens the way other flooring types can. This makes it an excellent choice for those with allergies or families with young children who could develop allergies. It’s also an excellent option for those with pets as it’s so easy to keep clean.
Could parquet flooring be the perfect floor solution for your home? Take a look at our range of parquet floors and or get in touch to discuss your requirements with our team.
When you’ve invested in a brand new real wood floor, you’re understandably going to want to protect your investment and keep your floor looking just as good as the day it was laid for years to come.
Real wood floors can be damaged if proper care is not taken to protect them from environmental threats and daily wear and tear. For this reason, it’s essential you take a few steps to maintain your floor. Simply following these four tips will help to keep your floor in the very best condition.
1. Protection from furniture
One threat to real wood flooring that’s often overlooked is the potential damage caused by furniture. Children jumping onto chairs and settees or simply moving the furniture can cause scuffs and scratches to the floor.
One simple way to protect your real wood floors from this damage is to buy the felt furniture tips available at most home improvement stores. These tips have a built-in, non-damaging adhesive so they can be easily stuck to the furniture legs to create a cushion between them and the floor.
2. Avoiding direct sunlight
Another threat to the condition of real wood floors is the potential damage caused by direct sunlight. Exposure to sunlight will be unavoidable in some parts of the house, but care should be taken to make sure no area of the floor receives too much direct sunlight as it can cause fading and discolouration.
The simplest way to protect against this threat is to make sure curtains and blinds are closed whenever you leave the house for an extended period of time or on particularly sunny days. Alternatively, mats and rugs could be used to protect exposed areas of flooring. A UV coating could also be applied to the windows to provide additional protection.
3. Apply maintenance oils
In areas of heavy use, it’s inevitable that your real wood floor will start to show some signs of wear over time. However, even at this stage, it is still possible to breathe new life into your flooring. Maintenance oils are designed for the quick and easy regeneration and refreshment of oiled wood floors. Once applied, they soak into the wood to provide long lasting protection.
Applying the maintenance oil is simple:
4. Clean stains quickly and remove standing water
Spillages are a fact of life. However, if dealt with quickly, even dreaded red wine stains can be easily removed. The key is not to use too much water, as the wood will soak up the water and swell. For the same reason, any standing water should be mopped up quickly. If you have a stain that has dried then you may need to sand the floor, although this video could provide a less time-consuming alternative.
Want to know more about the suitability of real wood floors for your home? Please get in touch to discuss your requirements with our team.
Many wooden floor trends ebb and flow with the style and taste of the time. One example that springs to mind is parquet block flooring, which seemed to be all but dead and buried no more than a decade ago, but is now enjoying a dramatic resurgence in homes across the UK.
However, while many wooden floor trends come and go, there are some that stand the test of time. In this article, we’re going to take a look at 4 timeless wooden floor trends and explore their implications for your home.
Herringbone and chevron patterns
Herringbone and chevron patterned wooden floors have long been a feature in UK homes and they continue to be a stalwart of the flooring industry in 2017.
Compared to the old style of herringbone floors, they can now be produced in a more efficient and effective way using larger blocks that are referred to as ‘oversize’. They produce a cleaner, more contemporary look but still have the traditional appeal of some of the wood floors of old. They are generally laid without a border these days and are fully bonded to the subfloor using a flexible adhesive that gives a solid feel underfoot. Although they tend to cost a little more, these floors create a striking effect.
Dark hardwood floors
Very dark hardwood floors have never really been out of fashion, but they are very much ‘in’ right now. Many homeowners are looking to go darker and darker, with 50/50 blends of ebony and Jacobean, or ebony and dark walnut, becoming increasingly timeless options.
Due to this increased demand for darker hardwood floors, Duraseal even introduced a new stain colour last year called True Black, which is even darker than ebony and more opaque. As a word of warning for anyone planning to embrace dark hardwood floors themselves, they do tend to show every bit of dirt or dust, which does can make them a challenge to maintain.
Oiled wood floors
Oiled floors aren’t necessarily an age-old trend, but they have been consistently popular since floor oils appeared on the scene. Floor oils penetrate into the wood to give the floor a unique patina and texture which is more natural looking and duller than you’d get from a finish or a stain. The oil also makes the floor stronger and ages with the wood while making the patina grow stronger.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of oiled wood floors is the fact that they are so easy to repair. When the floor becomes scratched, rather than having to sand and refinish it, you can simply repair the damage by applying more oil. The disadvantage of oiled wood floors is that they are more difficult to maintain as they need to be treated with more oil over time. They also do not have the moisture protection they would if a polyurethane finish had been used.
Floorboards of varying widths
Over the last couple of years, there has been an increase in the use of floorboards of varying widths for hardwood floors. Historically, floorboards were cut to varying widths to utilise the trees in the most efficient way and this can create a more authentic look.
Although this is a popular practice at the moment, multiple width floorboards can date your house over time. While the colour of hardwood floors can easily be changed with a new stain or finish, the width and pattern of your floorboards are permanent, so think carefully if this is a style you’re considering.
Oak – the ultimate timeless wooden floor trend
There’s nothing as timeless as the natural beauty and elegance of a solid oak wood floor. We also produce a range of engineered oak flooring options which have the appearance, sturdiness and longevity of a solid oak floor, but also boast additional stability and practicality. To find out more, please get in touch with our team.
Shades Of Grey
In Recent years grey flooring has hugely increased in popularity as the perfect “neutral” tone for everything imaginable. So it only makes sense that grey tones are now the hottest trend for 2016 in oak flooring finishes.
Grey tones bring out the beauty of natural wood, highlighting the grains and texture, allowing the flooring to be a true statement piece. While at the same time, neutral grey tones tend not to overpower a room and can compliment many decorating styles, such as the very elegant “Shabby Chic”.
Although the shabby chic style has become very popular over the last 30 years, its roots actually began in the early 1900’s when in Great Britain, many large, stately country homes and their contents were left to fade and age due to financial difficulties of the home owners. It wasn’t until the 1980’s, however, that this popular style got its name. During this time, many people had a desire to express how much class and taste they had. By incorporating the shabby chic interior style into their homes, they were able to boast classically vintage furniture that had a history.
Now in 2016, Shabby Chic is back recreating the beautifully classic look in our modern homes and may not be as daunting or stretch your budget quite as much as you may have first thought.
Take a look at our new washed range for inspiration….
More amazing customer feedback
03rd June 2016 – Susan M
“A massive thank you to UK Wood Floors – my parquet floor in my living room is stunning! I have been very impressed by the workmanship and customer service provided by the company throughout. Steve’s expert product knowledge guided me through my choice, Jess’s patience in supplying me with many colour samples was much appreciated and Gavin’s hard work and attention to detail has produced a work of art. The work was booked in advance and completed on schedule, exactly as advised within my quote.”
03rd June 2016 – Julie S
“I wish I had found UK Wood Floors sooner! I hunted around for what felt like a life time for my perfect bespoke front door and windows and then found out that UK Wood Floors offered this service. Thankfully UK Wood Floors is very local to me, so after visiting the very useful showroom, I booked in to have my door and windows made! Gary is so knowledgeable, I gave him my ideas and together we designed the door and windows! The craftsmanship and detail is amazing,nothing was missed. Communication is impeccable! On time and exactly as discussed. I now have the windows and the front door I searched for so long to have.
The customer service is second to none and the knowledge oozes out of the sales team. They couldn’t have done more for me!
I will be recommending this local company to everyone I know and invite anyone to come and see for themselves!”
Engineered or Solid?
Engineered Oak Flooring was introduced in the 1970’s making it relatively new in the world of wood flooring and is foolishly dismissed by many as not being ‘real’ wood. At UK Wood Floors, we’re in no doubt that for us, engineered wood IS real wood!
While engineered wood flooring isn’t made entirely from solid wood, it is made from a high degree of real wood and boasts a quality.
If you’re one of the doubters when it comes to deciding between solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring, let us reassure you. In this blog, we’ll briefly describe how engineered floor boards are constructed, why they’re such an attractive alternative to solid wood flooring and why you should completely dismiss any thoughts that they’re not REAL wood!
Engineered wood flooring – in a nutshell!
Engineered wood flooring is a relatively new addition to the wood flooring range of options available and has truly revolutionised how and where wood flooring can be used. Although it’s a man-made product, it is still made of real wood. Made by bonding together layers of different woods and topping them off with a solid wood top layer, it has all the great looks of solid wood but a whole host of additional benefits.
Engineered oak flooring is specially designed to provide maximum strength and durability. Each plank is constructed of a hardwood top layer, multi-plywood core and a supporting layer – which are bound together under extremely high pressure. Once installed, this results in a floor which has the appearance, sturdiness & longevity of a solid oak floor, yet has improved support from beneath, providing greater stability. This is particularly beneficial when used in conjunction with underfloor heating systems, or where a ‘floating’ floor installation is preferred.
Why is engineered wood flooring so sought after?
Engineered wood flooring is highly sought after because it can withstand temperature and moisture fluctuations in a way that solid wood simply can’t. The construction of the core board of engineered wood flooring means that it hardly bats and eyelid when temperatures and moisture levels rise and fall.
When wood is out in its natural environment it can expand and contract to its heart’s content, but when it has been cut into flooring planks, this expansion and contraction can cause havoc.
The very fact that engineered wood flooring doesn’t expand and contract in the same way that solid wood flooring does, means that it can safely be used in bathrooms and kitchens, as well as over under floor heating. Normally, any of these environments would be out of bounds for solid wood flooring, but engineered wood flooring can not only deal with them, but will stand up to them with pretty much no problem at all.
Why this stuff is better than Solid?
So, what all this means is that “Yes!”, engineered wood is real wood and more than that, it not only looks the part, but it behaves in such a way that you can use it with confidence that not only will it look great, but it will stand up to more or less everything you choose to throw at it.
• Choice of species. You get the species you want. There’s a whole range of species of engineered wood available so you can choose the species that suits your project best of all.
• Selection of grades. You get the grade of wood you want. Again available in a range of grades, you can choose the grade that suits your desires and your budget.
• Great range of colours. You get the colour you want. No matter whether you’re seeking a light and airy washed white look or a Nitro Ebony, sultry look, with engineered wood you can have it.
• Plenty of different finishes. You get the finish you want. From natural looking brushed and oiled, to highly polished lacquer, when it comes to finish, the choice really is yours.
• A long lasting flooring solution, real engineered wood lasts for years and years if you treat it right. In fact, you can even re-sand and re-finish it if you find it’s starting to look tired after a few years.
• Great looks. With styles to suit every taste, there truly is an engineered wood flooring solution for everyone. Why not take a few minutes to browse our range?
• Great prices. With prices at every level of the wood flooring price spectrum, there is no need to ignore engineered wood flooring because you think it might be expensive.
Having wood flooring in your property is a luxury that brings a level of elegance to any room. However, in order to enjoy a consistent level of quality, it is important that the flooring is given regular maintenance and care. There are a number of factors which need to be taken into account when it comes to caring for your wood floors, and in this article, we’ll look into the most effective methods.
Broom and vacuum
There’s no need for specialist cleaning products and equipment here. Before you undertake any advanced cleaning methods, regular use of a broom and a vacuum cleaner are very effective ways of maintaining your wooden floors. The presence of dirt and dust not only affects the appearance of the floor, but it can also scratch the wood, so make sure to sweep and vacuum regularly to keep it away.
Keep it dry
One of hardwood flooring’s worst enemies is moisture. Prolonged exposure to water can cause the wood to warp, so it is important that any spillages are cleaned up as quickly as possible. A slightly damp mop is the recommended implement for cleaning, but try and keep mopping to a minimum, pre-empting it with regular sweeping and vacuuming, as mentioned above. Steam cleaners are not recommended for use on any timber flooring. Using a steam mop can cause drying out of the finish and boards to cup and bow.
While it is important that your furniture and your flooring work together to create the perfect aesthetic, the furniture can also be quite damaging to your wood floor. These scratches and marks can be prevented easily, with the addition of furniture tips that are designed to stop the furniture scratching the floor. Whether you have furniture tips or not, it is important to always move and lift the furniture, rather than dragging it, where possible.
Fading and discolouration are common symptoms of excessive exposure to sunlight for hardwood floors. By using curtains and blinds sensibly, you can help minimise the amount of sunlight that certain areas of your flooring get, or an alternative method of prevention is to use a UV coating on your windows. Furthermore, you can use a mat or rug to help block sunlight from heavily exposed areas.
Grades of flooring
Because wood is a completely natural product, it is entirely normal that colour, knots and sap vary from species to species, from grade to grade and even from batch to batch. This is one of the things that makes wood so interesting.
The thing that governs the colour variations, knots and sap content more than anything else, is the grade of the wood used to make the flooring planks you choose. Here at UK Wood Floors, we grade wood according to how it looks and this is undoubtedly one of the best ways of determining how much variation there is likely to be in colour; how many knots there is likely to be in the wood and how big they might be, as well as the amount of sap likely to be present in the wood.
We have 2 grades of wood to choose from, they are:
• Prime or AB
• Rustic or ABCD
Although the names of the grades of wood may well suggest that certain grades might be better than others, it is important to point out that the grade of wood has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the wood, it concerns itself purely with appearance.
Regarding colour variations in wood, prime grade wood is a “cleaner” looking plank, with little variation. Rustic grade wood on the other hand, features more of a colour variation. You should expect our rustic grade to showcase significant colour variations, but in many ways this can add to their charm, depending on the look you’re hoping to achieve.
While knots provide character and authenticity, our AB grade with minimal knots provides a modern charm.
Finally, when it comes to the sap, the higher the grade the less sap your flooring has. Sapwood is the part of a tree that is situated on the outside of the trunk and is the youngest part of the tree. As the wood matures it contains less sap and the wood with the lowest sap tends to be found at the heart of the trunk. Clearly you would expect the higher the grade of wood, the lower the amount of sap and you would be absolutely correct.
Which grade of wood you choose for your flooring project will depend not only upon your budget, but also on the overall look you’re trying to achieve. Like all things interior, the choice is a personal one, but if you feel you need help to make a decision, our dedicated and experienced sales team will definitely be able to help you choose.
Wood flooring jargon
When visiting our show room, you may hear us use terms (Jargon) you have never heard before. Please keep your ears peeled when talking to one of our experienced sales team.
This mostly comes in a liquid form, such as latex, that is applied and spreads out to create a level surface. When it hardens you are able to lay your floor over it. It’s used to level uneven floors.
Damp-proof membrane (DPM)
This plastic sheeting is essential when laying laminate or wooden boards over a concrete or sand and cement floor. It prevents moisture moving up into the boards, which would cause them to warp.
This is used to cushion the flooring boards, increasing their durability and providing sound insulation.
This describes the way that planks fix together. A tongue that projects from the side of one plank fits into the groove of the adjacent plank.
A plastic block that is used to protect floor planks as they are hammered together. Rather than hammering the edge of the plank directly you hammer the block, so you can’t damage the plank with the hammer.
A handy tool used to drive glued planks tightly together at the tongue-and-groove joints. This tool is especially helpful at the wall when driving the end tongues and grooves together, where it is not possible to use a tapping block.
Wedges and spacers
Use these to maintain the expansion gap around the perimeter of your room when laying laminate and real wood flooring. Also useful for creating a straight edge against a wobbly wall to give your floor a good start.
This is used to glue tongue-and-groove boards together and to fix beading or skirting in place above the edge of the floor.
Radiator Pipe Covers
These ring-doughnut-shaped pieces of wood are used to cover the expansion gaps left around radiator pipes.
Wood floor plank features
The edges of some laminate turn downwards to create a more realistic boarded appearance. It also helps to avoid damage caused by moisture-induced swelling at the edges of laminate boards.
Wood flooring expands in a humid room and contracts in a dry atmosphere. You’ll need to leave a 10-12mm gap around the edge of your floor.
A blend of natural oils & waxes offering exceptional durability & resistance for internal natural wood flooring, kitchen worktops (wood) and areas subjected to a high degree of wear. Produces a quick drying, natural satin / matt water repellent, tread-fast finish that will not peel or flake.
Various colours available
If you have any questions, always feel free to ask!
Skirting and Architrave
Our Oak skirting and architraves are proudly produced in-house by our skilled craftsmen.
Call us today for your quote.
Here at UK Wood Floors, we have a team of experienced sales executives to guide you through your order start to finish.
In this blog you will find a few easy tips to help you accomplish the finish and look you want to achieve.
Want to make your room look larger?
Light wood flooring can help to create the illusion of space. Lighter tones are perfect for rooms that attract a lot of natural light.
Home sweet home
If you are wanting a cosy, warm ambiance, you should be looking at our mid range. The rich and subtle golden brown tones work perfectly in any room.
If you have a traditional property, its understandable you want your home to keep its natural character. We offer stunning antique flooring.
Take a look at our room designer or pop into our showroom to see our range of finishes.
Spring is almost over!
When trying to choose a new floor, it’s important to consider the decor of your home too.
Whether your floor upgrade is part of a planned revamp, or even if it’s simply to add finishing touches to an already perfect room, it’s essential to pick the right hardwood floor for your style.
It’s fast approaching summer, so there’s no better style to go for than a light and airy approach. Evoke the essence of the great British summer right through into the wet and windy winter. No matter what the weather, you’ll have your very own paradise inside!
A wooden floor can immediately breathe new life into your home, completely revitalising a room. They’re also ideal for hay fever sufferers. A carpet can trap pollen that will irritate people who are lumbered with the most hateful of spring time afflictions. But even all year around, a carpet traps dust and dirt where a frequently cleaned wooden floor will not. Good for your health and good for your decor, what could be better?
These light and breezy colours will bring a light and cool feel to your home, perfect in spring and great all year around. why not take a look at our some of our finishes https://ukwoodfloors.co.uk/wood-flooring/engineered-wood-flooring/oak-rustic-grade/
Size is “Irrelephant”
Over the years you may have heard the question: Which is heavier, a tonne of bricks or a tonne of feathers?
Perhaps you haven’t heard this one before: who is more likely to damage your beautiful wood floors, an adult elephant or a woman in stilettos?
It might surprise you to learn that the woman – whilst a fiftieth of the weight – exerts twice as much pressure from that heel!
Why? It’s a simple matter of surface area. An elephant has wide feet to spread the weight, which means no single point of the floor is under that much pressure, even if the area is under a lot of weight. Whilst a stiletto focuses all of the woman’s weight into a very small point, which puts that tiny area under a huge amount of pressure!
If for any reason you did decide to invite an Elephant over for Sunday lunch (for legal reasons we’d recommend against this) then you wouldn’t find a single dent on your floor. If you are to strut around in your weekend heels, you could well find dents!
The moral of the story? No high heels on wooden floors!
For more tips on maintaining your floor visit our dedicated sections in our:https://ukwoodfloors.co.uk/cleaning-tips/
It is important you sweep your wood flooring regularly with a soft brush as small particles of grit and stones, which can be brought in on the soles of visitor’s feet, can abrade and scratch the surface of your hardwood floor.
UK Wood Floors microfibre mop and spray cleaner available in our show room! Both are superb products for cleaning, dry mopping and polishing your oak flooring!
Damp not wet: Mopping your flooring barely involves any water at all. When it comes to any mop and cloth involved in the washing and rinsing process, it is vital you wring it almost dry so it feels only slightly damp to the touch.
Things to avoid
Our Solid Oak Thresholds
• Ramp threshold
• 18mm rebate
• Solid oak moulding
• Ramp down to lower floor
• 900mm length, others available
This ramp threshold is available in an unfinished or colour matched to your flooring. It is made from high quality solid oak manufactured here in the UK.
This is ideal for joining your wood flooring with an existing floor at a lower height, for example down to tile or vinyl flooring.
• T bar threshold
• 18mm rebate
• Solid oak moulding
• For floors at same height
• 900mm length, others available
This T-bar threshold is available in an unfinished or colour matched to your flooring. It is made from high quality solid oak manufactured here in the UK
This is ideal for joining your wood flooring with an existing floor at the same height.
• End Section threshold
• 18mm rebate
• Solid oak moulding
• 900mm length, others available
This End Section is available in an unfinished or colour matched to your flooring. It is made from high quality solid oak manufactured here in the UK
This is ideal for ending your wood flooring around mat wells, fire places, patio doors etc.
Your bedroom is the one room in the house meant for relaxation and rejuvenation, here at UK Wood Floors we can help you on the way to your perfect oasis.
The bedroom is the one place where we feel the least pressure to create a showroom for guests and should be infused with your personality, after all, you spend roughly half your life sleeping – might as well have a place where you can sleep happily!
Start your planning by thinking about what it is you want most out of your space. Do you want it to feel clean, crisp, and simple? Our Washed Spring collection might be the choice for you. Perhaps you want it to be dark, and cosy? Maybe our Noir Stained flooring is the flooring for you. Whether your tastes run more towards modern or traditional, we have the right finish for you.
Take a look at some of our finishes using our Room Designer.
Here at UK Wood we strive to create beautiful pieces of craftsmanship that enhances the appearance of your home, whether it is a modern new-build or a traditional town house.
We have a team of highly skilled and experienced carpenters who produce bespoke oak doors and windows made to your specific requirements.
Our bespoke oak windows and doors are built to last, their strength and weight demonstrating their outstanding quality and superior construction.
Do not hesitate to call our experienced sales team for your quote.
Heart of your home!
Some people say the dining room is the heart of the home. It is the room where families and friends are brought together and memories are shared. So why not create a dining room that showcases your own unique style.
Although many of us seem to end up eating our meals in front of the television these days, it is still tradition to have a formal dining room in our homes. So how do we make the traditional ideal meet contemporary tastes? This set of fabulous dining areas should provide some food for thought.
Our experienced sales team can assist you to create your perfect dining room.
Call us today on 01252 520520 or visit our showroom.
Click here to take advantage of our custom made doors and furniture!
For you personal bespoke quote, call us on 01252 520520!
When you open the door to your friends and family, you want to feel proud of your home. As they say, first impressions count.
As the room that you’re greeted with upon entering your home, the hallway should provide a lovely welcome for you and your guests – and you shouldn’t be afraid to use it to showcase your own personal style. After all, first impressions are everything!
Whether you are looking for a modern look…
Or a classic look…….
You are sure to find it in our show room. Our flooring experts will be on hand to help with your every need.
Call in to our Farnborough Showroom today!
Bathroom Wood Flooring
Oak flooring can look stunning in all types of bathrooms, from luxury designer rooms to smaller, functional en-suites.
Engineered wood is a much better option than a solid board. This is due to the multi-layer core base to our engineered oak board. This creates an incredibly robust and stable surface, which limits movement in the floor. Bathroom flooring will need to be able to withstand fluctuations in both temperature and moisture.
The Beauty Of Walnut Without The Cost?
Here at UK Wood Floors, we pride ourselves on both our product and our finish.
Walnut is an exotic species and costs considerably more than oak.
Replicating walnut is a near on impossible task, with its unmistakable grain, however, we have a selection of “walnut” finish’s to help you get the desired look at a fraction of the price!
Call us today for your sample – 01252 520520!
There’s nothing more frustrating than installing a beautiful, new Oak floor, only to discover that it’s become damaged either by accident or through general wear and tear. So what can you do to protect your wood floor from every day wear and tear?
Here are our Top Tips:
• Doormats. Investing in quality UK Wood Floor Coir Matwell is a great way of preventing scuffs, scratches and general wear and tear on your floor. If you can, aim to have a doormat that is long, so that even if people don’t stop to wipe their feet, the natural act of walking across the mat will lift off a good amount of the remaining debris that can play havoc with your floor.
• Pets. Pets can play havoc with wood flooring if they’re not managed properly. Making sure your pet’s claws are regularly clipped and that they’re dried off before coming into the home are two simple steps that will keep your wood floor protected on a day-to-day basis. Beyond that, making sure that any little “accidents” are cleaned up promptly will help prevent the risk of deep down stains.
• Floor protectors for furnishings. Any item of furniture in your home can seriously damage your flooring. Ensure you protect your floor by using felt pads. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your need.
• Ongoing maintenance. One of the huge attractions of wood flooring is how easy it is to maintain. All you need to do is make sure you follow the correct procedure. Check out our Cleaning tips
These are just some of the ways you can help lengthen the life of your wood floor as well as keeping it looking great for longer. Like most things in life, when it comes to wood flooring, prevention is not only easier, but more effective than cure, so it really is worth making the effort.
Take a closer look at April’s top selling finish!
The fashion for grey toned wood floors over traditional oak colour finishes grew popular in 2015, and will continue to be a fashionable choice this year. Grey woods offers a beautiful contemporary finish which works perfectly with a host of modern interior colours, whether you are looking to add a splash of colour to your walls or in your furniture and soft accessories.
Introducing this beautiful Washed Grey to our UK Wood Floors Spring collection has proved to be a very popular choice.
We have a variety of grey finishes available. Pop down to our showroom and take a look for yourself.
How to mop your Oak Flooring
Baby grow mop!
You can now transform your aimless crawling baby into a cleaning machine with this baby grow.
Dust Mop Slippers
Why leave all the mopping fun to your baby? These funky mop slippers make it easier than ever to mop your floors while you mooch around the house, without actually realising you’re moping.
The Remote control mop
As the weapon of choice for the laziest of cleaners, this clever radio controlled gizmo will whizz around mopping all the dust away from your floors while you lie around, watching it go.
All Joking aside, the best way to clean your flooring is with a microfibre mop and cleaning solution.
We now stock and sell BONA Spray mops which are ideal for cleaning your UK Wood Floors LTD Oak Flooring.
For more cleaning tips click here
We’re very lucky at UK Wood Floors to have some fantastic customers, both regular and new, who we are in contact with regularly. Here’s just a small sample of what some of them have said about us recently.
“Dear Steve, Graham and I are absolutely thrilled with the final result. The floor looks stunning and has transformed the entire space. We couldn’t be happier. Many thanks to yourself, Gary and of course Gavyn. Should we require any more flooring in the future we would not hesitate to be in touch and/or recommend to friends and family.”
Mr and Mrs Hear
“We are delighted with the result. I must say that Gavin and Darren were a pleasure to have working in the house and the company has been very professional at all times.”
“Darren was Brilliant.”
“Our floor is gorgeous, thank you. Fitters worked so well together! Will be using UK Wood Floors again for our lounge and kitchen diner!”
“From Start to finish I Could not be happier – such a professional and efficient company! No Question was unanswered nor was I felt to feel anything less by not having a lot of flooring knowledge. Very speedy delivery. Beautiful flooring! Will be recommending!”
Solid Oak Doors
UK Wood Floors specialise in anything and everything wood!
UK Wood Floors has over 30 years of installation experience and technical expertise.
Whatever size, design or finish we can help create your bespoke door!
Our experienced sales team can assist you with your custom door specifications or give you inspiration from our stock doors.
Take a look….
Thinking of visiting our showroom? Here are some tips to help you prepare!
With so much choice, it can be very daunting choosing which flooring option is best for your home or your business. We are here to help. Our dedicated and highly experienced showroom team will offer your expert advice and guidance and help you make the right decision.
Question we will ask you: “What type of flooring do you want?”
You’d think the answer is “wooden” or “oak”, but I am afraid it isn’t that simple. We have a selection of “type”, “grade”, “finish”, “thickness”, “width” and “texture” to name but a few!
Countless stains, hardwax Oils and grains!
We start from our very natural matt finish up to the darkest glossy finish imaginable!
UK Wood Floors offer a bespoke finishing service.
Take a look at some of our available finishes on the product type of your choice here
Engineered: 15mm or 20mm Thick
Solid: 21mm Thick
Solid Planks: 15mm or 20mm Thick
Engineered: 150, 190, 220mm or 240mm
Solid: 120mm, 140mm, 160mm, 180mm, 200mm, 220mm or 240mm
Solid Blocks: 70mm
Brushing service available
Our range of solid oak skirting boards, mouldings, door thresholds and other trims provides all you need to complete and complement your wood flooring installation.
Choose from the range illustrated or just ask us if you need something made to your own specifications!
See our full stock here
2016 Shabby Chic
Shabby chic as an interiors term was first aired by The World of Interiors Magazine in the 1980s.
A style that was quickly adopted in the UK, shabby chic is all about re- creating the look of big country houses that have been handed down the generations without many changes being made over the years.
Characterised by aged and distressed pieces of furniture as well as faded linens, it’s clear to see the appeal of this look.
If you fancy giving a room in your home, or indeed your whole home a shabby chic look, it’s easier than you might think. And the good news is, with a bit of planning you can easily turn the end result from excellent to exceptional without calling for much in the way of additional investment.
So where do you start?
A great place to start is with the infrastructure of your room.
The whole shabby chic backdrop relies on the right flooring and the right walls.
Here at UK Wood Floors we have a variety of Shabby Chic Finishes!
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Five easy steps.
Get your beautiful wood floor in just 5 very simple steps:
1. Browse our collection of both Real & Engineered Oak Floors.
2. Get a Quote by calling 01252 712989, emailing [email protected], or visit our Farnborough showroom.
3. Book a home visit for consultation and measurement.
4. Have your floor installed by one of our trained fitters.
5. Enjoy your beautiful new floor, like our other customers.
Solid Oak Blocks
The elegance of a traditional parquet or herringbone floor has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Our solid oak parquet blocks will help you achieve a floor that will be remarked upon for years to come.
Parquet flooring is the name given to a type of flooring which owes the origins of its name to the French word parqueterie and dates back to the mid to late 1600’s.
Herringbone is a classic flooring design which gives even the most modern homes a sense of history and period elegance. This pattern has truly stood the test of time and is still one of the most popular parquet flooring designs around. Our Solid Oak Blocks have been listen in our top flooring for 2016!
The blocks are supplied unfinished and square-edged, but you can choose our antique parquet blocks, which have gone through a unique distressing process to give a stunning ‘aged’ appearance when finished using our range of bespoke colours.
Check out our finishes here
Hot for 2016
Natural for Modern Simplicity
Neutrals are always on trend, but the simple, modern look of our clear hard wax oil has remained in style for many years now. Natural coloured wood floors, both in prefinished and stained types, complement this design perfectly.
Grey for Strong Grains
Dubbed the new neutral, our washed grey provides a fresh and edgy sense to any room without overpowering the space. This colour offers an excellent base for the balance of your room design and allows bright colours and textures to stand out beautifully.
White for Optimum Display
Our Washed White will not work for every household, but if you want a flooring colour that allows your personal design style to take centre stage then white stands out as an excellent choice. The washed white finish captures that shabby chic look that remains on trend for 2016.
Black for Design Boldness
Our Noir Stain and Nitro Ebony stand as one of the hottest wood flooring trends for 2016. Grown-up and bold, Noir Stain and Nitro Ebony stained floors instantly add elegance to a room. This flooring colour works well with simple design schemes using metal accents and can also support more lavish interior decorating.
Copper for Eye-Catching Appeal
Perhaps even more daring than black wood flooring, Our Light Oak Stain provides an upscale appearance that works especially well in modern homes.
Touch of Class
The return of original 1960’s parquet wood floor styling will soar in 2016. The wood blocks offer versatility both in terms of laying patterns and choice of colour and finish, in addition to providing a long lasting floor which can be sanded and re-treated for years to come to look like new.
They modernise any room, but also have a retro connection to the parquet floors that were so popular in the 1960’s. Be as creative as you like with the latest parquet wood flooring, from a simple and stylish herringbone pattern, side by side, basket weaved or staggered, and create zones combining straight edges with internal pattern to add texture and character to your internal spaces.
Whether you choose natural, grey, white, black or copper to follow the wood flooring trends for 2016, investing in UK Wood Floors makes sense.
UK Wood Floors Antique Flooring
A unique range of hand-finished boards, with a distressed appearance and bespoke finish to re-create the indefinable beauty of an aged Oak floor.
Engineered wood flooring is specially designed to maximise the strength and durability. Each plank is constructed of a hardwood top layer, multi-plywood core and a supporting layer – which are bound together under extremely high pressure. Once installed, this results in a floor which has the appearance, sturdiness and longevity of a solid wood floor, yet has improved support from beneath, providing greater stability this is particularly beneficial when used in conjunction with underfloor heating systems, or where a ‘floating’ floor installation is preferred.
Our 20mm and 15mm thickness Oak boards come in long average lengths (80% of planks 1800mm plus) and are available in our full range of widths and bespoke finishes.
Like elegantly aged household antiques, our hand worked worn flooring creates a luxurious old world character. We are proud of the craftsmanship and quality that goes into our antique oak floors. Our designer floors can adapt to a wide range of applications and lifestyles. Distinctive designs offer unlimited possibilities to help you create your dream floor, with unique and beautifully crafted custom wood floors.
An Antique oak floor will without doubt bring character and beauty to your home. We use manual methods of hand-scraping and distressing. Each board is worked on by a knowledgeable and experienced craftsman. We use century’s old techniques to truly capture the natural beauty of hardwood flooring.
Our custom hand-crafted textures result in a dramatic masterpiece, which is as awe-inspiring to the eye as it is to feel underfoot. Hand-scraped and Distressed hardwood floors are becoming more and more popular. These floors are a newer trend but are rooted in history. Before today’s modern sanding methods, floors were hand scraped on site to make the floors flat. Today’s hand scraping is done to add texture, richness and uniqueness.
True hand scraped is exactly that – done by hand. When properly done this method creates a truly unique floor. Some manufacturers are just denting, scooping, or roughing the floor. Others are sanding the floor unevenly to create a worn look. Still others are scraping the entire surface of the flooring creating the most unique handmade look; this is how we make our antique oak floors.
True craftsmen can create a reclaimed look complete with wormholes, splits and other naturally occurring character markings.
All our Antique oak floors are completely bespoke to your specification. With a variety of finishes and textures it’s hard to resist these beautiful and classic floors.
Just take a look for yourself…https://ukwoodfloors.co.uk/wood-flooring/engineered-wood-flooring/oak-antique-range/
UK Wood Floors quick tips on how to Measure your Floor Area
Customers often ask us how to work out just how much flooring they will need. Working out the area of a floor can seem like a daunting task, but is very straightforward if you follow a few simple guidelines. All you need is a pencil, paper, calculator and a metric tape measure.
If your room is square or rectangular (as below), calculating the floor area is very simple. Measure the width (A) and the length (B) of the room and multiply the two measurements together.
For example the room above is 4.25m x 5.25m = 22.31m2.
We always advise an allowance for wastage of approximately 10% on your literal room area.
L-shaped rooms (as below) can be a little trickier to work out. Start by roughly sketching out the shape of the floor. Split the sketch into two square/rectangular shapes and measure the width and length of each separate shape – as shown with a dotted line above. Calculate the area of each shape by multiplying the width and length measurements together, then add the two areas together. So, the calculation for the diagram above would be:
4.25m (A) x 5.25m (B) = 22.31m2
1.75m (C) x 4.25m (D) = 7.44m2
22.31m2 + 7.44m2 = 29.75m2
Adding approximately 10% for wastage means that you want to order 32.5 square metres of flooring.
Using the same basic principle of splitting the floor into separate squares or rectangles will enable you to work out the most irregular room shapes. The calculation for the below room would be:
1.1m (A) x 1.75m (B) = 1.93m2
1.0m (C) x 5.0m (D) = 5m2
1.1m (E) x 1.75m (F) = 1.93m2
1.93m2 + 5m2 + 1.93m2 = 8.86m2 plus 10% for wastage = 9.75 square metres of flooring.
When measuring the floor area, remember to make allowances for fireplaces, recesses and alcoves. If you would like more advice about measuring your floor or would like information about our range of wood flooring please contact us ukwoodfloors.co.uk
Can you spot the difference?
One of the below images is our Engineered Rustic Grade Plank Flooring, the other is our Solid Rustic Grade Plank Flooring…… Can YOU spot the difference?
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Each and every piece of furniture is handcrafted in our own joinery shop and can be produced to your own specific design. Through every thread of grain in the wooden windows, doors, staircases and custom furniture runs our passion for wood.
Whether we are creating a contemporary set of wooden doors or windows, design and production of a wooden kitchen breakfast bar or any Solid bespoke furniture you desire, we approach our woodwork with the same degree of care, precision and professional expertise. This commitment to quality ensures that all of our wooden furniture and joinery is as useful, strong and durable as it is beautiful.
With our wooden furniture and joinery consultancy service, we offer the complete package, from initial discussions to design, problem solving to construction and finishing. Our bespoke wooden furniture and joinery is personally and meticulously made to measure for you.
You’ll find out more about our love of creating bespoke wooden furniture and joinery that looks great, feels wonderful and lasts for generations if you contact us on 01252 520520 or take a look.
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Is it possible?
Hardwood Flooring has always been a popular choice for people renovating their home, providing a feeling of classic style and luxury. When it comes to bathrooms though, many people are under the impression that wood flooring is unsuitable. If you think this, you couldn’t be more wrong!
What flooring can be used for a bathroom?
The answer is engineered.
In the 1960’s Engineered Wood Flooring was born, opening new realms of possibility for wood flooring worldwide! Engineered flooring has only grown more and more popular over the years, mostly due to its robust and stable construction. Our Engineered oak flooring is specially designed to provide maximum strength and durability. Each plank is constructed of a hardwood top layer, multi-plywood core and a supporting layer – which are bound together under extremely high pressure. Once installed, this results in a floor which has the appearance, sturdiness & longevity of a solid oak floor, yet has improved support from beneath, providing greater stability. This is particularly beneficial when used in conjunction with underfloor heating systems, or where a ‘floating’ floor installation is preferred.
What should my flooring be treated with?
What is it?
Hardwax Oil is the modern day equivalent to the old fashioned; ‘on your hands and knees’ wax option that our grandparents had to put up with. Now typically involving a hardwax oil, oiled finish wood flooring provides both a surface protection and a deep penetrating protection ideal for bathrooms.
When should you choose it?
An oiled finish is the perfect solution when you’re looking for a natural looking finish for your wood floor. Generally speaking, this solution will give you a more natural look and feel.
Ease of care
Cleaning a floor could never be so easy! Regular light sweeping and spot cleaning with our UK Wood Floors Spray Cleaner and Microfibre mop will keep your flooring beautiful! Visit our cleaning blog for more tips! https://ukwoodfloors.co.uk/cleaning-tips/
The good thing about an oiled wood flooring finish is that it goes deep into the heart of the wood and provides not only protection on the surface, but into the core too, which means that your wood is protected to the max.
Oiled wood flooring has a really natural look and enables the colour of the wood to deepen over the years. We also offer a brushed range giving the floor a whole new personality!
No room is off limits when it comes to this great product! Visit our showroom or call us on 01252 520520 for more information to transform your bathroom!
Keep your flooring looking showroom beautiful.
Flooring of good quality should age beautifully, just like a good quality bottle of whiskey! To help make sure this is the case, follow these handy tips from our expert team.
1. Installing a coir mat at the entrance door can minimise the risk of damaging your floor’s finish by trapping dirt particles and debris. This can avoid unnecessary maintenance.
2. The Coir matting can be installed into an eye-catching mattwell with matching thresholds to complement your floor.
3. Don’t limit yourself to a standard sized mat, UK Wood Floors offer Coir Matting cut to size!
4. Use UK Wood Floors felt pads your furniture to prevent unnecessary scratches to your floor finish.
5. Over time light will slowly mellow the tone of your wood floor. Although this should be minimal, try and move large pieces of furniture and rugs slightly from time to time to even out this process and minimise noticeable differences.
6. Regularly care for your flooring and give it the TLC it needs – follow our simple maintenance guide.
7. Don’t steam clean or wet mop your wood floor – whatever it says in the instructions – wood is a hygroscopic material and if you force moisture into it at high pressure you can damage it, even if that damage is not immediately visible. UK Wood Floors can talk you through how to care for your flooring.
UK Wood Floors Ltd
UK Wood Floors specialise in the supply of engineered and solid wood flooring for both residential and commercial use direct to trade & public and have over 30 years of installation experience and technical expertise.
Whether supply only or providing a full fitting service, we work closely with our customers to ensure a smooth installation process and unrivalled quality of flooring installation, sanding and finishing. We mill our own flooring, and pride ourselves on the ability to ensure quality and value for money throughout the production, supply and finishing process.
All of our wood flooring comes direct to you from our own mill and extensive stocks. All flooring is double Kiln-dried to a moisture content of 8% +/- 2% making it suitable for under-floor heating, subject to installation guidelines.
Bespoke Solid Oak Windows
Beautifully made to order Storm-proof Solid Oak Windows
We can make any size and any design wooden window that you require.
Below are some examples of window styles and prices.
They are unfinished prices, but include friction hinges, multi-point locking system and a 70mm projecting cill.
All prices exclude VAT.
Espagnolette multi-point locking with night vent position
Full 70mm projecting cill
High quality solid oak
Polished chrome handles
An allowance for 24mm double glazed sealed unit (glass not supplied)
High insulation values
Take a closer look at our windows here….https://ukwoodfloors.co.uk/wooden-windows/
Oak Flooring Ideas
With such a wide range of products available it can be incredibly difficult to decide which flooring is right for you. This has led to the creation of this blog, showcasing a range of different images to give you inspiration and ideas for your own project.
The first image is our 15mm Factory Special Engineered Plank flooring. This has been used to create a very rustic look to the room on a smaller budget. The varied amount of knots and colour variation in these oak planks offers some real character. The flooring has been treated with a Clear Hard Wax Oil finish. Our Factory Special flooring is available in various widths.
Similar in grade to our Factory special is our 20mm Rustic grade – which can equally look just as great in a living area and can be finished in any and all of our available stains, grains and oils.
Offering something completely different to the rustic nature of the previous images, is our Prime grade Plank Flooring. This very clean grade has been used in the project below to create a very modern and contemporary room. The minimalistic nature of the oak flooring, compliments the rest of the room.
UK Wood Floors boasts a team of expert herringbone parquet flooring specialists who use their experience and expertise to take a fresh approach to the installation of this complex floor design. Our Solid herringbone block floors are at the forefront of modern style whilst holding onto the charm of the classic laying techniques of herringbone parquet flooring.
Take the time to visit our show room or our room designer online http://roomdesigner.ukwoodfloors.co.uk/
Choosing a wood flooring isn’t always an easy task!
Here are a few tips to assist you create your perfect home:
Room size, texture and colour of walls, ceiling height and colour/style of furniture should be your first considerations when choosing a colour for your floor.
– Our Walnut Hardwax Oil can bring out the warmth in other elements of decor.
– Black and dark tones are a popular choice for artists’ studios, modern and chic interiors – Take a look at our Noir Stain for inspiration.
– Deep and bold colours are perfect for commercial interiors, offices and other large spaces where flooring becomes central element of decor. – Take a look at our Sapele and Mahogany finishes.
– Warm finishes such as our Golden hardwax oil and English hardwax Oil create a cosy ambience.
– In the rooms with low ceiling go for light coloured floors such as our Natural Timber hardwax oil.
– For the classic natural look, stick to the Clear Hardwax Oil finishes.
– Washed White and grey floors will make your room spacious and modern.
There are so many finishes available at UK Wood Floors Ltd, pop down to our Farnborough Showroom to take a look and take away samples.
Moisture readings prior to fitting a wood floor
With new builds and renovation projects alike, there is often a newly laid concrete sub-floor to consider. Once the subfloor is in place, you will no doubt want to press on with getting your oak flooring laid. However there is still one critical factor that should be considered prior to this.
The main issue with a newly laid concrete subfloor is the moisture that will still be present. Although the concrete may appear dry to the touch, it will still no doubt contain a significant amount of moisture. As time progresses the moisture in the concrete would ordinarily rise up and dry out.
If an oak floor, or indeed any type of wooden floor, were to be laid too soon over wet concrete it is likely to experience problems. The moisture will continue to rise up, where it will reach the oak flooring. The oak boards will then take in this moisture, causing excessive expansion. Wood is a hygroscopic material, acting like a sponge, taking up moisture and expanding when subjected to higher levels of moisture and conversely, giving up moisture and shrinking in excessively dry conditions. If you plan to lay oak flooring onto concrete, we always recommend that you check the moisture level of the concrete first. This can be done by using a moisture metre, which provides you with an accurate reading of how much moisture is present in the concrete. Our recommendation is that the concrete has a moisture reading which is less than 4-5%. To properly check the moisture level, the moisture metre should be used at various points around the room.
With the subfloor sufficiently dry, and indeed the remainder of the room, you can now proceed with laying your chosen wood flooring!
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It is important you sweep your wood flooring regularly with a soft brush as small particles of grit and stones, which can be brought in on the soles of visitor’s feet, can abrade and scratch the surface of your hardwood floor.
UK Wood Floors microfibre mop and spray cleaner available in our show room! Both are superb products for cleaning, dry mopping and polishing your oak flooring!
Damp not wet: Mopping your flooring barely involves any water at all. When it comes to any mop and cloth involved in the washing and rinsing process, it is vital you wring it almost dry so it feels only slightly damp to the touch.
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