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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.
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.
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!
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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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.
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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.
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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!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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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/
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