Wood flooring Aylesbury Vale local experts in wooden flooring from engineered wooden flooring to solid hardwood floor boards we have it and can lay it.
When preparing to set up wood flooring the very first thing you want to evaluate is the condition of the under surface as a more unequal surface could push you towards certain engineered flooring as an alternative to solid wood flooring. Or if it is truly crappy you would need to use some form of underlay. This would also be a good thing to use if you are living in a flat and want to lower sound disruption to the neighbours below.
You also want to take into account to what environment the floor will be exposed. Is it a high traffic area , like that of a commercial peremissis , or will it be in exposed to water such as the bathroom or kitchen . Yes there are floors suitable for quite wet areas you just need to choose a floor that can deal with it and make sure it is installed by a professional .
Moisture movement is another thing to assess when deciding on your floor. And with moisture I imply moisture in the air. Oak is a wood that stretches a great deal when the air is moister . and when using an oak floor it need to have ample space to extend (called an expansion gap) if not the wood will be deforming and producing a very bad-looking and uneven surface. Every wood has moisture movement you just need to know just how much . and make certain your fitters know what they are doing. And if your climate has a large temperature and moisture deviation you might want to pick a wood type that spreads much less .
In surface texture you have lots of alternatives to choose from, such as: Brushed, Hand scraped Distressed, Stained, Smoked, and Carbonised. Some surface type seems to stick to a certain type of wood. For instance scraped is one of the most common types in oak flooring and everything comes down to your liking. When you would fancy a wooden floor to be darker choosing a different surface method but sticking to the same type of wood might be an alternative to think about.Read more on: wood flooring
Colour and texture of the wood is not the only thing that determines the look of your floor. Patterns have a great impact on looks and can integrate the shape of the room. The 3 key patterns are: narrow strips, wide planks, and parquet squares. Narrow strips are the most common one to find in wood flooring and as some patterns such as a specific parquet square do not come in all wood type maybe this should have been the starting point of your selection.
Wood is divided in a couple of grades to help to differentiate the aesthetic variation between each piece of wood. The key three grades are: Classic, Character and Rustic. Timbers with a large colour variation will have the colour added to its grade. For instance Classic Olive Ash .
The finest grade for wood is the classic grade it has the lightest colour variance , the straightest grains and a minimum number of knots. Character grade wood has more variance in texture and in colour , a wilder grain and some surface checks. Knots are up to 30mm in diameter and in hardwood. version they are generally filled . Rustic Grade wood has even more articulated . elements then Character graded wood and can incorporate cracks and black knots. All rustic graded features are filled in prior to sealing but usually could use a bit more sanding.
As with any wooden product you want to make sure it is sourced sustainable so studying the label and checking what the label essentially says is a good practice to get into, not just for flooring. This counts particularly when it comes to hardwood as still considerable bits of hardwood are still unlabelled because they are not grown sustainable or even worse they just have some label stuck on it without any meaning.