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In surface texture you have many options to choose from, such as: Brushed, Hand scraped Distressed, Stained, Smoked, and Carbonised. Some surface type appears to stick to a particular type of wood. For example scraped is one of the most common types in oak flooring and all of it comes down to your liking. When you would wish a wooden floor to be darker choosing a different surface method but sticking to the same type of wood might be an option to think about.
As with any wooden product you want to make sure it is sourced responsible and sustainable so taking a look at the label and checking what the label actually implies is a good practice to get into, not just for flooring. This counts particularly when it comes to hardwood as still large bits of hardwood are still unlabelled because they are not grown responsible or even worse they just have some label stuck on it without any meaning.
You also want to think about 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 moisture such as the bathroom or kitchen . Yes there are floors appropriate for quite wet areas you just need to select a floor that can handle it and make sure it is put in by a professional .
When choosing the finish for your floor the very first thing you would have to decide is how glossy do you want it to be after that you need to know how much traffic your floor is going to get and then you need to pick how often you are willing to preserve the finish.
The standard options go from Lacquer, Natural Oil to UV oil. Lacquer is the most resilient of all finishes and with that also requires the least amount of servicing even though scratches can still occur . Natural Oil is a little bit . less tough but has the convenient option that repairs can be made swiftly which can fill in most scratches. UV Oil is a bit in between both. Lacquer, even matt once, do leave a clear indication that the wood floor has received a finish. The oils are far greater in hiding their presence as they get soaked up by the wood making it the preferred option if you want it to look like it is not treated.
When arranging to set up wood flooring the first thing you want to examine is the condition of the under surface as a more unequal surface could force you to specific engineered flooring instead of solid wood flooring. Or if it is really bad you would need to use some type of underlay. This would also be a good thing to use if you are living in a flat and want to lessen noise disturbance to the neighbours below.
Colour and structure of the wood is not the only thing that influences the look of your floor. Patterns have a great influence on looks and can integrate the shape of the room. The 3 major 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 probably this should have been the starting point of your selection.
Wood is divided in a couple of grades to help to distinguish the aesthetic variance between each piece of wood. The main three grades are: Classic, Character and Rustic. Timbers with a large colour variance 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 smallest colour difference , 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 usually filled . Rustic Grade wood has even more articulated . elements then Character graded wood and can include cracks and black knots. All rustic graded features are filled in prior to sealing but typically could use a bit more sanding.
Moisture movement is another thing to check out when selecting your floor. And with moisture I mean moisture in the air. Oak is a wood that increases in length a great deal when the air is more moist . and when using an oak floor it need to have plentiful space to extend (called an expansion gap) or else the wood will be twisting and creating a very bad-looking and uneven surface. Every wood has moisture movement you just need to know what amount . and see to it your specialist know what they are doing. And if your climate has a large temperature and moisture variance you might want to pick a wood type that expands less .