The beautiful solid wood floor can look wonderful, creating a real sense of style and individuality and a modern and contemporary feel in any home. There are different types of real wood floors, each with a look of its own. Aged or distressed floors, distinctive parquet lines, engineered wood floors and strip floors as well as mosaic panels and fine wood floors.
Aged and aged floors
lived in the eye. It looks, for the whole world, as if your flooring has been laid for years and adds some authenticity to your home. Distressed and distressed flooring is also a very practical choice for homes and commercial properties, as it retains a good appearance for longer. The rugged, worn and lived appearance will not show the scratches and marks caused by everyday use. They are also a popular choice because they never require sanding unlike other types of wood floors.
Parquet floors are a very popular choice and one of the reasons is that a parquet floor can be laid in so many different ways, with so many different patterns. Available models are Herringbone, Double Herringbone, Single Basket Armor, Treble Basket Weave and Chevron. You can also opt for parquet panels, parquet borders, parquet patterns and parquet medallions
Engineered Wood Floors
Engineered floors can be installed on wooden subfloors or glued concrete or wood subfloor. The engineered floors are fine if you need to reduce the noise level in a room and they work well with underfloor heating systems. Engineered wood floors are available in a wide range of sizes from 14mm 3-strip floors to 20mm wide planks. Floors in strips
There is a wide choice of slatted and slatted floors available in European oak, French oak, American black walnut, wenge, aged oak, salvaged pine and merbau. Laminated wood floors, such as engineered wood floors, can be nailed to wood subfloor or glued to concrete subfloors, but unlike engineered wood floors, they are not not recommended for underfloor heating systems. Strip floors are very easy to maintain and can be sanded several times to refresh their appearance, which makes them excellent value for money.
Mosaic Panels Mosaic Panels, also known as finger parquet, is a popular floor style in the 1960s and is available in European oak, mahogany, teak and Merbau. If we install mosaic panels on a wooden or concrete base, we must use an epoxy glue, but if the panels have a felt backing, use an alcohol-based adhesive. Fine-grained Wood Block Floors
Fine-grained wood block floors are available in a number of wood species, including European larch, European oak, European oak smoked, pine and spruce. The wood is cut through the growth rings to produce a look very different from that obtained using the more usual strip flooring. It is extremely resistant and is therefore ideal for places where there is a lot of pedestrian traffic.
Wood Floor Repair
From time to time, your wood floor must be repaired, either to remove scratches or stains, or to correct floor that was incorrectly laid in the first place. The stripes can be sanded using fine to medium sand paper, but it is recommended to replace the stained parquet strips because, depending on the thickness of the stain, you may need to sand hard enough to remove the stain. . If you are lucky enough to inherit an original wood floor or if you are looking to restore a carpet-covered floor years ago, you may need to do some repairs. This may involve replacing sections of the old wood floor with new wood. In case you need to do this, it is advisable to find the nearest possible wood from the original wood, color and type.
Once the repairs are made, the floor should be sanded to the machine to finish and the gaps filled. Once done, you can start coloring the floor to the color of your choice. Sometimes the stains in your floor only become apparent after the floor has been sanded or even after applying the new finish chosen. If this happens, you can choose to replace this section or leave it because it adds character to your floor.
The original wooden floors were glued and pinned using copper headed pins. Over the years, these have been eroded leaving stains around each attachment. Unfortunately these stains can not be removed, but it must be said, they are part of the character of the floors. When installing new flooring, stainless steel headless pins are used to prevent this problem from recurring in the future.
Why is it important to hire a professional?
People are trying to restore their own hardwood floors only to find it's not as easy as it looks on TV. Professional wooden floor restoration companies will have invested in the right machines for the job and also in the right training.
Having no experience and using machines that do not forgive can cause extreme damage to your floor and reduce its service life. As much as 50%, it is therefore important to employ a company whose employees are fully trained and skilled in wood flooring restoration. This will ensure that the smallest amount of wood is removed during the sanding process and thus extend the life of your floor.
Hiring a professional to do the job will leave you the perfect finish and can even save you money, after all, it would be much more expensive to try the job yourself, hire the machines , buy sand paper and finishing materials, then hire in the professionals to redo the work afterwards because you are unhappy with the finish.
What should a person look for when choosing a flooring supplier?
When looking for a company to supply and adjust your flooring, you should look for a company that can prove the quality of its work. Ask to see examples of their work or at least pictures of it and ask them to produce authentic testimonials.
Ask to see a proof of their qualifications. Dedicated British flooring contractors will have passed Level 2 of City & Guilds NVQ in flooring and should have passed the health and safety test and hold a valid CSCS card for commercial work.
Check the equipment that they plan to use and ask for the measures that they have put in place to minimize dust, the last thing you want is to clean the house for weeks after their departure.
Confirm that they offer a no obligation survey and a quote.