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How to choose your perfect wood floor
Wooden flooring is a very parodical & beautiful option for any contemporary or period building.
WHAT COLOUR SHOULD I CHOOSE
Timber flooring is available in a wide range of colours from natural pale tones & white lime finishes, moving to mid tones including warm brown / Carmel tones, to dark finishes even ebony & black.
WHAT WIDTH OF BOARD OR PARQUET SHOULD I CHOOSE
A wider plank or larger Parquet gives an overall simpler less busy overall feel & appearance. A narrow strip floor or small parquet gives an interesting more traditional feel.
WHICH WOOD FLOORING IS THE HARDEST WEARING AND WILL LAST THE LONGEST
Harwood species such as Oak, Maple, Walnuts, Teak, Mahogany, and others are generally more durable. Soft wood flooring options by nature tend to mark easier, however hard floor sealers can be applied to protect them.
WHY CHOOSE RECLAIMED WOODEN FLOORBOARDS
Reclaimed plank flooring has a ready aged character that cannot be found in new flooring. Over decades, sometimes century’s, these beautiful wooden floorboards have weathered over the years creating a unique patina, which when sanded and finished correctly during installation these reclaimed floor boards offer instant charm and appearance.
WHY CHOOSE RECLAIMED PARQUET FLOORING
Wilsons reclaimed is professionally cleaned & prepared for ease of re-use – see video link here
Reclaimed Parquet creates an unforgettable timeless statement and is one of our most popular styles.
Wither you want to create a period feel in your home, or have a contemporary commercial project , parquet flooring is very adaptable and very much in trend as seen in today’s most fashionable homes, bars, restaurants and cafés.
VARNISH OR OIL? WHICH IS BETTER
Both give a good a level of protection. Oil is without doubt more natural looking but is more likely to highlight scratches. Varnish offers a tougher protection cover but creates a shiny finish which is not as natural.
SHOULD I OPT FOR A PRE-FINISHED FLOOR OR AN UN – FINISHED FLOOR
Pre-finished floors meanS the colour finish has been applied in the factory and does not require sanding or staining on site, no use of chemicals or dust in your home or project. This pre-finishing process tends to reduce your fittings costs as the floor fitter does not need to carry out these duties.
Purchasing an unfinished floor means you and your floor fitter have full control of how your floor is sanded and sealed. It also means the responsibility of getting it right is down to you, so always do a test piece or small samples first before you commence work on the main area.
SOLID OR ENGINEERED WOODEN FLOORING WHICH IS BEST
Engineered flooring was designed to allow wider planks to be fitted on underfloor heating as it tends to be more stable due to the combination of the solid wood top and the plywood backing. Wilsons range of engineered flooring is also available in a range of widths and is commonly used throughout residential and commercial projects, due to its stability it is a good choice for kitchens and bathroom environments where moisture is high.
SOLID WOOD FLOORS
Solid wooden floors have been around for decades. When walking on a solid plank floor the sound underfoot is unique which entheses the acoustics of a room. Solid wood flooring is the choice of the traditionalist, sold wood floorboards is seen by many as a luxury item for any home.
THE ECO-FRIENDLY FACTOR
Choosing reclaimed flooring helps us all with our carbon footprint on mother earth, more so than ever we need to do our bit.
When you choose a reclaimed floor, you are re using a product that may have been disregarded, giving it a second chance life. Because these salvaged floor boards / roof board or parquet flooring where machined in the last century you are removing the need for further manufacturing costs, which all take their toll on the environment.
CAN I SAND MY PRE – FINISHED FLOOR IF I DON’T LIKE THE COLOUR IN THE FUTURE
YES! If you choose to sand your pre – finished floor in the future, perhaps due to changing trends or redecorating this is perfectly achievable! By sanding your prefinished floor you will remove the factory finish and will require a new finish, with stains, oils or lacquer for example. This should be discussed with a professional floor fitter, who can provide you with sample options.