Real WoodEco-Friendly, Unique Look, Rustic
Real Wood, Ideal for Allergy sufferers
Real wood is a great flooring material as it can last for a lifetime when maintained correctly. Wood adds warmth to a building with a feeling of luxury to rooms they are fitted.
Real wood flooring is also one of the most natural floor coverings you can use. Being created from natural material it is an easily sustained, making it an environmentally-friendly choice too.
The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) states that indoor air quality is dramatically improved in homes which use wood flooring. Being a smooth surface, all dirt can be swept away, while chemicals and toxins can be removed with a damp mop. This is good for allergy sufferers and those who have asthma.
Lower life cycle costs.
Real wood floors are also affordable, no, really!
When you consider the life expectancy of a wooden floor, it outlasts carpets and other flooring materials by a considerable margin. With regular maintenance a real wood floor can last up to 75 years, most other materials last 20 years, that’s over two lifetimes of another material meaning an actual wood floor may cost slightly more initially. Still, over time, it will save you a lot more than the extra you paid.
What wood types are available?
Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or sometimes stone) with a photographic applique layer under a transparent protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fibre board materials. There is a European Standard No. EN 13329:2000 specifying laminate floor covering requirements and testing methods. Generally speaking, you can’t sand/repair laminate it must be replaced.
4-6mm of real milled timber used as the top layer (lamella) which is adhered to the core which is laid at 90° to the top layer, this offers a higher level of structural stability than solid wood which makes it suitable for laying over most subfloors.
Authentic wood flooring is made from planks milled from a single piece of timber. Originally solid wood floors were used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers. These can be laid without attaching them to the joists as well.
Technically not a wood as Bamboo is a form of grass but is an available ‘wood’ floor.
Types of finish.
Hand scraping is used to smooth out up and down levels in a milled plank older machining would create. While not necessary on modern materials, it can offer a more dynamic finish with a distinct texture and pattern to the wood, this technique is seen in a lot of upscale homes and commercial buildings.
Satin, is also known as Semi-Gloss is a good compromise when you’d like a gloss floor but know the flooring may become scratched. The Satin finish hides the marks better than a gloss finish, while still giving a sheen like gloss lacquer.
Raw finishes which haven’t been stained, oiled or sealed. This finish gives you the ability to match your real wood floor to your interior decoration, this is an open surface and susceptible to staining and watermarking until a finish is applied.
Authentic wood flooring made from planks milled from a single piece of timber. Originally solid wood floors were used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers. These can be laid without attaching them to the joists as well.
Brushed & Oiled
Before finishing the material it is brushed with abrasive rollers to remove some of the soft grain, this highlights the pattern of the wood creating a natural rustic texture, it is then oiled you’ve probably seen this in Starbucks.
Timber can be oiled instead of lacquered, and these oils are generally translucent in colour unless a dyed oil is used, the oil sinks into the timber usually many layers down protecting it from dirt and dust. These oils must be reapplied periodically, the main benefit of the oil is any damaged areas can be touched up without requiring major work.