Oak Flooring - Guide to Surface Treatments

Oak Flooring looks beautiful in its natural oiled state, it has a timeless appeal which complements both traditional and contemporary interiors. If you prefer to ring the changes a little, we offer a range of surface treatments which can enhance the appearance of your wood floor. Here is a quick guide to the oak flooring surface treatments we offer.

European Character Oak Flooring

Filling and sanding
Just as it sounds, open knots and splits will be filled with a mixture of clear resin (Lecol 7500) mixed to a paste with oak sawdust. Once the filler has fully dried the whole board is sanded smooth. We try to make the filled knot look as natural as possible and usually use both dark and light oak dust to achieve a good colour match. Knottier grades of oak flooring, such as our Provincial, Character and Country Grade, take more time to fill than our Classic Grade.

Fuming
A chemical process which naturally darkens the timber to a rich, deep colour as an alternative to staining. We place the newly manufactured floorboards into a sealed chamber and apply ammonia as a gas. The ammonia reacts with tannins present in the timber, creating a pleasing, natural variation of warm, dark tones. We can also fume oak skirtings boards, architraves and window sills to match a fumed or dark wood floor.

Wirebrushing
Newly machined floorboards are put through our high-speed nylon brushes which removes any sharp edges and raises the grain of the wood to produce a textured surface. When oiled, wirebrushed floorboards tend to have a higher sheen due light reflecting on the raised grain.

Distressing
Floorboards are put through our custom-made distresser several times, which imparts a completely random series of indentations on the surface and edges of the wood.

We can apply all of these surface treatments to both our engineered and solid European oak floors. Tradition Oak Flooring is a European oak floor which has been brushed, fumed and also distressed to give a very authentic-looking aged wood floor.

For further advice on fitting and finishing your wood flooring call us on 01535 637755 or follow the link to download our freeĀ Hardwood Floor Fitting and Maintenance Guide.

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