engineered oak flooring

  • A Mamuth Undertaking

    Regular followers of our blog may remember that back in May we purchased a Mamuth Frame Saw, for cutting high-precision lamellas for our engineered wood flooring. This Czech-made frame saw is significantly more accurate than a band saw for the thin cutting of wood as it uses short saw blades. We are lucky to have the only one of its kind in the UK at the moment.

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    Here is the Mamuth on its grand arrival at our factory earlier in the year.

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    The frame saw was in need of some remedial work to get it back in full working order. As the saw is manufactured in the Czech Republic by Neva, one of their engineers was duly despatched to enjoy some Yorkshire hospitality.

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    Josef (in the middle) with Tony and Jason spent two days getting the saw up and running before he returned home. We hope this new addition will increase the throughput of our lamellas so that we are able  to increase our range of engineered flooring. We have also had many enquiries for thin wood boards which we hope to add to our online shop some time soon, watch this space . . .

    To view our range of engineered wood flooring click here >>

     

  • Floating a British Hardwoods Wood Floor

    Our customers often ask advice about the best way to fit the wood flooring that they have bought from us. The advice we offer can vary depending on the type of flooring purchased and also what the customer is fitting the floor onto (the subfloor). This mini guide offers guidance for floating both our solid and engineered wood floors. The term "floating" means that the floorboards are not secured to the subfloor but instead are laid using a foam or fibre underlayment, offering an economical and popular alternative to either mechanical fixing or gluing. Floorboards can be floated onto a solid subfloor such as concrete or existing timber floorboards.

    Classic European Solid Oak Flooring by British Hardwoods

    Floating method for solid wood flooring When fitting solid wood flooring we would recommend the use of floor fitting foam. First ensure that the subfloor is clean, dry and level, then lay a full layer of visqueen over the whole floor overlapping on the joints by 8" and running slightly up the walls.

    Floor Fitting Foam Underlay - for floating Solid Wood Floors Floor Fitting Foam Underlay - for floating Solid Wood Floors

    Roll out the floor fitting foam at 90 degrees to the run of the new floorboards with the plastic coated face uppermost. Leave a slight gap between rows of floor fitting foam. On the wall where you intend to lay the first board peel back approximately 500mm of the plastic top film exposing the glue. Onto this glue apply a spare sheet of the plastic top film and fold it towards you with the fold to the wall. Onto this separate piece place the first few rows of flooring, locked tightly together and leaving an adequate expansion gap round the perimeter of the room. Carefully, pull out the loose piece of plastic sheet and affix the boards firmly to the floor fitting foam. Once this is done, lock in the next row of boards and then peel back the main plastic sheet by 75% of the width of the board (to allow the next row to be laid without sticking), continue to do this across the room. Please note: we would strongly recommend against gluing the edges of a solid wood floor.

    Floating method for engineered wood flooring When fitting engineered wood flooring we would recommend the use of Timbertech2™ Silver Underlay. This superior underlay is quick and easy to install and offers thermal insulation, protects against moisture migration from the sub floor and also reduces impact sound and in-room noise.

    TimberTech2 Silver Underlay - for floating Engineered Wood Floors TimberTech2 Silver Underlay - for floating Engineered Wood Floors

    Again, ensure that the subfloor is clean, dry and level, then lay a full layer of visqueen over the whole floor as described above. Then lay the TimberTech2 Silver underlay 90 degrees perpendicular to the way that the floorboards will run. The edges can be secured with tape on the underside if required. The engineered wood floor can be floated above the underlay and glued together by running a small amount of PVA glue on the bottom of the groove joint and then pushing the boards tightly together. A pair of ratchet clamps can help with this process.

    Ratchet Clamp (sold singly)

    Our hardwood floor fitting DVD offers great advice for floating wood flooring and also shows methods for mechanical fixing and gluing, sub floor preparation and finishing.

    Hardwood Floor Fitting DVD

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

     

  • Wood Flooring Renovation Tips

    If your wood flooring is looking a little tired after the festive break, the following tips will soon have your floor looking like new. It is important to know what your floor has been sealed with prior to renovation as the techniques applied to oiled and lacquered floors are quite different.

    Re-coating Oiled Wood Floors

    Osmo Hardwax Oil Osmo Hardwax Oil

    Floors which have been finished with Hardwax (Polyx) Oil are very easy to renovate. Subsequent layers of hardwax oil can be applied thinly to the boards as follows:

    1. Sweep the floor thoroughly or hoover using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
    2. Wash the floor using Osmo Wash and Care and the thick microfibre cloth supplied with the Osmo Opti-Set Mop, then allow to dry completely.
    3. Starting in the far corner of the room pool a small amount of hardwax oil onto the floor. Using the Osmo Flooring Brush, apply the oil thinly into the boards working firstly along the grain, secondly across the grain, and lastly brushing along the grain. As you are working keep checking that there is no surplus oil on the boards and brush well in if there is.
    4. Work towards the exit of the room and, when finished, allow the hardwax oil to fully dry. The oil will take approximately 10-14 hours to dry (note: this time can be extended if conditions are particularly cold and/or damp). Always ensure that the finish is fully dry before walking on the floor.

    It will take about a week for the hardwax oil to fully harden and cure. Treat the floor gently during this time, remove shoes and, if returning furniture to the room, lift and place rather than dragging across the floor’s surface. For regular cleaning use Osmo Wash and Care which is a mild detergent that will feed oil back into the floor as it cleans, never use harsh cleaning detergents which will strip the oil from your floor.

    Lacquered Wood Flooring

    Bona Freshen Up Bona Freshen Up

    To fully renovate a lacquered wood floor you would need to sand the floor back to the bare wood before applying the lacquer finish. As an interim measure, Bona Freshen Up is a ready to use waterborne polyurethane maintenance top coating for most lacquered wooden floors (Important Note: Do not use over any floor that has been waxed or oiled - wax and oil residues will prevent the proper adhesion of Freshen Up to the floor). It will revive a scratched and dull surface in addition to providing continued protection against wear. Always test floors for appearance and adhesion in an inconspicuous area before use.

    1. Remove loose dirt and grit from your floor as detailed above, then clean floor thoroughly with Bona Cleaner. Repeat to ensure that dirt is not trapped in the coating. Make sure the floor is completely dry before applying Bona Freshen Up.
    2. Rock container back and forth several times before opening. Apply Freshen Up with the Bona Microfibre applicator pad. Prepare the applicator pad by slightly dampening it with water.
    3. Apply Freshen Up in a 3-4 cm wide wavy line on the floor. Work on a small section at a time, about 3m2 .
    4. Spread Freshen Up over the entire small section making sure all wood is covered. Freshen Up should be applied at 30-50m2 per litre. For best results, apply a thin consistent coat and keep airborne dust and airflow to a minimum while floor is wet.
    5. Smooth out Freshen Up, going with the grain of the wood. Continue the process until the entire floor is coated.
    6. Allow to dry for a minimum of 2 hours before walking on coated floors. If needed, a second coat may be applied after this time. Always coat the entire floor to ensure an even appearance and sheen.

    Avoid heavy traffic and replacement of furniture and rugs for 24 hours after the final coat. Clean tools with soap and water. Wet cleaning of the floor may be resumed after one week. For regular cleaning use Bona Cleaner. Do not use strongly alkaline cleaning agents as they may damage the floor.

    It is always a good idea to seek guidance before attempting any DIY task. Our wood flooring specialists can offer comprehensive advice on all the techniques described. Call 01535 637755 if you require further information or follow the link to download our free Hardwood Floor Fitting and Maintenance Guide.

     

     

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