engineered wood flooring

  • How to Correctly Store your New Wood Floor

    A British Hardwoods wood floor differs greatly from the ubiquitous, mass produced wood floors available from many discount flooring warehouses.british-hardwoods-wood-flooring

    We make all our floors to order, here at our factory in West Yorkshire. We only use sustainably sourced hardwoods and our boards are accurately machined in single, wide planks and long lengths.

    Importantly, our solid and engineered wood flooring is factory acclimatised, further acclimatisation is not usually necessary prior to installation. However, if you do not intend to fit your new wood floor straight away, the following advice will help maintain the integrity of the boards and ensure that they remain at the same high quality.

    After delivery, ensure that the wood flooring is stored in a dry, warm room where the relative humidity is similar to that of where it will be laid. Do not store in an outside building (i.e. shed or garage), or next to a direct source of heat (such as a radiator, Aga or wood-burning stove).

    If storing the flooring on-site for any of length time, remove all packaging, lay flat and if possible separate layers with sticks to allow air to circulate evenly around the boards.

    Do not store or install flooring until all subfloors, plastering, cement work, decorating and all other wet work is completely dry.

    If in doubt, we are more than happy to look after your floor for you until you are completely ready for it. Our factory is constantly heated and humidity controlled, ensuring that the boards are kept at an ambient temperature - similar to that of a normally central heated home.

    Important note: The above advice applies only to our own solid and engineered wood floors.

    To view our solid wood flooring range click here >>

    Follow the link to download our free Hardwood Floor Fitting and Maintenance Guide.

     

  • 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 >>

     

  • Our Expansion Continues

    Following a previous blog, here is a quick update on the ongoing expansion of our Yorkshire factory. Two weeks ago we acquired some machinery from a recently demised Southampton-based joinery company.

    Transported from Southampton by Machinery Moving Services (Halifax), the fully loaded wagon arrived at our factory first thing last Wednesday morning.

    The most important purchase was a Neva Mamuth Frame Saw, which will help speed up the manufacturing time of our lamellas. Lamellas are the thin oak boards that form the top layer of our engineered wood flooring.

    Hardworking flooring technician Jason, always willing to help, assisted with the offloading process.

    Along with the Mamuth Frame Saw we also purchased two cross-grain pellet machines. You can expect to see an increased range of these handy little wooden plugs on the website some time soon!

    The smaller items were expertly offloaded by Jason on the forklift truck.

    When originally viewing the items for sale in Southampton, MD Tony Fillingham had spotted a neglected Gilera motorbike amongst the machinery. Tony's first motorbike was the very same model and, in a moment of nostalgia, he purchased the bike. The bike is in need of some repair and restoration - lucky that we have many practical hands here at British Hardwoods.

    The next job was transporting the rather large Mamuth Frame Saw into our building!

     

    After much skillful manoeuvring the Mamuth reached its final destination in our newly expanded workspace. During the next few weeks, we will install the necessary dust extraction and wiring and then have the new frame saw working to full speed.

     

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