The beautiful solid wood floors can look wonderful, creating a true sense of style and individuality and a modern and contemporary atmosphere in every home. There are many different types of real wood flooring, each with its own look. Aged or distressed floors, the distinctive lines of parquet, engineered wood floors and listello floors, mosaic panels and Fine-grained wooden block floors.
Aged and distressed floors
Aged wood or terracotta floors have an elegant and lived-in look. It seems, for the whole world, as if the floor had been laid for years and added some authenticity to your home. Aged and distressed flooring is also a very practical choice for both homes and commercial properties because it continues to look beautiful for longer. The robust, worn and worn appearance will not show the scratches and marks caused by everyday use. They are also a popular choice because they never require sanding unlike other types of wooden floors.
Parquet floors are a very popular choice and one of the reasons is that a parquet floor can be laid in so many different ways, with so many different reasons. The available motifs are herringbone, double herringbone, single basket fabric, triple basket fabric and Chevron. You can also opt for parquet panels, parquet edges, parquet motifs and medallions for parquet floors.
Engineered hardwood floors
Engineered floors that float on the subfloor, are secretly nailed to existing wooden subfloors or completely glued to the concrete or wooden subfloor can be installed. Engineered floors are very good if you need to reduce the noise level in a room and work well with underfloor heating systems. Engineered wood floors are available in a wide range of sizes, from floors with 3 x 14mm strips to wide boards with 20mm structural structure. Striped floors
A wide choice of solid wood floors and grooved slats is available in European oak, French oak, American black walnut, wengè, antiqued oak, reclaimed pine and merbau. Strip wood floors, such as engineered wood floors, can be secretly nailed onto wooden subfloors or glued onto concrete subfloors, but unlike engineered hardwood floors, they are not recommended for use with heating systems On the floor. Striped floors are very easy to maintain and can be sanded several times to refresh their appearance making them excellent value for money.
The mosaic panels, also known as finger parquet, are an old style of flooring used a lot in the 1960s and are available in European oak, mahogany, teak and merbau. If you are mounting mosaic panels on a wooden or concrete base, you need to use an epoxy glue, but if the panels have a felt backing, you need to use a spirit-based adhesive. Fine-grained wooden block floors
The fine-grained wood block floor is available in several species of wood including European larch, European oak, European smoked oak, pine and spruce. The wood is cut through the growth rings to produce a very different appearance from that obtained using the most common striped flooring. It is extremely resistant and is therefore ideal for areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic.
Repairs of wooden floors
From time to time your wooden floor will need to be repaired, either to remove scratches or stains or even to correct a floor that has been badly laid in the first place. Scratches can be smoothed with fine or medium abrasive paper, but it is recommended to replace any stained floorboards because, depending on the depth with which the stain has penetrated the wood, it may be necessary to sand hard enough to remove the stain and this could meaning that the section of the floor will not look the same as the rest.
If you’re lucky enough to inherit an original hardwood floor or are looking to restore a floor that you covered with carpet years ago, you may need to do some repairs. This may involve replacing sections of the old hardwood floor with new wood. In case of need, it is advisable to obtain woods that, as close as possible, correspond to the original wood, by color and type.
Once repairs have been carried out, the floor must be sanded down to a fine finish by machine and fill in any empty spaces. Once this is done, you can start coloring the floor with the color you have chosen. Sometimes, the stains in the floor become evident only after the floor has been sanded by machine or even after applying the new chosen finish. In this case, you can choose to replace that section or leave it because it adds character to your plan.
The original parquet floors were glued and fixed with copper-headed pins. Over the years, these have eroded leaving spots around each fastener. Unfortunately, these stains cannot be removed, but it must be said that they are part of the character of the floors. When installing new parquet floors, stainless steel headless pins are used to prevent this problem from occurring in the future.
Why is it important to hire a professional?
With the ever-growing number of DIY shows on television, many people are attempting to restore their hardwood floors only to find that it is not as easy as it appears on television. Professional wooden floor restoration companies will have invested in the right machinery for the job and also in the right training.
Having no experience and using unforgiving machinery can cause extreme damage to the wooden floor and reduce its life by up to 50%, so it is important to employ a company whose employees are fully trained and qualified in the restoration of the wooden floor. This will ensure that the least amount of wood is removed during the sanding process and will therefore extend the life of the floor.
Hiring a professional to do the job will leave you with the perfect finish and it could even end up saving money, after all it would be much more expensive to try the job yourself, rent the machines, buy the sandpaper and the finishing materials, only then you have to hire the professionals to redo the work later because you are not satisfied with the goal.
What should a person look for when choosing a flooring supplier?
When looking for a company that supplies and adapts your flooring, you should look for a company that can demonstrate the quality of its work. Ask to see examples of their work or at least their photos and ask them to produce authentic testimonials.
Ask to see proof of their qualifications. Properly qualified UK floor contractors will have passed City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 in floor coverings and should have passed health and safety tests and be in possession of a valid CSCS card for commercial jobs.
Check out the equipment they intend to use and ask what measures they have put in place to minimize dust, the last thing you want is to clean the house for weeks after they are gone.
Confirm that you are offering a free survey and quote.