Often we are asked for our recommendation and opinion as to what type of floor is best as the answer is not as easy as black or white.
When choosing a hardwood floor it is a personal reaction to your style, influences and taste and basically, it comes down to what suits your living environment and lifestyle from a practical point of view.
Here is a simple quick guide to help you select what finish is best for you
Installation work of your hardwood floor is simple and straight forward with the correct base underlay and tools. Flooring underlay can help you get the best out of the wide range of wood flooring types, including engineered flooring and laminate wood flooring.We bring you a helpful introduction to choosing the right flooring and underlay to suit you!Depending on the type of installation/laying you require your home, there is a wide range of types of underlay available. A benefit and need for underlay are that it protects and insulates your hardwood floor from temperature change and humidity which is naturally created. Contact between the screed and the hardwood becomes reduced by the underlay.One of the important reasons to install a quality underlay underneath your hardwood at...
The show ‘Ugly House to Lovely House’ sees George Clarke and his team of incredible architects renovate some of Britain’s worn down and longstanding houses with a tight budget to achieve a much more modern style. The aim of the program is to show viewers that you don’t have to spend thousands to turn your house around. This could benefit yourself!Using hardwood floors as a modern alternative.The program clearly shows how common hardwood floors are being used to upgrade most houses shown through the series adding an ecological and quality feel. With a bit of bias, we think it’s a great option through its durability and strength, the vast choice of beautiful colours and finishes, along with the ability to install underfloor heating under Engineered...
Unsure what type of flooring is most suitable for a pet-friendly home? Consider Hardwood flooring an option, here at Maples & Birch we offer a wide range of hardwoods perfect for you!All hardwoods will indent and scratch over time, whether you have pets or not, though some can put up with the wear and tear more than others, however, regular grooming for your pet, particularly dogs is ideal too. Choosing the most durable and hardwearing hardwood can be a long process, so we have decided to simplify it for you.Oiled FloorsOiled hardwood flooring are great options due to the reapplication of oil where the scratches would appear, though in general, they tend not to scratch as easily as others. Grip control for pet paws is...
Wood is naturally lovely and adds comfort, cosiness and value to your home. Wooden floors have become so desirable that many home owners are even installing wooden floors, such as Navylam, into their bathrooms! Here are ten great reasons to choose real engineered wooden floors.
Looking After Your Hardwood Floor
Hardwood floors require a certain amount of maintenance to keep it in tip top condition. With healthy maintenance, your hardwood floor can retain its natural beauty for a Lifetime. Maples & Birch hardwood floors are durable and easy to keep clean, but there are some things you need to keep in mind to keep the floor looking good.
Not only do hardwood floorings radiate elegance and a high-quality finish to any room, but wooden flooring is also attractive to the eco-friendlier consumer, with both environmental and health benefits. Here’s how:
It’s becoming such a popular flooring option based on its beautiful appearance that it is now possible to buy engineered wood flooring that has been carefully crafted to resemble reclaimed wooden flooring.
Nothing brings depth and richness into a room more than a hardwood floor, so why not take that same ambient feeling and apply it to your walls. Here at Maples & Birch we use a unique mix of reclaimed and specifically designed wood panelling that differ in shape and design to fit any home to match any personality.
So you’ve decided to go for a wooden floor and you’re looking at exotic hardwoods. Well you’re already onto a winner because you’ve just chosen one of the best flooring options available. We’re guessing that you already know that one of the most appealing aspects of an engineered exotic wood floor is the fact that it is truly natural, unique and very hard-wearing. You also probably know that there are more than 25 exotic wood species to choose from and that each has its own exceptional grain and colouring. But … with all this choice what is the best wood species to pick? Well it all comes down to where you’re going to install it and how you plan to match it the décor of your home.
Small bathrooms don’t have to be Spartan or uncomfortable. When it comes to design and flooring there is a wide range of ideas you can put to good use. Here are some of our bathroom flooring ideas for small bathrooms.A small room can be fashionable, useable and, with the right approach, space-efficient. Here’s some ideas - you can make even a tiny bathroom look so much bigger by using rich dark colours that stretch along the floor and blend into light or white coloured walls.
Hand scraped wood flooring is a unique style of hardwood flooring which is an extremely popular option for those looking to add more rustic charm to their home typical of older builders and bygone years. This ambience is achieved through the use of wood that has been, as suggested, hand scraped in order to appear more worn and distressed to attain a more heritage look and feel.
STEP1 - BEFORE YOUR FLOORING ARIVES
RELATIVE HUMIDITY MUST BE CORRECT
The Relative Humidity(RH) which is a measurement of how much moisture is present in the air. Thecorrect RH of a room’s atmosphere, for wood flooring to be installed, falls between45-65% with an ambient temperature between 18 to 24°C. If necessary employ adehumidifier to maintain suitable conditions.
Once fitted into a property, an engineered wooden floor can be hard to distinguish from a solid wood floor and has many benefits. Initially, engineered wooden floors were developed for use on the ground floors of homes and offices where it would be usually installed over a solid piece of concrete. As the technology improved, the use of engineered wooden floors has spread to every room including kitchens and bathrooms.