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Top Ten Reasons to Choose Hardwood Flooring:

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.

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Hardwood Floor Maintenance Guide

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.


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Environmental Benefits of Wood

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:

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Reclaimed Wood Flooring, The Right Direction

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.

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Sustainable Wood Wall Panelling - Floors to Walls

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.

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Best Exotic Hardwood Floors

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.

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Small Bathroom Flooring Ideas

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. 

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What is Hand Scraped Wood Flooring?

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.

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Hardwood Floor Installation Guide

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.

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Wide Plank Engineered Floors

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.

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Oak Herringbone Parquet Flooring

Herringbone Parquet is a timeless option that homeowners select to create a traditional or classic look. But, what exactly is engineered herringbone flooring?

Instead of using planks of wood a herringbone pattern is created by using smaller blocks where the ends are aligned at an angle with a distinctive overlap.  A herringbone floor has nothing to do with the colour of the wood just the way that it is set out across the floor.  This design is available in many species but the most popular is Oak Herringbone Parquet Flooring.  You can also select the perfect finish to enhance the look and feel of your rooms. When people talk about parquet floors they are usually describing herringbone patterns.

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Rustic Oak Flooring

Rustic oak flooring is rapidly growing in popularity.  Maples & Birch are pleased to be able to offer a wonderful range of solid and engineered rustic oak flooring.

Wood flooring is often categorised by four main groups – Prime, Select, Natural and Rustic.  These don’t refer to the quality of the wood, instead they are largely describing the uniformity of the grain pattern and the general appearance of the planks.  Rustic grade oak will classically display a significant variation in colour and tone as well as having visible knots and whorls.

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Parquet Floor Designs

We are often asked what are the best parquet floor designs and patterns. The answer always has to be - whatever suits the space you’re working with after all  parquet is about what suits your personal preferences.  Currently herringbone designs are exceptionally popular but there is truly a wide range of configurations available which can be created using either solid wood or engineered wood blocks. Please note that Herringbone, Brick, Basket Weave and Chevron patterns are made from block parquet.

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Engineered Walnut Flooring

Walnut flooring is rapidly growing in popularity again.  Maples & Birch are pleased to be able to offer a range of engineered walnut flooring. Walnut trees are deciduous and can grow up to 40m tall over a period of 20 years. Grown for both their valuable nuts and highly patterned wood, this tree is prized around the world.  There are several species variants of the walnut family used for flooring but the most popular is American Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra) which is native to North America.  It was first introduced into Europe during the early 1600’s where it grows well.

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