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Maples and Birch Outtakes Video

At Maples & Birch we strive to achieve quality service but even we have to try a few times and hope you find this video funny as no staff members were hurt during the production....

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Grand Design Live 2016 2 Week to go

It is two weeks until Maples & Birch participate at this year’s Grand Designs Live, as it returns to Birmingham’s NEC which starts on 19th October till Sunday 23rd October 2016.Maples & Birch will be show casing many unique types of real wood floors from our Designer Collezione which includes the Curv8 oak wood floor to the Navylam+ exotic wood floor which guaranteed for use in wet areas like a bathroom and the Italian Collezione.Our styled floors have never been showcased before at Grand Designs Live or shows alike.The show is over 5 days and offers visitors a unique opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home as well as many products never seen before.Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented...

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Seven Reasons for walking barefoot on real wood floors:

There are many bold claims about benefits of using natural materials in your home but when it comes to real wood  there is nothing more natural than a real wood floor;Stimulates circulationRelaxesDevelops MuscleIs a natural massageIs healthierHelps healingProtects from toxic substances...

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Grey to Brown

Moments of appearance deepen with a hint of urban sophistication when dark brown is accompanied by a distinctive grey wash. It’s as if each night was made for entertaining in casual elegance — a visual invitation to reverieTurn the dial down a notch and watch the mesmerising glow of mild brown yellows of gold intermingle with a medium grey wash.  Gracing feathered grain, the look is anything but cold. Here is a slightly muted but oh-so-welcoming colour comfortTurn up the colour temperature to make the day more passionate and alive as dark brown finish with just a hint of blueish-grey wash turns coal into the next hot colour.Refinement is the mood, confident in spirit and clear in the pursuit of the perfect modern ambience but never...

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Grand Design Live 2016

Maples & Birch are to participate at this year’s Grand Designs Live, as it returns to Birmingham’s NEC from the 19-23 October 2016.Maples & Birch will be show casing many unique types of real wood floors from our Designer Collezione which includes the Curv8 oak wood floor to the Navylam+ exotic wood floor which guaranteed for use in wet areas like a bathroom.Many of our classy styled floors have never been before at Grand Designs Live or shows alike.The show is over 5 days and offers visitors a unique opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home as well as many products never seen before.Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the event will be packed...

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Domotex – World Floor Covering Trade Show Update

Recently we reported our representatives were going to the world floor covering trade show at Domotex, in Hannover, Germany.Well they returned and have reported that they have some great new products coming which will be added to our range this year and as well as a couple of unique looking floors.Here’s a couple pictures the wanted to share If want a long plank, look no further! Circular pattern cutWatch this space of some great new products to be added to our range. Also, check out our new article about our Navylam Flooring range....

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How do I install my wood floor?

Having purchased their flooring elsewhere people often ask our advisers how they should install their wood floor, instead of referring people to our Q&A’s page or to read the instruction we try and oblige as we know that trying to find a simple answer online is hard or from the store where the wood floor was purchased.So let’s try and make it a bit simple for our customers wanting to know:Floating:The new floor is fitted over an underlay without being fixed to the subfloor. This is ideal when there is a question as to excess moisture in the subfloor. A polythene damp proof membrane can be used to isolate the wood floor from any moisture beneath it. This method also provides a slight cushioned feel...

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Can I install real wood floor in my bathroom?

Through the years the question if real wood flooring could be used in wet areas like a bathroom, the professional answer has been a resolute no due to the nature of real wood and in some retail sectors selling Bamboo the answer has been a yes to close a sale.Well we can confidently shout a resound YES, you can have a real wood floor in wet areas like a bathroom, Maples & Birch in partnership with Design Parquet offers you Navylam+ which is a unique wood floor parquet system for use in a wet rooms and bathrooms which is easy and fast to install.Each strip is pre-oiled with a double integrated joint, it requires no sanding, or first coat oiling or complex joint laying, you...

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How to choose wood floor pt2:

Last month we wrote about how the difference between solid and engineered wood floors, so we follow that with a few pointers regards the final finish?

There are a variety of pre-finishes that you select from when purchasing your real wood floor soto give you a simple guide we have made a note of the difference between the most popular finishes:

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How do choose a wood floor

A number of times we get asked how do I choose a floor?Now to many this may sound like a stupid question but in reality it’s a good question and it needs to be answered by good information which is clear and concise.With so many retailers and websites offering huge discounts on cheaply imported wood floors there is no focus on providing customers with simple advice that allows the customer to select the floor that suits their desired taste but also is also practical and suitable to their environment.So a good point to start is the type of wood floor, in simple terms the question is what type of structure is better suited solid wood floors or engineered wood floors? There are many answers to...

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We get asked many times, what is 3 strip flooring?

3 strip flooring is traditionally of an engineered structure where the top layer (often referred as veneer) of 3-5mm thickness of different sized lengths of wood in equal sized widths applied across the width of a plank.Ecologically this type style/design and structure is proving sound as the waste of materials is kept to a minimum but creating a floor where every single stave of wood is different in appearance and as such each plank of 3 strip wood floor looks distinctive with its own individual colour, character and variety, blending into a beautiful floor. The amount of colour variation depends on the grade.With such tight regulations and laws in place governed by the FSC and supported by governments of so many countries across the world...

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How to measure your floor?

People are often confused as to how a room should be measured for installation of realwood flooring, so please use this easy to follow guide on how to measure a room. Theseinstructions are supplied as a general guide to help you.To eliminate doubt on room floor measurements just sketch the room and write down themeasurements as per our examples, use metric measurements when measuring it reallyis that simple.Use a tape measure and measure the room from one wall to theopposite wall make a note of the distance). Now measure thedistance of the opposing walls to each other and make a note ofthis on your sketch.Measure both walls, the width and the length, write down themeasurements i.e.: width = 3.15 metres or 315 cm and the...

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