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Wood Flooring Trends for 2020

Following this year’s Grand Designs Live shows at London’s Excel and Birmingham’s NEC where we at Maples & Birch displayed over 300 different types of oak hardwood floors across both shows. We found that the desire for trending grey floors to be floundering and that the natural look with a rustic feel to be a popular choice and the need for floors that are different to the norm in appearance.If you are looking at installing a real hardwood floor in your home then you might want to take note of what we think will buck the trends of fashion fads with Oak engineered wood flooring increasingly being used for both new-builds and refurbishments as their beauty and flexibility are now recognised by leading interior designers...

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Hardwood Flooring in Home Interior

A stunning wooden floor can bring together an entire space. Hardwood flooring can fit any style of interior whether this is a new contemporary home or a period property. The broad range of styles, textures and colours available make it a suitable flooring option for any home interior. This type of flooring not only provides a very practical solution to the daily wear and tear but also a selection of looks and finishes suitable for any style.Focusing more specifically on the types of flooring available which mainly include solid wood, reclaimed timber and engineered timber. Solid flooring boards are made from a single piece of solid timber allowing for a strong hardwearing floor providing it is effectively treated and correctly maintained. Reclaimed timber will have...

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ARE YOU LOOKING TO INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME?

When it comes to increasing home value there are many ways we can depending on budgets and time scales, this can be anything from changing the decor to completely altering the layout and size. Simple effective adjustments to your home can really make the difference such as a good hardwood floor. One company specialising specifically on hard wood flooring are Maples and Birch who will be showcasing their products at this coming Grand Design Live Show October 9th-13th 2019 they are a lead purveyor of this market. They have an extensive range of high quality types and styles of hard wood flooring. They only offer hardwood flooring that has been sustainably sourced, each farmed forest is regulated and for every tree that is felled another two...

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Marine Flooring, use NAVYLAM+ In Narrow Boats and Yachts

We have asked more so recently if our Navylam+ Bathroom flooring can be used in either narrowboat or boating yachts as ship decking type flooring.Is Navylam+ Marine Ships Deck Flooring?For many years we have supplied Navylam+ to a number of Narrow Boats and Luxury Yacht Builders who have preferred Navylam+ for the choice of species available and the unique integrated rubber joint., Navylam+ looks like original ships deck flooring but is more unique.As Navylam+ is made from exotic species which all have a natural cross-grain, making a hard-wearing surface which is naturally moisture repellent and all six species available are ancient and traditional materials that were and are still used in the boat and shipbuilding.Designed and manufactured in the Brittany region of France, Navylam is...

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Hardwood floors installed over underfloor heating? Not a problem, find out here why

Underfloor heating is becoming more popular and topping most home owner’s wish lists more so because as so many it provides pleasant warmth and helps to save energy. With this in mind, there is no reason that the natural beauty of hardwood cannot be mixed with pleasure by having the underfloor heating system of your choice with a beautiful hardwood floor. Is it possible to have wood flooring over underfloor heating?Thanks to modern manufacturing processes of engineered hardwood flooring can be used over underfloor heating without problems, so YES you can and here is why.All Maples & Birch engineered hardwood floors are suitable for installation over underfloor heating, offering a vast range to suit all tastes, styles and budgets. Even with our range of specialist wood species like...

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Which is best Oiled or Lacquered finished hardwood floors?

Often we are asked for our recommendation and opinion as to what finish is best Oiled or Lacquered? 

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What’s The Difference between Distressed and Hand Scraped Wood Flooring?

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

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Which underlay suits my floor best?

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...

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Ugly House to Lovely House

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...

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Choosing the right pet-friendly hardwood floor

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...

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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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