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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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What is Herringbone Flooring?

In the UK many people often use the term Herringbone to describe all forms and styles of parquetry.  In actual fact, there are over 20 different patterns of parquet flooring with 100’s of design variations.  Some of these designs such as Versailles and Chantilly date back as far as the 16th century. Some of the other popular designs include, Basket weave, Chevron, Wood Strip, Mosaic and Chequerboard.

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Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is a remarkable material with all the benefits of solid wood and none of the drawbacks.  Unlike laminate flooring it is made of real hardwood and not simply a pattern printed onto wooden substrate.  Once installed, even experts struggle to tell if an engineered wood floor is hardwood throughout.  Here at Maples & Birch we have put together a comprehensive list of the benefits of engineered hardwood flooring.

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Hardwood Flooring Texture

Engineered and solid wood floors are available in a wide range of surface textures but which one is right for you?  This is our guide to the top Hardwood Flooring Textures with examples from our online catalogue.

Considering the importance of floor texture is essential to the design and ambience of a room. How a floor looks is a big part of interior design but how it feels can be just as essential to creating a perfect space.  Textured hardwood floors can added a distinctive look and feel that will emphasise the style that you are looking to achieve.

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Reclaimed Wooden Flooring

We love our houses and across the country home owners will go to great lengths to find the right décor and materials to create their own perfect space.  As period properties and rustic styled rooms are becoming ever more popular, the demand for character flooring has increased too.  As part of this trend people are looking to use reclaimed wooden floors which have aged to perfection and are good for the environment as they use existing materials and lower the need for new stocks.

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Choosing Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring

There are various engineered flooring options available but nothing can beat the charm and gold standard of oak engineered hardwood flooring. It is one of the most authentic and stylish types of hardwood flooring available that is also highly resistant to wear and tear. It requires only a little maintenance to ensure that it looks magnificent for years to come. Easy to maintain and hard wearing, Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring will be a perfect addition to your contemporary hallway, living room, and even bedroom. Once properly installed it will last longer than you can imagine. However, selection of the right quality products can sometimes get confusing. Here we have a few tips that will help you to select the Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring that is...

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Grey Oak Hardwood Flooring - Growing Popularity

For the last few years, the popularity of Grey Oak Hardwood Flooring has been rapidly increasing. When the wood style was introduced in the industry for the first time some professional interior designers and homeowners avoided it considering that it would not stay in trend for a long time. However, it seems like this stylish option is here to stay.Why is grey oak hardwood flooring is so special? What are the features that makes this material so attractive when compared to other types of woods? Here we have some of the most interesting reasons to help you understand why this choice is the best.Neutral colours are regarded as the lifeblood of the interior design industry and the new neutral colour in the industry is definitely...

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Georgie Osborne Grand Designs Live

Georgie Osborne is one of the UK’s up and coming generation of young designers who believe in thinking strategically about the function of a space to develop designs that lend themselves individual needs.   In particular, she focuses on the use of wood and how this natural material can be integrated into such a wide range of environments.  She points out that people have always seen wood as a perfect option but as consumers are moving away from plastic it’s experiencing a significant return to mainstream design.

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