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Will Wooden Floors Fade

Over the years wooden floors will undergo a natural change in appearance and this is known as the oxidation process, this is why hardwood floors change colour tone over time and should never be deemed as faulty it’s a natural process.The attraction to wood is the natural the ability of wood to breathe and change over time that makes is appreciated by experienced interior designers.What is Wood oxidation?Oxidation is a natural process when the chemical element/compound is exposed to oxygen. To be more technical, oxidation is when the atoms lose electrons which as a result oxidation causes physical change to the surface appearance.So when hardwood is expose to oxygen through a myriad of seasonal changes and exposure to sunlight. Exposure to natural sunlight will result...

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True or False, Myths about Hardwood Flooring

We are often asked many questions about real wood flooring like if can be laid it in the in the kitchen or how easy is wood floor to maintain? So we would like dispel some of the clichés and the myths that are out there.So let’s answer and dispel those common questions and myths about hardwood flooring. True or False, Myths about Hardwood Flooring 1. "Wood flooring cannot be installed over underfloor heating." FALSE In a previous article we clearly outlined that all our engineered wood floors work very well with underfloor heating. Wood actually radiates heat like any other type of floor covering if not better, wood naturally retains heat. Click here to read more 2. "Solid wood flooring is better than engineered hardwood floor." FALSE As stated in previous articles...

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Walking barefoot on hardwood flooring

The awareness of inner sanctuary is increasing and how we live is a big factor as is the materials that choose to walk and sit on.Do you know that when you walk barefoot in your own home it actually gives your whole major relief?Obviously the floor has to be comfortable so there is no better material that is natural than real wood? Let us explain the benefits of walking barefoot on a hardwood floor.Hardwood is the most natural surface to walk on, unlike tiled, laminate or even synthetic soft carpets you are in contact with one of nature’s oldest form of floor coverings. Natural wood is a living material that is unique and cannot be imitated that gives you a feeling of warmth which is...

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Solid Hardwood Flooring vs Engineered Hardwood Flooring

There are 2 types of hardwood flooring types and that’s solid and engineered hardwood flooring, it’s the most common question that people ask which hardwood floor is better, both have their pros of which solid hardwood flooring has more cons.   Solid Hardwood Floor Engineered Can I use with underfloor heating? No Yes Can I install in a basement (below street level)? No Yes Can I use it on concrete substrate? Yes Yes Is it warm to walk on? Yes Yes Can I use it in a Kitchen? Yes Yes Can it be installed in a bathroom? No No If it scratches can it be rectified? Yes Yes Can I re-sand / refurbish the floor? Yes Yes Is the hardwood floor durable? Yes Yes Can...

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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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Should I Choose Engineered or Solid Wood Flooring

So often we get asked, “how do I choose a floor?”Now to some this may sound like a stupid question but in reality, it’s a good question and it needs to be answered with 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 you, the customer, with simple advice that allows you to select the hardwood floor that suits your desired taste but also is also practical and suitable to your everyday living environment.A good place 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...

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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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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 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.

Baltic Reclaimed Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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