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Dual-Width & Multi-Width Oak Hardwood Floors

What are Multi-Width and Dual-Width floors?For centuries the traditional natural wood flooring boards varied in width sizes due to the log widths and was milled as such to efficiently utilize the cut of lumber. Over the past 80 years and the introduction of mechanised mills and later modern machinery for hardwood flooring has meant that hardwood floors were sold in fixed widths allowing for more precise milling that was efficient as well cost-effective but leaving very little to the imagination.Why Have Multi-With or Dual Width Hardwood Flooring?Having different width planks creates a more natural appearance of a traditional hardwood floor that is less universal and least manufactured looking.  With the use of different widths boards, you can create a stunning floor that stands out from that of...

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I have asthma. Which is the best floor option for me?

Over the last five years, there has been a 20% growth in asthma-related deaths in the UK.  According to statistics, we in the UK, have the worst rate of deaths caused by asthma in Europe. Around 5.4 million people in the UK suffer from asthma, which is around 8% of the population, but more worryingly there are a larger proportion of young people suffering with the illness.The Asthma Insights and Realities in Europe (AIRE) Study produced statistics based on their research which showed that 28% of the population had sleep disruption due to asthma. 63% of patients said that only the symptoms can be treated rather than the condition and 92% of patient’s perceived asthma to be increasing in the UK.Some types of flooring may breed...

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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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About Discount Flooring

Purchasing a hardwood floor for your home is a major outlay and investment and for this reason, as well as being prudent getting trying to get the floor you want at the lowest price is of importance.Within the flooring industry discounts are rife when comparing branded floors against different online retailers and independent shops on the high street which only serves to devalue the floor and put those businesses at risk from financial difficulties which results in many going bust.FLOORING SALE NOW ON…. HALF PRICE SALE FLOORING…. FLOORING SALE!In today’s world of retailing both online and on the high street the effect and integrity of the offers you see are not as genuine as you may think and can be quiet deceptive…. Who remembers the ‘Allied...

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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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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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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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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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