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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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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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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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Flooring Advice Articles

Are you looking for advice about the selection, installation or upkeep of your flooring? Well, you’ve come to the right people. Here are some great new flooring articles you might like to read. Explore our informative articles and chose which flooring is right for you.  Here you will discover valuable information about the different flooring types and what will work best. Engineered wood flooring is tough, lovely and has the ability to last for decades.NavylamGrey Engineered Hardwood FlooringBenefits of Engineered Exotic Wood FloorsBest Exotic Hardwood FloorsBathroom Flooring Ideas for Small BathroomEngineered Herringbone FlooringEngineered Wood Over Underfloor HeatingMaples and Birch grand Designs Live 2018Dual Wood DesignDistressed Wood FloorsMaples and Birch Designer CollectionGrey Oak Hardwood FlooringChoosing Oak Engineered Hardwood FlooringWooden Bathroom Floors - Ten Reasons Why...

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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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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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