Parquet Flooring

June 26th, 2013
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Parquet is a stunning type of flooring that employs a technique from the days of old. Small strips of quality wood are used to create a continuous, geometric design that is visually appealing. Through use of various types of wood parquet can be used to create amazing designs, incorporating various colours, shades and grains. This type of flooring can add a great deal to a room and is sure to attract the right kind of attention.

If you are thinking about installing parquet flooring you can book a home visit with us we will bring along samples you have requested and survey the area in question, We can give friendly helpful advice too. We always keep prices low and affordable. As specialists we know exactly what it makes to create great parquet flooring and have to offer our customers the best products available.

We also offer a fitting service in Ipswich and the surrounding areas to ensure you get the best finished result. Fitters can even provide advice in how best to manage your flooring in order to avoid any damage to it. We deal with both private individuals and commercial clients and have supplied flooring to notable hotels and properties around Ipswich.

We are highly passionate about giving our clients the best service and stunning parquet flooring in Ipswich. Our great product range, expert installers and eye for detail allow us to produce the perfect solutions regardless of the size and dimensions of the space in question. You can call us to book a home visit by calling Rob on Tel: 01473 412786 or Mob: 07917848135

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Laying Down Wood Flooring

December 14th, 2012
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Laying Engineered Wood Flooring

The most common fitting method for engineered flooring is the floating method. This is done by rolling out an underlay over the subfloor with the engineered flooring gluing the tongue and groove together. Engineered wood flooring can also be glued down directly to the subfloor with adhesive or can be nailed through the toungue directly to timber framed subfloors as they are structural boards. when nailing through the tounge this is whats called secret nailng as you ar hiding the nails in the joint.

Underlay For Wood Flooring

Underlay is used to support the floor for when it expands and contracts and to help prevent noise when there is a space between the subfloor and your new floor. Underlays vary depending on the thickness and quality. there are accoustic, warm, waterproof and all in ones, Low cost underlays are cheap but we recommend the better underlays on the market.

Laying Solid Wood Flooring

A solid wooden floor can be installed in a variety of ways. Fitting a solid wooden floor isn’t a difficult task but does require a little knowledge. Nailing a timber floor is the cheapest and preferred way to install. For years floors have been installed this way so its a tried and tested way of installing. If you have a timber framed floor this is the best way.

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Difference between Engineered and Laminate Floors

June 25th, 2012
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Engineered hardwood

A complex product that consists of several layers. The outermost is a hardwood veneer, a thin Layer of wood of whatever wood species you would like. The inner layers are made of plywood, high density fiberboard, or hardwood. The core layers make the product more stable than regular hardwood, while the outer veneer surface adds beauty and authenticity. Engineered hardwood is different than a hardwood laminate because the surface is made of real wood. While laminate has a core of high density fiberboard, its surface is basically a print of wood. Laminate is less expensive than engineered and solid wood, but has a different look and feel.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring Pros

Engineered hardwood flooring is designed to reduce the moisture problems associated with conventional hardwood flooring. Its layers add stability and is more moisture resistant to other flooring. Engineered flooring will not swell as easy in high moisture areas, making it low maintenance. The price of engineered hardwood is cost effective. In addition to reducing upkeep costs, engineered flooring is less. This becomes even more true as the type of wood gets more exotic. Rare hardwood is very expensive. Since engineered hardwood flooring requires only a thin layer, the cost decreases dramatically.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring Cons

There are very few cons to this type of hardwood flooring, but this doesn’t make it a fool-proof project or even the right floor for every application. Comparable to solid hardwood in terms of cost, engineered floors are still considerably more expensive than laminate, floors. Veneers that are too thin will prevent sanding and refinishing opportunities that may double the lifetime of the floor. Some veneers are so thin and poorly made that they can prematurely warp or fade. Plus, core layers must still be from high-quality wood. Some manufacturers try to cut corners by using fibre board or oriented strand board that may compromise the stability of your floor and, at the very least, will result in an inferior flooring product.

Is Engineered Flooring Easier, Cheaper to Install?

Engineered flooring is definitively easier to install, in fact, some handy homeowners are even enticed into installing their own engineered floors. It’s still a major project with big financial implications, however, so don’t over-reach on your home improvement skills. Even for the majority of homeowners who hire a flooring contractor for the job, you’ll save a hefty sum on installation, which is important given that most engineered flooring is more expensive than solid wood.
High-quality engineered floors (thick veneers, quality substrate) will usually cost somewhere between £50 per square meter. How much extra money this costs and whether cheaper installation offsets this price often depends on the type of wood you’re choosing. With an exotic or even highly-coveted hardwood, such as maple, engineered flooring is likely to be cheaper overall. For more common hardwoods, solid wood flooring may be cheaper overall, although it will still take longer to install.

Environmental Advantages of Engineered Hardwood

Choosing engineered flooring is considered more environmentally friendly than traditional hardwood for a few reasons. Veneer is sliced rather than cut with a saw. This process produces no sawdust, which means that all of the tree’s wood can be used. The sawdust produced making hardwood boards is wasted wood (and adds up to a significant amount). Also, hardwood trees grow much more slowly than the trees used to make engineered flooring cores. Because more surface area is produced making veneer, installing traditional hardwood uses many times the amount of slow growing tree. This makes the replenishing time much longer.

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Different Methods To Lay Down an Engineered Floor.

June 25th, 2012
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Engineered flooring can be nailed, glued or just laid floating relying on its own weight to hold it in place. Use the guide below to choose the installation method that suits your situation.

1. Glue it together.

When the method is a floating floor apply a bead of glue to the tongue of each board and tap it into place with a block.

2. Nailed.

Rapidly secure the boards to the existing floor without having to wipe up any glue.

3. Adhered.

Lay the boards in a bed of adhesive, as you would tile. This works particularly well over cured concrete, where you can’t use nails.

4. Click and lock.

This floating floor has specially milled tongues and grooves that lock together without glue or fixings. It’s the quickest  installation method.

Can Engineered Floors Be Refinished?

Yes, they can, at least once. Floors with a wear layer less than 2 millimeters thick can tolerate a light scuff-sanding with a buffer. Thicker top layers can be sanded just like solid wood, allowing you to erase deeper scratches and dents. An engineered floor with a 3-millimeter top, for instance, can handle two refinishing s. Just be sure your flooring pro knows your floor’s specs and refinishing history before he begins.

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What is Engineered Flooring?

June 25th, 2012
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Engineered flooring

Engineered flooring has a thin top layer of real wood like oak, but that’s just a wood veneer skin. Underneath are more thin wood layers, all glued together to make a plywood sandwich called engineered flooring.

Engineered wood floors have improved in appearance and performance, Available in dozens of wood species and with new surface effects and textures. These boards now look just right in any space new or old, classic, traditional or modern.

Most boards come with a factory finish that’ll outlast one applied in your home on solid wood, boards are also problem-solvers, allowing you to use them where solid strips often can’t go, like in basements or directly over concrete slabs. Even better, DIY and homeowners can lay the boards themselves, saving a fortune on professional installation costs and getting great looking results.

Care and Maintenance

Mop with a microfiber cloth and wood floor cleaner to remove the dirt that scratches the finish and shortens the floor’s life.
Engineered flooring goes anywhere you’d put solid wood—and some places you couldn’t.
The moisture that gathers in certain areas effect solid wood floorings. Because the veneer layers used for engineered boards crisscross like plywood, the wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract in humid areas is reduced.

Over Radiant Heat

Thinner engineered boards transfer heat better than thick solid wood and are more stable. Floating floors are best because they don’t need staples or nails that might puncture wires or hot-water tubes. Check with the radiant system’s manufacturer before using a foam underlay, which interferes with heat flow.

Where Not to Use It

While engineered flooring handles moisture better than solid flooring, it has limitations. The wet from above like bathrooms and shower rooms put even the best engineered floors at risk. The same for wash rooms.

Hard and Soft floors

The harder the top layer the more resilient it is to dents and the longer it’ll keep its like-new looks. But hardness isn’t the only factor. Dense woods with less grain, like maple, show dings more readily than a slightly softer wood with a bold grain. Floors with little or no gloss are better at hiding scratches and wear.

Engineered, Laminate or Solid Wood

Laminate: It may look real, but that’s actually a photo of wood you’re standing on. A paper image is embedded in resin, glued to fiberboard, and coated with a protective finish. A surface embossing mimics wood’s texture. Laminate flooring is about as thick as engineered, so you can lay it over existing floors, but once a laminate’s top coat wears away, it’s toast; it can’t be refinished.

Solid Wood: Sawn boards interlock with a tongue on one edge and a groove on the other. Because the boards expand and contract so much, they must be fastened to a subfloor and can’t be laid directly over concrete, like engineered and laminate. A ¾-inch-thick wood strip can be refinished up to 10 times, compared with three for the best engineered and none for laminate

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March 18th, 2012
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Out with the old in with the new, just like our wood and laminate floors we have updated our website to be the most updated and trendiest of designs, keep posted for great deals on wood and laminate flooring, you will not be disappointed.

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