6th December 2013
With the winter months now very much upon us, now is the time to relax in front of a warm log fire. Sadly with this, normally comes the unsightly log basket filled up with excess bark and mess. However this need no longer be a problem, with these wrought iron log rings.
These log rings allow you to stack your logs in a way that not only looks great but also doesn’t allow for an accumulation of mess. Any excess bark can quickly and easy be swept away. The designs of these rings means that air can flow freely between the logs. This in affect helps to dry the logs out, making them much better for burning on your fire.
The wrought iron log rings are now available in three sizes; small, medium and large, with exact measurements available on their respective pages.
These log rings could be a great, highly unique Christmas gift. To place your order whilst you can, please give us a call on 01538 304584.
2nd December 2013
Following on from the amazing response to our guide to oak floor finishes, we have recently updated it with yet more information. In this guide we looked to establish which of the oak floor finish brands are a good investment and which of the brands are not.
For this, we began by simply applying a number of different oak floor finish brands onto a piece of oak flooring and recording the results. This included the ease of application, the texture of the finishes, the colour and the drying time. This process was repeated for all coats.
Upon returning to the boards after they had fully cured, we next took it upon ourselves to “destroy” them. This was a test to see which of the finishes were the most hard wearing and resistant to stains. This was done by applying a range of different items onto the board. These items were all the kind of things you may spill on your floor at home, including vinegar, washing up liquid and brown sauce. These were then left for set periods of time, to then be cleaned away to see if any marks remained.
As time has progressed we have come across even more different finishes and brands. With this in mind we thought it was about time we updated our guide accordingly. The first addition is the Rubio Monocoat Oil. This oil is a product which is designed to colour and protect your wood in 1 singular layer. As the only product which required a single layer, it was interesting to see how it would cope.
The next addition is a product which we have been supplying for a while here at Peak Oak. The product in question is the Blanchon Original Wood Environment. This has been specifically designed to protect your oak floor without substantially changing its natural unfinished colour.
If you would like to see the results of these new additions, or indeed information on the previously tested brands, you can do so by clicking here.
26th November 2013
Nowadays the installation of oak flooring can be done in a number of different ways. A solid oak floor is traditionally nailed or screwed down, with secret nailing or screwing now becoming the preferred method. An engineered oak floor on the other hand can be fitted using the same methods, as well as in the form of a floating floor. A further option is to glue down the flooring to your subfloor, as long as your situation meets the right criteria.
If you are planning on glueing down a solid oak floor, it is our recommendation that you do not opt for a board which is wider than 120mm. This is because the wider the board, the much more prone the board is to movement. This means if you glue a wider board, you are more likely to encounter more serious problems. If you want to glue down a wider oak board than 120mm, we generally recommend engineered oak flooring.
Unlike solid oak flooring, engineered oak is made up of a combination of layers. In our case 6mm of solid European oak, is bonded to a base board of 14mm Siberian birch ply. This construction makes engineered oak much less susceptible to movement and changes in humidity. This means it is much more suitable for a range of different situations, including the glueing of wider boards. Once laid, an engineered oak floor is indistinguishable from a solid oak floor.
The final point to note when glueing down oak flooring, is to ensure that you are using the appropriate adhesive. We always recommend using an MS Polymer Flexible Flooring Adhesive. This type of adhesive is strong enough for suitable adhesion yet flexible enough to allow the flooring to naturally move.