Narrow Or Wide Oak Flooring?

7th April 2014

Achieving the right oak flooring for your room can be difficult with so many different choices to make. Just one of the choices you will no doubt have to make is whether you want narrow oak floor boards or wider boards. As with many of the choices, these do come down to personal preference and what looks best in your environment. There are however some points that should be considered.

How you intend to fit the floor, and the environment in which it will be fitted is a hugely important step that can influence your choice of narrow or wider boards. When fitting solid oak flooring it is important to note that the wider a solid oak board is, the more prone it will be to movement and cupping.

When glueing down solid oak boards, we do not recommend that you glue a board which is wider than 120mm in width. If you intend to glue a wider board than this, we always recommend choosing engineered oak flooring.

Wide Oak Flooring

When screwing or nailing down your boards, the more common method nowadays is the secret screwing or nailing method. This involves driving the fixings through the tongue of each board into the sub-floor or joists. This means the fixing is hidden away. This method is commonly used for boards up to 160mm in width. For boards which are wider than this, we recommend that a form of surface fixing used in addition to the secret fixing.

Further to the type of oak flooring chosen and the method of fitting, another factor which can influence the width of board is the size of your room. It is important that the lengths and widths of the boards you choose look suitable in your environment.

A final point of note is what grade of oak flooring you want. For example with wider barn or character grade boards, there are likely to be more knots and shakes per each individual board when compared to a thinner board of the same grade. Wider boards of select and prime boards are much more difficult to source than thinner boards of the same grade. This means wider boards are always more costly than narrower boards.

Of course if you like the look of both narrow and wider boards, some find mixing different widths a great way to achieve their desired look.

April 2014 Special Offer: Hand-forged Knotted Handle

4th April 2014

For this months special offer we have some hand forged handles available at a truly unbelievable price. For April 2014 only, we are offering 27mm knotted handles for just £4.00 + VAT and delivery.

April 2014 Special Offer

These handles are perfect for cupboards, wardrobes, pantries, larders or just about anywhere where you don’t require a latch. All of these handles have been finishing using a natural beeswax. Silky and smooth to the touch, the iron knot gives an excellent grip for opening a sticky door.

If you take a look for these handles anywhere else on-line you’ll find the cheapest at around £20.00, making this an offer one not to be missed. To take advantage of this offer whilst stock last, please give us a call on 01538 304584.

Grange, Legere or Mansion 14mm Solid Oak Flooring?

31st March 2014

Our range of 14mm solid oak flooring has proved to be one of our most popular sellers. These 14mm boards are made from the same high quality European oak as our 20mm solid oak boards. As these boards are 14mm in thickness, they are just thick enough to provide stable flooring, yet thin enough so all important room height is not lost. Currently we have three different grades of 14mm solid oak available: Grange, Legere and Mansion.

The Grange grade is the equivalent of our Barn grade. Grange solid oak boards are for those looking for maximum character from there oak flooring. These boards will include a high number of knots, burrs, colour streaks, shakes, cracks and also the odd hole. These boards can look great in the likes of Tudor cottages or old pubs.

The Legere grade is produced from the same oak as our Character grade oak flooring. This means these boards will feature knots of varying size, colour variation, shakes, cracks as well as areas of perfectly grained oak. The character boards are perfect for just about any environment.

14mm Grades

Mansion 14mm solid oak flooring is a deeply striped brown oak board. These stripes arise when a naturally occurring fungus living within the oak tree, causes discolouration of the timber. Once this timber has been milled, the floorboards have deeply coloured areas of grain. In terms of grading, the brown oak has a similar range of knots as the character grade.

All of these grades of 14mm are currently available in widths of 120mm, 140mm and 160mm. If you would like to discuss any of these grades further with us, please give us a call on 01538 304584.