What Are The Advantages Of Engineered Oak Flooring?

23rd April 2014

Engineered oak flooring has a number of huge benefits, making it often a better option than choosing a solid oak floor. From above, engineered oak flooring will look no different than solid oak flooring. It is from the side where the key differences can be seen and where some of its advantages lie.

Solid oak flooring is a full board made up completely of solid oak, whereas engineered oak flooring boards consists of a combination of oak and plyboard. Our engineered boards are made up of a 6mm solid oak top layer, which is bonded to a strong, stable tongue and grooved plyboard base. This leaves you with a full 20mm floor board. So what are the advantages of this?

The main advantage of choosing an engineered oak board is the fact they are much less prone to movement, when compared to solid oak flooring. This movement is often caused by changes in humidity. The added stability of engineered oak flooring means it can be used in areas where you simply would not consider laying a solid oak floor.

One area in which engineered oak flooring is commonly used is a bathroom environment. A bathroom will typically experience varying changes in humidity, so the oak floor needs to be able to cope with this. As engineered boards are less susceptible to movement, they are much more suited for the job. Similar areas where an engineered oak floor may be used include a conservatory or kitchen area.

Chiaro Engineered Oak Flooring

Further to the type of room, engineered oak floors also have an advantage of being able to be fitted over a number of different subfloors. Typically when laying over concrete, a traditional solid oak floor can only be glued when using thin boards. Wide solid oak boards should not be glued down. For the glueing of wider boards, engineered oak flooring can be used. When glueing any type of oak flooring to a concrete subfloor, the concrete should be checked to ensure it has a moisture level which is lower than 4%.

A more modern method of fitting floors nowadays is to use the floating floor method. This method involves glueing the tongue and grooves of each board together, without any fixing to the subfloor. We never recommend that you float a solid oak floor. If you would like to use this method, an engineered oak floor is the perfect solution.

An engineered oak floor can also be fitted using the same traditional methods of nailing or screwing.

If you would like to learn more regarding the advantages of engineered oak flooring, please give us a call on 01538 304584.

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.