How Can I Protect My Exterior Oak?

22nd October 2014

As with interior oak, you are going to want to protect any exterior oak you may have. Whether it be exterior oak doors, cladding or furniture, a high quality finish will help to preserve the life of your woodwork against the elements. So what product should you use?

One of the main products we recommend is the Blanchon Advanced Decking Protection Environment, or Blanchon Saturation as it was previously know. This product has been specifically designed to protect all species of wood that are used externally. This includes pressured treated woods, exotic/tropical wood types such as ipe and teak, European hardwood’s such as oak and chestnut, and softwoods including red cedar and larch.

The oil naturally penetrates the wood, is UV resistant, and will not flake or peel. This provides major protection to your outdoor woodwork. The warm, natural matt finish will enhance the natural elegance of the wood. The Blanchon Advanced Decking Protection is available in a number of different finishes. These include Old Grey, Natural and Oak.

Recently we have created a guide which takes you through the application process of the Blanchon Advanced Decking Protection. This guide can be seen by clicking here.

What Are The Pros and Cons Of Engineered Oak Flooring?

16th October 2014

With solid oak flooring being used inside homes down the ages, comes a understanding and well tested product. Therefore it comes as no surprise how some are wary of fitting, what is a effectively a relatively new idea, engineered oak flooring.

For those who are unaware, engineered oak flooring is a combination of a top layer of solid oak, which is bonded to a ply-board base. From above an engineered oak board is designed to look exactly the same as a solid oak board. So what are the pros and cons of engineered oak flooring?

Engineered Oak Flooring Room

Pro’s

Lets begin with the pro’s, as there are so many!

The first advantage is the stability of engineered oak flooring. The construction of these boards mean they are much less prone to movement when compared to solid oak flooring. Changes in humidity will cause solid oak flooring to move, whereas variable humidity levels are less likely to cause an engineered board to move.

This stability opens the door for engineered boards to be used in areas where a solid oak board would simply not be suitable. One such area is over the top of an underfloor heating system. Engineered boards are able to cope with the temperature changes of such systems. This also makes engineered oak flooring the preferred choice for the likes of bathrooms and conservatories as well as over concrete subfloors. With solid oak flooring, only thinner boards should be glued to a concrete subfloor. With engineered oak boards wider boards can be glued.

As mentioned previously, from above a good quality engineered oak board will look exactly the same as an equal quality solid oak board. With solid and engineered flooring, a number of grades are available. So whether you want the cleanness of the Prime grade, or something with a bit more character, this is available. You can enjoy all of the advantages of an engineered oak board, with the same look and feel of a solid oak board.

One of the issues many believe to be true regarding engineered oak flooring is that it will not last as long as a solid oak board and not have as many “sandings” available. This however is not the case as equivalent solid and engineered boards will have equal sandings. This is due to the positioning of the tongue on solid oak boards. The thickness from the top of the board to the top of the tongue is equal to the thickness of the wear layer of an equivalent engineered oak board.

Engineered Oak Flooring Room

Con’s

With so many advantages to engineered oak flooring, what, if any, are the disadvantages?

The only real disadvantage that some see to engineered bards is the perception that “its not traditional solid oak flooring”. As we mentioned earlier, from above engineered will look the same as solid oak flooring.

The cost element of engineered oak flooring is the only other downside. Despite perception, engineered boards are more costly than solid boards, due to the added machining costs.

October 2014 Special Offer: 160mm Barn Grade Solid Oak Flooring

10th October 2014

This time last year we ran one of our most popular special offers yet. With this in mind we have decided to repeat the offer again this year, just in time for those Winter renovation projects. For October 2014 only, we have our 20mm thick Barn Grade Solid Oak Flooring in 160mm widths for just £25.00 + VAT and Delivery.

The Barn grade solid oak flooring offers that truly authentic, rustic look. The boards include a range of various shakes, knots and figuring. If you are looking for an oak floor, with maximum character, this is the grade for you.

October 2014 Special Offer

All of these boards are 2 – 3 metres in length, tongue and grooved around all four sides, with a micro-bevel along the length of the board.

Last year this offer proved to be hugely popular, selling out within a couple of weeks. To place your order whilst you can, please give us a call on 01538 304584.