New Guide: A Guide To Choosing Oak Flooring

16th December 2014

Understanding the differences between the types of oak flooring on the market can be difficult, and often a complete minefield. The impact of these differences are not always immediately obvious until it is too late.

Length Of Boards

With this thought process, and from hearing various horror stories, we have decided to create a brand new guide. This guide tackles what we consider to be the main points of note when purchasing oak flooring. These include country of origin, moisture content, length of board, width of board, thickness of board, surface of the board and the finish of the board.

You can take a look at this new guide by clicking here.

Traditional Crosses With Contemporary For Barn Conversion

12th December 2014

Our oak flooring pops up just about everywhere. This month some of our oak flooring is featured in the January 2015 issue of the Self Build & Design Magazine. This latest issue of the magazine leads with a barn conversion by Heidi and Paul Brailsford, which features oak flooring from Peak Oak.

Heidi and Paul Brailsford Barn Conversion

In this spread, we follow the story of a barn conversion in the village of Idridgehay in Derbyshire. In this conversion they have brought life back into the old barn. Throughout Heidi and Paul have combined the traditional aspects of the building, with more contemporary features.

Inside the barn living areas, character grade engineered oak flooring has been used. Character grade flooring is always one of our more popular grades of oak flooring. These boards have a blend of knots, shakes and fissures along with large areas of perfectly grained oak. This character makes it the perfect grade for just about any environment, and is especially suited for for barn conversions.

Heidi and Paul Brailsford Barn Conversion

If you would like to read the full story on Paul and Heidi’s barn conversion, take a look at the latest issue of the Self Build & Design Magazine.

Points To Consider With Oak Flooring And Underfloor Heating

10th December 2014

The installation of underfloor heating systems is becoming more and more common with renovation projects. When installing oak flooring and underfloor heating there are certain points that should be considered.

Type Of Oak Flooring

The first point is the type of oak flooring. When laying oak flooring over underfloor heating, we only ever recommend using engineered oak flooring. Due to its construction, engineered oak flooring is much less prone to movement caused by changes in humidity. With the variable temperature changes of underfloor heating, a solid oak floor is much more likely to encounter problems.

Engineered & Solid Oak Flooring

Type of Underfloor Heating System

Typically there are two types of underfloor heating systems; water or electric.

One such water underfloor heating system, involves heating coils which are embedded in concrete. The concrete then allows this heat to be distributed across the entire floor surface. With this system, the temperature can be harder to control than other systems. This is because concrete will naturally keep its current temperature for longer periods. This means once it is warm it will stay warm. When the concrete is cold however it can take longer, in comparison, for the temperature to warm up.

Another form of water underfloor heating system, is a system based on aluminium heat plates. The heating coils for this system are placed in curved grooves. These plates fit directly underneath your engineered oak flooring.

With electrical underfloor heating systems, these consist of heat cables which are laid out in a joist construction. Electric underfloor heating systems are often combined with radiators.

Underfloor Heating

How The Floor Will Be Fitted

How you intend to fit the floor over your underfloor heating system very much depends on the type of system chosen and what your chosen manufacturer recommends. Typically the engineered oak flooring is fitted using either the floating floor method or the adhesive method.

The floating floor method involves no direct fixing to the sub-floor. Instead, the tongue and grooves of each board are glued together, creating the floating floor.

With the adhesive method the boards are glued directly to the underfloor heating system using a suitable flexible flooring adhesive. Whether or not this is a suitable method for you depends on your own situation and own underfloor heating system.