Beautiful wood flooring can look wonderful, developing a real sense of style and individuality and today’s, contemporary feel within any home. There are many different types of real wood flooring, each with a look that’s entirely its own. large sofa bed couch Aged or distressed flooring, the distinctive lines of parquet flooring, there’s engineered wood flooring and strip floors and also mosaic panels and end grain wood block floors.
Aged & distressed flooring
Aged wood flooring or distressed flooring presents a stylish, lived in look. It looks, for all your world, as if your flooring has been laid for a long time and adds a particular authenticity to your house. Aged and distressed flooring is also an extremely practical choice for both homes and commercial properties because it keeps looking good for longer. The rugged, worn, lived in appearance won’t show the scratches and marks due to everyday usage. Also, they are a popular choice since they never require sanding unlike other styles of wood floors.
Parquet wooden floors are a very popular choice and something of the reasons because of this is a parquet floor can be laid in a wide variety of ways, with a wide variety of patterns. The patterns available are Herringbone, Double Herringbone, Single Basket Weave, Treble Basket Weave and Chevron. You can even opt for parquet panels, parquet borders, parquet motifs and parquet floor medallions.
Engineered wood flooring
Engineered floors can be installed which either floating on underlay, are secretly nailed to existing wood sub floors or fully glued to the concrete or timber sub floor. Engineered floors are very good if you need to reduce the noise level in an area and they work very well with under floor heating systems. Engineered wood floors are available in a wide range of sizes from 14mm 3 strip floors to 20mm structural engineered wide planks. Strip Floors
There is wide selection of solid tongue and grooved strip flooring available which his obtainable in European Oak, French Oak, American Black Walnut, Wenge, Distressed Oak, Reclaimed Pine and Merbau. Strip wood floors, like engineered wood flooring, could be secret nailed to timber sub floors or glued to concrete sub floors but unlike engineered wood floors, they’re not recommended for use with under floor heating systems. Strip floors have become easy to maintain and will be sanded often to refresh their look making them great value for money.
Mosaic Panels Mosaic Panels, also called finger parquet, is an old style of flooring used a lot in the 1960’s and is available in European Oak, Mahogany, Teak and Merbau. If fitting mosaic panels to a wood or concrete base, an epoxy glue ought to be used but if the panels have a felt backing then a spirit based adhesive should be used. End grain wood block floors
End grain wood block flooring comes in a variety of wood species including European Larch, European Oak, European Smoked Oak, Pine and Spruce. The wood is cut across the growth rings to produce a very different turn to that achieved using the more usual strip flooring. It is extremely hard wearing and so is fantastic for areas that experience a great deal of foot traffic.
Wood floor repairs
Every once in awhile your wooden floor will need repairing, either to eliminate scratches or stains or to correct a floor that has been badly laid in the first place. Scratches could be sanded away using fine to medium sand paper but it is preferred that any stained floorboards be replaced because, depending how deeply the stain has entered the wood, you may have to sand quite hard to get the stain out which could mean that portion of flooring will not look the same as the rest.
If you are fortunate enough to inherit a genuine wood floor or are looking to restore a floor you covered years back with carpet, you may want to carry out some repairs. This might involve replacing parts of the old wood floor with new wood. In the event you need to do this, it is advisable to source wood that, as closely as possible, matches the initial wood, in colour and type.
Once the repairs have already been carried out, the floor should be machine sanded to a fine finish and any gaps filled. With this done you can go about staining the floor to your chosen colour. Sometimes, stains in your flooring is only going to become apparent after the floor is machine sanded and even after applying the new chosen finish. If this happens, you may choose to replace that section or leave it since it adds character to your floor.