In this section, you could take a brief look over the different flooring technologies. You can discover our frequently used techniques and working methods, with the ultimate goal of getting a flawless wood floor. This way, you can easily find solutions to your problems and, after consultation with a proper specialist, to opt for the version that suits you.
Many older houses with suspended timber floors have inadequate floor insulation and suffer from draughts which cause higher energy bills as well as cold feet. Installing underfloor insulation can address both these problems and give a payback on your investment.
A wooden floor is an investment and with a little bit of care and attention, should last for generations. Just look at the wooden floors in stately homes - these have been down for years and have aged gracefully in line with their surroundings. You may not be in your home for that long, but it still definitely pays to look after your wood floor and keep it in the best possible condition.
Because we believe that wooden floors should be "crafted for life" we will focus on how to approach a project of this kind. Indeed, when it comes to wooden floors, we have an overwhelming number of choices in terms of species, colours, dimensions, structural types, patterns, installation methods and materials.
Among the many floor covering types available nowadays wooden floors stand out through their unmatched beauty, naturalness and warmth. Yet, when it comes to longevity, many consider hardwood floors way behind other floor coverings like porcelain tiles.
Most of the materials which surround us will change dimensions in accordance with the ambient temperature variation. Some more, some less.
All wooden floors need to be sealed, finished, to extend their lifespan and to keep them looking wonderful. Without finish, oil or lacquer, the wood grains are totally exposed to dirt and liquids thus they will stain and get dirty from the first touch.
When it comes to making a distinction between wood which is suitable for wooden floors and the rest we simply refer to hardwood and softwood. But actually there is more because the total number of wood species is estimated to be more than 10000.
A regular cleaning routine will simplify your floor care. Everyday dust and dirt are your floors worst enemy, dust mop, vacuum or sweep regularly. This also serves as regular visual inspection of the floor surface so any potential risk will be noticed.
Previously lacquered floors will need to periodically be re-finished. If the floor has been maintained using wax-based polish or similar, the floor will have to be sanded back to bare wood prior to a new lacquer application. If just cleaners or freshening products were used it is possible to apply further coats of finish just with a light sanding. The floor must be cleaned and lightly abraded.