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FAQ / Fitting Guide

Why wooden flooring?
Finishes - an explanation
Prefinished and Lacquered
Prefinished and Oiled
Unfinished flooring
Reclaimed
Do you fit floors as well?


Why wooden flooring?

Timber flooring has been used for centuries. It has an outstanding natural beauty that varies between each individual species of timber in its own unique way. A solid wood floor is an investment, adding value to your property and will last a lifetime and more. Much of the timber flooring that the Antique Oak Flooring Company salvages has outlived the buildings it was originally fitted in, and if treated in the right manner, will continue to serve its purpose for many more years to come. A wood floor is considered particularly beneficial for allergy sufferers as they are easy to keep clean and free from dust mites. Also, as wood is a poor conductor of heat it will act as a thermal insulator and therefore feeling warm to the touch.


Finishes - an explanation

The Antique Oak Flooring Company supplies its floors in a variety of conditions as timber flooring will come in all manner of shapes, sizes and supplied as states. There are pros and cons for each as well as a necessary explanation of issues concerning reclaimed flooring and its supply.


Prefinished and Lacquered

When it comes to installation, prefinished hardwood flooring will demand less time and energy. As the name suggests, the flooring has been factory sanded and prefinished with a lacquer thus eliminating the sanding and finishing process on-site. Lacquer gives a smooth finish to the floor that is hard wearing, easily maintained and cleaned. When done correctly, solid prefinished hardwood flooring can be re-finished countless times.


Prefinished and Oiled

This means that the flooring has been factory sanded and prefinished with a suitable flooring oil thus eliminating the sanding and finishing process on-site. Oil impregnates and enters the wood thus not allowing moisture and dirt to enter but also allowing the timber to breathe and move with the wood. It will produce a very natural matt finish to the timber and leaves no film on the surface. A proper high quality oiled and maintained floor can surprisingly be more abrasion resistant than a lacquered floor.


Unfinished flooring

As the name suggests, the flooring is supplied with no factory applied protective finishes. The main benefit of this is that the customer in open to a multitude of available variations in the finishing process such as colour alteration using stains and choosing the type of protective finish that would suit them aesthetically and their lifestyle. We are able to supply free advice on all matters regarding the finishing of timber flooring.


Reclaimed

Timber supplied in a reclaimed state or in an 'as is' condition, will need some form of finishing on site after installation. Some minor cleaning of the product is to be expected and carried out prior to fitting. Various degrees of sanding and different types of finish such as oils and waxes can produce a multitude of differing looks to the completed floor. We would always recommend that an experienced contractor be used, especially for the final finishing of a reclaimed floor. Whilst the Antique Oak Flooring Company takes all care to ensure that all its reclaimed materials are good and useable, it has to be considered that contamination of various types will always be apparent in reclaimed timber. This can be visible after sanding by way of colour contamination from years of paint and oxidisation marks from metal fixings etc. Occasional patches of end decay will be allowed for and trimmed where possible. The resin and oil content of old timber usually dissuades any pest attack, but occasionally small areas may be discovered and removed or treated. We cannot guarantee freedom from any of the above and more, but most clients consider these as cosmetically pleasing features that are within the bounds of their salvaged material requirements.


Do you fit floors as well?

We are able to recommend fitters or give clients a supply and fit quotation. For reclaimed flooring and timber installations, we would especially propose the use of a fitter who has experience in dealing with reclaimed flooring as a floor can easily be ruined in the final finishing process. Please remember that a quality fitter is able to create a bespoke and unique floor for you.


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