Why Not ‘Finish’ at the start? Which Flooring Finishes Work Best For You?

With a variety of flooring finishes available, it’s important to weigh up the options and decide on the best flooring design and style for your specific application, particularly at the early planning stages of the project.

When considering hardwood flooring, the choice of finish can have a major impact on the overall look and feel of the flooring, which is crucial when providing a premium service for a client.

There are three coatings available for hardwood flooring; lacquered, UV oiled or natural oiled. Alternatively, solid boards can also be supplied unfinished for finishing in situ, whilst a textured and ‘craft look’ can be added to boards with a brushed or handscraped finish.

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DON’T BE FLOORED BY WOOD, YOU JUST NEED TO MAKE IT FEEL AT HOME

As the UK’s leading flooring experts, we’re often asked our advice on how to lay a wooden floor, avoiding problems such as buckling or gapping? My answer is that preparation is key, and acclimatisation is particularly important. Wood is beautiful, but can also be sensitive, which is why acclimatisation is such an important part of the process. Essentially it means conditioning the wooden flooring’s moisture content to the living environment it will be installed in. By taking this seriously, you should prevent problems such as buckling or gapping and get the beautiful floor you want. Wood must be given time to adjust to the temperature and humidity of its new surroundings, it’s a settling in process, literally making your wooden flooring feel at home.

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MODERN REVIVAL – THE LOVE OF THE CLASSIC INSPIRES A NEW GENERATION

Unlike trends seen on the catwalk that change with the seasons, the style of your home needs to stand the test of time. In addition, it needs to work seamlessly through the seasons and not look add in the depths of winter or the height of summer. The next and final trend that we will be looking at does just that.

For the final post in the series we are talking about the ‘Modern Revival’ trend. Modern Revival is about taking the best styles of the early 20th Century and adding a confident and contemporary twist. The finished look should be glamorous and romantic yet simple and strong. The basis of Modern Revival is to have contrasting elements that complement each other. The contrasts mean that different elements stand out at different times resulting in a seamless transition throughout the year.

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