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October 2006

September 2006

Basic and Standard Range: changes and updates

Wood You Like has always been proud of its straightforward ranges in natural wooden flooring. We also keep a keen eye on price and quality relations.

Due to increasing prices by one of our main suppliers of our standard range (prices that couldn't compete with our Duoplank 21mm full-plank Wood-Engineered Flooring any more - we have decided to select another main supplier for this range.

One with better prices for the same high quality 14mm Wood-Engineered flooring. One with competitive prices with our Duoplank 21mm Wood-Engineered range and with a very varied selection in wood-types: from Oak, Beech, Maple to the exotic Hevea, Jatoba, Teak, Weng e.

We have also changed our Basic Range: it now contains Oak, Oak and Oak - the most popular wood-type in the UK.
Choose between Wood-Veneer, 3-strip and full-plank Wood-Engineered or a Basic 2-strip Solid Oak floor.
All high quality natural wooden flooring for a basic price: ranging from only £ 28.50 to £ 49.95 per sq m (supplied, ex VAT).

Both the Basic Range and the Standard Range leaflet are adjusted to our new products/supplier; request your own leaflet, filled with all specifications of the new/changed products.


Q: Floating or Glueing?

Q Phil:
have just purchased £1000 worth of solid oak for 35 MS lounge concrete floor 15 year old house no damp do i float floor or seal floor and stick to floor as guy in shop sugests at £150 for adhesive.

the room is 9Mx5M the solid wood is 120mm wide 18mm thick and various length planks

A WYL:
You can install the floor floating: use proper sound-insulation (preferably a combi-product that includes DPM and sound-insulation foam) and glue all T&G's with PVAC wood glue. Leave a minimum of 15mm expansion gap all around.


What most Solid 'offers' really are

When you search the Internet (or your local paper for that matter) you can easily find many cheap offers in solid Oak wood flooring.

Before buying into these offers, there are a few things you should be aware of:

  • Short lengths. Many of these offers contain over 75% short lengths (between 30 to 50cm) instead of a regular mix between short, medium and long lengths (or fixed length of minimum 1.5 meter). Many short boards mean many joins, plus unstable floor.... Read more

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Type of underfloor is type of underlayment

Based on the 'floating' installation method it depends on the type of underfloor you have what kind of underlayment you need for your wooden floor. (Floating means: wooden floorboards not fixed to the underfloor with adhesive or nailed onto joists/on existing floorboards or sheet material, and where the T&G is glued with PVAC wood glue.)... Read more


Know what type of Wooden Flooring is offered.

What's in a name: laminated, melamine, engineered, composed, parquet etc

As a member of two Online DIY forums we frequently give free advice to any "would be" wooden flooring installer. We do notice there is a lot of confusion about names of products and before we continue with other wooden flooring items we would like to introduce a more righteous terminology in types of floor covering.

The most confusion is about laminated flooring, used by DIY-ers (and even some suppliers) for both Melamine Laminated Flooring (the ‘plastic’ – Melamine’ stuff with only a photo-copy of wood) and for Wood-Engineered and Wood-Veneered flooring (flooring with a solid wood top layer between 0.2mm and 6 – 8mm with a crossed-backing of pine/plywood or mdf).

In the (English) wood-flooring profession laminate is used to describe the Melamine flooring (like Pergo, Quick-step etc).

The term Wood-Veneer is officially only used when the solid wooden top layer has a thickness between 0.2 to 1.5mm but frequently Internet searchers mean all the different types of Wood-Engineered flooring when using this term.
The top layer of this kind of product isn’t sawn, but peeled from the trunk and then glued (under high pressure) to a backing of mostly HDF. Although a very thin layer it is (normally) not of inferior quality. A veneer board can't be sanded though.

Wood-Engineered covers the rest of the ‘engineered’ flooring where the solid wooden top layer is more than 1.5mm thick (and can go up to even 8mm), but has a crossed-backing of a different material than the top layer.
Solid wooden flooring with cross backing of the same wood (to make it more stable) is called ‘composed’ wooden flooring.

Real wood is sometimes used to describe Wood-Engineered and Wood-Veneer flooring as opposed to the Melamine Laminated flooring.
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Solid wood T&G boards: these are made out of the same material (Oak, Maple etc) with Tongue and Groove on all four sides (although some manufacturers/saw-mills still create them only on the two long sides).
Parquet or overlay: unfinished Solid planks/strips/tiles/blocks without T&G, which are either glued and nailed on a solid mosaic (5-7 ‘fingers’-tiles) or plywood/chipboard subfloor or glued directly on a concrete/screed underfloor (like mosaic tiles, herringbone or other patterns). The planks/strips/tiles/blocks are 6 to 10mm thick and are known in The Netherlands and Belgium as Overlay floors.

Miss-use of Parquet term. Where in the mainland of Europe Parquet (Parket) means wooden flooring (any wooden flooring, from solid, wood-engineered to wood block design patterns like herringbone) in the UK the term Parquet is commonly used to describe the latter: wood blocks in any design pattern.
We have noticed however that some manufacturers and retailers use the term Parquet in the UK to promote the 3-strip Wood-Engineered (or 3-strip Wood-Veneer) flooring, which does lead to disappointed customers expecting a real (solid) ‘old-fashioned’ parquet floor instead of the T&G (or click) boards they are in fact purchasing.

Wood You Like 3-strip Engineered flooring, not Parquet blocks


Wooden Flooring Tips for New Builds

Buying a home is a milestone for most of us; be it finally getting onto the property ladder, up-grading or down-grading. For the next 25 - 30 years East Kent is a designated growth-area and over 30.000 new homes will be build in and around Ashford alone. Nowadays most new builds come with a choice in floorcovering, from 'standard' wall-to-wall carpet to (mostly) Wood-Veneer or if you're lucky even proper Wood-Engineered flooring. Only, most larger developers restrict the actual choice you have: they send you to one flooring supplier where you can decide between Oak, Beech or perhaps Maple 3-strip. If you want something else or a better/higher quality you have to prepare yourself for a 'hard struggle'.

Our own experience has taught us that 'stubborn' new home buyers usual get what they want in the end: i.e. the Natural Wooden Flooring from the company they select themselves and where the difference in price between the 'standard' fixed choice and the final choice isn't (on average) that much. If the developer/builder agrees to it, the alternative choice can be included (and paid for) before the exchange date, resulting in the new home owner not having to pay the VAT on the wooden flooring nor on the installation costs.

Wood You Like Natural Wooden Flooring Tips and Advice A word of advice: when buying a new build home on a large housing estate it's better to wait with installing Natural Wooden Flooring until all building works (including the final road surface) is completely finished. Imagine the 'sanding-effect' on your newly installed floor!
In these situations we advice a cheap (and cheerful) carpet, not too light in colour, until all 'dust has settled'. Or, if you insist, on a wooden flooring with an oil finish (instead of a lacquer finish).


Anti Allergic Floor Covering

Anti-Allergic
House dust is the major cause of allergy in people with yearlong runny or blocked nose and/or sneezing. In addition to these allergic reactions, dust can trigger and irritate asthma and eczema.
Allergies are the result of an overactive and over-performing immune system. There are many different types of allergies. Some allergies are genetic. If one of more parent suffers with eczema, asthma or allergies, it is more likely that any children will suffer one or more of these too.
Some allergies are contact related and in order to have an allergic reaction you need to have had contact with the allergen. Eczema, asthma and hay fever (allergic rhinitis) are all considered forms of allergy.
Almost all asthma in young people is allergic asthma. This means having inherited genes which makes it possible to get asthma; plus allergy-producing things in the environment, such as house dust mites, cats, or dogs; as 'trigger' factors.

Wood You Like healthy Natural Wooden Flooring

A speck of dust may contain fabric fibres, human skin, bacteria, animal danders, pollen, grains, moulds spores, food particles, mites and mites-droppings. Mites cannot be seen without a microscope. They thrive in warm and humid conditions. Because they feed on skin scales, they love bedding, carpets, upholstered furniture, clothing, closets and car seats. They usually survive ordinary vacuuming because they burrow deep and are equipped with sucking pads on their feet.

 

Rigorous vacuuming every day can help to reduce the amount of mites; I don't know about you, but personally I find every vacuum cleaner 'smells' of dust, no matter how many times you empty the dust bag (one of the most tedious and dusty tasks around!) or change the filter. We use a soft-broom for day-to-day cleaning of our wooden floor covering, but that's a hard task on carpets we’re afraid.

Carpets - they provide a breeding ground for mites. One square meter of carpet can contain up to 100.000 dust mites.
However, the cheapest alternative smooth floorings are made of PVC, also known as vinyl, which is a major source of toxic and sometimes persistent substances in the environment. Some research also suggest the softeners in PVC itself may contribute to asthma incidence.

Simple tips for Healthy Homes

These following tips are not only beneficial for people suffering from Asthma, eczema or allergies, they will have a healthy effect on all of us.
One of the most simple ones is: VENTILATE

It still amazes us that some people don't ventilate their rooms/homes just once a day for say only 5 - 10 minutes (even in Winter!). Opening a window for a small period of time will get rid of excessive moist, dust, tobacco and other 'bad' smells, and bring in some nice fresh air. Of course you can buy 'fresh-air' from a bottle/spray, but do we really want that? Fresh air from ventilation is FREE and will do your home and yourself a world of good.

Another tip, is to make sure the humidity in your home stays at a comfortable level. Not just good for your wooden flooring (to prevent extra expansion or shrinkage) but also very good for yourself. Dry air will dry out your skin and especially for eczema sufferers not a good thing to have. See our tips and advice page for more info on healthy house climate


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Adding value to your home

ICI Woodcare reports that adding/restoring natural wooden features in your home can increase the value of it. Wooden features include (stripped) wooden doors, door and window frames, wooden banisters on stair and landing, real wooden kitchen cupboards (or only cupboard doors) and of course installing Natural Wooden Flooring in the main areas.

When deciding on Natural Wooden Flooring it's best to keep the most popular floor in mind, especially when you want to climb the 'property-ladder'.

Wood You Like Solid Rustic Oak
The most popular wood-type is still Oak and the grade mostly sold (in the UK) is Rustic.  A Rustic Oak floor added to your home sells it better than for instance a tropical wood-type. Even if you would choose a specific coloured Oak floor (like Smoked, White-washed, Antique stained or Castle Grey oiled), the new owner can change this more easily to his/her own liking than trying to change a dark tropical floor into a lighter coloured one.

Most customers (in the U.K. that is) find a premium grade Oak floor looks too 'neat' and resembles a Melamine (Plastic) Laminate floor too much.

And an oil/wax finish is slowly gaining in popularity, matte replacing the gloss and shiny look.

But it’s not just a ‘Solid Investment’ for in your own home; if you have a buy-to-let property there are also other advantages when you replace the wall-to-wall carpet with quality Natural Wooden Flooring:

  • You can ask for a higher amount in rent because of the practical floor covering installed. Since more and more ‘affluent’ young people have increasing difficulties getting onto the property ladder themselves, but still want to live comfortable; putting a property for rent on the market with Natural Wooden Flooring can give you an edge over all other properties for rent.
  • Buy-to-let is all about ROI (Return On Investment): how much do you spend on the property and how much does it bring in? In the first instance cheap carpet doesn’t look as much costs, but having to replace this (stained, smelly, ripped) carpet every year isn’t practical and will cost as much as having had Natural Wooden Flooring installed from the beginning, in the long run this constant replacing of ‘cheap’ carpet could cost even more.
  • Tenants aren’t always as careful with your property/belongings as you self would be.  The benefit of easy maintenance (and the ease with which small repairs can be done, especially with oiled finishes) you’ll have with Natural Wooden Flooring gives you more peace of mind in this matter.Wood You Like Home of Real Wood

Easy maintenance of Natural Wooden Flooring

In fact it’s very simple: dirty is dirty, clean is clean.
Because natural wooden flooring is a hard floor covering, dirt, dust will stay on top of it and will never penetrate the material (as happens with carpets). House mites have nothing to ‘cling’ on to.

All it takes is a soft broom (or cylinder vacuum cleaner, we recommend the brand Miele – N.B upright cleaners with plastic wheels can easily scratch the floor) for the normal day-to-day care.

Wood You Like, Natural Wooden Flooring with easy maintenance

Plus, taking care of your wooden floor enhances its beauty, durability and value.

In our showroom we stock many maintenance products for any type of finish (waxed, oiled or lacquered) plus floor protection products like castors and self-adhesive felt pads in many shapes and sizes.

We supply every customer with our maintenance leaflet, which contains more practical tips, and we can even carry out the maintenance service for you. You can even opt for our ‘Life-long’ price-guaranteed maintenance service, where we treat your floor minimum twice a year for a fixed price (including the maintenance product used), which will not change so long you live in the property the wooden floor is installed in.


Main benefits and advantages of Natural Wooden Flooring

When choosing for Natural Wooden Flooring you will start to enjoy the many benefits this floor covering gives you from day one on:

  1. easy day-to-day care and maintenance with the knowledge that a clean wooden floor is really clean and doesn’t hide house dust mites etc
  2. a ‘solid’ investment that keeps its value over years to come and is a quality feature to promote when the time might come you start thinking of selling your home
  3. one of the most anti-allergic floor coverings you can have, a real benefit for Asthma, allergy and even eczema sufferers
  4. eco-friendly, for every tree used in wooden flooring from sustained forests new trees are planted and trees are nature's way of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and producing the oxygen we breathe.