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Samples, why not

Wood is a wonderful product of nature, very versatile in species.

But nature also 'dictates' very versatile characteristics in every species, making everything individual (like human beings, we're all different in shape, looks, colour and character).

Wood you Like, Oak Rustic overlay receptionWood is no different, every individual board has its own colour, look, character. One piece of Oak Rustic can have many knots, sapwood areas and even some medullary rays. Another piece of Oak Rustic (even cut from the same tree) can have a completely different appearance: tiny knots perhaps, slightly darker in colour than its 'neighbouring' board and no medullary rays at all.

That's what makes a wooden floor so natural, but also makes it hard to choose a floor from a tiny sample send out to you. It can never show you all its natural variety.
That's why Wood You Like has large sample boards in the showroom, containing at least three different pieces (single boards) in the sample to give you the correct best impression of how that type of flooring, that type of wood in that type of grade and colour can look like.
That's why Wood You Like websites and online showroom shows interior design pictures, not pictures of a piece of wood. We want to 'show-off' the richness of nature's varied character.

Wood You Like Iroko-Kambala That's why Wood You Like doesn't easily send out tiny samples, it will never give you the best impression. You might receive a dark piece, not matching your style or colour idea at all, while in the total floor it would 'blend' in seamlessly between all other varied in character boards.
There is another reason for not sending samples: all wood-types 'mature' once exposed to light (and not just sun light). Some wood types start pale and get darker or honey-coloured (like Oak), some start light brown and turn brown-reddish over time (specially tropical wood types) and some turn from vaguely dark to deep dark (Jatabo amongst others). A 'fresh' sample send out for a colour match with your design will not show you the ultimate matured appearance of your natural wooden floor.

Nature is too varied to have your choice in wood dictated by a small - tiny sample. Come and see it in situ in our showroom or download our Interior Design Pictures of many wood-types in our various ranges.

The Mighty Oak - wood at work

Wood You Like The Mighty Oak Yesterday the Mighty, Majestic Oak featured in BBC2's "The Trees That Made Britain". Tony Kirkham and Jon Hammerton, both familiar faces from the Kew-Garden programs, showed and experienced the 'work-horse' among trees.

The Oak has been around for ages, surrounded with folklore, tradition, history and is nature's source for many trades and products.

The Oak, not just in the U.K. - all over mainland Europe also, is used for grand structures (Salisbury Cathedral's Spire is just one, but excellent, example), many historic ships, galleons, barges and simple tugs depended on the strength of the Oak, the bark of the tree (the tanned-acid) was/is an essential product to keep hides in prime and flexible condition and Oak barrels make Whiskey what Whiskey is.

Oak, the majestic tree is the most popular choice in wooden flooring (85% of all wooden flooring bought), its variety in grades and natural colours, its strength, durability and value is renowned by all and sundry.
The tanned-acid in the wood is still used to create that typical dark, golden brown, smoked colour old Oak boards or beams in stables and cattle-wagons have (the ammonia in the cattle pee reacting with the tanned-acid changes the wood colour - nowadays ammonium-vapours are used - in a 'smoke-room' - to create the same effect).

Mighty Oak, the versatile, grandest work-horse among all trees, who wouldn't want to have a majestic floor from you?

Shouldn't cork be boring brown?

Eh, no, definitely not.

Wood You Like Cork Crimson Wood You Like Cork Moonlight Wood You Like Cork SecretsBlue Wood You Like Cork Silver WicCork (Wicanders): "The Natural Choice for Environmental Floors" comes in many colours, designs and textures. The pictures above show only a small selection of all the colours nature's own insulator comes in, in total there are over 30 available (even brown).
Go wild and create your own design mixing various colours and textures together; stay cool/calm and create your own 'hide-away' with one soothing colour.

Cork, environmentally and eco-friendly harvested from the Cork Oak tree, absorbs sound and is warm, comfortable and soft under foot.
Ideal hygienic and anti-allergic floorcovering in children's playrooms and bedrooms. Or to liven up your heavy traffic reception area, or waiting room and office.

WicCork comes in floorboards (10.5 x 295 x 900mm) with corkloc T&G or in glue-down tiles (3.2 x 300 x 300mm/600 x 300mm) all with Extreme WRT (Wear-Resistant-Technology) finish and with built-in thermal insulation and built-in acoustic insulation (the natural characteristics of cork).

In our showroom in Charing we have 24 large sample boards to give you the best starting point in visualising what/how cork floorcovering can do/mix with your unique interior design at home or in your office.
Just another example of Wood You Like's specialities

Forest Stewardship Council and reforestation.

Reforestation should be on everyone's mind who is dealing/working with wood. Sustained forests are the only way forward, economically and environmentally. More and more governments, producers and organisations realise that a "Forest that pays, stays", and not just tropical forests. Examples: The Netherlands and Belgium combined have 115,000 ha of FSC certified forests and plantations (production forests), The U.K. 1,693,000 ha beginning 2007.
And more and more organisations/customers demand that wood used in projects (building projects, flooring projects) comes from sustained forests.

Wood You Like FSC reforestation Our Dutch 'Duoplank' and Solid wooden flooring manufacturer owns 30,000 ha of FSC certified tropical forest in Bolivia and has been involved with reforestation projects in Paraguay for many, many years.

The founder/owner started with sustained forestry even before FSC was 'born' (1990) and without any help from local (South America) governments (who have been known to point out the huge forest to him asking: whatever for do we need to replant?).
The sustained plantation is now the only forest around for miles.

The birch plywood backing of the Duoplank also comes from sustained forests, making it one complete product from nature - with nature's future in mind.

(Did you know that the Oak, Merbau, Walnut and Iroco Duoplank range is guaranteed on underfloor heating? This product has been tested by TNO  - world wide renowned Dutch Technology and Test Institute - to ensure that it's a perfectly suitable product to be installed over underfloor heating - correctly installed and used according to the heating system manufacturer's specifications of course)

Restoration projects - bespoke blocks

Wood You like has been called upon to source wooden blocks for a restoration project in East Kent. The client needed herringbone blocks in a very specific width and length in order to fill in and extent from an existing herringbone floor, but was unable to find a exact duplicate until, of course, Wood You Like got involved.

Wood You Like Bespoke Design Parquet Our bespoke Design Parquet Manufacturer (named in the top 3 of "Best Supplier of the Year 2006" The Netherlands) made 'easy' work of the order and also created a perfect (left and right) tongue and groove to the 13.5mm thick solid blocks. Two weeks after the first enquiry from our client the wood blocks were delivered to site.

Just one small sample of Wood You Like's specialities.