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March 2009

Why Wooden Flooring: FSC Retailer's guarantee

FSC Retailer's guarantee

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FSC certified products have become a kind of "buzz word" for many retailers. However, genuine retailers selling genuine FSC products in their outlets need to be recognised among those who "talk the talk" but don't "walk the talk".
You need a guarantee the FSC labeled product you buy is genuine labeled.

This recognised guarantee can only be had by means of receiving an unique ID code for retailers from FSC UK.
In July 2008 Wood You Like received its unique code: FSC-GBR-1019

This unique ID-code guarantees you that the products we label FSC certified are genuine FSC certified and authorises Wood You Like to use the FSC-trademark. In order to receive this unique code any retailer selling to domestic clients has to prove their purchases really do come directly from a FSC-certified company/manufacturer.


Why Wooden Flooring: homes with wooden floors sell quicker

Homes with wooden floors sell quicker

A recent national survey organised by Woodfloor.org among Estate Agents testifies:

46% agreed that homes with wooden floors sell more quickly than those without.

Potential buyers know the many benefits wooden flooring has as well as you do, so when offered the choice between a house that already has (professionally) installed real wooden floors and a similar house without wooden flooring, which one do you think will sell quicker and for more? It's an obvious answer of course.

Natural hardwood flooring has become so popular over the last years that since February 2009 is it included in the Retail Price Index (Consumer Price Index).


Why Wooden Flooring: homes with wooden floors sell for more

Homes with wooden floors sell for more

A recent national survey organised by Woodfloor.org among Estate Agents testifies:

90% of estate agents said that houses with wooden flooring are more marketable, 58% agreed that homes with wooden floors sell for more money.

Potential buyers know the many benefits wooden flooring has as well as you do, so when offered the choice between a house that already has (professionally) installed real wooden floors and a similar house without wooden flooring, which one do you think will sell quicker and for more? It's an obvious answer of course.

Natural hardwood flooring has become so popular over the last years that since February 2009 it is included in the Retail Price Index (Consumer Price Index).


More pointers in installing wooden flooring on underfloor heating

Today we received a interesting story about a wood flooring project that involves underfloor heating. The story and questions can be found here, we've copied and pasted the most relevant ones in this new article.

Woodchip asks:

I am in the process of procuring wood for our new house.

New, as in long term project (4yrs now).

We have piped in under floor heating upstairs and downstairs

The downstairs floor is 4" concrete and not perfectly level, so before we lay any wood, we would require to level it with a self leveling compound of some sort. Something I have no working knowledge of. Can someone suggest a good self leveling compound/screed mix that we could use for a fairly large area.  

I did see something in B&Q, but have no idea how good it is, or the brand name.

Acrylic level compounds are always much better - stronger - than latex self-levelling compounds. Especially when underfloor heating in concerned. See here for more information on preparing your underfloor and using levelling compounds.

 

Our downstairs rooms are (approx.)7.2m x 5m, 5m x4m, 5m x 3.5m & 7.2m x 4m.

The upstairs floor has 2 different types of floors. One room with concrete layed on Lewis plates 7.2m x 4m.

The rest is a biscuit system, with 22m moisture resistant chip board, with 2" x 1" strips nailed to the joists through the chip board, with underfloor heating pipes layed between the 2" x 1" strips & covered with a sand cement mix. These room sizes are (approx.) 6m x 5m, 5m x 3m + a landing 7.2m x 1.2m.

The floors as they are, have all been down for well over a year now, and finally we are at the stage where we want to lay solid wood on all these floors.

I'd rather not put down chipboard upstairs and then lay the wood on top, as I think there is enough weight on the joists already. Obviously we can nail the floor that uses the biscuit system, if need be.

As long as every room is treated as a separate area you don't really have to worry about creating one type of underfloor.
However, we are not in favour of installing solid wood flooring on Underfloor Heating Systems, there is a larger risk in shrinkage and cupping than with wood-engineered flooring. Our Duoplank Oak range for instance has wide boards AND is guaranteed on underfloor heating systems.

We have looked at OAK some at 120mm x 18mm, and 140mm x 22mm. We have been told by some to avoid a wide plank, with underfloor heating but this minimum width seems to have grown wider over time.

The only thing that doesn't seem to have changed is the minimum moisture level of 8% in the wood.

If your heart is set on installing solid Oak floors your best bet is indeed narrower width, we wouldn't recommend wider boards than 120mm. And it is good to read that the minimum moist content for Oak solid flooring is mentioned everywhere correctly. Do note this should be the absolute minimum moist content when your wood arrives in your home. If your home climate is even dryer there is a risk the wood will loose even more moist.
We also hope they also mention the maximum moist content solid Oak wood flooring should have: 11%.

Advice on the floors has varied some saying glue it, some saying float it.

With regard to putting down a 2mm underlay, we have been advised against it "as it tends to stop heat coming through, more than if the floor was first covered with 18mm chipboard and then had the wood layed on top of that". Wood being a poor insulator

I did notice a comment on this site, not to lay a solid floor on underlay if the room was longer than 5m.

With all that I've been told so far, the method I would prefer, is just glueing the floor straight on to the leveled floor.

Most manufacturers recommend to fully bond a wooden floor to the level subfloor where underfloor heating is concerned., specially solid wood flooring. Always use flexible adhesive and a correct notched trowel. The subfloor needs to be as level as possible to avoid air-gaps - adhesive isn't a 'filler', as some may think.
As said above, if you treat every room separate we don't see a need for installing chipboard first (chipboard wouldn't be our first choice for creating one type of subfloor: plywood is much better suited).

You are correct in stating solid wood floors in rooms wider than 5m shouldn't be installed floating on underlayment, much better is to fully bind them.

Do note the rule of thumb in regards of expansion gaps with Solid Oak flooring: for every meter width of the room add 3 - 4 mm gap with a minimum of 10mm. Based on your details this means a gap - everywhere! - of around 18 - 20mm.

We would like to direct you to two of our guides:
Wooden flooring and Underfloor Heating
and our Wooden Floor Installation Manual

 


DIY Triumph February 2009

The winner - drawn out of our big hat - for February's DIY Triumphs contest is (drum roll, please)....
John , Caroline and Nick:

Wood You Like Duoplank Oak Mammoet plank, aged, smoked and oiled natural 200mm wide (John tells us the floor looks even better in real life, the picture doesn't do it the justice it should according to him).

The floor is a Duoplank Mammoet "Oeral": wide boards, aged, smoked and oiled natural.

You can read John, Caroline and Nick's story in our DIY-triumphs gallery here.

Congratulations, the maintenance product of your choice as price is on its way to you.

Need help on preparations and want to learn the tricks of the trade before you start your project: check out our Comprehensive Installation Guide.


Why Wooden flooring: plenty of reasons

There are plenty reasons why you should opt for natural wooden flooring.
We've grouped them into "Genuine Reasons Why Natural Wooden Flooring Outperforms, Outlasts, and Always Looks Better, than any Other Floor Coverign Available"

No compromise between comfort and budget

Every wooden floor will not only increase the value of your home, it will also increase your comfort immediately. No matter which type of wooden floor you select, be it a simple budget 3-strip board for your bedroom, basic Oak rustic full-plank wood-engineered pre-oiled for your lounge and kitchen or a bespoke design parquet pattern - all will give you the benefit of enhanced comfortable living.

Improve value, comfort, health and environment in one go

That says is all really. A natural wooden floor is one of the very few products that can do all of these things in one go.

It's no wonder therefore that 'natural wooden flooring’ appears so often in the advertisements of property developers, furniture retailers, and your estate agent – they are simply magnificent, and enhance any room, whatever the furnishing, and whether it’s a simple home or your beloved ‘palace’.

The Main Benefits Of Natural Wooden Flooring

We hope you will enjoy reading all the "Genuine Reasons Why Natural Wooden Flooring Outperforms, Outlasts, and Always Looks Better, than any Other Floor Coverign Available" and you come to realise how simple, quick and effective it is for you too to benefit from adding wooden floors to your home.

To begin this sequal of little articles we want to list the main benefits wooden flooring gives you and your home:
WOODEN FLOORING =

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.

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

One of the most anti-allergic floor coverings you can have, a real benefit for Asthma, allergy and even eczema sufferers.

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.

This is the only robust floor covering that becomes more beautiful over time!
    
Adding new or restored natural wooden flooring will definitely increase the value and comfort to any house and home immediately. Yours included.

Contact Details for more information

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You can visit our showroom, give us a call, send us an email or browse our informative website:

Wood You Like Ltd
Brenchley Mews, School Road
Charing, Ashford
Kent TN27 0JW

Tel: 01233 - 713725

Email: info@wood-you-like.co.uk

Website: www.wood-you-like.co.uk

Kind Regards

Karin Hermans - Managing Director
Ton Slooven - Director of Operations