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November 2009

Why Wooden Flooring: no need for chemicals

No need for chemicals

Spillages, little accidents are wiped off, cleaned off in no time at all without having to turn to chemicals, calling for a carpet-cleaning company or getting so frustrated with a persistent stain that the only option would be to replace the carpet or place an extra rug on top of it. (And knowing Murphy's Law - those accidents always tend to happen just before you're about to entertain the largest crowd ever in your home.)

Even if a spillage goes unnoticed for some time it is still much easier to remove: most times all it takes is a gentle rub with steel wool 000 and some polish or wax.
(Ask us for our stain removal leaflet to find out how easy it is to remove stains like wine, gum and cigarette burns.)

Eco Friendly Floor Covering

Wood is not only beautiful varied in all kind of products; as trees - forests - wood is a beautiful natural recreation source. Most importantly is the fact that forests act as a giant carbon sink.

Wood You Like Eco Friendly Natural Wooden Flooring

CO2 and Climate Change
According to the International Panel on Climate Change, the 20th century was the warmest century since records began, with the '90s the warmest decade and every year we're adding 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
The Government is now urgently looking to reduce CO2 emissions without compromising on economical growth. Right now the wood industry has a unique opportunity to take advantage of this commitment.
The timber industry is able to offer positive contribution to the challenge of sustainable development and the reduction of greenhouse gas emission, and is more and more actively engaged with the building industry in putting new, environmentally friendly solutions into practice.

The best way to grow our forests is to use them!
Trees are nature's way of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and producing the oxygen we breathe. Planting trees can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and using wood products can help slow the growth of Global Warming.
The more wood we use, the more our forests grow: thanks to sustainable forest management more trees are planted than are harvested - every year European forests grow by an area the size of Cyprus!
The more the forests grow, the more carbon dioxide is sucked out of the atmosphere, the more oxygen is produced and the more wood is available to use; the more wood is used, the more trees are planted, the more the forests grow, the more.........

Using wood in place of less environmentally-friendly materials makes sure the carbon sink effect of the forests is put to good use, rather than being lost through natural death and decay (when forests are left to their own devices this will cause CO2 emission from the stored carbon).
Besides that, have you ever calculated the real environmental costs of producing steel, concrete, aluminium or PVC-U (energy used, CO2 produced, water used and toxins released)?

Forests: a great factory and a free leisure resource
Modern forests, skilfully managed, contain trees of different ages, different species alongside the primary production species. Open spaces in the form of rides, firebreaks and streamside reserves are designed into the forest and, as it is thinned, increasing numbers of under-storey species become established.
While producing timber, these man-made forests also produce picnic spots, lakes and nature trails. Thousands of species of birds, animals and plants call them home. Their air is clean and good to breathe.
The public has free access to 94% of forestland in Europe.

Wood You Like Eco Friendly Natural Wooden Flooring Using tropical wood also helps in the fight against tropical deforestation, as long as the wood comes from well-managed sources. However, if there were no markets for wood, forests would be cleared to grow other cash crops. For these societies, often desperate for income, a forest that pays is a forest that stays.

Wood You Like's tropical Duoplank comes from FSC certified forests.

Every time you use wood you are helping to make sure the forests will keep growing. So your children and your children's children will be able to enjoy visiting forests for years and years to come.
(The market for forest products helps finance sustainable forest management.)

Why Wooden Flooring: staging an uncluttered home

Staging an uncluttered home

Every property program in television will tell you: a 'staged' home attracts offers more quickly and more often than showing your house as you would normally live in. No offense, but clutter distracts your viewer from the true value of your home.

“Staging your home is vital when you are trying to sell it, you need to make sure the space is as clean and fresh as it can be, a fresh coat of paint is a great idea and make sure any unnecessary clutter is packed away and the space is de-personalised as much as possible, you need to allow potential buyers to visualise their belongings in your home, if there is too much clutter they won’t be able to do this.

When it comes to home improvements, there are certain ones that will add value or at the very least make sure you get the asking price for it. So if the improvements you are making are for the eventual re-sale value of your home, then it is important to plan wisely, for example a white bathroom suite is a must and a good quality, well laid wood floor enhances your homes beauty and would be a real selling point when you market the property.

It is a proven fact that 2 houses side by side, if the decorated, clean and tidy one is more expensive, it would still sell quicker!"

Sarah Dolton - Managing Director of Inspiring Interiors

Your wooden floor - a large optical area, cleared from clutter so it can show off it cleanliness and elegance best, will surely contribute plenty to the feeling your home is more valuable and desirable.

Why Wooden Flooring: more and more floors from one tree

More and more floors from one tree

More and more manufacturers are producing wood-engineered floors - with a solid wood top layer between 2 - 6mm thick on a cross-layerd backing of softer wood species - instead of the solid 20mm floorboards or wood blocks. Once installed the wood-engineered floor will look exactly the same as a traditional solid floor but has many more benefits.

When you combine this traditional appearance with the modern construction of thick wood-engineered boards - a 6mm Solid Oak top-layer on 15mm water-resistant-plywood (like our Duoplank range) it opens up a whole new world: tradition with ultimate stability, durability with eco-friendliness.

Did you know that 5.5 cubic meter Oak trunks can produce 95 sq m of Solid Oak floorboards 20mm thick and that the same cubic meters will produce an amazing 450 sq m of Solid Oak top-layer of 6mm thick - almost 5 times as much! - or around 750 sq m of standard wood-engineered floors with a top-layer of 3 - 4mm thick. Almost 8 times as much!

The choice between solid or wood-engineered floorboards is an easy one.

Why Wooden Flooring: suits every design style

Suits every design style


No matter what your design or even house style, there is a wooden floor for all of them. Rustic or extra rustic Oak wide floorboards for Country style, Prime or nature grade Oak for more minimalistic preferences. Oak can be stained to suit any design without loosing its own character and tropical wood-species add warmth of their own to your style, from fierily Tarara Amarilla (see above), blood-red Padouk to pitch black Wenge.

Plenty of choice. And then we haven't even mentioned the large choice in widths, lengths in boards or the countless design patterns.

BBC - Breathing Places - Tree O'Clock

World Record Attempt - Saturday 5 December

Tree O'Clock


If you want to get involved through an organisation, school or community group, become a Tree O'Clock Partner.

Break a world record in 4 easy steps:

And enjoy your tree for decades....

If you live outside the UK you can still get involved, check out our international planters page.


Join in and grow our so very important source of fresh air, breading spaces, leisure places and beautiful country sites.

Kent Council Free Trees Scheme

Why Wooden Flooring: durable in 'wet' areas

Durable in 'wet' areas

Wood-engineered floors are so stable and especially when you select a type that has water-resistant-plywood as backing can safely be installed in bathrooms and cloakrooms.

It won't warp of buckle, drips and even splashes will stay on top of the quality finish layer and not penetrate the material. Laying on top also means you can easily remove the excess moist and know for sure it is gone, no more soggy carpets. You don't have to worry that the floor covering - like those soggy carpets - will stay wet and moist for a long time or even worse: becomes stained with mold.

Keeping your wits about widths

When you need to determine the size of the expansion gap you have to keep around the whole perimeter of the floor, there are a few "rules of thumb". Specially with Solid Oak flooring: 3 - 4 mm gap per meter width of the room. Why? Because that is how much per meter wide Solid Oak can expand during the seasonal changes in air humidity.
It does sound like a simple and easy to follow "rule". Until we received a phone call last week from a desperate DIY-er. He had kept himself to the rule, his room was 4 meters wide and had kept an expansion gaps all around of 18mm but the Solid Oak boards (secretly nailed directly on to joists) had started to lift up in two areas. What could be the reason for this, he had checked for leaks and hadn't found anything suspicious.
When we asked some further questions it turned out that indeed his room was only 4 meters wide, but the joists run parallel the long wall - a massive 21 meter long wall (spread over 3 connecting "rooms") Meaning that over 21 meter "long" the new Solid Oak floorboards run row next to row next to row (perpendicular to the direction of the joists), creating in fact a 21 meter wide area of flooring.
In this case the length of the room had effectively turned into the width of the room and another set of "Rules of Thumb" should have been followed:
never install Solid Oak floorboards in a room wider than 6 meter without adding extra expansion gaps (by ways of installing thresholds or flat dividers in the most logical places, for instances where two rooms have been knocked into one and still have "pillars" or small parts of the old wall)
So, keep your wits about widths and realise that with installing wooden floors the actual width of the room sometimes has to be measured along the length of the room, it all depends on how you are installing your floorboards: lengthways or widthways!