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Cricket Club Floor in use

Recently installed 80m2 of Quickstep Perspective flooring in the Main Bar Area

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Walnut Flooring

Walnut Flooring

Walnut flooring is one of the most versatile hardwoods. This wood is known for its durability and its dark look, sometimes appearing almost black. That said, close up, it is the contrast of light and dark in walnut wood flooring that makes it so appealing. The perfect enhancement to any interior style, walnut wood flooring is a great investment.

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Parquet Flooring Restoration

Parquet Flooring Restoration

When it comes to parquet flooring restoration, we regularly receive calls from home owners who have, for one reason or another, decided to have a look under their existing carpets. Occasionally they may find a parquet floor which they were previously unaware of.

Invariably the floor will have been covered up for a number of years prior to the era of double glazing and efficient heating systems.
As a result of better insulation and modern heating systems, combined with recent perceptions of carpets being somewhat unhygienic, parquet flooring restoration is now very much in vogue.

Parquet floors can be brought back to life to look almost new, but with a timeless, aged appearance.

These floors fit in well with the period features of any property.

Parquet floors are hard wearing and a practical good looking floor covering which, if looked after properly, will retain its looks for years to come.

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Wooden Floor Restoration

Wooden Floor Restoration

Wooden floor restoration is the process and journey by which old floors are returned to their former glory. With older properties, particularly Victorian terraced houses, over the years there will usually have been much internal alteration, resulting in less than perfect flooring.

Often two reception rooms will have been knocked through, leaving an unsightly strip of wood or concrete between the two areas which will require remedial work in order to merge the separate floors.

There are also repeated fireplace replacements whereby previous owners have removed the original fireplace, only to subsequently be replaced with one of the era. As fashions dictate, original fireplaces are now being reinstated, occasionally leaving an unsightly strip of concrete under the hearth; where necessary, this can be removed and infilled with reclaimed wood.

Also, where radiators have been moved a number of times over the years, pipe holes can be plugged with reclaimed wood and sanded over.
In addition, floorboards will have suffered a certain amount of damage over time, often from unsympathetic plumbers who’ve assumed that a carpet will be fitted and the boards never seen again. Where required, replacement boards can be fitted.

Modern heating systems reduce the relative humidity levels in a room, often resulting in the flooring drying out and gaps appearing between the floorboards. These gaps can be filled with wedges of wood or pine slivers.

Wooden floor restoration involves all of the above. With time and effort these issues can all be remedied and the original floor restored to a durable and aesthetically pleasing finish.

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Kitchen flooring

Kitchen flooring

When specifying materials suitable for a kitchen, one has to take into account that this area will need to have a fairly resilient floor covering to withstand the rigours of day-to-day use.

Although not wholly appropriate, laminate, engineered and solid wood can all work well in a kitchen if suitably looked after and correctly maintained. However, should a more waterproof option be desired, alternatives include traditional ceramic tiles and cork or more specialised coverings such as resin and polished concrete.

For a more practical and forgiving surface, luxury vinyl tiles are a good option for kitchen flooring. These are hard-wearing and well able to withstand kitchen items being dropped on them; they are also waterproof, easy to maintain and long-lasting. In addition, vinyl tiles are cost-effective.
These tiles are installed as a ‘floating floor’ and are easy to fit. When correctly installed, they are a problem-free floor covering. With the latest in products and designs, we are able to supply and fit a wide range of luxury vinyl tiles to suit all kitchen styles.

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Oak flooring

Oak flooring

Oak flooring is currently the most commonly used wood for flooring in the UK due to its many favourable attributes: it is readily sourced from both the UK, Eastern and Western Europe, and also from North America.

It is both stable and hard-wearing. It is also an extremely versatile product and is aesthetically pleasing. Oak flooring can be sourced in either solid or engineered formats, with the latter being preferred because of its stability and problem-free installation and because it is also generally the more cost-effective option.

Both engineered and solid oak flooring are available in a number of different widths and thicknesses, and can be sourced in a number of different finishes or completed in situ with a bespoke finish.

The processes involved to generate these different looks include: staining/fumigating to make the wood go darker; lime-washing to achieve a lighter finish; or simply achieving a clear appearance using traditional oils and lacquers. It is also possible to distress the floor to give an aged appearance suitable for the older property or to give a rustic appearance.

With the clear look, the final coat can be of matt, silk or gloss with either a smooth or textured finish.
Personally, we prefer the look of the darker floors, however, in a domestic setting this is only suitable with light decor & plenty of natural light.
With all of the above options available, there really is an Oak floor to suit any location.

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Bathroom flooring ideas

Bathroom flooring ideas

Wooden or laminate floors are not generally suitable for bathrooms as the humidity causes the material to discolour, swell and move. But hardwood floorings, such as teak and bamboo, can work as they are less susceptible to water.

Normally, the best bathroom option would be either vinyl or ceramic tiles. At Arbor Flooring we supply and fit luxury vinyl tiles made with PVC which are designed to withstand moisture.

Ideally, bathroom furniture should be removed prior to fitting so as to achieve a good finish, for example around the sink, vanity unit or wc.
Any sub-floor preparation required usually involves laying plywood to create a smooth surface. (Bathrooms have notoriously bad sub-floors from plumbers repeatedly taking up the floorboards to move/access pipes.)
The vinyl tiles can then be fitted and any bathroom furniture subsequently replaced.
There are varying thickness of tile products and up-to-date stylish designs can transform any bathroom.

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