Another disadvantage of sanding your floor back is you can only do it 7-8 times before the “good” (veneer) wood disappears and you’ll have to buy new floorboards. Where- as now, you can wire-brush your floorboards without worrying about losing its features or having the top layer disappearing after a many brushes.
– Multi-plywood layers can support wider boards width unlike solid timber.
– Can be just as thick as solid timber but not necessary due to wire-brushing.
– Available in pre-finished and hard to achieve colours.
– Because many engineered floorboards come pre-finished, it has far lower VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions once installed compared with staining and coating on-site.
– Pre-finished, engineered floorboards can be installed much faster than solid flooring.
– Much more environmentally friendly and sustainable than than solid floors.
– Can be secret nailed or just glued down. Unlike solid boards, with widths greater than 90mm, the board needs to be top nailed during installation.
– suitable for houses with in-slab and other sub-floor heating systems.
The process used to fume, smoke and/or stain Silver Grove Collection gives the product its deep rich colours. Because each board will accept the surface treatment differently, we cannot guarantee that the wood floor you order will exactly match this sample board. It is extremely important that boards are selected from multiple cartons and shuffled during the installation process. Moldings should be matched to boards that will enhance the look of the installation before the installation process begins.
Another cause of creaky floors is during the installation process. We discourage our layers to float our boards during the laying process when possible. We find that floating floorboards have a higher tendency to creak. Gluing, secret nailing with plywood is still our preferred method of laying wide oak boards.If creaking noise persist, further attention may be needed. Please contact us for suggestions on how to repair your floor.
The sun is always quite strong in Australia and boards may cup as a result of exposure to direct sunlight. Hence we often recommend our customers that closing the blinds during hot summer days can help protect their floors. It is also a good practice to lay the timber boards toward the main source of light so that if the boards are slightly cupped, it will not be less visually so. Cupped boards should not be sanded back straight away. It is a good idea to find the cause of the problem and see if the cupping can be rectified overtime without sanding the floor back. If it cannot, sanding is suggested to flatten the floor. However if sanding is done too early and the cause of the problem is rectified later on, reverse cupping may occur.
AB grade, or prime grade, is the highest grade of wood. Usually cut from the centre of the tree, it has very small to no knots, minimal sump and no colour variation. Very little feature is exist in this grade of wood however it is very uniform and consistent through-out.
ABC grade, or select grade, is the next grade. It has small knots, small amount of sump and small colour variation. Not as uniform or consistent as AB grade however it is still regarded as a good quality timber.
ABCD grade, or natural grade, is next. Knots are present up to 30mm in size, sump is pronounced and colour variation more noticeable. Natural holes are filled so that the board is still smooth. Popular with designers who are after features and colour variation, especially if it is used for walls or ceiling.
CD grade, or rustic grade, is full of features. Knots are bigger, up to 35mm, has sump and colour variation is evident. Again, natural holes are filled and smooth. Great for feature walls and ceiling.
DE grade, is what we’re most excited about. Cracks and knots are deeper and more pronounced, colour variation offers deep rich colours. As interior design changes constantly, more clients are asking for boards with heavy features. We’ve had cafe, pubs, restuarants and even homes installing our DE grade boards.
Rather than thinking AB grade is much better, it is really more to do with how you want your interior space to look and feel. If you want a modern looking home and want your flooring to look subtle then perhaps AB grade is more suitable. However if you want your house to feel more antique and rustic, then lesser grade timber will be more suited to your needs. However these are just examples and from our experience, anything is possible. There are some fantastic architectures and designers out there and have shown us the wonders they can do with our various products. If in doubt, please come visit us or one of our distributors to see our products, you’d be amazed at what you’ll see and learn.