22 July 2010

Solid Oak Pipe Roses

If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it......or a solid oak pipe rose to be exact! So you have gone out and installed a beautiful bespoke hardwood floor and are now looking at the unsightly 10mm required gap around the base of the radiator pipe. The gaps function is so that the pipes won't be damaged when the floor expands and contracts from seasonal movement, however the gaps are now filling with dust and ruining the appearance of your floor.

Get online and click to order a pack of our oak pipe roses. Two pipe roses come in the pack and you can chose from pre-finished; ash, beech, cherry, iroko, merbau, oak, walnut and unfinished oak pipe roses. And all for only £6.95+VAT now there's no excuses!

How to clean up an old floor.

Following on from Phil Spencer's advice in our previous post, here's a short guide on how to go about cleaning up a discovered floor.

Depending on what state the timber is in it might just need a polish. In which case a few coats of Carl's wood floor polish using Carl's 407mm oil pad will bring out the woods warmth and natural colour.

However if the floor is water damaged, like this parquet

and this water damaged hardwood maple floor
then the best course of action is to first sand the floor using a Bona belt floor sanding machine (which can be hired with a refundable deposit or bought from woodfloors-online) and to combine it with an edger machine, such as the Bona edger standard arm. You will then need to buffer the floor using the Bona buffer duo.

To produce a pleasing end result you can lacquer or stain the floor. To lacquer the floor you should first apply a primer. There are several reasons for applying a primer to the floor, Richard one of Woodfloors-onlines' flooring specialists explains that a floor absorbs the primer which in turn helps the lacquer adhere to the floor. Not only is primer cheaper then lacquer it will also make the lacquer go further and comes recommended as a practice by the manufacturer. We stock both Bona and Uzin primers.

You can then apply a mat, silk or gloss lacquer from the Bona lacquer range to finish the floor, though it will require one last go on the buffer to smooth out any bubbles on the floor.

If you would prefer to stain the floor then a wood ageing agent will give a nice natural hue to the floor, such as from the Blanchon range.

All products mentioned are available on woodfloors-online.com

Phil Spencer reveals how a hardwood floor can add value to your home

Phil Spencer from the hit TV show Location Location offers some pearls of wisdom to Telegraph readers on how a hardwood floor can add value to your home. 
In a recent online article Phil offers some tips on how improving your home can add value in the long run and in a market in which people are moving less, this might be a good thing.

Solid, hard-wearing wooden floors appeal to Phil who thinks they can be applied to many rooms, particularly family homes. The main living area of the house will benefit from a durable wood floor as Phil explains "This has to be a lot more relaxing than hovering with a damp cloth and bottle of carpet-stain remover.” Also in terms of return for your money Phil reasons that "wooden flooring is one of those features that appeals to just about everyone when it comes time to sell as well."

However before you think about spending money on a new floor, Phil suggests you take up a bit of the existing carpet and check what is underneath. You might be lucky enough to discover decent wood hidden below which can be kept and improved.

See our next post on how to treat a discovered floor!

14 July 2010

The Leica lads come to Jordan Andrews

Lasers were flashing around the room and the crowd ‘ooh’d’ and ‘ahh’d’ as two experts made the lights dance. No the Woodfloors-online team hadn’t gone clubbing down the west end, they had invited the Leica GeoSystems demonstrators down to present their new range of Leica laser distance meters.

The Leica team displayed how the Leica Disto could measure small to great distances, even those at an awkward angle or with obstructions.

The compact display screen showed a range of useful information from the dimension of the room and the angle information to room angles.

Best of all this nifty gadget is splash and dust proof as well as being able to take a few knocks.

This video clip shows the Leica laser distance meter off in all its glory.