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Wood and Beyond Blog

  • Measuring Your Home for New Solid Wood Flooring

    Ordering too much flooring can leave you with unwanted slats and spending more than you budgeted for, while ordering too little can leave you with an unfinished room and a potentially very noticeable mistake. Ordering the right amount of flooring comes down to one thing – how you measure your rooms. Each room of your house where you plan to install solid wood flooring should be measured separately and independently of one another and treated as its own mini project of sorts. For example, a 4m by 6m room would be 24m2 in total area requiring 24m2 of flooring. Creating basic outlines of the rooms on scratch paper can give you a better view of the overall area, making your calculations easier to see. Even if the rooms are not perfect squares ... READ MORE >

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  • Wood Flooring Remodeling Tips from Start to Finish

    Before any home improvement project, there are many factors that go into the decision-making process and choosing to make the switch to wood flooring is no different. It requires careful planning all the way around. From room selection, to pairing possibilities with furniture, from cost to style and pattern choices, and even the installation process itself – you are essentially giving your home a complete makeover. Overwhelming as all these decisions may seem, the transition to a new floor can actually be smooth and seamless. Where do I Start? Once you determine that it is time to make the switch to a new floor, the first thing you must do is decide which rooms in your home will receive upgraded flooring. Some people use wood floors as ... READ MORE >

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  • The Geometric Face of Parquet Flooring

    The parquet flooring technique is simply the use of geometric shapes to create a flooring pattern that is rich is angles and sharp edges. The most famous style of parquet flooring is the herringbone pattern which uses wood slats to create right angles in various designs. This pattern is seen in many homes and European city infrastructure, as well as historical sites. There are many design capabilities for the parquet technique, some of which are famous throughout the world.   Uses of Parquet Flooring One of the most well-known modern uses of a hard wood parquet design pattern is the United States national basketball team – The Boston Celtics. Their court floor has used a solid wood flooring parquet pattern for over 70 years. It diff ... READ MORE >

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  • White Oak Flooring – Best in Class for the Rustic Look

    Being a homeowner is a proud moment in anyone’s life. Having that space to get away from the rest of the world in order to unwind and relax is a great feeling. But a better feeling is making that house your home. You can begin that journey from the ground floor feet with white oak flooring. This flooring not only keeps to the traditional style with clean ring lines and seamless slat connections, but it comes in a variety of colours that can match the design characteristics of any room.   One of the appeals of white oak is that it is available as either hardwood flooring, or engineered  flooring. Hardwood provides the durability of real wood but can sometimes be difficult to maintain and may be outside the reach of some budgets. Eng ... READ MORE >

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  • Solid Oak Herringbone Flooring

    The herringbone flooring pattern has been around for centuries. Dating back to the Roman Empire, the herringbone pattern was the choice décor for Roman streets, before extending all over Europe. It’s still a desired pattern in streets today. Now you can bring that classic pattern into your home with solid oak flooring. Solid wood flooring has always been a symbol of status and elegance, and now it has never been easier or more cost effective to achieve that look so many have longed to portray and call their own. The best herringbone flooring is made of solid oak, which provides the utmost in durability and strength for the longest lasting floor. Solid oak flooring can withstand years of wear and tear if cared for properly, and because i ... READ MORE >

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  • Is it time for New Garden Decking

    When summer arrives, there’s nothing nicer than a weekend spent out on your garden decking. Whether you’re enjoying a meal, watching the kids play, or reading a book, it’s wonderful to have an outdoor oasis in your home. If you’re looking to refinish your deck or even build a new one to take advantage of the summer months, you may be wondering where to shop. A wood flooring store may not be your first thought, but flooring experts also know a lot about garden decking, too! Although wood has long been a popular material for decks, it can be difficult to care for, requiring regular refinishing and sealing to prevent water damage and discolouration. For that reason, many people have turned to composite materials for their garden decki ... READ MORE >

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  • Oak Flooring Adds Value to Your Home

    If you’re remodelling your home with an eye to beauty and resale value, look no further than oak flooring. Oak is a classic hardwood flooring material that adds a touch of class to any home it’s installed in. Why choose oak over other hardwood options? It can easily be argued that oak is the best choice because of its beauty, durability, and the wide variety of finishes available. Benefits of Oak Flooring Oak has long been associated with wealth and luxury. It has a beautiful natural woodgrain, and its color only improves with time. Because it’s available in so many finishes, it’s equally at home in the restoration of a Victorian home and in the new construction of a modern house. Home buyers love oak because it speaks to quality. ... READ MORE >

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  • Laminate Wood Flooring – Sustainable and Beautiful

    When it comes time to choose materials for your home project, your thoughts may turn to sustainability. Most homeowners love the look of wooden floors, but hardwood brings with it concerns of deforestation. What If you could have the look of hardwood, while still being kind to the planet? Laminate wood flooring is a popular choice for environmentally conscious contractors and homeowners. While hardwood floors require the harvest of old-growth trees, laminate is made with the byproducts of the lumber industry and other post-consumer materials. Made from Sustainable Materials Laminate wood flooring is a composite material made of sawdust, wood chips, and other post-consumer wood products. A wood-grain image is applied over the top of this c ... READ MORE >

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  • Co-Extruded Composite Decking Explained

      If you’re planning a decking project, you’re probably in the process of debating the benefits of solid wood decking over composite decking. Even if you’ve already made the decision to choose composite decking boards, there are still further decisions to be made. One such decision is whether to choose co-extruded decking or normal composite decking. At Wood and Beyond, we know that these decisions can be tough if you’re not living and breathing decking day-in and day-out like we are. That’s why we’ve created this co-extruded composite decking guide. What is co-extruded decking? Co-extruded decking, in short is a particularly high-tech decking option that boasts even higher performance than normal composite decking. The ... READ MORE >

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  • Buyers Guide to External Porcelain Tiles

      More and more people in the UK are enjoying an all-year-round indoor-outdoor living experience – and that really is great news. Decks, terraces, efficient outdoor heating and effective outdoor lighting mean that even in the winter months we can enjoy the great outdoors a whole lot more than was ever possible before. At Wood and Beyond, we’re renowned for the quality of decking we’ve supplied over the years and continue to supply to this day, but one of the things we’ve been asked for more and more often recently is external porcelain tiles. For anyone who’s a close follower of our blog, you’ll know that it’s not all that long ago that we started stocking porcelain tiles. The reason for that is that we take our flooring ... READ MORE >

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