This photo gallery is updated regularly with before and after photographs with some of our more recent projects. Sometimes when our clients decide to have their flooring sanded and varnished, they may want a stain applied for a subtle change or they may want a totally different look. At FloorIT, our skilled fitters are more than capable of achieving this.
What is Parquet and herringbone flooring?
Parquet floors are made up of a number of wood blocks and are totally geometrical and angular. It is a symbol of craftmanship and design that is both sophisticated and elegant and comes in a number of different patterns and styles. The most popular by far is the traditional Herringbone or Chevron design.
Engineered flooring is more popular these days as it works better with underfloor heating. The boards are usually multi-ply up to the tongue with a real wood top. Although it still has to be installed in the correct environment, it is more stable than Solid wood.
In the US, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) believes that Wood flooring is the most effective type of flooring to improve your indoor air quality. They report wood floors are hypoallergenic, which is a huge advantage to allergy sufferers. Wood floors do not harbour microorganisms or pesticides tracked in from outdoors as other flooring options can.They also minimise the accumulation of dust, mould and animal hair which improves the overall indoor air quality.
Wood flooring also improves your indoor air quality in another less tangible way. This is because wood is a carbon-neutral product. As most people know, as a tree grows, it takes in carbon dioxide from the environment and produces oxygen. What most people do not know however, is that products made from wood, including wood flooring, continue to store carbon during their service lives. In other words, even after the tree used to make the wood is cut down and manufactured into flooring, it continues to store carbon.
Wood flooring is also a recyclable material that can be used again and again.
When was Laminate Flooring first introduced?
Laminate flooring was created by the Swedish company Perstop in the late 1970’s, and branded as Pergo. It was a much cheaper alternative to Hardwood flooring and easier to install, as Hardwood flooring at the time was usually installed on batons, while laminate had only to be laid on top of the screed floor and the tongue and grooves glued together.
Laminate became an increasingly popular choice of flooring over the next few decades and in the 1990’s with the invention of the Click and Locking systems by Unilin and Valinge, Laminate flooring was even more appealing and easier to install.
Laminate still continues to evolve today with sound reduction technology, structure, surface protection and creative patterns such as Plank, Tile and Stone.
Pictured below is a typical laminate floor from the 1980’s.