European Oak Grading

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We are open for business as usual (although there here is nothing usual about this situation) with our transport company (Brooks Transport) who are designated by the government as critical to the covid response. We are still delivering direct to door or site, (however collections or visits to the warehouse are not possible.) Our IT systems allow us to work from home so our staff are protected. Please Call or Email Us for samples or orders. Our factories are back to full capacity and the supply chain is operating effectively which can be seen here. As a trade supplier we have a minimum requirement of 50m2 for any samples and supplies. Please call 01666 504015 if you require less. For Government advice please click here. Even with these steps we have made, we must pull together, support one another, and get through this as a group, a family, and feel proud to say to our wider community we are critical to the Covid-19 response, and we will support it for as long as we are able. Stay safe, stay well, look after yourself, and each other.

The Building Centre will be open fully with the café back and exhibitions in place from Monday 12th April 2021. In the meantime, you can book visits in advance by contacting The Building Centre directly on 020 7692 4000. Please note that we do not have any representatives based at this showroom, but you can call us during your visit to talk through the options on display on 01666 504 015.

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European Oak Grading

Grading of Oak Wood Flooring is a contentious issue because every manufacturer has its own system and there is no international Standard. Wood flooring needs to be seen to understand the grading of Oak rather than text. We have added images here of the different species of Oak and how the grading looks. The European oak width is 200mm wide and the White Oak is 190mm and 240mm wide. We hope this helps you understand the look of the grading in our engineered wood flooring.

These veneers of wood flooring are unfinished with no filler for the knots. For old buildings, the best is the EF grade European Oak if you want that old rustic timber floor look.

For more information please contact our expert team on 01666 504015 or Email Us


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Prime Hard Maple flooring can come in may grades. We will only supply the AB grade which is prime because it does not have the black streaks you see in most Maple floors which is where the iron oxides drawn up by the Maple tree leave dark marks within the timber.  If you but cheap Maple floors you will get this and sapwood which is very soft.

The beauty of Maple floors is that the patina changes over time to become a warm golden colour, We will only use Bona Commercial Natural lacquer on our Maple. It is too hard to accept an oiled finish and the lacquer with due care and attention will last as long as the floor.

We have installed our Maple floors in Museum and Dance halls and it is very hard with a dense grain. It is harder on the Janka tests than Oak.

You can see our Prime Maple veneers for our engineered floors above.

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