There are many ways to colour oak flooring and one of the best is to fume the boards. In old stables with oak beams you will see the effect created by horse’s excrement where the steam rises which among other things contains ammonia. This darkens the oak over the years by reacting with the natural tannins of the oak. The result is a very warm brown old aged oak colour. This is the best way to create some “Grey” oak floors as well where the fuming time is much shorter.
Other methods include chemical staining, water based stains and reactive stains. Water based stains are not very good as the colour will easily scratch. A lot of our competitors state their boards are fumed, but in reality, they are stained.
We use heated sealed containers to fume our fumed oak wood flooring. Solid Oak is impossible to fume over short period so we fume our oak veneers all the way through. Fuming can take between 7 hours to 7 days depending on how dark the end wood floor needs to be.
To reduce colour variation, we use coloured oils so that any future damage is easy to repair. You can see how we fume and colour our engineered wood flooring below by clicking on the image of one our fuming chambers below.
Finishes: We finish our fumed boards with lacquer, Hard wax Oil and UV Oil and can also brush them. Brushing removes the softer grain and the process can be seen here >