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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.

The Tetbury showroom is strictly by appointment only, maximum of two people with social distancing and face coverings required. Please call 01666 504 015 to book an appointment.

The Carbonising Process

The process of carbonising oak flooring is similar to fuming except ammonia is not used or smoked wood. The top layers of our engineered boards are loaded into a very large kiln / oven with spacers between each layer so that the total thickness of the board is fully carbonised.

Massive room used for drying and balancing

This means that the colour is all the way through. The kiln / oven is then sealed and the wood heated to 220 degrees centigrade for 5 days.  The top layer during this process will shrink by about 10% and the moisture content will be ZERO. This means that we have to reintroduce some moisture before adhering to the base layer.

We do this very carefully with steam to 3 to 4 % moisture and then allow the top layer to acclimatise naturally to its normal state of 7%. Because the wood has been heated to more than twice boiling point any traces of cellulose in the cell structure of the oak is removed. This is the reason why carbonised boards are great for Hospitals and other sterile locations.
Colour Variation: There will be natural colour variation in carbonised oak and the colours will range from dark reddish brown to black. If there is a requirement for a consistent colour then we can finish it with a black oil to take out a lot of the variance. The reddish brown colours can be seen here in a kitchen.

modern kitchen fitted with dark wood flooring
As the carbonising is all the way thorough the top layer any damage will not show up white like scratched normal stained oak as the top layer will be the same colour all the way through. Carbonised Oak is perfect for the darker black floor