Wood flooring has long been a favourite style choice for discerning home owners and this trend is set to continue for 2016. William Beard Flooring Ltd, founded by William Beard and Joe Bishop, is now in its 12th year producing and installing high quality bespoke wooden floors. With such a track record The LuxPad decided to ask William for his trend predictions for wood flooring in 2016 and his top tips on caring & maintaining this luxurious flooring option…
What are your trend predictions for 2016 when it comes to wood flooring?
Herringbone and chevron patterns continue to be a huge trend for 2016-they tend to cost a little more but have a striking effect. Natural oiled matt wide plank floors are also really popular with those looking for a simple modern look.
During 2015 we saw many favour deep dark satin floors to contrast against white walls and mouldings. Whilst we will see this look continue into 2016 many of our projects for the early part of this year centre around lighter shades, from two tones smoked aged, white oiled grey tones and bare natural matt white finishes. These shades and finishes complement the interior trends for the season and provide the perfect foundations for their final look.
We’ve seen lots images of herringbone and geometric patterned floors-is this set to continue throughout 2016?
Yes definitely. Compared to the old style herringbone we can now produce it in a much more efficient and effective way. We generally use larger blocks that we refer to as ‘Over Size’. These provide a far cleaner more current look whilst still adopting this traditional method. We prefer the look of these floors laid without a border but this is as per the client’s preference.
These floors are perfectly suited to be laid in conjunction with water borne underfloor heating systems. The floors we produce are extremely stable, being constructed using premium quality European manufactured birch ply wood with a solid oak top layer. These are then fully bonded to the sub-floor using flexible performance adhesives providing a solid feel under foot.
‘Over Sized’ herringbone can also be laid in a double or triple herringbone or dice pattern for a contemporary twist on a historical European look.
Do most people look for a traditional style or do people like to experiment with colours and finishes?
In general many favour simple colours with the exception of two tone which is created by softly brushing the soft part of the grain and laying a pre colour and then applying a pigment of a contrasting shade which is then buffed into the grain giving a striking two tonal colour.
On occasion we’re requested to create bespoke and customised flooring such as metallic shades buffed into the planks to highlight the grain or a technical pattern when they want something totally unique.
What are the benefits of having a wooded floor?
If looked after wood flooring can last a lifetime and can be revitalised and updated without replacing which can be costly.
A wooden floor is also more hygienic than a carpet. The dust can be seen and cleared whereas the dust is collected in a carpet which is detrimental for someone with allergies or asthma. The obvious bonus of a wooden floor is that any spillages can be cleaned up quickly without damaging the floor!
Wood is actually far softer than stone and tile and more forgiving for children and the elderly in the event of a fall.
What advice would you give someone who was renovating a period home and wanted to update the flooring?
I would advise them to fully research the look they want to create and the style of the house. You should choose a style which suits your taste now and in 20 years’ time.
Many older properties have damp and moisture issues so care must be taken with sub-floor preparation. Without the proper preparation the flooring may not last. You should look into finding a skilled company who have worked with period properties before and offer a guarantee, working with an older property can throw up some unseen issues so always be prepared.
Do you think wood flooring can work just as well in modern properties?
Wood flooring is the most popular choice right now for all modern properties, new builds and extensions. Particularly in the open plan era that we’re now in. A seamless floor allows a clear flow through the kitchen, dining and living space.
Can wood flooring work in any room and area within a home or are certain areas better suited to it?
Wood flooring can work in every area of the home, many used to lay a wood floor for its practical benefits but now we lay wooden flooring for its stylish aesthetic.
The key is to choosing the right product and finish for the room or area that will have to withstand wet areas, foot traffic, spillages or cooking oils.
Why do you think people still often choose wood flooring over carpet or tile?
Wooden flooring is timeless and will always look contemporary. It’s also deceivingly warm underfoot unlike tiles and stone which can be very cold without underfloor heating. Carpet can look a little dated and will wear sooner compared to wood. Many of our clients who’ve gone from carpet to wood are instantly impressed with the look and warmth.
What is the biggest mistake people usually make when it comes to wood flooring?
The biggest mistake is when people buy on price. Many who have bought purely on cost have had to replace, re-sand or re-finish it after a few years because it has either a poor factory finish that scratches badly or the finish wears off damaging the timber underneath.
In most cases a cheap floor ends up more expensive than a floor of a better quality. Many employ a trusted carpenter to lay a wood floor but they can overlook critical key components to achieve a first class job that lasts. A flooring expert is a trade in its own right, these skilled workman know the dos and don’ts when it comes the best for your home and your needs.
What are your top three tips on caring for wood-flooring?
1: Look after your floor! Make sure you ask for a flooring specific mop and cleaning solution compatible with your chosen floor and don’t use a high street general propose floor cleaners that may have salts and bleaches that will impair the finish of your wood floor. Frequent vacuuming is always good to draw household dust away safely but it’s best to vacuum along the grain if possible-be aware of potential damage if dragging a wheeled vacuum.
2: Ensure you a have good quality entrance mat to exterior doorways to stop grit being walked in and scratching the floor. It also limits moisture from outdoor footwear being walked through.
3: Always apply felt pads to furniture to avoid unsightly scratches of scuffs caused by moving furniture.
If you are looking to enhance the beauty of your space head to William Beard Flooring and discover how they can help with finest, hand crafted wooden floors.