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Wise Words on Wood Floors

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Why we agree with Scott Sidler’s line on wood floors

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In the last thirty years, replacing our white goods with the newest model in store or online is de rigeur if we, for example, decided to redecorate our kitchen. This is more to do with aesthetic value – for example, choosing the right fridge to go with the travertine worktop. One problem is, though today’s electrical appliances have fallen in price, their lifespan has fallen, too. An electric cooker could last 30 or more years; a microwave oven, three years. Wood floors could last for centuries, whereas laminate floors barely reach 30 years before replacement.

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New York Flooring Company’s Seniors’ Discount

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10% off flooring jobs for senior citizens and military personnel in Suffolk County

OAP flooring discount in NY image by Littleny (via Shutterstock).

The historic boardwalk and bathhouse at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh NY. One of many areas covered by First Class Wood Flooring, who are offering a 10% discount for aged persons and military personnel (serving or veteran). Image by Littleny (via Shutterstock).

If, by chance, you are reading this and happen to live in New York City, you could be in luck. Especially if you’ve served in the US military services or happen to be 65 years old or older. Better still if you live in Suffolk County or Nassau County. First Class Wood Flooring are offering a 10% discount for aged persons and military personnel in this part of the State of New York. read more →

Parquet Flooring in the 21st Century

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Why parquet flooring is just as good in 2017 as it was in 1817

Parquet flooring in the 21st century image by Zastolskiy Victor.

As good this year as it was in 1517: parquet floors. Image by Zastolskiy Victor (via Shutterstock).

Parquet flooring is timeless. Whether fitted in a mock-Tudor home or a state-of-the-art sports centre, it always makes its presence known. It goes just as well with a Billy bookcase as much as a Chippendale chair, or a 1950s G Plan unit. In public buildings, the Belle of the Ball could be the parquet floor of the village hall.

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Timber Floors for Sports Halls

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A look at Castle Floors’ timber floors for indoor sports and games

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A timber floor with multiple markings for use with more than one sport. Image by Alex Dvihally (via Shutterstock).

Nothing acts as a better shock absorber for indoor sports better than timber floors. Properly maintained and installed, they can offer many hours of enjoyment in schools, gymnasia, sports clubs, and community centres. We at Castle Floors can help you with sports hall flooring installation, maintenance, and restoration.

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What is an Engineered Wood Floor?

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A brief look at how the engineered wood floor works

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Notice how the top layer of an engineered wood floor forms part of a sandwich with a thicker bottom layer. Image by Bild LLC (via Shutterstock).

As well as parquet floors, there is one other flooring type which is noted for durability. That of the engineered wood floor. It is one of the most popular kinds of wooden flooring around the world. Like a wood veneer floor, and laminate flooring, it has at least one layer on top of another one.

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Parquet Floor Restoration Boost

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London conference venue’s refurbishment could see the restoration of its parquet floor

Congress House, London, whose conferencing suite will see the restoration of its parquet floor. Image by Mike Faherty (Creative Commons License: Attribution-ShareAlike).

David du Rieu Aberdeen’s Congress House: a central London conference venue, and home to the Trades Union Congress. Image by Mike Faherty, 2009 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

The Congress Centre on Great Russell Street, London, is set to benefit from a refurbishment this summer. Its four conferencing suites will be merged into one big conferencing room. Forming a major part of its refurbishment could be the restoration of its parquet floor, which is at present covered by carpet.

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What are Mixed Media Floors?

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A look at how mixed media floors compare with all wooden floors

Mixed media floors. Images by Einsteinnes and Stock Design (via Shutterstock).

Having your cake, and eating it: mixed media floors enable you to combine a wooden floor with, for example, a marble floor. Images by Einsteinnes and Stock Design (via Shutterstock).

You can either have a wooden floor or a stone floor. Or a marble floor, or a laminate floor. Having a bit of both flooring types seem extravagant, but recent trends are pointing in the opposite direction. If you combine a parquet floor with a marble floor, you have what is known as a Mixed Media Floor.

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Why Refurbish Your Wooden Floor?

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Instead of hiding your wooden floor with a carpet, why not refurbish your floor?

How to refurbish a wooden floor

Before and After: once we refurbish your wooden floor, you will be surprised at how new it looks.

Wood is wonderful. It adds value to your home, especially when given tender loving care and shown off to your guests. Instead of covering it with a carpet, why not have your wooden floor refurbished? We at Castle Floors, within Leeds, Castleford, and Wakefield, will refurbish your wooden floor to ‘as new’ condition.

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How Parquet Flooring Became Fashionable Again

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A brief look at how parquet flooring became popular again in the 1980s

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A nice bit of parquet flooring in a modern house. Image by Pavel Shynkarou (via Shutterstock).

Parquetry has been around since the 16th century. It was used in royal palaces and European homes. The Palace of Versailles, where Louis XIV lived, was notable for its parquet flooring. Back then, the price of carpets was a deciding factor in favour of wooden floors. From the late 17th century to the mid-19th century, pine floors and numerous parquetry patterns rose in popularity.

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Why Wooden Floors For Your Bedroom?

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The merits of wooden floors in your bedroom

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Stylish: wooden floors, such as this parquet floor, could bring the best out of your bedroom. Image by Svet_Feo (via Shutterstock).

Many of us spend a quarter or a third of each day in our bedroom. That’s excluding the amount of time we use our room for getting dressed. Sometimes, our home office or computer is in the same place as our king size or single bed. Therefore, we could spend more than half our days in the same room.

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