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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

Bedroom floor image by Svet_Feo (via Shutterstock).

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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Why Choose Reclaimed Flooring?

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How reclaimed flooring offers an environmentally friendly yet striking alternative to freshly laid hardwood flooring

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Reclaimed flooring can add character to your home. Image by Dymax (via Shutterstock).

If only floorboards could talk! If reclaimed flooring could talk, the wooden floorboards could tell an interesting story. They could tell of their seafaring days. They could hark back to their previous occupants – whether at home, school or work. Wooden floorboards could tell a story with greater depth than (supposedly) the average reality TV celebrity.

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Wooden Floor Fitting Fails

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A collection of clips on how not to fit a wooden floor, plus a bonus feature

Wooden floor fitting fail image by Boris Rabtsevich (via Shutterstock).

Work in progress: A section of wood flooring being repaired. Image by Boris Rabtsevich (via Shutterstock).

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Wooden Flooring or Laminate Flooring?

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How wooden flooring compares with laminate flooring

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

There are many closely fought battles between one football side or another, or those between brands. For example: the battle for cola drink supremacy between Coca Cola and Pepsi. There is one that is sure to go on for a longer period. Not the battle between carpeted floors and wooden floors. The one to watch is the battle between wooden flooring and laminate flooring. read more →

Parquet Floors: The Scores on the Floors

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An absolute beginner’s guide to parquet floors

Parquet Floors image by Svet_Feo (via Shutterstock).

Exquisite: parquet floors are a popular choice for bedrooms, including this master bedroom photographed by Svet_Feo (via Shutterstock).

Whether in the home or a public hall, there is no mistaking the distinctive nature of parquet floors. They form part of many a dance floor, basketball court, school hall, public library, and numerous homes. With a geometric pattern, they add a touch of class to your floor.

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