With January in full swing we are all keen to get fit and healthy for the coming year and, just like with our physiques, many of us are keen to get our homes in shape.
As the festive season gets into full swing, spare a thought for your flooring which bears the brunt of all that partying and could end up giving you an unwanted Christmas bill if it gets damaged and as a result needs sanding and refinishing.
On Friday 16th November, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of timber products, Archwood Group, which comprises of Atkinson & Kirby, Richard Burbidge and Masons Timber, showed their support for ‘Children in Need’ by holding a host of fundraising activities.
As the UK’s leading flooring experts, we’re often asked our advice on how to lay a wooden floor, avoiding problems such as buckling or gapping? My answer is that preparation is key, and acclimatisation is particularly important. Wood is beautiful, but can also be sensitive, which is why acclimatisation is such an important part of the process. Essentially it means conditioning the wooden flooring’s moisture content to the living environment it will be installed in.
Leading hardwood flooring manufacturers, Atkinson & Kirby, are supporting London Design Festival, a celebration of world-leading design and creativity in the capital this September.
With the availability of solid wood flooring decreasing more people are choosing engineered floors instead. Due to the top layer of engineered floors being hardwood the same finishes can be applied to both giving the same finished look. In addition to this with roughly a third of an engineered board being hardwood they are more environmentally friendly too.
With a variety of flooring finishes available, it's important to weigh up the options and decide on the best flooring design and style for your specific application, particularly at the early planning stages of the project.
The Homebuilding & Renovating Show was the perfect opportunity to showcase some of the new range that is now available. Taking place over four days from 22nd – 25th March at NEC, Birmingham the show gave the team an opportunity to introduce Atkinson & Kirby to a new market and talk in detail about the new collections.
Hardwood flooring is making a comeback and growing in popularity and it’s not hard to understand why. We are often asked about the differences between solid and engineered flooring and which is better. Traditionally hardwood flooring was solid blocks so is often seen as better. However, there are many benefits of engineered flooring.
Unlike trends seen on the catwalk that change with the seasons, the style of your home needs to stand the test of time. In addition, it needs to work seamlessly through the seasons and not look add in the depths of winter or the height of summer. The next and final trend that we will be looking at does just that.