Expert Antique & Bespoke Wood Flooring Installations
– We have established a carefully selected group of RFC Experienced and approved installers for our installation service.
– National (UK) and International service.
Because we have partnered with a limited number of expert installers, please consider that the installation fees with our expert installers who are experienced with our style of products are usually more expensive than installation costs offered by general contractors, builders or less experienced installers. This is important because not all installers and tradesmen fully appreciate the fine detailing required or how to manage the challenges sometimes discovered on-site.
When we consider the aesthetics of our products and how they are often more authentic and natural when compared to ‘similar’ products from other companies, essential factors to be evaluated before fixing down one of our floors may relate to Surface Undulation, Wood Thickness Differences, Intentional Shadow Gapping Between Wood Pieces, Texture Variation, Colour Variation, Grading Variation, Board and Pattern Placement and the use of Floor Filler when installing a reclaimed or Antique floor.
As a rough estimate, these installation rates between our Approved installers and other trade professionals are often 20-40% more costly, depending on experience. However, as confusing as this may seem, the above-mentioned costs are also reasonable and competitive compared to the installation costs quoted by other installers from companies with the same level of experience. The price bracket from our installers falls somewhere in the middle, neither the most expensive nor the least expensive.
If you are ready to move forward with your project, we recommend that you budget accordingly for your wood flooring product and the installation costs because a substandard installation can deter from the true beauty and design quality of a well-crafted wooden floor.
The Forgotten Art & Craft Of Installation
Choosing the very best timber cuts, colours, and finishes are all part of the project. Ensuring the life and stability of the floor is a significant piece of the puzzle and should not be overlooked.
Each individual property may have its unique challenges. Whether it is subfloor, air conditioning, room conditions, size/texture/colour/grade variation between wood pieces or the underfloor heating, we recommend that you choose an expert with the relevant experience to weave everything together.
A talented wood flooring installer requires many years of technical and artistic experience because wood is a complex material. When used as engineered or solid wood flooring, manufactured into fine and delicate cuts of wood, installed over underfloor heating or within other challenging environments, when walked upon in bare feet or high heels for weeks, years, decades and centuries… wood will change it’s shape, texture and colour.
The most important thing to consider is that wood flooring is a living and breathing material.
Like all living things in nature, wood performs best in a stable environment, in equilibrium with temperature and humidity.
Our products, such as reclaimed and Antique oaks, offer bespoke solutions that other installers may not appreciate. What may look like a worn and scrappy board to an inexperienced installer, in the right hands, may become a feature piece. 300+ years of life tells a story, and it is our job to bring out the beauty and time-worn surfaces that have been sculpted over the years, decades and generations.
In our world of one-of-a-kind antique aesthetics, genuine authenticity requires an in-depth understanding of client requirements, material sourcing, wood shaping, wood grading, delicate wood finishing, installation artistry and technical precision. Our “work” exudes naturality and beauty, which can only be achieved with decades of expert experience.
We are a creatively driven company with unparalleled experience and expertise within the complex custom, pre-finished, reclaimed and antique wood flooring industry. We combine practical and technical know-how with a genuine appreciation and passion for the craft of reclaimed or antique oak patina finishing.
All aspects of installation, including programming and management, should be considered to ensure our products are installed to the correct specifications.
Wood flooring that offers a bespoke design, cut and colouring to suit brief and aesthetics.
Complete sanding and finishing products can be offered with a bespoke colouring service for Reclaimed wood. For all of our engineered floors, installations are glued and pinned using only the best materials available.
Examples of this can be found in our Chelsea Showroom by appointment only.
Antique & Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Our products such as reclaimed and Antique oaks offer bespoke solutions that may not be appreciated by other installers. What may look like a worn and scrappy board to an inexperienced installer, in the right hands may become a feature piece. 300+ years of life tells a story and it is our job to bring out the beauty and time-worn surfaces that have been sculpted over the years, decades and generations.
In our world of one-of-a-kind antique aesthetics, true authenticity requires an in-depth understanding of client requirements, material sourcing, wood shaping, wood grading, delicate wood finishing and finally installation artistry and technical precision.
Our “work” exudes naturality and beauty and this can only be achieved with decades of expert experience.
Custom Made Installations & Material Sourcing
We offer custom made solutions for period property and heritage installations.
Through our vast supply chain network across Europe, we are fully equipped to source reclaimed and antique wood with the specific characteristics required for the property and style of the interior.
By request, our engineered extra-long and wide platforms can be made in widths up to 450mm wide and up to 4.5 metres long. And with close partnerships with joiners, furniture makers and wood engineering or laser cutting facilities, your custom made ideas are brought to life.
We work closely with interior designers and architects. We turn our client’s ideas into reality or take care of the entire floor design process.
Custom made Stair pieces and Joinery Design
We are often specified to colour match stair treads, risers to our wood floors. Whether straight cut or curved, all stair pieces are templated on-site prior to manufacturing for maximum precision.
The same timber can also be used to clad joinery so giving a story to your project of age and history.
Before, During and After Fitting Guides
How to choose the right floor?
Buying a wooden floor is not always an easy process. There are plenty elements worth considering prior to specification.
Care & Maintenance
Maintaining your floor with the correct care routine is the easiest way to preserve its beauty and safeguard its longevity.