The majority of flooring is sourced by us direct from specialist manufacturers in Holland, Belgium and Italy. Quality control is of paramount importance and we are confident that our suppliers can deliver superb products that meet our exacting requirements.
Our suppliers combine traditional air-drying methods, with 21st century computer controlled kilns. This results in timber that is gently relieved of all stress, and allows the true natural beauty of the wood to be reflected in the end product.
We offer a comprehensive range of woods (such as oak, walnut, teak and wenge) and finishes – there’s a brief outline below, but for personal advice on the most appropriate product for your project, just contact us on 01959 563063.
Parquet flooring is a timeless classic, which combines practical benefits with beautiful aesthetics.
There is a wealth of patterns available, including herringbone, chevron, basket weave, and Versailles panels, while the addition of borders or mosaics offer an opportunity for a truly unique bespoke design.
flexible base of plywood/chipboard or onto a rigid screed via an industrial grade Oak mosaic.
An extremely stable method of installation, there is minimal movement in the life of the floor,
and subject to the parameters of the installation, parquet can be fitted neat to the skirting.
Additionally, parquet does not require site acclimatisation. Parquet is also suitable for water
based under-floor heating systems, although this is not possible with some species of timber.
Parquet is very versatile, many patterns, indeed complex patterns and intricate borders are
possible with this method as well as narrow strip, wide plank, chevron and herringbone.
Parquet is slowly air dried, kilned and machined into the highest quality, stress free wood
flooring available. This investment is rewarded with superior performance over the lifetime of
The unique design structure of engineered flooring makes it an extremely versatile option for flooring, being compatible with under-floor heating, and suitable as a fixed or floating floor.
A solid wood veneer is attached to plywood mid layer with a supporting base layer, giving the product the look and feel of solid wood, but with the practical ability to withstand temperature and moisture changes.
An extremely stable method of flooring, being very versatile in respect of the substrate it is
laid over, can be floated, nailed or glued down.
Suitable for under-floor heating (not possible with some species of timber).
Generally factory finished with a choice of lacquered, oiled or waxed dressings which
provides the perfect finish, sometimes too perfect (slight damage can be obvious).
Additionally they are available unfinished ready for fine sanding and sealing on site to give a
more natural appearance.
On top, precious decorative timber is used for the wear layer below for reasons of stability a resistant, fast growing or non decorative wood species for the support layer. This results in a technically superior product and sensible use of timber.
Once again, not all products are equal, the quality is in the price.
Solid Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is exactly as it suggests – a solid piece of hardwood, which can be finished in a variety of different ways.
At David Brown we are able to display to the customer the effects that can be created using techniques such as fuming, or distressed wood. This allows the client to consider the best option that will keep the flooring in harmony with its surroundings.
Solid wood floors are not suitable for areas of varying humidity due to the expansion characteristics of natural wood.
Solid wood flooring with its very simple construction is the most widespread type of wood
flooring. It is also, however, the most problematic. The absence of stability makes it
particularly susceptible to humidity changes (expansion and contraction). The wider the
board, the more vulnerable it becomes.
Aged/distressed plank floors are ideal, as any movement will add to their character. Strip
and herringbone used in gymnasiums, dance floors, multi function areas etc are also ideal as
room temperatures tend to be more consistent and aesthetics are not the priority.
Plank and strip floors must be nailed down, leaving perimeter expansion gaps. In large areas,
expansion gaps must be left in the floor. Gluing down is possible, although we do not
recommend it (we have seen many failures). We consider boards over 180mm wide should be
face screwed and pelleted, due to their instability.
Herringbone and patterned solid wood floors are fully adhered to the substrate.
Solid wood flooring will develop gaps every winter when the heating is operating, and
disappear again in the summer. Generally, solid wood floors are not suitable for under-floor
Acclimatization is normally required, however, this is mainly for temperature and any change
in the moisture content will be minimal. Therefore, the wood moisture content of the timber
should be suitable for the environment it will be laid in.
Extreme care should be exercised when purchasing and installing solid plank floors, as the
majority of problems and unhappy customers we encounter concern this type of wood floor.
The clue is generally in the price.
Why not view our gallery for examples of our wood floor transformations.