European Oak hardwood Flooring and Wire Brush
In Los Angeles, the European Oak hardwood flooring is quite popular with most architects as well as interior designers. There are various unique reasons that can be attributed to this unrivalled popularity. The major reasons that give the European oak an edge over other hardwoods include:
European oak wood growing cycle
The European oak wood is a special kind of wood sourced mainly from France and Germany. The true European Oak has a characteristic slower growing cycle that results in a tighter grain that most wood experts will tell you is an important factor in determining the quality of hardwood flooring.
Secondly, the Europeans have a special way of cutting their timber ensuring a wider and more beautiful looking product. This involves cutting out a cant from the log and slicing it through. A cant is a square shaped plank sawn from the center of the log. Once the cant is cut through, a wider plank, 7-10” results. These planks bear the plain sawn look at the center of the plank, which is bordered by a unique rift cut and finally a quarter sawn grain patterns. These means that the planks bear all the three characteristic cuts on sawn wood, in each plank.
The final unique characteristic of European oak is the wire brushing. This refers to the mechanical scrubbing of timber using a wire brush. The wire bristles open and enhances the wood grain for the sole purpose of texture and character addition. The hardest part of the wood is left exposed making it not only aesthetically pleasing but durable and long lasting as well.
To some, wire brushing is just an unnecessary beautifying process but the truth is, to achieve beautiful as well as durable hardwood floors; the process is a necessary evil. The wire brush bristles open up the grains exposing the hardest part of the wood, which is often less prone to damage thus giving your modern hardwood floors a longer life.
American mills and timber yards are not being left behind in this value addition to their products. In Los Angeles, for example, you are bound to find wire brushed oak flooring as opposed to the traditional gray hardwood floors. Hardwood floors Los Angeles are being produced using the characteristic Eurocut method enabling them to compete with the traditional European oak hardwood flooring. Such makes it easier for Architects and Interior designers who are quite specific on the hardwood flooring to be applied.
Hardwood floor installation
Hardwood floor installation entails fixing a totally new floor where none existed before as well as installing a hardwood floor where there is an old floor. In cases of repairs and renovations, removal of the old floor is part of the installation process.
Careful inspection should be carried out before installation to ensure the right quantity of material is purchased, as well as to ensure the surface to be worked on is well prepared and up to standard to support a hardwood floor installation.