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The Flooring Group can sell Woodpecker Flooring to our customers. As part of Kenton Flooring, The Flooring Group has been retailing Woodpecker Flooring for many years, who below explain their brand to our customers;

THE WOODPECKER STORY

WOODPECKER FLOORING

Woodpecker is the main brand for the flooring wholesaler and manufacturer Kenton Floors. At Woodpecker ‘Affordable quality’ is no idle claim, our traditional high standards of selection and machining are seen in each floorboard – instituted in the original small factory where the first floors were made – and still applied today across our 13 state of the art manufacturing facilities around the globe.

QUALITY CONTROL

Every board goes through a rigid quality and grading process to ensure that the highest possible standards are met to guarantee your perfect satisfaction. The boards are then put through finishing processes such as lacquering, oiling or antiquing – many of which are carried out by hand using centuries old traditions – for that timeless elegance that only a natural wood floor can bring to your home. Finally it is stored in our extensive warehousing facility where we hold large stocks ready for immediate dispatch to fulfil your requirements. We trust you will experience as much pleasure from your floor as we have had in bringing it to you.

25 YEAR RESIDENTIAL WARRANTY

Each Woodpecker floor carries this outstanding reassurance of our confidence that you will not find a better value product anywhere on the market. Your satisfaction depends on our care and attention to detail, such as the careful selection of the trees before they are felled and the way in which the timber is sawn, stacked and dried. In most cases the sawn timber is air dried for over twelve months prior to a 2 stage kilning and dehumidification process to achieve maximum stability. It is then carefully selected for grain pattern, colour variation and knots, to provide the many varied appearances that are available within the Woodpecker range.The flooring is then machined using the latest technologies – in many cases to engineering tolerances that up to a few years ago would have been thought impossible – so that we can bring virtual perfection to your floor.

SUSTAINABILITY

We care about the environment and go to great lengths to bring to you products that have been manufactured from materials harvested with this in mind. As a company we are both Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme For The Endorsement of Forests (PEFC) accredited with our natural floors carrying at least a PEFC accreditation. Stringent attention to all products right from the source to your door gives you the assurance that with a Woodpecker floor you are not impacting negatively on the environment.

HOW TO CLEAN LAMINATE FLOOR SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY

Laminate floors are easy to keep to keep clean if you know how. Unlike hardwood flooring, they can’t be refinished so it’s worth your time and effort to ensure they stay in great condition. Check out our tips below for keeping your laminate flooring in ship shape.

Sweep Regularly
Excess dirt, hair, grit and debris can be damaging to your laminate floor if left to develop over time, with the potential to cause scratches and collect between planks. Avoid these problems by sweeping regularly with a dry antistatic mop that glides easily across the floor. Alternatively, you can use a vacuum if it has a soft brush attachment or a suitable hardwood floor setting.

A tip is to sweep or vacuum in the direction your floor is laid. This will avoid dirt becoming trapped in between planks and can also help to remove any that might be there already.

Wipe up Spills Immediately
Just like it is for hardwood, moisture is an enemy for laminate flooring which is why any spills – however small – should be wiped up immediately with a dry cloth. If left lying around, excess moisture could find its way beneath the planks to cause damp problems or warping in the floor over time. This is why we don’t recommend laminate flooring for bathrooms or wet areas.

Use a Laminate Floor Cleaner
Laminate’s high-wear coating provides important scratch-resistance and should therefore be cleaned with care. Avoid using off-the-shelf products as these might contain harsh chemicals or abrasives that could damage your laminate floor. The manufacturer’s specially formulated cleaning solution is designed to provide the safest and best performing protection – just like our Maintenance Kit for Laminate.

To thoroughly clean your laminate floor, follow these steps:
1. Remove any dust and debris using a dry antistatic mop or a vacuum
2. Spray a small amount of laminate floor cleaner onto the mop
3. Wipe the complete surface
4. Scrape off any debris on the mop into a bin
5. Rinse and dry the mop head ready for the next use

There’s no need to scrub too hard as the antistatic mop will cut through gunk easily and the laminate cleaning solution will do most of the work for you. To remove trickier dirt or stains, use a dry cloth moistened with the cleaning agent and wipe in a more forceful circular motion.

Don’ts:
• Do not use string mops or sponge mops
• Do not use bleach or abrasive cleaners
• Avoid wearing high heels on laminate floor
• Do not pour cleaner directly onto the floor’s surface
• Do not drag furniture across your floor
Do’s:
• Ensure pets’ nails are kept trimmed to avoid scratching
• Place mats at entrances to trap grit and debris
• Place floor protectors beneath heavy furniture
This entry was posted on August 20, 2015 by Hannah.

BACK ON TREND: WHITE WASHED WOOD FLOORING

Once a staple of 1980s shabby chic design, white washed wood flooring is back on trend. Timber finished in this style can draw a feeling of light into interiors, creating a contemporary base with a rustic twist that’s perfect if you enjoy a relaxed feel in your home. The bleached effect captures a coastal look when paired with light furnishings and pastel colours or can inspire unique contrasts when teamed with darker features.
 
Traditional White Washed Wood Flooring
Formerly known as lime washing, white washing is a technique that has been around for many years. It was originally used to protect wood floors and was often the only option for less affluent people to breathe fresh life into worn timbers. These days, whitewashed wood flooring’s bleached and weathered look is popular on the interior design scene.

Whereas the old-school white washing formula was a mix of calcium hydroxide and chalk, contemporary white washed wood flooring is created with pigmented wood oils and paint mixtures which achieve the same effect. When applied, whitewashing brightens the wood and enhances its beauty, defining grain details and enthusing a richly textured look. The hazy white result is highly sought after for classic, coastal and contemporary home themes.

White Washed Wood Flooring Ideas
The great thing about white washed wood flooring is that it’s neither too bright nor too dull, making it the go-to option for many interior styles. The light tones carry a natural feel that can create the perfect backdrop for your walls, furniture and theme to be showcased. Check out some of our ideas for introducing white washed wood flooring in your home below…

Contemporary Cool
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When paired with contemporary bright white furnishings, white washed wood is brought into the limelight to take precedence within its space. The sandy tones and rustic details of York White Washed are enhanced by an understated, neutral kitchen that gives the flooring full attention while a subtle grey paint shade plays up the ashen tones in the boards.

Cosy Coastal
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With its sun-bleached and worn look, white washed wood flooring naturally carries a coastal driftwood feel. When teamed with darker paint shades and homely features, the result is a cosy rustic vibe with charming contrasts. Harlech Limed Oak loses its cool to gain a sense of warmth and luxury when teamed with chocolate brown and eye-catching furniture.

Nordic Nostalgia 
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White washed wood flooring is perfect for Scandinavian-inspired interior themes with neutral colours, light wood furnishings and a cosy lodge-style feel. Berkeley Distressed Montana Oak is a perfect example of an aged and distressed timber that is enhanced to perfection with a white wash stain. The design makes the ideal base for a minimal kitchen with quirky features.

Classic Charm
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The buttercream hues of whitened golden oak ooze a sense of tradition that works wonderfully with classic interiors. Every knot and intricate detail of Chepstow Planed Whitened Oak peers through a light white stain to capture a unique twist of rustic and contemporary. The timber makes a pleasing backdrop for period furnishings in dark woods and intricate designs.

UNDERSTANDING WOOD FLOOR FINISHES

The beauty of a wood floor is always enhanced by its surface finish. Stains, smoking and hand processes can all accentuate the timber’s appeal and provide long-lasting protection.

At Woodpecker, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of finishing types, from the traditional oiled and lacquered to the more unique aged and distressed. Whereas these finishes provide different looks and textures, they also vary in upkeep and durability which is why it’s important to understand which might be the most suitable for you.

This infographic covers all the essential information about our wood flooring finishes. View it below or click the image to see a larger version…

WOOD FLOOR FINISHES

What does UV mean?
UV stands for Ultraviolet and refers to how the coatings are cured on the wood. Woodpecker oiled, lacquered and matt lacquered finishes are dried using specialist UV lighting at every stage of the process. This ensures the surface is ready for use and means that no further finishing is required during installation.

UV Oiled
An oiled finish penetrates the surface of the wood to strengthen its fibres. The effect is a subtle matt appearance that doesn’t manipulate the natural appeal of the timber but actually enhances the definition in the grain. Choosing this finish allows for isolated areas of damage to be easily re-touched yet bear in mind that an oiled floor does require periodic replenishment. The complex grain patterns of Raglan Antique oak are enhanced by an oiled finish.

UV Lacquered
A lacquered finish provides a hardwearing surface layer that is luxuriously shiny and smooth to touch. The scratch resistance of this finish is good but not as good as an oiled floor. Isolated damage on lacquered floors can be tricky to repair but they are extremely durable, easy to clean and low-maintenance. The opulent lacquer shine is captured in our premium Windsor Oak.

UV Matt Lacquered
A matt lacquered finish provides all the benefits of a lacquered floor yet replicates the appearance of an oiled in its dull satin sheen. Just like a lacquered finish, isolated damage can be tricky to repair but this coating is extremely durable, easy to clean and maintain. York Walnut is UV Matt Lacquered for superior durability and understated shine.

Unfinished
Unfinished boards are pre-sanded and have pre-filled knots but provide a completely natural wood surface that is free from stains and protective coatings. Choosing unfinished boards allows you to create a completely bespoke result. We offer the superior Chepstow Oak Rustic in unfinished.

Brushed
This finish involves lightly brushing the surface of the wood to remove any softer surface fibres. The effect is an accentuated grain structure and subtle texture that enhances the natural timber beauty. The main benefit of a brushed finish is that scratches are less obvious. Harlech Oak Cognac evokes authentic charm with its brushed surface.

Sawn
Sawn wood recreates the effect of freshly cut timber in its uneven ridges and grooves. A rough blade is passed across the boards leaving exposed kerf marks and a textured feel. The result is truly rustic appeal that evokes the scent of sawdust. See Chepstow Sawn Natural, Grey and Bronzed floors for this finish.

Handscraped
Bursting with rustic charm, this distinctive finish is characterised by the unique textures that result from the hand scraping process. Each plank is painstakingly scraped by hand to capture the effect of a naturally aged timber. The irregular ridges and grooves add depth and warmth yet remain smooth to the touch. Chepstow Distressed Sienna Oak is a gorgeous example of handscraped timber.

Aged & Distressed
In this finish, boards are subjected to several caustic and hand-finishing processes to capture the look and feel of timeworn wood. Oil, filler and stains are also applied to accentuate the antique appeal. Our Berkeley floors achieve their antique charm from an aged and distressed finish.

PARQUET FLOORING: ELEGANT ORIGINS

After drifting in and out of vogue for centuries, parquet flooring has once again found popularity in period and contemporary style spaces. These unique block designs bring refined charm and traditional character to homes whilst providing the stability and durability of a solid wood underfoot. When the flooring’s origins are explored, it’s easy to see why parquetry carries such an air of elegance which still catches the interest of interior designers and homeowners today.

PARQUETRY’S ROYAL ORIGINS

Records indicate that parquet flooring found its first wave of popularity in sixteenth-century France: a period when marble floors were all the rage in aristocratic homes. The problem was, these lavish tiles required constant washing to retain their shine and besides excessive work for servants, this often led to the joists disintegrating beneath the floors.

Wood block parquet flooring became the equally elaborate, less expensive and more practical alternative to marble floors at this time. When the King of France Louis XIV had parquet flooring installed, he changed the shape of style in noble properties. His elaborate, angular designs set the trend for Europe.

Parquetry had also found its way into English residencies during the 1600s when the youngest daughter of the preceding King of France Henry IV took residency in Somerset House. Queen Henrietta Maria instated a major redecoration of the property which was overseen by one of England’s first significant architects, Inigo Jones. It was Inigo who specified parquet flooring for many rooms within the property.

PARQUET FLOORING THROUGH THE CENTURIES

Although parquet flooring was less expensive than marble, it required great skill and expense to fit. Such intricate and imaginative designs became a sign of wealth in grand properties, complementing their opulent architectural style. The trend continued into the 18th century as more sophisticated and elaborate patterns were introduced.

It wasn’t until the 1930s that parquetry began to dwindle. Advances in textile production saw the popularity of carpets increase with masses of people swapping their hardwood floors for the more comfortable fabric alternative. Thus, many parquet floors were removed or hidden beneath carpets as Britain moved into its contemporary age.

PARQUET FLOORING TODAY

Revived by an interest in vintage style and increasing demand for traditional wood flooring during the 1980s, parquetry found its place in interior design once again. Since then, advanced manufacturing techniques and the invention of more original designs have transformed the style for a modern age.

Although parquet flooring can be laid in various patterns, herringbone still remains the favourite in country homes and period-style spaces. This arrangement evokes the nostalgic appeal of earlier eras when parquetry was an essential element of the opulent design in a grand home. View our Goodrich Natural, Coffee and Whitened designs to see how this parquet pattern brings majestic appeal to hallways and living spaces.

With the prevailing influence of mid-century themes and the more recent trend for Scandinavian style, geometrics have found their way back into interior design and along with them, parquetry. Larger square and rectangular wood blocks laid in unique patterns are a great way to capture the “all-things-angular” trend. As such, parquet flooring has found a fresh, contemporary edge in these settings. View our Goodrich Smoked, Harcourt and Milton designs to see how parquetry has been refashioned for the contemporary age.

MANAGING MOISTURE AND WOOD FLOORING

As wood flooring is a natural material, it’s reactive to its environment. This means that unless it’s installed with precaution, the floorboards can be affected by moisture changes. On the flip side, if the relationship between wood and moisture is understood and accommodated then any problems can be avoided, allowing you to enjoy a well-performing and beautiful wood floor for a lifetime.

UNDERSTANDING WOOD’S RELATIONSHIP WITH MOISTURE

Growing trees receive moisture from their root system which transports water from the ground through the tree’s sap vessels into the branches and leaves. When a tree is felled, its root source of moisture is cut off but the wood is still able to absorb moisture from the air around it. This ability is known as hygroscopic; it allows the wood to reach an equilibrium with its environment by absorbing and losing moisture accordingly.

As the moisture moves in and out of the wood, the fibres expand and shrink and it’s herein that the problems can lie. Wood expands when it takes on moisture in high-humidity and contracts when it loses moisture in dryer climates. This translates into wood flooring tending to expand in the summer and contract in the winter, in the UK.

If such moisture movement isn’t prepared for or isn’t controlled then the consequences can include gapping, cracking, buckling, crowning, cupping, warping and rotting in the wood. Even small movements in each floorboard can result in big changes across a room which is why it’s recommended that moisture levels in the atmosphere shouldn’t change more than 2% once wood flooring is in use.

CONTROLLING MOISTURE MOVEMENT

Although wood flooring and moisture aren’t the best of friends, this strained relationship needn’t spoil the quality and enjoyment you can get out of your wood floor. As long as the correct precautions are taken, your wood floor can look great and perform all year round.

Acclimatisation
When cut wood is prepared for flooring it’s usually dried to the national average percentage of relative humidity found in UK households. Yet, it’s still critical to acclimatise wood flooring before fitting to avoid any significant movement within the floorboards with any future atmospheric changes.

At Woodpecker, we recommend that wood flooring should be acclimatised within the room in which it is to be fitted for 5-7 days before installation, allowing it to find an equilibrium with its surroundings. Following this period of acclimatisation, the floor should be tested with a moisture meter to check the relative humidity is suitable.

The acclimatisation process allows the wood to settle into its new home, preventing any drastic movement with seasonal changes.

Subfloor Preparation
Aside from humidity, one of the biggest culprits for moisture problems with wood flooring is the subfloor. A wet screed, damp joists or high subfloor moisture levels can cause serious problems for a wood floor if they are not taken care of before fitting.

New screeds must be allowed to dry out completely and then should be checked with a moisture meter before installation. Even if the moisture levels in the screed only marginally exceed the recommended limit then damp proof measures must be installed. If the moisture reads at well over the limit then the floor must be left to dry out further as damp proofing measures cannot provide sufficient protection.

Timber subfloors should be free from damp and rot and should be tested for moisture levels. If the reading falls outside the suitable moisture bracket then damp proof measures must be installed to provide crucial moisture protection.

Subfloor preparation is key to ensuring your wood floor isn’t affected by damp, rotting or warping.

Although wood flooring and moisture don’t mix, it needn’t be the enemy. As long as the appropriate acclimatisation and subfloor preparation precautions are accommodated, your wood floor can spend a lifetime in your home looking great and performing to its best.

EXPLORING THE GREY FLOORING TREND

With industrial and Scandinavian-inspired style hugely popular on the interiors scene, grey flooring has become more than a favourite. Subtle or striking ashen floorboards are perfect for capturing a contemporary yet authentic feel in your space while they make an easy complement for pastel, monochrome or pop-colour decor.

Shades of grey are unmistakeably modern; strong on their own and steadying when combined with other colours. Grey can bring a cooling or warming effect and stands alone from seasonal style to work at any time of the year. The colour adds depth, sophistication and a sense of calm. In a nutshell, grey flooring is a versatile wonder.

A HOME DESIGNER’S DELIGHT

We’re not the only ones in love with grey interior design. Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration Michelle Ogundehin is one of many home design professionals raving about the shade. “I used to hate grey,” says Ogundehin. “How things change! Certainly, today, grey connotes sophistication, allure and depth. It sits well alongside other colours, holding its own but not dominating. It represents a quiet confidence.”

Renowned luxury homewares designer Abigail Ahern also sees great potential in the colour: “Anything set against grey looks more beautiful, more grand,” she says. “It cocoons you and turns the room into a space you really want to hunker down into. It feels intriguing and sophisticated and glamorous.”

INTRODUCING GREY FLOORING TO YOUR HOME

The simplicity of a grey floor makes it a very practical investment for any room in your home. Even if you love to change your interior themes regularly, grey flooring is sure to make easy company for your next big idea. Here are our three favourite ways to capture the most ashen fantastic feel with grey flooring in your space…

POP WITH PAINT

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As grey is so understated in tone, it doesn’t limit your choice of colour scheme. Create a contrast between your grey flooring and walls by painting with pop colours in pastels or vibrant shades. Blue, yellow, orange, purple and red all make the perfect complement for ashen tones and can add a playful vibe to your space.

MASTER MONOCHROME

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For an understated look that oozes glamour, pair grey flooring with a strictly black and white theme. As these colours sit either side of grey on the spectrum, they can enhance the tones in the floorboards and bring your floor into the limelight. Think bright white walls, leather sofas, plush fabrics and shiny silver furnishings to land this striking style of decor.

CAPTURE COASTAL

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Light grey flooring can create a cool and calming effect that works wonderfully with coastal-inspired interiors. The shade makes great company for pastel blues and arrests contrast when paired with white furnishings. Add contemporary lighting and raw materials such as wood, metal and wicker to capture a modern feel with just a twist of seaside spirit.

DISCOVER WHAT’S NEW TO WOODPECKER

Our 2015 Woodpecker catalogue has landed with a loads of exciting new flooring designs in the solid, engineered and laminate collections. Read on to discover what’s just arrived…

ON-TREND WASHED WOOD

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Brand new to our York collection are White Washed and Grey Washed: two solid wood 18mm thick designs with rustic grading and a contemporary edge.

White Washed combines sandy tones with striking white grains, breaking away from the traditional golden oak look of a solid wood floor. The design sits well with white, grey and pastel colour schemes, making the perfect complement for country-coastal themes.

Grey Washed is a vision of cool, ashen hues with a traditional twist. Rustic knots and grains make charming features throughout the stained wood finish while the contemporary shade adds a sophisticated touch. The tone is ideal for modern monochrome interiors.

AGED TO PERFECTION

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Making exciting additions to our popular Berkeley collection are Distressed Tradition and Reclaim: 15mm thick engineered designs that evoke a truly antique feel. Abundant with the striking black filler, rustic knots and hand scraped finish that are staples of the Berkeley look, these boards also include traditional wood block and peg detailing.

The golden tones and distinctly rustic grains of Berkeley Tradition are accompanied by authentic wood blocks in a slightly darker shade. The floor is perfect for a country-cottage environment, bringing a warm and homely feel to neutral spaces.

Berkeley Reclaim is a dark, statement floor flowing with warm chocolate tones and finished with evident sawn marks. Wood pegs in a slightly lighter shade make a pleasant contrast within the boards to complete the luxuriously antique look.

CONTEMPORARY PARQUET

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Traditional herringbone has been reinvented with the new planks and squares of the Goodrich collection. Available insmoked, white and black tones for mixing and matching, the boards can be laid in multiple designs including classic herringbone, chequerboard and more elaborate patterns.

With a width of 280mm, these planks and squares create a grand statement and can bring a sense of the unique to any space. The floors are perfect for large hallways, living and dining spaces.

LAMINATE LOVE

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6 new designs have joined the Olsen laminate range to create an even wider collection of colours to choose from.

Linen Oak and Aspen Oak are abundant with light and airy tones that inspire a sense of space. These floors are perfect for perfect for contemporary, colourful interiors.

Driftwood and Nordic Oak are slightly warmer in tone yet neutral enough to sit well with a strong colour scheme. The boards include authentic wood character for a touch of tradition.

Woodland Oak and Warm Walnut are on the darker side of the colour spectrum. Oozing with chocolate tones, they inspire a rustic feel that’s perfect for country-style spaces.

SPOT-ON TRIMS

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Besides introducing a bunch of new floor designs, we’ve also reinvented our range of flooring profiles to make it even easier to select the perfect match for your floor. With a trim designed to complement every floor in our catalogue, adding a smart finish to your floor is easy. From twins to ramps, scotias and stair-nosing, we’ve got your floor trimming covered.

KNOW YOUR FLOORING UNDERLAYS

Get to know your flooring underlays with this handy infographic that summarises the complete range.
 
Like a castle is only as sturdy as its foundations, a Woodpecker floor will only perform as well as its underlay. We offer a wide range of underlays to ensure we can provide for every kind of installation. Manufactured from the finest raw materials, these are tailored to meet various crucial requirements from underfloor heating to irregular subfloors and damp.

Support and Comfort

  • Basic 20 is a dense yet lightweight 3mm foam that offers a good degree of comfort and support along with reasonable sound and thermal insulating properties. It’s economical and suitable for underfloor heating – the ideal solution in areas where moisture issues are of no concern.
  • Undermate is a premium comfort, low tog underlay that has been designed especially for use with underfloor heating. This underlay should be used in combination with a damp proof membrane to prevent moisture migration.

Moisture Protection

  • Aquastop is a 3mm laminated foam with a 200mm overlap for ultimate protection against moisture. This product has been designed especially for grond floor installations. It’s a popular and economic solution when floating a floor.
  • Floormate is a 3.6mm high performance rubber underlay with a foil vapour barrier to prevent moisture migration. Designed to withstand heavy foot traffic, it is the preferred option for all floating installations as it offers the best combination of comfort and support.

Specialist

  • Solitec is a strong and self-adhesive foam underlay that allows an engineered or solid wood floor to be floated. This underlay should always be used in conjunction with a damp proof membrane.
  • Acoustamat is a slatted underlay designed to be used in combination with the WP50 adheisve sausages and bulk gun as part of a liquid batten system. The pre-cut areas provide a template for the adhesive and once installed it forms a reliable acoustic barrier.
  • XL Underlay is a thick polystyrene that disguises minor irregularities (up to 3mm) within the subfloor. The boards offer exceptional sound and thermal insulation as well as moisture protection when taped together.

CHECK OUT THE NEW VUSTA VINYL FLOORING

Our sister brand Vusta vinyl flooring has recently undergone a complete refresh with chic photography, contemporary design and stylish new designs introduced to a reinvented range. The fresh concoction of on-trend flooring collections along with stacks of interior design tips and inspiration can all be explored on the brand new website. Here’s what’s new…

SQUARE CRAZY

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The Vusta range of vinyl flooring tiles has more than doubled with four new colour additions and the introduction of a new size across the whole range. You can mix and max authentic stone neutrals from the Shore Stone collection or go bold with a dark design from Naked Slate. Plus, all larger tiles are equipped with unique magnetic technology for easy and adhesive-free fitting.

GOTTA HAVE GREY

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Grey floors are hot on trend, making perfect company for contemporary interiors and working well with more traditional design. Limed Oak, Smoked Oak and White Planed are three ashen toned wood designs that land the grey look spot on. Varying from simple to more dramatic in grain character, these three striking vinyl floor designs are set to be very popular this year.

STRIP, STRIP, STRIPPING

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There are now even more options to accessorise your Vusta vinyl flooring as Cappuccino and Seashell Design Strips have joined the range. These neutral colours create the authentic look of grouting, pairing well with beige stones and making a striking contrast with darker slates. All Vusta Design Strips are also now available in a smaller 3mm version which are perfect for adding more subtle definition.

BESPOKE CUTTING

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Can’t find what you’re looking for? Then create your own vinyl flooring design. Vusta’s new bespoke cutting service allows you to combine any designs in the Vusta collections to bring your vision to life. You can create curves, shapes, lettering, patterns and much more to land a look that speaks to your unique style.

A WORLD OF INSPIRATION

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Discover loads of vinyl flooring ideas on the new Vusta inspiration feed. Here you’ll find inspirational photographs of Vusta floors along with images of the designs in real homes, sent in by Vusta customers. Your next big interior design idea could be just a click away.

WOODPECKER’S EASTER BUNNY HOPS AWAY WITH A BUMPER HAUL

Following the success of last year’s Easter egg collection for the Children’s Hospital of Wales, our lovely organiser Annette Gregory set out to make this year’s contribution even more cracking.

Annette kindly asked the Woodpecker team to donate chocolate Easter treats of all kinds in aid of the Welsh children’s cancer charity Latch, an initiative that was originally set up by Recruitment Specialist Angharad Davis at Adecco.

After generous contributions poured in from staff in the warehouse and office right up the chain of command, the pool grew even bigger than Annette could’ve hoped. More than 150 eggs were collected altogether, a whopping 50 more than last year. The whole team couldn’t be more pleased.

That leaves our Easter Bunny with the mammoth task of delivering the huge haul of chocolate treats to what we hope are many egg-cited faces at the hospital.

So it turns out a woodpecker ride is the latest craze in the wild animal world. Or so it seemed when an extraordinary photograph of a weasel riding a woodpecker was captured by amateur Essex photographer Martin Le-May at a London country park on Monday afternoon. The incredible image shows the bird in flight with the small mammal clinging to its back.

This however, was no friendly lift. Although the two animals might look rather cosy, the weasel was mid-attack when its victim took off. Weasels don’t usually prey on woodpeckers but according to wildlife expert Lucy Cooke, this event isn’t unheard of or hard to believe. Lucy told BBC news: ‘Weasels are fearless. A female weasel weighs less than a Mars bar but is as ferocious as a lion, so this is why the woodpecker would have been able to take off with it on its back.’

Out walking with his wife at the time, the photographer was alerted to the scuffle by a sound. He said, ‘I heard a distressed squawking noise and feared the worst. I soon realised it was a woodpecker with some kind of small mammal on its back.’ It was then that the incredible shot was taken  – a photograph that has gone viral and been retweeted several thousand times.

Despite its unwelcome passenger, the Woodpecker got away unharmed, managing to land and escape. The weasel was just as quick to make an exit with the grass providing a welcome retreat for what was likely to be the animal’s first experience of flying. We’re sure the weasel’s appetite was the last thing on its mind after that risky move.

OLSEN LAMINATE FLOORING SUBFLOOR PREPARATION

Olsen laminate flooring is incredibly realistic, easy to install and durable. Yet as we always emphasise, a floor is only ever as sound as its subfloor. Just like our solid and engineered wood ranges, laminate flooring requires a level, clean and dry base that’s free from damp, rot, fungal and insect infestation to ensure it performs to its best.

Depending on your type of substrate or existing floor covering you may need to remove, repair, level and/or damp proof your subfloor before you can install Olsen laminate flooring. Check out our infographic below to find out which steps you need to take…

Screeded Subfloors
Screeded subfloors should be level and smooth with any cracks or holes filled appropriately. Asphalt, bitumen and any contaminating residues such as paint, grease and plaster should also be removed. It’s vital that new screeds are allowed to dry completely.

Timber Subfloors
Plywood of at least 18mm thick should be fitted over joists to provide structural stability before laminate flooring is installed. If you’re fitting Olsen over floorboards, any damaged boards should first be repaired or replaced before plywood of at least 6mm is overlaid.

Alternative Subfloors
Laminate flooring can be installed above terrazzo, stone, ceramic and quarry tiled subfloors if they are in a reasonably level condition and cleaned of any contaminating residues. Damaged tiles along with laminate, cork, carpet, vinyl, linoleum and thermoplastic floor coverings should be removed before Olsen is fitted.

All types of substrates must be thoroughly cleaned of dust and debris before levelling and/or laminate flooring installation.

Levelling
As a guide: levelling is advised if irregularities exceed 3mm over a 2m area. We recommend the application of Woodpecker Level-X fibre-reinforced levelling compound, preceded by Woodpecker Surface Primer on difficult surfaces. It’s important that the surface is allowed to dry between priming and levelling and following levelling, before your laminate flooring is installed.

Moisture
The subfloor must be checked for moisture using a hygrometer before installation. Our recommended safe moisture levels are below 70% Relative Humidity (RH) for screeded subfloors and between 7-11% Wood Moisture Equivalent (WME) for timber subfloors. If your subfloor moisture level exceeds these advised percentages then the floor may require a damp proof membrane or further time to dry before laminate flooring can be fitted.

CAPTURING THE COUNTRY TREND WITH WOOD FLOORING

Colours that ooze comfort, classic decorative touches and undertones of adventure.
 
As wood flooring is naturally rich in rustic detail and warm hues, it lends itself to cosy, country-style interiors. In its knots, grains and golden tones, oak harnesses the beauty of the outdoors, evoking a raw vibe that speaks to a rural way of life from times past. With country decor, you can accentuate the natural beauty of your wood flooring to create a familiar, lived-in look that inspires a wonderful sense of welcome in the home.

Land the Country Trend with Wood Flooring: Our Favourite Tips

Underpinned by traditional character and cosy touches, the country trend makes beautiful company for wood flooring. Follow our favourite tips to capture the rustic vibe from your floor up…

Cosy Colours
The trick to country style is often in the colour scheme. While the caramel tones of wood flooring arrest a snug feel beneath the feet, a warm colour palette throughout the rest of your room can emphasise the cosy mood. Think burgundy, deep orange, sage green, beige and navy blue, interspersed with generous amounts of neutral shades to draw the spotlight to your floor.

Pattern Personality
Traditional tartan and cute floral patterns can bring an instant country feel to your space. Create focus with a single statement wallpaper or for a more bohemian vibe, mix and match clashing patterns across your walls. Classic wallpaper sits easily with the natural tones of wood flooring, bringing a great sense of character to your interior.

Furniture that Does the Talking
Traditional furniture and appliances can be highly influential in a country-style interior. Cream shaker kitchen cupboards contrast wonderfully with darker golden woods while vintage AGA ovens make a bold statement in any country kitchen. In lounge areas, a combination of ornamental wood furniture with real wood flooring is more than enough to bring a sense of rustic class to your space.

Toasty Fabrics
Incorporate a medley of interesting fabrics to bring depth and texture to your room. Think sofas and chairs adorned with classic patterned upholstery or for a more contemporary, lodge-style feel, include sheepskin fur in the form of a rug or throw. Natural fabrics make lovely company for the earnest tones of wood flooring, adding a softness to the room.

Animal Madness
For a quirky take on the country trend, introduce an animal theme. Everything from owls to rabbits, stags, cows and even ducks have made an appearance in country interiors, popping up on everything from cushions to door stops and prints. Accessorise with a little animal to bring contemporary fun to your country space.

BAMBOO FLOORING: THE ECO-FRIENDLY SUPER-FLOOR

WHAT IS BAMBOO?

Bamboo is the strongest growing plant on earth and is recognised as one of the most sustainable materials known to man. Although it looks, feels, cuts and even smells like wood, it’s actually a rapidly regenerating grass which grows to full maturity in 5 years.

The plant is believed to have originated in the mountainous regions of China and now grows across Asia, Australia, Sub-Saharan Africa and America. Besides flooring, it’s used to make bridges, bicycles, bed linen, scaffolding, houses and paper – to name just a few.

HOW IS BAMBOO FLOORING PRODUCED?

The bamboo plant is usually harvested in autumn or winter when moisture levels are low and the plant is less likely to fracture. After harvesting, the plant is prepared and manufactured for flooring with the following processes:

1. The green outer hull of the plant is removed to reveal the inner stem (culm).
2. The stem is cut into long strips known as bamboo fillets.
3. As the fillets retain the natural curvature of the plant they are milled along their outer sides to create flat strips that are more suitable for flooring.
4. The strips are dried and boiled to remove moisture, sugar and starches. This process reduces the risk of insect infestations.
5. The bamboo is sometimes darkened in a process called carbonisation. This involves smoking the cut strips under extreme heat and pressure to create a range of chocolate tones.

THE TWO TYPES OF BAMBOO FLOORING

Bamboo flooring can be produced in two different ways that utilise both the end and by-products of refining the bamboo strips.

Laminated Bamboo Flooring
This type of bamboo flooring is created by stacking and gluing together bamboo strips in a vertical or horizontal fashion. The result is a smooth, uniform finish that looks similar to hardwood flooring and displays the growth rings and knuckles of the stalk.

– Vertical: Strips are glued together with the narrow surfaces facing up.
– Horizontal: Strips are glued together with the wide surfaces facing up.

Strand-woven Bamboo Flooring
The by-product fibrous strands that result from milling the bamboo strips find a home in this second type of bamboo flooring. They are weaved together, mixed with resins and pressed under extreme conditions to create planks that are abundant with random patterns. This type of bamboo flooring is even stronger than its alternative.

Both types of bamboo flooring are finished with joints machined into their edges and multiple coats of protective lacquer. If a different colour finish is required then the planks may be stained before the lacquer is applied.

THE BENEFITS OF BAMBOO FLOORING

• An extremely dense, strong and durable floor covering.
• Suitable for residential or commercial spaces with high footfall.
• An easy to clean floor that doesn’t trap dirt in its fibres.
• The bamboo plant isn’t damaged during harvest but remains healthy and able to rapidly regenerate for future crop.
• As all of the bamboo stem can be used to make flooring, very little waste is involved in its production.
• Fertilisers and pesticides aren’t required for the plant’s rapid growth.

BERKELEY’S JOURNEY TO AGED PERFECTION

Warm, inviting and unmistakeably distinctive, Berkeley distressed oak floors prove that aged is beautiful. Available in six traditional shades, each plank is sympathetically antiqued for a characterful finish that brings a heritage feel to the home.

Inspired by History
The bastion commanding the Berkeley area has a violent history, full of legends and mysteries, yet it has lived on the same family for 24 generations. Berkeley floors imitate this great legacy, posing as weathered boards that have stood the test of time. The oak’s beauty is in its detail, defined by striking grains, bourbon tones and arresting contrasts that allude to an older generation.

7 Stages to Aged Perfection
When it comes to achieving such authentic period accents, Berkeley floors have a story of their own. Each plank undergoes seven painstaking processes, including hand-scraping, double smoking and wire brushing to get its look. In this infographic we follow that journey to learn how the floor is transformed from freshly sawn to aged and distressed…

 A Taste for Distressed Oak Flooring
Click the infographic to browse the full collection of Berkeley distressed oak flooring and envision how you could create a heritage ambience in your home.

CELEBRATING OLSEN’S FIRST YEAR

Olsen laminate stepped onto the scene in January 2014 to replace and refresh the previous line of ‘Lamin8’. Our vision was a range of beautiful floors in a wide variety of colours to suit contemporary and traditional interiors. This emerged as a collection of cool to warm shades, from dusky greys and golden neutrals through to rich auburns and smoky black.

Realistic and Practical
Olsen doesn’t only impress by its choice but is superbly realistic in design. The flooring’s subtle texture captures the essence of natural timber while the colour-match joints add authentic definition for a finish that truly emulates real wood. Built with a High Density Fibreboard core and coated with a scratch-resistant varnish, the laminate is also an extremely practical floor that performs year after year.

A Cracking Year
With such character and quality to its name, we couldn’t wait to launch the new collection. Olsen is now approaching its first birthday and has a record of results that are better than we ever expected. To mark what we can only describe as a party of a year, we’ve created a visual celebration of Olsen’s success…

FITTING FLOOR WITH UNDERFLOOR HEATING: A VISUAL GUIDE

Underfloor heating (UFH) is a luxury that’s growing in popularity amongst homeowners. In recent years it’s become cheaper, easier to install and a more favoured addition in new builds. But are you up to speed with the dos and don’ts when fitting a floor?

There are two types of underfloor heating systems: wet systems and dry systems. Usually the more expensive, wet systems are installed by running a series of warm water pipes beneath the floor. Electric systems are often cheaper to install, relying on a network of wires that are connected to the mains supply and heat up.

Each of these systems can be installed in a number of different ways, often limiting which types of floors are suitable and how they can be fitted. There are also important guidelines to follow when preparing the subfloor, fitting flooring and caring for a floor with underfloor heating.

A lot to take in? Don’t worry, we’ve compressed the essentials into this handy infographic. Give it a read, print it and share it. We just hope it helps you to ensure that UFH and Woodpecker Flooring always make a cosy pair.

RAGLAN WHITE SMOKED IS CHANGING

At Woodpecker, we like to keep on top of how our products perform so we can make changes that mean better and more beautiful flooring for you, our customer. And recently on the refresh front, we’ve treated our Raglan White Smoked board to a new look.

OLD WHITE SMOKED

The old Raglan White Smoked board was finished with a stain which emulated the ash-grey colour of smoked wood. And although the result was an attractive rustic appearance with distinct contrasts, we saw room for improvement.

NEW WHITE SMOKED

To refresh the Raglan board, we altered two things: its colour and tone. White Smoked is now lighter and more natural in character, making for a more versatile board that sits nicely with subdued decor. This is achieved via an authentic smoking process, allowing the floor to truly live up to its name!

WHAT IS THE SMOKING PROCESS?

Wood is smoked by being exposed to fumes in a sealed chamber. Forming a solution, the fumes react with the tannins in the wood to darken the heartwood and leave the sapwood unchanged. The result is a characterful finish with enhanced grain patterns.

Unlike staining, the authentic smoking process doesn’t obscure the grain pattern or result in blotches and runs. Smoking is also colourfast making it a thoroughly future-proof option. Should you wish to sand the floor back over time, the character instilled through the smoking process will not be lost as the surface is removed.

AND YET, WHITE SMOKED IS DIFFERENT ONLY BY APPEARANCE

Although the Raglan board has a new look, its specifications haven’t changed. White Smoked is still a real wood engineered plank with a 10.5mm thickness, bevels on all edges and a glueless loc joint. The board is also still available in the popular brushed and matt lacquered finish.

VUSTA: WOOD EFFECT PLANKS IN BATHROOMS AND UTILITY ROOMS

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Visitors to the website have been searching for wood flooring that’s suitable in a bathroom or interiors with standing water. Unfortunately Woodpecker products aren’t ideal in this situation. As we always say: wood and water are natural enemies. Trees of course rely on the stuff to thrive, but once they have been re-purposed for flooring the results are not pretty (more information to come at a later date).

Vusta is our partner brand that solves this practical need without sacrificing the aesthetics of a wooden floor. Its products are LVT and LVP, which are more commonly known as vinyl planks and tiles. They are created for luxury as their maintenance requirements are next-to-nothing. They will easily outperform wood in areas of humidity and are the preferred choice for utility rooms like bathrooms.

Vusta’s synchronised embossed surfaces have a warmer and nicer feel than ceramic floors (those without radiant heating systems especially). The planks and tiles may be for someone shopping for a new bathroom floor, or those who want the look of wood without the practical drawbacks. Kenton Floors is smaller than the other LVT and LVP companies, in as much we can offer lower price points and support it with our personal customer service.

OLSEN LAMINATE’S BENEFITS DRAWN UP IN ICONS

Olsen is our newest product range, which for the moment is part of Woodpecker. It’s a laminate floor offering. It needed some love for the technology and specification hidden behind its affordable RRP. So we decided to brighten up the standard information sheet as this hand-drawn and colourful document.

It will help us clear up the confusion created by a typographical error in our catalogue, we made a mistake. Olsen is AC4 rated and not AC3, the AC3 written in our catalogue is a typo!

WHAT IS AN AC RATING?

An AC rating tells a floor buyer what level of durability resistance they can expect from a laminate floor. To be specific, the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) designate it as:

“Impact resistance, resistance to staining, resistance to cigarette burns, effect of a castor chair, and the thickness swelling of the flooring are part of its classification.”

The EPLF monitor and award the AC specification, with a range of 1-5 with 5 being the highest spec commercial grade. Olsen, as we know, is AC4 – 32 (not AC3…) rated and is therefore suitable for public areas with ‘commercial’ traffic. While it is commercial grade, we chose the specification to eliminate the notion of laminate as a low-cost, high-replacement solution in residential installations.

OLSEN SKIRTING DISCONTINUATION

Due to a significant downturn in the sales of coordinating wood effect skirting boards over the past 12 months, the Olsen skirting is now discontinued.

The remaining skirting, including our oak veneer and solid oak skirting profiles are still available along with all the other Olsen laminate profiles, including the twin, ramp, end, stair nosing and scotia profile.

A QUICK SUBFLOOR PREPARATION INFOGRAPHIC

This infographic will help anyone who wants to know how to prepare your subfloor when fitting wood flooring.

What you have witnessed is the first in a series of visually simple and educational infographic-style introductions to flooring. Each will cover the tough and intricate considerations when fitting wood flooring.

By creating these guides we hope that our network of customers and floor owners will be better equipped to tackle the rare complications of fitting a Woodpecker floor. 60% of the complaints we received last year were related to subfloor moisture issues, never mind the other considerations of temperature and levelling!

Remember to share and forward this subfloor checklist to anyone who would appreciate it!

THE BUNNY AND THE WOODPECKER

Angharad Davis drove off today with a car full of our chocolate eggs, just like a reverse Easter Bunny. We are fine with it on this occasion, as the eggs are on their way to the Children’s Hospital of Wales.

Donations and purchasing were pre-planned and co-ordinated by our very organised lady Annette Gregory. Annette kindly persuaded the Kenton Floors’ staff to pool their resources for a bumper harvest of chocolate confectionery of all types. Generosity appeared from employees in the warehouse and office, right up the chain of command.

Angharad herself is a representative from recruitment and employment specialists Adecco, who came up with the initiative in support of Latch, a Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity. The chocolate is now in her hands for its safe transfer to a few very deserving bellies. Here are some pictures we took!

WALKING ALL OVER US: WOODPECKER AT THE NEC

This week we managed to avoid the pull of an April fools post, not for lack of content, but as a consequence of the incredible response from last weekend. That weekend the employee(s) of Kenton Floors showcased the latest and greatest ranges of Wood and Laminate at the NEC in Birmingham. It was a great opportunity for us to speak to our supply partners and of course our fantastic clients. Thank you to everyone who saw us, or better yet, asked us a question!

Like a series of Russian dolls our stand was integrated within the Buildbase zone, within hall 9 of the National Home Building and Renovating show. Catalogues were given, deals were struck and technical queries were resolved; all delivered with a smile.

If you missed out this time, give us a look at the upcoming Buying Group’s National Flooring Show in May! Hat tipping mentions must go to the great chaps from Roman Showers and JTrays, thanks for the Haribos and we hope you enjoyed your Celebrations and Freddos! For a better idea of what to expect, enjoy the following pictures:

READ IN BETWEEN THE PARAGRAPHS: OUR FLOORING GUIDE IN NUMBERS

Our Complete Flooring Guide is probably the most important piece of work we produce year on year. It exists thanks to a very dedicated team of people, myself included. The infographic below is similar, as it required a lot of work researching the statistics you see on show. Remember the catalogue is free, whether you contact us to send it over to you, or download it over here.

As you can see, the main cost is not printing on ecological FSC regulated paper, but instead it is  producing this encyclopedia of wood, bamboo, cork and laminate flooring that is the greatest cost.

OUR 5 STEP GUIDE TO SUBFLOOR PREPARATION

The importance of subfloor preparation should never be underestimated. Failure to properly prepare your subfloor will inevitably lead to your floor failing. To avoid such problems, we have prepared a simple 5-Step Guide to ensure that the necessary checks are made before you start laying your floor.

1. IDENTIFY YOUR SUBFLOOR

There are typically two types of subfloor:
– Concrete
– Timber

2. CHECK THE MOISTURE CONTENT

Before fitting a new floor it is essential to know that the subfloor is below the danger levels of moisture content. This is not something that you will be able to identify by just looking! It can, however, be easily done using a Hygrometer. A concrete subfloor must have a Relative Humidity (RH) of 75% or less. We normally recommend a reading below 70% to give a margin of error. A timber subfloor must have a moisture content of no more than 11% Wood Moisture Equivalent (WME).

3. IS THE SUB-FLOOR LEVEL?

Installing over an uneven subfloor will inevitably result in excess movement. This will make your floor feel unstable and may lead to premature damage. To avoid such problems it is important to ensure that your subfloor is level. The British Standard requirement specifies that the subfloor should not vary more than 3mm over a 2m area. To achieve this we recommend the use of Level-X Acrylic Primer followed by Level-X fibre reinforced self-leveling compound. Note: Never use latex self-leveling compounds when bonding the floor down. They do not have the tensile strength to resist the movement of timber.

4. ADDRESS THE MOISTURE CONTENT

Providing the moisture content of your subfloor adheres to the levels outlined in Step 2, you can go ahead and lay your floor. If there is any doubt as to the moisture levels in the concrete subfloor, always use the Woodpecker WP60 Liquid Damp Proof Membrane which will seal the moisture below the surface of the floor and prevent the floor from expanding and distorting. With a timber subfloor, we recommend laying the Woodpecker Moistop Barrier Paper over the subfloor before nailing your floor down. This will help minimise the risk of moisture migration.

5. FITTING

There are three methods to fitting a wood floor:
1. Secret nailing
2. Sticking down
3. Floating

Note: If you chose to stick down your wood floor, you should always use the Woodpecker MS Parquet adhesive. This has been specially formulated to hold the timber after a short open time but will stay permanently flexible to allow for the expansion and contraction of the timber between seasons.

Flink, our floating solid floor, is the perfect compromise between the beauty of a solid oak floor and the practicality of an engineered oak floor. Flink’s patented ‘drop and lock’ joint allows you to float it over an underlay – adding to the ease of fitting and subtracting any messy adhesives or complicated installations. This hybrid floor is one of a kind and unique to the Woodpecker brand from Kenton Floors.

We’ve put together a short video to showcase the innovation that makes this fantastic flooring product possible. With fewer practical drawbacks this clever floor is quick to install and finish.

LAMIN8 FLOORING: WHERE IT WENT AND WHY

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An old Lamin8 select Oak (2011)
 
We refreshed Lamin8’s design and look three times since its launch in 2003 – all to stay at the cutting edge of the market. It had changed so much and our latest refresh meant different specs and colours – unrecognisable from the first boards we sold back in the earlier part of this millennia.

Olsen is the new laminate incumbent, developed to a specification that is superior; with genuinely lifelike surfaces. The competitiveness in the industry meant that our laminate needed a strong identity to build on the grunt work that Lamin8 put in.

With the introduction of Olsen, the Lamin8 brand will be sold off towards the end of this year. However, it is still close to our hearts; impressively it alone contributed nearly ?19m in revenue to our national retail partners.

Olsen is a different kettle of fish:

  • 8mm instead of 8.3mm thickness,
  • bevels on all 4 sides apart from the White and Natural strip (no bevels) Washed Oak (long edges bevelled),
  • longer boards that are slightly wider,
  • updated photography and designs,
  • 17 completely new colours,
  • the density of the HDF core increased 21%.

The effect is greater than the sum its parts. Olsen laminate are ‘Floors to Inspire’, a line especially evident when you see our new displays… more on those at a later date.

FREE FLOORING SAMPLES IN 4 STEPS

We want you to order our free floor samples, so you can feel the grain, examine the cross section, and visualise the final effect on your room. How do you do it? Follow these four steps:

1. Visit your preferred flooring product and you will find a friendly yellow ‘Order Sample’ button (1st below)
2. This will save your floor sample to your basket – feel free to order up to 3 at a time!
3. Continue browsing as your samples will be saved – find them in the basket next to our search bar (2nd below)
4. Once you are happy with your requests, click checkout, fill in your delivery details and your order will be dispatched within 24 hours!
 
Flooring inspiration starts small with our surprisingly large postal samples, yet it allows you to tinker and see what a floor is made up of. For example, you can see how our Olsen range is constructed from a printed wood foil and High Density Fibreboard by ordering a free laminate sample.

WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THE WOODPECKER WEBSITE?

A new online home for Woodpecker Flooring

This new website is our virtual showroom and we have stacks and stacks of benefits for customers and retailers alike. Read on for a comprehensive walk-through of Woodpecker Flooring’s online catalogue.

2014 is the perfect time to launch a new, modern website build with far more moving parts than our old site. How does this help you? For a start, each product has its own page with all the information and specifications needed. Additionally, you can now order samples from that same page.