Old and age oak floors how to achieve the desired effect
Antique oak floor the first stage the boards are subjected to intentional mechanical damage.
To ensure the perfect combination of elements during the installation, each piece is individually inspected and tongued, grooved and smoothed by hand.
Color of old wood is a result of the natural reaction of tannins presence in oak wood to vapors of ammonia and mixture of lime and other chemicals.
Obtaining the right color of wood is a long process.
The final color becomes fixed after 3 to 6 months.
The wood surface protection begins with deep pore opening.
The first applications of oils should be designed to reach as deep as possible in the wood.
Successive multiple heating, oiling, brushing and polishing provide superior penetration of the wood structure of wood by the natural oils, beeswax.
Finally, apply the oil surface reinforced silicon compounds, which closing the pores and creates a smooth, similar to the tile, layer, increasing the hardness of wood and its resistance to abrasion.
The wood gets the full value of resistance to abrasion, moisture and hardness after 10 – 30 days after application. Here are some examples of how we manipulate oak to achieve the desired effect:
Natural – the material is annealed and impregnated with oil, and finished with a boosted wax with silicic acid.
Organic floor color slightly yellowing after many years.
Natural white – the material is annealed and impregnated with oil, and finished with a boosted wax with silicic acid.
Due to the impregnation of white and natural wood color, there is no discoloration in places where people are moving.
After 3 to 6 months will be a uniform color and a little yellowing.
Seventeenth-century style smoked – the material is annealed and impregnated, and then smoked over ammonia fumes, and finished with oil, wax reinforced with silicic acid. Strip is subjected to chemical treatment: natural tannic acid found in oak wood reacts with ammonia vapors, darker wood.
Dimming is 24 hours. Under natural conditions, the same process takes 400 years. Color stabilizes after 3 to 6 months. At first floor has small spots (gray-green), then the color is about 30% lighter (yellow-brown) and more homogeneous.
Seventeenth-century style white – the material is annealed, tinted and finished with oil-impregnated and reinforced wax with silicic acid. Standard impregnation is covered in white clear finish, providing uniform color. Color stabilizes after 3 to 6 months, becoming less gray-white, more yellow-gray.
Double smoked – the material is annealed, double-smoked and finished with oil-impregnated and reinforced wax, silicic acid, and then dimmed again wet. Staines are darker than the seventeenth-century-style smoked once. After 3 to 6 months the color is brown.
Coffee colour – the material is annealed, liming and impregnated with oil, and finished with wax reinforced with silicic acid. Lime is dissolved in water, distributed over the surface of the boards. Water penetrates into the wood, and wood found in tannic acid reacts with the lime. Lime dry boards. Coffee colour is yellowish-brown, with darker graining.
Shade coffee becomes a bit clearer after three to six months or later.
Danish blue – the material is annealed, limed and impregnated with oil, and finished with a boosted wax with silicic acid.
Lime makes that white impregnation absorbs blue and gray color. The color stabilizes after three to six months, becoming more yellowish.
Antiquity – the material is annealed, limed, burnt out at 200 ° C and finished with oil and wax and reinforced with silicic acid.
Subsequently brownish – grey tone arise, then turns colourless ; thanks to this process, the whole floor is becoming clearer.
Distressing wood floorboards technique must take its course in proprietary patented processes.