Add a bit of colour

In his series of articles highlighting technical issues to do with wood flooring and woodcare, our Technical Manager Richard Aylen explains how wood dyes and colouring processes work

Junckers Rustic Oil in Anthracite Grey adds a deep, dark finish to the wide board flooring in a Danish furniture store

One of the many reasons why beautiful timber floors have been around for so long is that they blend perfectly with many styles of interior. In common with other natural materials, timber may be used next to a wide variety of other colours and textures. The colours that nature provides are very familiar to most of us, but we can create even more choices by using stains, textures and colouring processes.

What options are there if you’re looking for a floor with a coloured finish? It might be a new floor or refurbishment of an old one – there are a few popular choices, each with its own pros and cons.

For refurbishments, a decision must be made if the products to be used will be from one manufacturer that are guaranteed to work together. Alternatively, there is the option to “mix and match” using wood dye from one supplier and lacquer from another. If the latter method is chosen, the flooring contractor needs to guarantee that the products offered are compatible. If in doubt, always do a test area and be aware of the risk that manufacturers sometimes alter formulations… so what works today may not necessarily work tomorrow. The timber species may also affect the result. Some water-based finishes may not perform well on naturally oily tropical hardwoods, but will be perfectly fine on traditional species such as oak and ash.

Let’s look at some of the choices that are available for customers who want to add colour their floors.

Junckers Prelak White primer adds a white wash to a solid hardwood floor

Coloured Primers

These will usually be water-based and used instead of a clear primer. As well as providing the desired colour,  the primer will reduce the “gluing effect” that can occur with water-based finishes. A good, and very popular, example is Junckers Prelak White.

Primers provide an even, transparent “wash” effect and work well on wood that may have a patchy finish if a conventional wood dye is used e.g. maple or beech. Skill and care are needed during application to avoid overlaps, especially on darker, parquet style floors. The primer needs to be over-coated with clear lacquer and it is safest to use a lacquer recommended by the primer manufacturer.

Not strictly a coloured finish; “Invisible” primers and lacquers are fairly new to the UK market. They are used where the final colour of the floor needs to be as close as possible to bare sanded wood. Their “invisibility” works in two ways; one, that they have a very “flat” matt surface which gives the impression that the wood has no coating. Secondly, they change the colour of the wood very little. That said,  these are often normal properties of many water-based primers whether marketed as “invisible or not. Best results are achieved on light coloured timbers as some colour change will be seen when applied to very dark woods.

Wood Dyes

These are low-solids, fast drying products, not to be confused with coloured varnishes or “wood stains”. They must be protected with lacquer. The “rule of thumb” is that if the wood dye is organic solvent-based, a water-based lacquer is most likely to be suitable for overcoating, and vice versa. This must not be fully relied upon though, and a test area should always be done prior to treating the whole floor. Often, the lacquer used to over-coat the dye will be from a different manufacturer.

Dyes are easy to apply using a cloth or pad and it is fairly easy to avoid overlap marks etc. They are fast drying, so the first coat of lacquer or primer can be applied soon after. Bear in mind that stained floors may be difficult to patch repair – especially if the colour has faded over time and may appear patchy on certain types of wood eg maple, beech.

Available in several shades, Junckers Rustic Oils can be applied to any unfinished wooden floor and over coated with a lacquer for durability

Coloured Oils

Oils often produce a uniform colour on beech, maple etc. compared with wood dyes. They tend not to be prone to application issues such as roller stop marks and work well on herringbone and parquet floors. Oil can be used on its own or may be used as a primer and then over-coated with lacquer. Check that the oil is compatible with lacquer – some are not. Junckers Rustic Oils may be used either as a full treatment or over-coated with HP Commercial lacquer. Oils tend to have a longer drying time than a primer or wood dye.

The Effect of Sheen

Many customers will prefer matt finishes on textured and coloured boards as this tends to look more natural, although this is largely a matter of current taste.

Vacuum coloured floor boards

For a very consistent and permanent coloured finish, some types of timber lend themselves well to vacuum staining. Here, the colour of the wood itself is altered by using a chemical or staining process. This affects the board through the majority, if not all its thickness. So when the floor is sanded there is no need to re-apply the colour treatment. Fumed oak, or Black Oak, is perhaps one of the better-known examples of this. Junckers has also used this process on beech to make its Sylvaket boards, and has extended the process further by vacuum staining with water-based wood dyes.

Junckers Black Oak is a solid wood floor that can be sanded and refinished without losing its dark colour. The black stain is drawn deep into the floor board by a specially developed process mimicking nature’s way of darkening timber which has been left in a bog. The floor arrives fully sealed and factory-finished, ready to walk on as soon as it’s installed.

The ever-increasing choice of finishes has led to an increased demand for ‘the perfect shade’, a perfect match to another design element of the interior. It’s always important to assess the use of the floor, estimated foot traffic and maintenance issues before recommending one choice or another – that’s where the expertise of a professional flooring contractor comes in. Our network of Approved Flooring Contractors and Approved Maintenance Contractors might be able to help!

Junckers celebrates Danish design and craftsmanship

Last week we showed off our Hexparket flooring alongside a whole host of Danish design brands at London Design Fair. The Danish Country Pavilion was initiated by the Embassy of Denmark in London, who curated a real-life Danish Living Room full of furniture, lighting, homeware and sound, with our Hexparket floor forming the backdrop.

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

A celebration of Denmark’s strong tradition of design and craftsmanship, the large stand brought together well-known iconic brands and promising new talent. Thousands of visitors from the global design community came along to discover the room and learn more about the individual companies represented. Styled by the talented women who run Arttiles, Trine Galschiøt and Anette Nørmark, the overall design presented as a cohesive look with elements from many different sources, just like in a real home.

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

 

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

Throughout the room, the emphasis was placed on exquisitely crafted pieces, using quality materials. Made in solid wood, the hexagonal design of the Hexparket floor showcases Junckers’ own long-standing tradition for quality and craftsmanship with a contemporary take on the classic parquet floor. The geometric shapes of the large hexagonal staves combined with the structural grain patterns of the timber contrast beautifully.

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

Danish design brands represented in the Danish Living Room included:
Arttiles – handmade tiles
BoConcept – furniture
Dottir Nordic Design – ceramics
Danish Fuel – bar cabinets made from fuel cans
Eberhart – furniture
Libratone – sound
LOP – furniture
Made by Toft – furniture & home accessories
Mobel og Rum – homewares
Morso – wood burning stoves
Noorstad – furniture
Overgaard & Dyrman – furniture
Republic of Fritz Hansen – furniture
Spekva – furniture
Tom Rossau – lighting
Warm Nordic – furniture

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Junckers Hexparket solid oak flooring Photo: Rocio Chacon

Hexparket by CarpEnter Cph & Hartmann. Hexagonal staves made in solid oak are laid to form an intricate design mimicking nature’s own geometric pattern based on equilateral triangles. The staves measure 370mm on all sides by 20.5mm thick, with an untreated surface to be finished on site. The natural grain structure of the timber adds texture and interest resulting in a lively, elegant floor.

For more information or to see a sample, please contact us sales@junckers.co.uk

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Introducing Twin Herringbone – a new parquet floor

Traditionally found in castles and stately homes, solid wood floors laid in geometric patterns evoke a sense of a timeless elegance and style. In the last decade, parquet floors have seen a sharp rise in popularity and today a herringbone (or chevron, basket weave or ladder pattern) floor is almost de rigueur, the floor of choice for hotels, bars, restaurants, retail and office spaces as well as private homes.

Herringbone, which is the most popular parquet floor, is made up of rectangular wood blocks, or staves, arranged in a pattern resembling fish bones. Junckers’ new Twin Herringbone wooden floor is an updated version of this much-loved classic. With Junckers’ trademark commitment to quality and craftsmanship, Twin Herringbone is a solid hardwood floor – as durable and long-lasting as a traditional parquet floor.

Made from Junckers’ classic two-stave flooring, each board consists of two rows of staves; one full-length and one with two half-length staves. This gives Twin Herringbone an authentic pattern and elegant look but at a very good price point. Delivered with a hardwearing factory-finished surface ready to walk on as soon as it is installed, Twin Herringbone has the advantage of saving on costly and time-consuming installation work as the floor does not have to be sanded, filled and treated after being fitted. A pre-finished floor is far superior in terms of durability with optimal wear resistance and a uniform appearance. It also has a significantly shorter installation time compared to an unfinished floor, with minimal inconvenience.

Available in solid Ash, Beech, Oak and Black Oak in a choice of matt or silkmatt lacquer or oil, as well as a large selection of colours. Each stave measures 129mm wide x 516.6mm long x 14 or 22mm thick. Ideal for use in all rooms of the house except bathrooms and can be used with all major underfloor heating systems. Twin Herringbone feels warm and solid underfoot, free from gaps or crevices.

For more information and samples, please contact us on 01376 534 700 or by email sales@junckers.co.uk

 

Junckers Twin Herringbone Nordic Oak floor (above wood table) photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

Junckers Twin Herringbone Nordic Oak floor (living room) photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

Junckers Twin Herringbone Nordic Oak floor (bedroom 2) photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

Junckers Twin Herringbone Nordic Oak floor (close up) photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

Junckers Twin Herringbone Nordic Oak floor (kitchen 2) photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

Junckers Twin Herringbone Nordic Oak floor (above black table) photo Rocio Chacon low res
Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

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Junckers Twin Herringbone flooring in Nordic Oak Photo: Rocio Chacon

A Floor Restored – Junckers Lacquer Renews Embassy Floors

Next month, we’re working with The Danish Embassy in the UK and the Trade Council of Denmark to celebrate Denmark’s strong design heritage at London Design Fair.

From 20-23 September, our hexagonal parquet floor Hexparket by CarpEnter Cph & Hartmann will form the backdrop to the ‘Danish Living Room’, a curated showcase of iconic brands and promising new talent from Denmark.

A few years ago, our professional lacquer was used to restore the floor at the Danish Embassy in London to its former glory. The existing solid wood floor in the expansive apartments was sanded back then refinished with four coats of our water-based lacquer, adding an elegant, subtle sheen to the wood as well as hard-wearing, long-lasting protection. A rare peak into this beautiful home in London.

Denmark: Danish Living Room

Hall 10 stand 10.81

London Design Fair

Old Truman Brewery

20-23 September 2018

London Design Fair

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Junckers lacquer used to restore wooden floors photo: Jake Fitzjones

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Junckers lacquer used to restore wooden floors photo: Jake Fitzjones

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Junckers lacquer used to restore wooden floors photo: Jake Fitzjones

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Junckers lacquer used to restore wooden floors photo: Jake Fitzjones

 

Rustic White Oak Boulevard

A white solid oak floor with wide board, long-length planks adds a bright, space-enhancing backdrop to an interior, making the most of natural light by reflecting it back into the room. At 185mm wide, Oak Boulevard is our widest floor board, made in solid oak, through and through.

Rustic White is an oil which allows the naturally occurring grain pattern of the timber to show through, leaving a natural look. The oil has a completely matt finish and it can be over-coated with Junckers’ Ultramatt lacquer for an even more durable surface, to protect against scuffs and spills.

 

700m2 Rustic White Oak Boulevard was recently installed in three of the luxurious apartments at The Silo, a prestigious development in Nordhavn, Copenhagen. We think the images speak for themselves, don’t you?

Architects: COBE

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard at The Silo

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard at The Silo

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Junckers Rustic White Oak Boulevard at The Silo

 

 

 

Junckers Launches The Leveldek System – Solid Hardwood Floors + Underfloor Heating From A Single Point Of Supply

Traditionally, timber floor finishes and heating systems are specified separately and supplied and installed by different companies. Junckers Leveldek offers a versatile levelling system, underfloor heating and a solid hardwood floor finish from a single point of supply.

We have teamed up with one of the main heating component manufacturers to offer a combined solid hardwood floor and heating system which achieves the best fit in terms of ease of installation and efficiency.

The Junckers Leveldek system is a fully integrated solid hardwood floor and heating system. Any of the 22mm or 20.5mm thick floor boards from our full range of finishes may be used, so there is a floor to suit any taste and style of interior.

Junckers hardwood floors have for many years been recognised as the only solid hardwood floors which are so stable that they are guaranteed for use with underfloor heating. This is something that architects, the flooring and heating industries have known for the last 30 years or so. It is fair to say that almost any type of underfloor heating may be used with Junckers floors. However, heating designs vary enormously with different ways of supporting the pipes and insulating the floor, and careful planning is needed when coordinating heating and flooring trades on site. There can also be some significant efficiency and running cost differences between one system and another.

Energy Efficiency and Fast Warm Up

A Junckers Leveldek floor system is able to achieve the greatest energy efficiency and fastest warm-up time because of the unique way the heating pipes
are supported directly beneath the floor boards. The heating panels are insulated and reinforced, and have aluminium heat diffusion plates. They are pushed upwards against
the underside of the floor boards by the support saddles and this close contact gives the best heat output possible. This also means that the Leveldek heating pipes cannot sag or move, so the heating will give the same reliable efficiency for its whole life. The design of the Leveldek system means that the response time and heat output can be calculated accurately, so the heating engineer can be sure that the predicted performance will be what the client will actually get.

The heating panels and battens are supported above the subfloor, therefore it is very easy to include other services beneath the floor prior to installation of the hardwood floor boards.
 Junckers Leveldek works perfectly when a sprung floor is needed because the heating panels will flex along with the whole floor system.

Leveldek – Many Solutions in One

There are many ways the Junckers Leveldek system can be used. It is based upon one of Junckers’ established levelling systems, so the subfloor can be a screed, concrete slab, block and beam or other type of base; flat or not. This makes it perfect for residential and non-residential new build as well as refurbishment projects.  When used with solid SylvaSport beech flooring, the system provides a sprung floor to EN 14904, which means that it is suitable for sports, dance and activity halls and meets the requirements or Sport England and Sport Scotland.

Environment and Sustainability Considered

As well as providing an energy efficient heating system the materials which are used for Junckers floors are from sustainable certified sources, are fully recyclable and manufactured to the highest environmental standards. Even the energy which is used to power the flooring factory is produced from waste wood from flooring manufacture.

Fully Guaranteed

Our long experience and unique reputation means we are able to offer a full guarantee for the system under the Junckers Lifetime Warranty Scheme with a 25-year guarantee for the flooring and installation, 10 years for the heating pipes and insulated panels and 2 years for all electronic components.

 

For more information, please contact Junckers tel 01376 534 700 or email technical@junckers.co.uk

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A New Parquet Floor From Junckers

Hexparket by CarpEnter CPH & Hartmann is a new parquet floor from Junckers. Hexagonal staves made in solid oak are laid to form an intricate design mimicking nature’s own geometric pattern based on equilateral triangles. Made in 100% solid hardwood oak, the staves measure 370mm on all sides by 20.5mm thick. The staves have a groove on each side and an accompanying loose tongue is used in the installation process.

Hexparket is delivered with an untreated surface to be finished on site with either a lacquer or oil. Made in Junckers’ most popular timber grade, Harmony, the floor has a natural appearance, few knots and some colour and structural graining variation between the individual tiles. Oak is a hardwood species characterised by being hardwearing and is therefore very suitable for flooring. The wood has a warm and golden glow, an interesting grain structure and over time the natural ageing gives the wood an authentic appearance. The graphic look and clean, sharp lines of the new Hexparket is perfectly counter balanced by natural beauty and texture of the timber, resulting in a lively, elegant floor.

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Junckers new Hexparket by CarpEnter CPH & Hartmann Photo: Tia Borgsmidt Styling: Mette Helena Rasmussen

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Junckers new Hexparket by CarpEnter CPH & Hartmann Photo: Tia Borgsmidt Styling: Mette Helena Rasmussen

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Junckers new Hexparket by CarpEnter CPH & Hartmann Photo: Tia Borgsmidt Styling: Mette Helena Rasmussen

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Junckers new Hexparket by CarpEnter CPH & Hartmann Photo: Tia Borgsmidt

Urban Collection

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Our Urban Collection of solid hardwood floors is the real thing – solid, real wood all the way through, not just on the surface. Solid wood is naturally superior to engineered floor boards, you only have to walk on it to feel the difference and contrary to a commonly held belief, our solid hardwood floors are ideal for use over underfloor heating. Working with the Underfloor Heating Association as well as leading manufacturers for the past 40 years, we led the development of using UFH with wooden floors. Our Technical Team have the latest research results at hand and can help with any project, large or small.

Why Choose an Urban Collection Floor?

  • Solid hardwood throughout each plank – we don’t engineer out the quality with something lightweight and chelp
  • Competitive on price – the same or even less than an engineered floor
  • Ideal for use with underfloor heating – our pre-finished stable floors have been tried and tested for over 40 years
  • 100% certified hardwood – some engineered boards are only able to certify the softwood inner cores
  • Manufactured in Denmark to the highest standard
  • Quick easy and dependable to install and will last a lifetime

For more information, please click here

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Did you know…

Wood is Healthy!

Because mould spores and dust mites cannot find places to hide in the floor, a room with a wooden floor is cleaner and healthier than with most other types of floors. Furthermore, our solid hardwood floors are produced without using insecticides, e.g. PCP (pentachlorfenol) so you can feel completely safe indoors. Wood has a natural, positive impact on indoor climate. The temperature in the room will remain fairly constant because the wood itself retains heat. Unlike wall-to-wall carpets and laminate floors, wooden floors minimise static electricity from IT equipment, television screens etc as wood is a non-conducting material.

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