15mm Thick Boards, 4mm Oak Wear Layer, 189mm Width, 1860mm In Length
Celtic character rustic engineered oak flooring is one of our most popular floors and includes all grades available from B through to D and below, giving you a fantastic unique appearance to your finished floor, with all features being enhanced with a dark filler before being sanded.
This Celtic character rustic flooring is single strip oak, which is shown off to beautiful effect with the extra width that is available to you when ordering from our range of engineered oak flooring.
Celtic character rustic engineered oak flooring is 15mm thick, which is made up of 11mm high quality Eucalyptus plywood that is bonded to a full 4mm of French Oak wear layer, itself being a single strip width of 189mm.
The 11mm of Eucalyptus plywood will provide your Celtic character rustic engineered oak flooring with excellent strength and stability after installation. The 4mm wear layer of solid oak will provide excellent durability and a long life for your oak floor for many years to come.
All original features of the natural oak are retained in our Celtic character rustic engineered oak flooring, the open features being filled with a dark filler to create a truly striking look to your finished floor. This flooring is very much a feature-orientated floor, enhancing the natural features to great effect and helping them to stand out with pride.
Celtic character rustic engineered oak flooring is suitable for underfloor heating; please see our dedicated page for the requirements and maintenance for underfloor heating.
With warm tones and base colours, together with the enhanced and darkened natural features, Celtic character rustic is an engineered oak floor that is sanded smooth and finished with a clear, natural coloured waxoil that allows the natural features of the floor to be showcased and provide interest and depth to your room.
Sanded & oiled with Natural Waxoil, dark filled features
Approx 85% @ 1830mm long, 15% shorter
|Oak Wear Layer||
CD and below for character
6-9% on arrival to site.
4mm Oak on 11mm Eucalyptus plywood
TG4: T&G sides & ends, all micro bevelled
|Carton Size and Weight||
1860 x 195 x 130 weighing 30kg each
|m2 Per Pallet||
110.8 (40 cartons)
Float, Glue Down, Nail/Screw Down
|Suitable for UFH?||
Can be floated, nailed down or glued down – and suitable for installation over UFH.
For more information on these fitting methods, please see our Fitting Guidelines guide.
This product is suitable for installation over UFH, as long as its surrounding conditions are maintained and controlled as required.
The multiply back construction of our Engineered Oak flooring provides much greater stability than Solid Oak when subjected to varying levels of heat, humidity, and moisture. This also enable the boards to be manufactured a lot wider than solid without risk of cupping, which is associated with the wide solid oak boards available.
This stability allows the floor to be installed as a floating floor where conditions permit, directly onto concrete or timber subfloors, and is ideal for floating floor installation over an underlay that can provide your floor with extra protection from possible moisture attack from beneath. Click here for more information about the Underlay products that we can supply.
Engineered Oak can also be fitted above underfloor heating when the correct installation guidelines are followed and the necessary levels of heat, humidity and moisture are maintained by the owner after installation.
We can supply a Self-Regulating UFH System that’s perfect for use with our Oak Flooring because it never overheats, making it safe and super energy efficient.
Sometimes the plywood backed engineered boards will seem as if they are ‘bowed’ from end to end when they are first removed from the packaging. This is very common with a plywood backed product because of the difference in molecular structure of the solid oak face and the plywood backing.
It is not a fault with the board and should be expected. It does not cause any problems during installation because of the required staggered joint fixing for an oak floor. Obviously as each board is ‘surrounded’ when fixed, by at least another 4 boards, it is straightened and aligned perfectly every time. In fact, some fitters claim this actually strengthens the floor further.
NB: Please note that our 15mm Engineered boards are not structural grade and when fitted using the floating floor method over large areas or over an uneven subfloor, some ‘give’ may be present within the floor after installation.
In such situations (or where there’s any risk of this happening) we advise that the boards should be installed by fixing down, either by nail or glue, depending on your subfloor.
One way of avoiding this challenge is to install our structural grade 21mm board instead – although more expensive per M2, you should still save money if the only method of fixing the 15mm board available is to glue down because this can add another £6-£7 per M2 to your cost.
Although our engineered products have an underside of high quality plywood and are designed to provide extra stability after installation, they’re still constructed of all natural products.
After proper and sufficient acclimatisation, the conditions during installation should be maintained as consistently as possible thereafter for optimum performance and to avoid dimensional movement of each board within the finished floor.
For information on important, ongoing maintenance, please refer to our Care & Maintenance guide.
Weather, Humidity, Temperature and the Ongoing Maintenance Of Your Flooring
Because oak is a natural, hygroscopic (water absorbent) material, and its dimensions are directly relative to its moisture content, we must control and maintain the relative humidity within our homes to enable the moisture content of our oak flooring to remain constant. This will ensure stability of each board within the finished floor, because failure to do this may force these boards to change dimensionally and structurally. This is not at all a fault of the flooring itself but all to do with the conditions that it’s being forced to endure.
Here’s an example of what can happen when the outdoor temperature is 0°C
The maximum amount of water that a cubic metre of air can hold at this temperature is 5 grams, so when you bring this cubic metre of air inside and heat it to 25°C, the relative humidity drops to only 23%.
We actually recommend a minimum of 40% for optimum floor stability (incidentally, this is also the level that health experts recommend for our bodies too, so good for our floor and good for us).
But it gets worse as the temperature outside falls lower, and this is why the air inside any heated building in the winter can become too dry, which can obviously have an effect on our flooring (and our bodies).
When relative humidity is allowed to drop too low, our flooring is forced to lose moisture itself and will try to curl upwards towards the dry air (similar to a piece of bacon under a grill) in an effort to find moisture.
Any time the temperature outside is well below freezing, relative humidity inside will be below 20% unless you do something to increase it, and not increasing it can have a devastating effect on your oak floor.
Our Eucalyptus Plywood Engineered Boards are very consistent and strong, unlike some others available that are a mix of different species of wood with varying strength and stability properties (usually done for appearance and cost-saving purposes only) and are constructed like this for optimum strength and stability.
Fitting Methods: Suitable for Glue Down, Nail Down or Float.
- 15mm Thick
- 189mm Wide
- Single Strip Oak Face
- Mixed Grade, so will contain natural grain and colour variance, sapwood, and various size knots (some filled and sanded) Grade details are explained below. This product allows open features that are filled with dark filler before being sanded and finished, to enhance the natural features and 'defects'
- 11mm (7-Ply) Eucalyptus Plywood Backed
- ‘Thermostabile’ Adhesive
- Full 4mm Oak Wear Layer (European Oak)
- 75% Lengths 1830mm
- 25% Lengths of 610mm, 915mm or 1220mm
- Moisture Content 6 – 9%
- Micro Bevelled Sides & Ends
- TG4 End Matched
- 2.77m2 Per Carton
- 110.8m2 Per Pallet
- Extra Important Detail;
- Suitable for installation above UFH
- ‘Thermostabile’ Adhesive Provides Maximum Strength Between Plies
- Sealed Underside for Improved Moisture Protection (reduces risk of ‘cupping’ after installation)
- Extra Stabilising Veneer to Underside (extra stability after installation)
- Very Accurate Machining Tolerances for Fast & Simple Fitting (saves on fitting costs)
- Angled T&G Joint for Excess Adhesive (reduces risk of excess adhesive reaching the surface)
- All our flooring products are machined to very accurate machining tolerances for fast and simple fitting.
- Length Tolerance: +/- 1.0mm
- Width tolerance: +/- 0.2mm
- Thickness Tolerance: +/- 0.5mm
NB: This is a Rustic finish that allows all features and characteristics of natural oak, so any pieces that are deemed on site as being not acceptable for installation should be cut out and discarded. Having said that, the whole reason for buying this finished appearance should be to include ALL the natural character that oak provides within your finished floor.
Grades Explained Grade A
- Very few knots if any and no sapwood allowed
- Clear and consistent grain pattern
- Very few natural features
- Slight colour difference allowed
- Small, live knots allowed up to 15mm
- More natural grain pattern and filled dead knots up to 15mm allowed
- More natural features allowed
- More natural colour difference allowed
- Sapwood allowed up to 10% of face area
- Bigger knots allowed, some repaired with filler before being sanded
- More natural grain pattern allowed
- More natural features allowed
- More natural colour difference allowed
- Sapwood allowed up to 15% of face area
- Large knots allowed, some repaired with filler before being sanded
- All natural grain pattern allowed
- Most natural features allowed
- Significant natural colour difference allowed
- Sapwood allowed up to 30% of face area
- Contains all of the above grades and also some lower grades
- Lower grades allow open natural defects that are repaired with dark filler before being sanded
- All natural features allowed
- All colour differences allowed
- All sapwood variances allowed
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