Italian Fumed Distressed Oak
Whilst many manufacturers have stained oak planks to give a darker colouration, this leaves the wood very susceptible to scratching as to remove any stain from the surface will result in the oaks natural colour showing through the top. These aged and distressed planks however have undergone a lengthy process known as fuming or thermo-treating. To fume a floor, ammonia is reacted with the wood at a high temperature. What this fuming process essentially achieves is a darker colouration to the oak, the longer it is exposed to the ammonia the darker it becomes although this does cause some colour variation between the lighter and denser parts of the wood. In this case, the flooring has been fumed and then oiled meaning that if it is scratched it will show up a lot less than it would on a stained plank of similar colour. Furthermore, if on an oiled floor the scratch can then be simply oiled out after a very light hand sanding. After fuming, these boards have been hand-planed along their length to create a brilliant rustic effect recreating the look of antique flooring. This planing effect also gives the planks a wonderful texture finish allowing them create almost internal shadows as the light reflects from different points on the floor, this is turn highlights the natural variation in colour caused by the fuming process.
Overall the effect that this flooring gives to a room is one of antiquity, the brilliantly rich colour variation really gives the impression of natural wearing.
If you like this floor and want to find out how to buy the flooring give us a call. We have many similar planks and timber floorboards. The wood floors we have come in engineered and solid form making them suitable for a range of fitting methods. We have a huge range of wooden boards, please contact us and one of our team will do our best to find what you want.