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Pietra Wood and Stone supply stone flooring, wood flooring, handmade
kitchens, bathrooms, natural stone and wood interiors in Holt and Bath.
Pietra Wood and Stone specialise in the supply and fitting of natural
wood floorings in Bath and natural stone floorings in Bath and the UK.
Pietra Wood and Stone flooring in Bath can supply and
fit wood flooring and stone floorings in Bath, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Melksham,
Chippenham, Frome, Westbury, South West England and Nationally across the UK.
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Oak is the most popular type of timber,
there are two main categories used for flooring: Red Oak and White Oak.
Most floors are made of the former as it is more plentiful and its
beautiful warm pink and red tones give warmth to a room, plus blend well
with most colour schemes.
White oak is growing in popularity, particularly as cooler, paler colours are favoured in neutral modern
design schemes but also blend well with traditional “country” styles. Furthermore, its relatively impermeability to water makes it a good
choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
All oaks take stains well which adds to their popularity as it increases the choice of colours and
shades available. Dark stains, in particular, give a formal feel and are
ideal for use in offices or formal rooms of the home. The grain on
both types is a combination of straight and wavy patterns, although red
oak tends to have a coarser and more uneven appearance.
Oak’s popularity stems not only from its colours but also its
versatility, being used from ship-building to barrel-making. Its great
flexibility means that it will bend and shape easily, making it
especially good for floor installation. However, at the same time, it is
an extremely strong and stable wood which rates highly on the Janka
scale, meaning that it copes very well with hard use. In fact, its
pronounced grain means that it is particularly suitable for areas of
high traffic, such as hallways and entrances.
Elm is a wonderful hard wearing flooring material which has been used in historically in many old properties.
Elm is fairly similar to Oak in general colour and appearance with growth rings that often exhibit steaks of red, yellow and orange.
Elm is a vibrant material that is often more colourful than Oak and has a grain that is more defined than Oak.
The wood is slightly softer than Oak but is generally just as hard wearing.
This is a premium wood, often considered one
of the most beautiful in the world, with a natural colour that varies
from golden brown to almost black with a very fine and even grain.
Walnut is extremely strong, durable, stable and yet flexible, with a
natural shock resistance - making it ideal for almost any part of your
home. However, it is generally very expensive and thus is often not used extensively, but more usually just as accents.
Like maple, beech has been a popular choice
for floors that take a lot of wear and tear due to its durability. In
fact, its durability and general popularity contributes to its
status as one of the most commonly Reclaimed Woods used in Recycled
Flooring. It is similar in strength to oak and will resist splitting and
damage, while at the same time retaining a certain “spring” which
makes it flexible and ideal for floors enduring constant high impact.
While it accepts staining well, it comes in a natural range of
colours from pale white to dark cherry brown and is often most
attractive simply finished with a clear protective urethane coating,
particularly as its natural grain is a fine, straight, even pattern
which produces an enviable uniform texture. Its elegant appearance makes
it a popular choice for office interiors as well as home settings,
blending well with both contemporary and traditional décor schemes.
The durability of maple and its resistance to
scratching and denting means that is the top choice for areas of heavy
wear and tear, and has been used in such places (e.g. gymnasiums and
sports arenas) for decades. In the home, it is ideal for places like
kitchens and hallways due to its resistance to marking by pointed
Despite its hardness, maple is still comfortable
underfoot due to its inherent “give”, but as it is not as stable as oak
it may need support from a small perimeter border when floors are
being laid, to avoid damage during natural expansion and contraction.
While it does not stain well, it comes in a beautiful range of
natural colours, from a pale white-blond, to a warm honey tone. Maple's
closed grain has very distinctive and attractive patterns which add to
its natural beauty.
One of the main reasons for birch’s
popularity is its natural variation in colour, from creamy pale white to
deep, rich, red tones. This colour depends partly on the species and
partly on the part of the tree used, with the younger, softer sapwood
generally being a pale creamy tan, whereas the heartwood, from the
centre of the trunk, being a deeper richer shade, from golden tan
to reddish brown. It will also stain well and is often finished with a
high gloss to emphasize the beauty of its natural colours.
grain is fine and straight, with good uniformity in appearance, making
it an ideal choice for pieced floors. Again, birch is similar in
strength to oak and is also resistant to splitting and damage. It is
slightly softer than oak but extremely durable, making it a good choice
as flooring for active families. This is helped by its mild flexibility
as well. Thus, birch is a good choice for high activity living areas
as well as office floors.
Ash is another popular choice for wood floors, due to its clear,
light colour and durability. It is often chosen for smaller rooms as its straight grain,
combined with its light
colour (and in thin planks) can open up the
room and give the impression of a bigger, airier space.
Despite its delicate appearance, ash is one of the strongest hardwoods,
resisting splitting and damage and coping with heavy wear extremely
well. It is harder than oak although
not as hard as Brazilian cherry
or walnut. Nevertheless, its durability makes it an ideal choice for
high traffic areas such as family rooms and children’s playrooms.
Furthermore, its natural elasticity means that it has a flexible
“bounce” and thus good shock resistance. It will also stain well,
although most décor schemes tend to take advantage of its natural
light colour to brighten up a room, particularly one that does not
receive much sunlight.
Cherry wood flooring
Two types of cherry are used in flooring:
Brazilian and American. Both have a reddish tinge but will vary in tone
and colour, with American cherry being usually a softer pink colour,
that can sometimes be almost as pale as white, while Brazilian cherry
tends to be darker and more uniform in appearance. Both are susceptible
to colour change with exposure to light and this is something to
keep in mind, particularly if using in a a very sunny room.
One big difference between them is hardness, with American cherry considered
one of the softer hardwoods and Brazilian considered one of the hardest.
It is thus a good choice for a hardwood kitchen floor or other areas
that take a lot of heavy use, particularly as it is also extremely
moisture-resistant. Both types are durable, although soft American
cherry can scratch and dent more easily, but its “bounce” and stability
still makes it a good choice for floating floors, which can be laid over
a sub-floor without the need for any nails or glue.
Pietra’s Wonderful Bath Location
Pietra is situated in Holt, which is just outside the beautiful Georgian City of Bath.
Bath was originally established as a major Roman city, situated on the River Avon in Somerset.
The main reason for the Romans settling the area was the presence of
famous hot water springs, which the Celts had long treated as sacred.
Largely due to this wonderful natural spring, the city quickly grew to
become one of the major Roman settlements in the UK. You can still visit
the fabulously restored remains of the world famous Roman Baths to this day.
During the early 18th century, Bath began to flourish again as a major
attraction for the socialites of the day. Bath’s spa and spring waters
attracted the rich and famous from all over England, and the city quickly
began to grow into the number one premier spa city in the land.
With this large influx of the rich and elite, Bath, under the stewardship
of the socialite Beau Nash and the renowned architect John Wood, developed
into one of the most beautiful Georgian cities in England.
Famous for the Roman Baths, the wonderful Royal crescent and its many
beautiful Bath stone buildings and elegant streets, Bath is one of
the most well know cities in the UK. Tourists flock to Bath from all over
the world to enjoy the vibrant city’s many cafes, architectural heritage
and wonderful intimate and friendly atmosphere.
As a world heritage city, Bath is a great advert for elegant design and
clearly shows the beauty of natural Bath Stone. Pietra is proud to be
based in the city of Bath, as we feel the use of Bath Stone, in all
its natural beauty, helps to underline Pietra’s association with natural
stone products such as sandstone and limestone flooring.
Being located in Bath, allows Pietra Wood and Stone to be in an ideal
location for national distribution of its stone flooring and wood
flooring products throughout the UK. Bath, after all, is only an hour
and a half away from London by train and minutes away from the M4 and
Taking Bath’s central and attractive location into account, greatly helps
to enhance Pietra Wood and Stone’s proud history of supplying beautiful
and elegant natural wood and stone interiors.