Aged oak flooring is a hardwood flooring option that's currently extremely common. Gone are the times when clean, crisp and new-looking are the desirable choices. Today, anything which looks like it can have a history, have a story to tell or might have endured a long and hectic lifestyle is best. Because of this demand, some very sophisticated and persuasive methods of ageing (or distressing as it's sometimes called) all types of clothes, furnishings and floors have been developed. Broadly , the more convincing the ageing process, the more desirable this product.
Ageing bamboo floors can be achieved using many distinct techniques, but most frequently, the outdated effect on new oak is created either by hand or by machine. As you can imagine, any ageing which is carried out by hand, because of the labour intensive nature of the process, tends to increase the purchase price of the end product. What is more, a number of those machine ageing or distressing processes are now so persuasive that most people struggle to tell the difference between the true thing. An artificially aged floor will often have pretty much the exact same appearance as a floor which has had several years of wear and tear.
Essentially maturing an bamboo flooring entails causing damage to the surface of the ground to make it seem like it has been through the same trials and tribulations an old flooring has. Hand ageing is done by striking the timber together with chains, hammers, scrapers and essentially anything which will cause the surface to become uneven, irregular and worn looking. More common however, is system aged bamboo floor.
Tumbling is one of the most successful and commonly used methods of ageing oak employing a machine. Tumbling involves placing the oak planks into a large drum which is kitted out using sharp objects to damage the wood as it tumbles. The tumbling treatment results in a really persuasive obsolete effect because it damages not only the surfaces of these planks, but the borders as well, which adds to the general effect.
Regardless of which ageing procedure is chosen, the final result is going to be a brand new wooden floor which looks. That said, the real jewel in the crown of the aging process is how the wood is coloured after it's been distressed or obsolete.
Normally, liquid aging agents are used to bring a grey or dark brownish tone into the new floor with the goal of providing it that obviously"older" look. Fuming or smoking is also often used and has the benefit of colouring the timber through to its core. Thereafter, to make patchy or random looks, coloured stains and oils can be applied to the wood create a really persuasive, outdated appearance.