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The Cathedral Flooring Brand

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Designed and manufactured by us and now in its 20th year our Cathedral range of hardwood flooring was the first engineered board of its type making it the most stable hardwood floor available on the market and the most robust for use with underfloor heating.

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Why should you buy from us?

  • We tick all the box’s.
  • 1 million m2 sold over the last 20 years.
  • No failures over underfloor heating when fitted to our guidelines.
  • Incredibly stable.
  • Highly water resistant.
  • Suitable for kitchens & Bathrooms.
  • Repeatedly specified by Architects.
  • Available in two thicknesses.
  • We are the manufacturer so quality is assured.
  • Customs floors made to order.
  • High environmental lifecycle performance.
  • Large stocks ready available.
  • Supplied finished or unfinished.
  • Can be supplied certified FSC.
  • Fully UTR compliment.
  • 15 year Guarantee.

From conception to manufacturing

Cathedral Flooring is an innovative approach for these modern times offering all the attributes of a traditional Oak floor but with the added bonus of superb stability. 

Cathedral Boards

An engineered floor comprising of a 15 mm Birch ply base with a 6 mm hardwood wear layer. 21mm over all thickness. Supplied to standard specification as below or made to order to suit individual requirements.

Widths

Cathedral standard board face widths are 140mm,  160mm,  180mm,  200mm. Wider boards may be available made  to order subject to minimum order of one full pallet. Minimum lead in time of eight weeks.

Lengths

Our standard packs are 2.4 m long containing four layers. Three layers are full length boards with the fourth, a cut board. A pack might contain 3 x 2.4m boards, 1 x 1500mm board and 1 x 900 mm board. 75% long boards.

Grades

Our Natural Grade has very few knots and those present are small up to 30 mm. The grain structure and colour has variation. Our Character Grade has filled Knots. The grain structure and colour has variation.

Finishs

 You have the option filled and sanded, unfinished for finishing on site or pre-oiled in a natural oiled finish giving the classic golden oak appearance. We have a  Colour range and also pre-oiled ammonia fumed and oiled.

Vicarage Boards

An engineered floor comprising of a 12 mm Birch ply base with a 4 mm hardwood wear layer. 16mm over all thickness. Supplied to standard specification as below or made to order to suit individual requirements.

Widths

Cathedral standard board face widths are 160mm,  180mm,  200mm. Wider boards may be available made  to order subject to minimum order of one full pallet. Minimum lead in time of eight weeks.

Lengths

Our standard packs are 2.4 m long containing four layers. Two layers are full length boards with two cut boards. A pack might contain 2 x 2.4m boards, 1 x 1500mm, 1 x 900 mm, 1 x 600mm and 1 x 1800mm. 50% long boards.

Grades

Our Natural Grade boards may be available made  to order subject to minimum order of one full pallet. Minimum lead in time of eight weeks. Our Character Grade has filled Knots. The grain structure and colour has variation.

Finishs

 You have the option filled and sanded, unfinished for finishing on site or pre-oiled in a natural oiled finish giving the classic golden oak appearance. We have a  Colour range and also pre-oiled ammonia fumed and oiled.

Unlike other floors on the market, Cathedral Flooring has properties within its design which makes it exceptionally stable. It is forgiving and it’s design keeps movement, expansion and contraction to an absolute minimum, making it the safest choice for new developments where problems may occur due to higher than normal moisture and humidity levels. Designed specifically for use with Underfloor Heating it is able to withstand a wide fluctuation in moisture content which makes acclimatisation unnecessary. 

When Cathedral is fitted to our guidelines, the problems of heat and moisture one normally associates with hardwood floors become minimal to non-existent. In excess of a million m2 of this product has been laid over the last 19 years with outstanding results and we have not had a single failure with Cathedral Flooring when it has been fitted to our specification over Underfloor Heating. This is not the case with Cathedral Flooring. Once used Cathedral Flooring is the automatic choice for the next project and is being repeatedly approved and specified by Architects and Designers throughout the UK. Cathedral Flooring has been subjected to extensive testing which has been carried out in conjunction with two of the UK’s largest Underfloor Heating Companies.

Cathedral Flooring lends itself to the full spectrum of design and installation. Horror stories are common for the failure of hardwood in relation to moisture. These failures cause inconvenience and expense for those accountable. The likelihood of a problem arising is greatly increased when Underfloor Heating is brought into the equation. Flooring that works, lasts and is incredibly stable. Unlike other floors on the market, Cathedral Flooring has properties within its design which makes it exceptionally stable. It is forgiving and it’s design keeps movement, expansion and contraction to an absolute minimum, making it the safest choice for new developments where problems may occur due to higher than normal moisture and humidity levels. Designed specifically for use with Underfloor Heating it is able to withstand a wide fluctuation in moisture content which makes acclimatisation unnecessary.

Unlike a solid Oak floor and where Underfloor Heating is not present, Cathedral Flooring can be fitted as a ‘floating floor’ eliminating the need for mechanical fixing to the sub-floor. Solid Oak floors laid over screed will increase floor heightas they require a timber substrate.

 

From selecting the logs, kilning and machining the wood, to the final sanding and packing, every stage of production is carried out at our factory using state of the art machinery, giving us total quality control and enabling us to achieve the highest standards. Supplied in standardised 2400mm long shrink-wrapped packs. The pack contains three full 2400mm long boards and one split board which avoids a modular manufactured appearance when the floor is laid. Planks are filled and pre-sanded at our factory and once laid the client’s preferred finish can be applied.

We are an environmentally conscious company and it is our primary goal to minimise our impact on our environment and to make our business practice and products as sustainable as possible. We are able to provide more information on request.

Timber floors have a very low Cost for Life when compared to other flooring materials. All of our timber is sourced from well-managed, sustainable, legally-logged forests. All waste at the production stage is collected and used to heat the factory during the Winter months. An Oak floor will last 400 years as history has shown and in some cases will outlive the building itself. These floors are an intrinsic part of the fabric of the building and therefore an investment into the buildings futu

Because Cathedral Flooring has predominantly been used in conjunction with Underfloor Heating installations, we have gained an enormous amount experience in this area. Dealing on a daily basis with architects, designers and heating engineers, our technical advisers are continually expanding their expertise and knowledge which they in turn pass on with sound practical advice. For this reason it may be beneficial to liaise with us in the early stages of design and planning as we may be able to help.

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