Designed and manufactured by us and now in its 20th year, our Cathedral brand of hardwood flooring was the first engineered board of its type making it one of the most stable hardwood floors available on the market and very robust for use with underfloor heating.
Our Cathedral range is the premium board available in oak or Ash. This is made by bonding a 6mm hardwood wear layer to a 15mm exterior grade plywood base and is supplied raw, factory sanded or wire brushed. The standard board face widths are 140mm, 160mm, 180mm and 200mm. Wider boards may be available made to order subject to a minimum order of one full pallet. 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 boards at 2.4m, 1 at 1500mm and 1 at 900mm. So 75% are long boards. The Cathedral board comes in both natural and character grade as standard.
Our Vicarage range is a 16 mm plank available in Oak or Ash. This is made by bonding a 4mm hardwood wear layer to a 12 mm exterior grade plywood base and is supplied raw, factory sanded or wire brushed. The standard board face widths are 160mm,180mm and 200mm. Wider boards may be available made to order subject to a minimum order of one full pallet. 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 boards at 2.4m, 1 at 1500mm, 1 at 900mm, 1 x 600mm and 1 at 1800mm. So 50% are full-length boards. Our Natural flooring only comes as standard in our Cathedral 21mm board but maybe available made to order subject to a minimum order of one full pallet.
All special orders will take a minimum of eight weeks from order to delivery. Our Natural grade is a clear grade with very few small knots and our character grade has more and larger filled Knots. Both grades have variation in grain structure and colour. You have many options of finishing, filled and sanded for finishing on-site, pre-oiled in a natural oiled finish or in our standard colour range. We also match colours and finishes as a bespoke service but this will be limited to a minimum quantity. We have a range of chemical reactive treatments such as ammonia fuming.
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.
When laying our floors please make sure you refer to our guidelines in the menu above.
A good quality Hardwood Flooring specialist would have many years of experience, in-depth knowledge of all aspects of hardwood floors including sanding and finishing and the correct tools to complete any type of installation. If you are investing large amounts of money on your materials you need to make sure the tradesman fitting for you has the knowledge and ability to carry out the work involved. This can only really be gained by years of experience working with wood. We would not expect a carpenter or joiner who does one or two installations of wood floor per year to be as good as those tradesmen who are laying floors constantly from week to week. Historically our apprentices would have had to work under supervision for at least a year or two before being allowed to work on their own for customers. Read on:
The Brief was to supply a floor suitable for this exclusive Swiss hotel that would have the same appearance on opening day as it would after many seasons in a ski resort.
October 2009. This would need to be a distressed floor suitable to be laid over underfloor heating while at the same time capable of withstanding fluctuations in moisture conditions and of course, a guarantee would be expected. Overlooking the Rhone Valley and facing the most beautiful peaks of the Swiss Alps, This former gondola station was to be converted into an exclusive hotel and restaurant. Read more
Nero Brewery, Architects Practice.
Old Buildings sometimes need a pragmatic approach when it comes to certain inherent characteristics that are to be expected. Add to that the second flood in a two year period, the question is, Which floor do you choose to replace your existing damaged floor when you can not guarantee no damp issues remain? February 2009. Winchester Hardwood Flooring Ltd was contacted by the Architects for help and advice involving the replacement of flood-damaged floors throughout the ground floor area of their own practice. Read more