FloorTeq B.V. is proud of its qualitatively high-end product and therefore we would like to share some of the production process with you. Below you will find the different steps of the production process, listed in the order in which they take place.
The sawing of European Oak:
The European oak (Quercus) is mainly imported from Germany and France. The oak trees are sawed into timber at the location of origin, into both dosse and kwartiers sawed timber.
Oak is pre-dried in the open air (beneath a lean-to). It takes about three months for the wood to reach a moisture percentage of 30-35%.
After this, the wood is placed in climate chambers and left to dry further, where the wood sets it's own drying pace. It generally takes four to five weeks to reach a moisture percentage of around 10%.
After reaching the sought-after percentage of moisture, the wood is conditioned in the same room in which it was dried.
After the drying process is completed, the oak timber is calibrated at FloorTeq B.V.. During calibration, the wood is "straightened" (planed on four sides) and brought to a standard thickness of 23.0 mm. The quality of the timber is best set after calibration. There are several quality standards in the oak branche and in the parquet branche. The standards used in the parquet branche are: Excellent, A quality, B quality, C quality, A-B rustic, etc. The standards used in the oak branche are QF1-6 standards. Read more about the QF standards here.
Lamella's are made from the calibrated oak timber, using one of several frame saws owned by FloorTeq B.V.. Lamella's of 4.2mm or 6.0mm thick can be made, depending on the customer's wishes.
Sawing birch plywood into strips:
Depending on the width and length of the engineered wood flooring, birch plywood plates of different sizes are sawn into strips, minimising loss or waste of the plywood.
The birch plywood and the oak lamella's are bond under pressure.
Cleaning/ removing left over glue:
After the floorboards are glued, left over glue is removed/planed.
During profiling a tongue and groove are machined to the long sides and the planks get eased long edges.
The filling of knots is labour-intensive work and is done by hand. At FloorTeq B.V. the knots are filled with two colours: black or brown.
During the trimming process a tongue and groove are machined to the end of the board. At the same time a quality selection takes place.
After trimming the floorboards are sanded and checked.
The finishing touches:
FloorTeq B.V. has UV hardwax oil finishing line equipment.
At Multi Top Floor® we can also brush, stain, treat wit lye, smoke and age your floor.
A wooden floor can be brushed. Brushing removes the soft part of the woodgrain. By doing this the planks acquire a visibly sloping surface. The treatment is very subtle, and will be seen best on open parts of the floor.
To have oak timber looking a hundred years old in a very short period of time, FloorTeq B.V. applies a mechanical procedure: small dents and damages are randomly applied to the planks at different places. This results in wood seemingly touched by the hands of time.
By smoking the floor the wood is coloured due to exposure to ammonia. The ammonia reacts to the tannin in the wood, which creates a greenish hue. Treating the floor with a coloured oil after smoking will give it a unique colour.
- Staining and lye treatment
These are modern colouring techniques to create unique wooden floors with an exclusive feel to them. After staining or lye treatment, the wood must always be treated with oil, hardwax UV oil, varnish or lacquer.
Your floor will be neatly tied together and can be packed in two ways: per pallet or per box, where each box contains approximately 1,96m2, depending on the width of the planks. Shipment per box is not very eco-friendly, but much more convenient, especially when having to carry it up to the third floor by hand!