Castle Combe Originals

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Castle Combe Originals (Floor & Wall)
$279.68

Castle Combe possesses the rustic look and luster of ancient, reclaimed floors with the performance of modern floors. Various combinations of hand scraped, brushed, smoked, white washed and stained combined with THERMO-MODIFICATION allow Castle Combe planks to acheive their look. Beautifully aged and handcrafted visuals make any home a castle. Castle Combe provides the look and feel of an ancient, reclaimed floor and combines it with the modern performance features of a 21st century engineered floor. These inspiring, beautifully aged, handcrafted FSC® 100% floors may be the most interesting, unique, head-turning floor covering AND wall paneling you’ve seen in many years. State of the art aging techniques accentuate the natural character of the wood and the ancient appearance of each plank.

Castle Combe has three distinctive series:
Market Cross: combination of hand-carved fissures, brushing, hand-scraping, and a number of stains; a rich and rustic appearance.
Manor House: smooth, raised knots sculpted and sanded by hand; a rustic look and tailored modern finish
Relics: split planks and hand carved fissure.

Why Castle Combe Floor & Wall?

The distinctive character of each Castle Combe plank is achieved using a variety of antiquing and aging techniques and finished with natural oils to preserve the original beauty of the wood.

Castle Combe’s natural oil process provides a warmth and refinement to the floor that cannot be achieved with modern day acrylic or polyurethane coatings. The rich patina of each Castle Combe floor is only enhanced with age and use - the more it is walked on, the more beautiful it gets. The natural oils in Castle Combe floors penetrate the grain and become part of the floor, while the surface film of acrylic and polyurethane detracts from the natural beauty of hardwood and degrades with age and use.

Castle Combe floors feature a distinctive and sophisticated range of distressed, sculpted, and antiqued visuals. Each Castle Combe floor is meticulously crafted to ensure lasting beauty for generations to come. A solid oak hardwood top layer rests on a multi-layered, dimensionally stable core giving each Castle Combe floor the strength to withstand decades of use.

 

Compare Castle Combe's Natural Oil Finish to a UV-Cured Urethane Finish

                                                                                                   Natural Oil Finish                   UV-cured Urethane Finish

Less time to maintain                                                                     Yes                                                     No

Less expensive to maintain                                                           Yes                                                     No

Can be spot repaired without disrupting entire room                     Yes                                                     No

Plastic film on surface                                                                    No                                                      Yes

Penetrates and nourishes wood                                                    Yes                                                      No

Provides natural visual                                                                   Yes                                                     No

Enhances natural grain of wood                                                    Yes                                                     No

Wood develops patina                                                                   Yes                                                     No

Appearance dulls over time                                                           No                                                      Yes

Looks better with time and use                                                      Yes                                                     No

Minimizes appearance of surface scratches                                 Yes                                                     No

Refinishing creates excessive dust                                               No                                                      Yes


The Oil Finish Difference

A natural oil finish cannot be compared with today’s more popular acrylic, polyurethane, and aluminum oxide finishes. These finishes protect the floor by forming a wear layer, in effect, a plastic film on the surface of the floor. They scratch and get dull over time and cannot be spot repaired. A costly recoating of the entire floor is necessary every so often for complete rejuvenation. An oil finish penetrates the wood fibers to harden them while not altering the natural beauty of the wood. With no visual film on the surface, oiled floors are distinguishable by their elegant patina. They are easy to care for and are repairable. An oiled floor never needs to be sanded - only regular applications of a maintenance oil are necessary to nourish the wood and bring the luster back.

Zero VOC vs. Low VOCs

Rejuvenating 325 sq. ft. of a Castle Combe floor project will require approximately 1/5 of a liter of Woca Refresher maintenance oil, which will emit zero VOCs and leave you without that harsh chemical scent. A typical polyurethane floor will require three gallons of finish - one gallon for the sealer coat and two more gallons of the top wear layers. VOCs from polyurethane evaporate into your home at the rate of about 4 lbs. per gallon, which means that 3 gallons of polyurethane used to coat 325 sq. ft. equals 12 pounds of VOCs floating around in your home.

Bond and Strengthen vs. Surface Coatings

The natural oil used to finish Castle Combe oiled floors is not a surface coating but is designed to become part of the wood by penetrating, bonding with, and hardening the fibers of wood.

When wood is finished with natural oil, it may dent or scratch, but it can easily be repaired. To bring your Castle Combe floor back to a fresh state, first, lightly sand the desired area of the floor, and apply a coat of Woca Refresher maintenance oil. It is not necessary to treat the entire floor, only the affected area. Typically, only spot sanding on extreme wear marks and scratches would be necessary, and a total wall-to-wall sanding is normally avoided.

Repairing a floor coated with polyurethane or aluminum oxide is a much more laborious and disruptive process. Polyurethane is a plastic coating that sits on top of the wood, and acts as surface coating. The purpose of a surface coating is to protect the wood from wear and tear. However, a polyurethane floor will never look better then the day of the final finish application. Immediately, polyurethane finishes begin picking up small and large scratches - abrasions that defuse the light and pick up dirt - and quickly become visible from all angles. The end of the life of a polyurethane floor is not because it is worn out - it just becomes ugly. This process is accelerated when the floor is damaged by scratches that penetrate the surface coating and expose wood, which happens when dents penetrate the soft wood (NOTE: all wood is soft enough to dent and scratch). Unfortunately, all too often polyurethane floors must be maintained by sanding again and again, a costly, disruptive, and often messy process.

Recoating the entire floor is the recommended maintenance option for a floor finished with polyurethane or other synthetic surface coatings. When should this be done? It has to be a joint effort, as soon as you have a scar that penetrates the surface coating, or when the floor looks dirty after you wash the floor. This “dirty” look means there is an abundance of surface scratches holding dirt.

Living With vs. Living On

The vast majority of polyurethane customers live on their floors. They take off their shoes at the door, they have floor protectors under all furniture and care to have nothing foul left on the surface. A normal expectation of a polyurethane floor is that it is maintenance free. Homeowners with natural oil finished floors live with their floors. They seem to recognize that wood expands and contracts with the seasons. Some believe this movement is a sign the wood still thinks of itself as being a tree. Feeding wood natural oils supports the notion that you are living with your wood floor and, in turn, the wood responds to appropriate care that’s given.

Reparability vs. Durability

Wood is very durable on its own. Natural oils enhance the durable nature of wood and allow the floor to be easily repaired if damaged. While polyurethanes provide a durable barrier, this barrier also consumes a layer of wood each and every time it is applied. At best there are three to four sandings in a floor’s life before the floor must be replaced. Over time, repairability is more important than durability.

Maintenance Products

USFloors offers a complete line of maintenance products for Castle Combe oil finished floors, from cleaners for everyday maintenance to rejuvenating natural oils for extensive maintenance.

 


More Information
CollectionCastle Combe Wall & Floor Hardwood
Style NameCastle Combe
SpeciesOak
ConstructionEngineered, Longstrip Engineered
Wear Layer1/8" (4mm)
Width7-1/2"
Thickness5/8"
Length75"
Packaging31.11 SF/Box
GradeCharacter Grade
FinishNatural-E Natural Oil Finish
FaceRustic, Rustic with Smooth Handscraped or Rustic with Inlays
Installation MethodGlue, Nail or Float
Where to InstallBelow, On or Above Grade
Available TrimsQuarter Round, T-Molding, Overlap Reducer, Baby Threshold and Flush Stair Nose
Warranty5 Year Light Commercial Limited
Install Over Radiant HeatYes
Sq. Ft. / Carton31.11
Freight to CustomerPlease call (310) 481-0611 for Freight Charge
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