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Aubrey oak flooring with Altimago finishes

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Tokens of Living is the proud distributor for Australia of the Aubrey oak timber floor from Europe.

Made from the finest hardwood timbers and European oak from a FSC certified Croatian plantation and made in their Dutch factory, finished with natural oils. Upon request it can be aged by smoking and steaming treatments.

In our furniture and flooring showroom in Darley street in Mona Vale we have numerous sample boards available. You will find treated boards smoked by ammonia, steamed or just finished with natural oils.

The Aubrey flooring has a lot of differences and appeal above other flooring.

A). The first point of difference is the stability. Most flooring warps and cups in the Australian climate, as it is very difficult to keep timber stable, especially with wider boards. We have found that a lot of architects have stopped specifying wider boards because of the instability and problems after laying the floor.

Rustic Flooring - Wide boards with bedOur floor boards have been developed 15 yrs ago to be used with under floor heating in Europe. Under-floor heating normally varies the temperature of the floor from 5 degrees to 24 degrees. To make this possible it means that the boards need to be of a very stable condition. Aubrey’s multilayered floor is made up from hardwood veneer layers, laid in different fibre directions to create stability. The boards are glued in one press run: the oak and hardwood veneers are pressed at the same time in a press, making it a homogenous product. It is of much higher quality and weight than the so called engineered boards which are made of standard ply with a separate top layer, separately glued onto it.
Aubrey floor boards are available in 16, 19 and 22 cm wide and are 20mm thick.

The flooring can even be used in wet areas like bathrooms.

Rustic Flooring - Signs Of AgeRustic flooring - Scratched V GroovesRustic flooring - CracksB). The second point of difference is the appeal and appearances this floor has. It is pre-finished at the factory, allowing the manufacturer to quality control the whole process. The floor has a large choice of details: it can be delivered with or without machined edges or hand scraped edges. Knots can be filled or remain open, the grade of timber can be grade A or B or natural, it can be aged by smoking or steaming.
The Altimago aging treatment is done by either smoking with ammonia or steaming. The smoking treatment ages the natural fibers of the oak to a timeless finish and appeal. The steam treatment darkens the oak and will give it a through out treatment and colour change. Much better for maintenance than the widely used staining techniques, which only gives it a surface treatment and therefore a higher maintenance schedule.

Natural oils are use to seal the floor. It will give the floor a natural (NON-gloss) look. Some colours will have pigments added to the oils to achieve the required look.

C). The Third point of difference is the Maintenance. These floor boards are finished with natural oils. For maintenance the only thing required to do is to jut reapply the oil. Normal use requires adding oil once or twice a year on area’s where the floor becomes a bit worn. You do NOT need to re-sand and finish this floor. It will become better looking over time.

D). Fourthly: Interior Decorating
When asked for interior decorating advice we found that a lot of customers just choose their flooring on the look of the timber instead of also looking at the decorating freedom and flexibility the floor should give you. In our opinion a floor is the base for making a space work. When the floor is chosen correctly, the decorating of the space is much easier.
For example: the yellow pine floor with polyurethane gloss finish, we all know so well, will make it very hard to make your interior pieces match with the floor. In our opinion it is impossible and one will not end up getting it right!

The natural tones of our flooring will do exactly what we are trying to achieve: it will give you decorating freedom, flexibility, ambiance and timelessness in your space.