PARQUET MADE IN ITALY? BETTER A Italian WOOD FLOOR!
Where does the timber come from? This is the first question a wood flooring manufacturer should be able to answer. We at Artimestieri give a simple answer: they come from the hills and plains of Italian. We know that an affirmation of this kind must be well argued since there is no "regional" certification (not even Italian): in fact the only certifications on the origin of the timber are the FSC mark and the PEFC mark.
These brands certainly have an important role because they certify a correct and sustainable management of the world forest heritage, but they are of little use at a "regional" level for small and medium production companies because:
- the certified wooded areas are those of large dimensions with a productive vocation in Europe and in the world but not in Italy.
- Italy the FSC mark is present in a few areas and has essentially a "protective / conservative" function against abuse and pitfalls that can endanger these areas.
According to the logic of the brands, you should therefore import wooden boards for floors from other parts of the world and neglect a real availability that is abundant in Italian and with excellent zero-km timber.
Artimestieri has coined the "ITALIAN LISTONE" brand under which it undertakes to use only Italian timber (actually Italian) for the production of its own floor in solid wood planks. In fact, we believe that a definition of parquet "made in Italy" is not significant given that timber is always imported.
HOW MUCH ARE THE Italian WOODS PRODUCED?
From a recent research of the Italian Region we obtain positive and comforting data to support our choice to use only Italian timber, the most important fact is that every year the woods in Italian grow by 5 million cubic meters while the consumption of timber is about one million cubic meters: a fifth of the annual growth, of this fifth only 20% is used for long-term uses while the rest goes mainly in domestic heating. On the other hand, if you happen to pass through some of the country's sawmills, you can see the presence of valuable wood awaiting a worthy destination.
Personally, I witnessed an unthinkable scene 30 years ago: the owner of our trusted sawmill who cut into small pieces of firewood from the National Walnut tables. They were not first choice boards but they had been prepared and dried for carpentry work: but being an activity in decline the buyer did not arrive and the tables ended up in the boiler of a stove.
Our hope is that they will take the form of policies to enhance the Italian forest heritage in order to rediscover the beauty and validity of local woods, thanks to a process of this type they would find new life now marginal and in difficulty craft activities such as production crafted of solid wood floors.
WOODEN FLOORS ITALIAN PARQUET IN OAK, CHESTNUT, WALNUT AND CHERRY TREE
Oak parquet planks
The local Oak plank is robust and durable with marked grain and shades tending to yellow brown.
Il Rovere is a typical tree of the Italian landscape, the wood is heavy and solid, among the most precious and versatile of Italian woods, it is used for floors, furniture, stairs and fine windows.
The Italian oak plank is particularly hard thanks to the slow annual growth typical of our country. A local Oak plank is very resistant to the wear of time.
The Oak flooring is among the most resistant to trampling also in the kitchen, in the bathrooms and is also suitable in public places.
Chestnut parquet planks
Chestnut is a tree that has had an important place in the tradition and economy of many areas of Italy, particularly in the valleys of the Cuneo area where you can admire old and new manicured chestnut trees.
In the past every part of the Chestnut was used: chestnuts for winter feeding, branches for weaving baskets, wood for heating, leaves for stables litters, straight trunks for roof trusses and wood from the first stem for each carpentry work. Chestnut is also used to obtain an excellent wooden floor: medium hard, stable, resistant to water and wear over time. A floor that acquires interest and beauty over time.
Walnut wood planks
The national walnut is a very precious wood for its quality and its aesthetics, with an elegant grain that has always been used to make beautiful floors / parquet. The Italian Walnut parquet is hard, stable and resistant to trampling, so much so that even today we can admire planks in Walnut, ancient and of rare beauty.
The Italian Walnut parquet is an ecological use of the National Walnut since it can be made of excellent parquet with wooden boards for floors of modest dimensions, which otherwise could remain unused.
Cherry wood planks
The Cherry plank is robust and elegant with a delicate vein of a reddish-brown color.
The Italian Cherry plank is moderately hard and stable thanks to the slow annual growth typical of our country. A local Cherry plank is moderately resistant to trampling and wear and tear over time. It is a wooden floor for indoor use and we recommend laying it in the sleeping area in particular.
Robinia or Acacia parquet
The Italian parquet of Robinia or Acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia) deserves a separate mention, a rather invasive wood species that is further spreading in the marginal uncultivated land, increased after the demographic abandonment of so much of the Italian territory.
Italian research shows that Robinia is the most widespread species in the area, counting 28% of the total.
Robinia is a very hard and resistant wood, not only due to mechanical wear but also to chemical wear: in the Italian stables, when the feeders and ducts were made of wood, Robinia was used because it was the most resistant wood to sewage and ammonia contained in them. Today it is used only to make good firewood, but it is possible to obtain floor planks of excellent quality and durability, the color is initially blond but over time it takes on a reddish brown color. The table below shows the average specific weight of the wood species selected for the production of the Italian Listone, remember that the woods grown in Italy generally have a specific weight higher than the average.Parquet floor
ITALIAN LISTON: Specific weight of wood species
kg / mc
Cherry tree 620
Robinia (Acacia) 790
LOCAL SOLID WOOD FLOORS: THE BEST CHOICE!
A natural solid wood floor is the best choice due to the hardness, the beauty of the wood and the simplicity of production: in fact, to produce solid wood floors, a good hand-crafted woodwork is enough that uses low energy equipment without the use of adhesives. The solid wood floor can be nailed to chestnut roots-slats, or glued on old and new floors with an eco-friendly non-toxic adhesive. The dimensions of the wooden planks and the laying geometries are innumerable: "running" floorboards, herringbone, square and many other customized solutions parquet flooring
DO YOU WANT TO SHORTEN THE TIMES AND FACILITATE THE INSTALLATION OF THE SOLID PARQUET?
Artimestieri's solid wood parquet is available in 2 finishes:
15mm thickness PLANED to be sanded after laying: this is the most traditional way to lay a solid wood parquet. Proceed by spreading the glue, laying the wooden planks with joints on the four sides and, after waiting for the glue to dry and stabilize the wooden floor, smooth the entire surface with appropriate equipment. After sanding, the wooden boards are treated with natural hard oil with at least 2 or 3 coats of product. parquet-flooring
Thickness 15mm PRELEVIGATO lightly brushed from oil after laying (with glue) With pre-polished parquet, the most difficult processing which is the sanding of wood is avoided. By purchasing the pre-polished plank you can oil immediately after laying the wooden floor. We at Artimestieri are available to assist in every phase even those who choose the Faidate
Thickness 23mm PLANED or PREPARED to be installed with nails on suitable wooden support (choose the type of substrate best suited to your situation among the various systems presented by us)
We do not recommend PREFINISH parquet in solid wood and we also do not recommend FLOATING as it is not suitable for solid wood planks, but is typical of multilayer pre-finished floors.
If you decide to buy an ITALIAN LISTON from Artimestieri, move ahead in time! Maturing and processing times can be not short.
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