colouring, oiling & finishing
White, cream, grey, brown, black, beige, red and yellow, to name a few. At Rafe Olsen we have a myriad of tints and colours that can be applied to Oak floor boards. The realms of what is possible lays firmly with your imagination. The beauty of the coloured oil system we use is that multiple layers can be used to build colour. When combined with different surface textures, incredible and unique floor finishes can be created.
All Rafe Olsen floors are finished with an oil top coat. Once cured, the oil provides a strong bond with the surface of the wood. This bond helps protect the floor from moisture, spilt liquids and general dirt and debris. Oiling hardwood floors gives a satin-matt finish that moves away from reflective and glossy lacquered floors available elsewhere on the market. Where lacquered floors are prone to chipping and uneven wear; oiled flooring has a tendency to wear more naturally and is easily touched up or repaired with reapplication of the original oil.
All colours and oils are applied by hand in our workshop. When we say hand finished, we really, literally mean, hand finished. The care and attention that goes in to every floor we make shows in the finished product. A subtle natural variation occurs on all floors due to the nature of the processes that we use, this means that any two floors are never identical. That level of bespoke craftsmanship cannot be achieved with machine finishing.
sanding, brushing & distressing
Smooth and silky? Textured and detailed? Rough and worn? With Rafe Olsen the choice is yours. With our advanced equipment and expertise in hand finishing we can create different surface finishes for your bespoke flooring, dependant upon your preference or the changing fashions. There is no right or wrong for which surface treatment is best. All degrees of sanding, brushing and distressing have the same surface protection. The surface detailing really only shows differences in how the floor takes on colour and how it feels under barefoot.
As a general rule, the more severely distressed the wood surface is, the deeper and more varied the colour appears. This is particularly prevalent when building multiple layers of colour. For ‘flatter’ less varied colours, smooth sanding is often the best option. If it’s something truly extraordinary you are looking for, test out our finishing department with deep distressing and multiple colour layers!
All brushing, sanding and distressing is achieved using our state of the art Houfek machinery. Multiple spinning heads allow different effects to be applied to the floor boards with just one pass through. Brushing and sanding can be achieved quickly and efficiently meaning the surface is beautifully prepared for our team to hand finish it.