Overview

We pride ourselves on the service we offer and being a family company, working on the principles of high quality products, good service and competitive pricing.

Martyn Ryder established the company after extensive research into the flooring market and in particular wood flooring. In general the quality of cheap imports and lack of home grown products meant there was an opportunity to develop high quality hardwood flooring jointly with interior designers and architects.

The research started back in the 1980s when Martyn was in the development business, refurbishing grade I and Grade II listed properties and realised there was no wood flooring competitively priced that would meet what was needed to ensure the integrity of the conversion was in keeping with the era.

It took three years to complete the research and development of the first 10 lines of solid wood and engineered floors, which then became the top quality engineered hardwood flooring you now see in our range. There is a limitless range of finishes and colours available using either our prefinished floors or unfinished boards.

Since then we have exported to more than 25 countries and continents around the world including Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Malta, Azerbaijan, Columbia and the USA.

A large proportion of our wood floors have been designed and manufactured to exacting specifications created by architects and interior designers. We only use the latest, state-of-the-art machines, adhesives and finishes and are always striving to continually develop our products and increase the range of wood flooring options.

The expert team at the Solid Wood Flooring Company have more experience than any other company and this can be seen by the amount of technical advice on the web site. We ensure all our staff are fully trained and endeavour to offer the best, most friendly and professional service in such a diverse industry.

This is why it is our philosophy not to have a web site where you can buy online. The purchase of a wood floor is a high ticket item and corners should not be cut for the sake of a few pounds. Neither should people go into such a purchase, blind to the consequences of buying a wood floor that has not been properly manufactured, and then fitted badly. We have horrendous stories of people filling their basket on a web site only to find that the floors lifts, buckles and twists just a few weeks after being fitted all for the sake of a few pounds.

You can call our office number and help line – 01666 504015 – any time and we always welcome feedback and contributions to the web site and also our product lines. We realise we do not have exclusivity on new ideas but we do pride ourselves on our commitment to help the environment by providing sustainable products for our homes, hotels, museums and offices. Only pure wool carpets are sustainable, other types of carpet, vinyl etc., use fossil fuels and we know what they do to our planet.

Providing Experts with quality products

Working with Contractors, Architects, Fitters and Interior Designers, we’ve grown our product range to include nearly 150 different styles of timber flooring.  We now also supply adhesives, underlays, finishing oils and maintenance products.

The Solid Wood Flooring Company has one of the largest ranges of engineered wooden flooring on the UK market today. Using timber from well-managed forests, only the best and oldest wood is selected, allowing younger trees to prosper for future use.

How we work

With a business model based around service, quality and sustainability, everyone at the Solid Wood Flooring Company holds the following values in high esteem:

  • Providing a service and product that is second to none
  • Establishing and building long-term business relationships
  • Being open-minded about the wood flooring industry
  • Taking the lead in using new techniques and technology to develop high quality British products

Our complementary services only add to the client experience.  We also supply the best aftercare products to ensure your wood floor stays in great condition. It is quite possible a quality wood floor, fitted well and maintained, can last you a lifetime!

We now have four main manufacturing facilities specialising in our solid and engineered flooring range, although due to sustainability issues we rarely manufacture solid Oak these days. All our facilities are FSC® or PEFC certified to ensure that all our products are sourced ethically with the environment in mind.


Ongoing Development and Sustainability

The Solid Wood Flooring Company manufactures unique hardwood flooring products with the best managed forest timber products. We will not purchase or machine any timber from the rain forests, such as Teak etc. A good managed forest will plant more trees than it harvests and in North America, parts of Russia and even China this is very much the case. We do not have many of our deciduous forests left now so oak in the UK is in short supply. All our products are unique to us as they are made to our exacting specification and are British quality controlled.

The continual development of our ethical hardwood flooring means we can offer high quality products at competitive prices.  As a member of the Timber Trade Association, The Solid Wood Flooring Company sets industry standards with their approach to testing, sourcing, research and development.

Being proactive with sustainability ensures that more trees are planted than harvested for our timber products.

We have earned a three Tree rating with the WWF, which is the highest that can be given for our environmental and sustainability statements and procedures.

Wooden flooring products are just like us – every tree is individual and unique as this is how nature works. The grain and colour variation on any single species of tree will be different, just like every human being is different. Even identical twins will have personality differences even though they may look alike. The seasons and climate changes will have an impact on trees and can alter their hue, colour and structure.

At the Solid Wood Flooring Company, we are here to help and not just sell wood flooring. You can see our way of working in the section “How we work” You can see and download a lot of our technical documents from the “Library” but these may not cover everything especially as we continually develop new products and new methods of installation and subfloors.

If you require a full NBS specification we can write one for you for each project that will be specific once we know the subfloor. We are happy to arrange appointments at your office or on site whichever is more convenient. Either call us on 01666 504015 for a quick response. Alternatively please email us with as much information as you can so we can reply with effective solutions.

 

We have joined the Society of British and International Design

 

We are delighted to join this global design network, as an accredited industry-partner in manufacturing wood floors of distinction. The Society of British and International Design is the UKbased standard bearer organisation for the accreditation of professional interior designers, product suppliers and educational institutions. They work to strengthen the profession of interior design and the commercial success of their members.

“Our objective is to promote the profession of interior design at the highest level of competence” - SBID

SBID provides instant recognition to the B2B community through its globally recognised marque of excellence that endorses an esteemed and qualified professional working to a universal standard of competence.

This gives customers the assurance that the SBID member is a trained and skilled professional with relevant knowledge, training and experience.

SBID accreditation is governed by the ECIA Charter of Education and professional Code of Conduct, which sets the requirement for the official recognition of a practicing professional interior designer. SBID-accredited interior designers have demonstrated the European standard required to become an accredited professional while accredited industry partners have demonstrated compliance with the five point system of the SBID International Code of Conduct. This is the pre-eminent level of design excellence in Europe, delivered in the UK through the Society of British and International Design.

Our professional ethos of manufacturing unique hardwood flooring products with the best managed forest timber products sits perfectly with the SBID Code of Conduct and commitment to excellence within the industry. A good managed forest will plant more trees than it harvests and in North America, parts of Russia and even China this is very much the case. We do not have many of our deciduous forests left now so oak in the UK is in short supply. We do not purchase or machine any timber from the rain forests, such as Teak etc. All our products are unique to us as they are made to our exacting specification and are British quality controlled.

Wooden flooring products are just like us - every tree is individual and unique. The grain and colour variation on any single species of tree will be different, just like every human being is different. The seasons and climate changes will have an impact on trees and can alter their hue, colour and structure.

The continual development of our ethical hardwood flooring means we can offer high quality products at competitive prices. As a member of the Timber Trade Association, The Solid Wood Flooring Company sets industry standards with their approach to testing, sourcing, research and development. Being proactive with sustainability ensures that more trees are planted than harvested for our timber products.

We have earned a three Tree rating with the WWF, which is the highest that can be given for our environmental and sustainability statements and procedures.

Sustainable Wood Flooring is the only choice.

Sustainability in building design and construction is becoming a substantial consideration for all trades involved. If construction continues without thought towards depleting resources and harmful consequences, it will compromise future generations in fulfilling their own needs.

When you consider that 45% of all UK carbon emissions come from the built environment and 32% of all landfill is generated from construction projects, it is imperative to ensure we can help lessen the impact of construction.

The consumption of resources is a significant drain on our environment caused by construction, so it is important for architects, developers and designers to lessen the impact of their projects by carefully considering the selection of materials used on their projects.

When it comes to flooring options, we know that wood is simply the best option for any development, and we can ensure our flooring is fully certified as being sourced from well managed and legally sustainable forests.

Wood is the only renewable choice of building material for flooring. Plastics are derived from fossil fuels, concrete and other forms of flooring can damage our environment through the energy it takes for their production.

Wood is a renewable, natural resource that naturally grows in abundance. The production of wood flooring also uses less energy in its processing methods than any other construction material.

For example, it takes 5 times more energy to produce 1 ton of cement, 24 times more energy for 1 ton of steel, and 126 times for 1 ton of aluminium.

Young trees also absorb more carbon dioxide than mature ones, so it makes sense to harvest older trees and plant two new ones for every one tree felled.

The Solid Wood Flooring Company have long been committed to only using sustainable timber for our wood flooring as we are very conscious of the environment. 

As a company, we are proud to be fully FSC and PEFC certified and are keen supporters of the WWF’s Save the Forests campaign. We are also committed members of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and implement their Environmental Code of Practice and responsible purchasing policy (RPP). The RPP is a key issue in the timber industry today as it will ensure that all forests will eventually become totally sustainable, and over time the rain forest will get replanted.

Here at the Solid Wood Flooring Company, we only supply Oak, Bamboo, Walnut and Canadian Maple timber flooring from sustainable sources and make sure not to use endangered or exotic wood species. We only manufacture our own wooden flooring and can therefore control the sources of our raw material, unlike many our competitors who buy from traders. 

We find that our clients – from the architects of large residential developments to interior designers of the latest restaurants – are all concerned with sustainability, wanting to ensure the building materials they use have less impact on our planet.

To find out more about our sustainability policy or any of our sustainable wood flooring ranges, please call our team of friendly experts on 01666 504015 or email info@thesolidwoodflooringcompany.com