Beautiful parquet flooring made of Slavonian oak

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Beautiful and easy-to-install parquet flooring made of Slavonian oak and ash

Innovative Swedish technology and top modern production provide you with stable floors that will stay beautiful for a very long time.

The raw material used to make Bjelin’s parquet floors comes from the world renowned Slavonian forests in northern Croatia. The timber is sawn in Bjelin’s local sawmills and is completed in our own state-of-the-art parquet factories to parquet floors in a great variety of designs. The high quality of oak allows for plank widths up to 22 cm and can be obtained in categories with almost no knots to vibrant and rustic planks.

Along the Croatian coast there are over 1100 small and large islands. Bjelin's parquet floors have been named after some of these islands.

Wood harvested in sustainably managed forests

The Slavonian forests are well renowned. They are managed in a sustainable way from a very strict ecological, social and economic framework for hundreds of years.

Every year, much less wood is taken out of the forests than what is planted back, and as trees of lesser quality are continuously dulled, the Slavonian forests are becoming increasingly more beautiful for every year they are managed in this way.

For Bjelin’s oak flooring Sessile Oak and English Oak are used, which are the very same species that are traditionally grown and used in Sweden.

Sorting of oak

The patterns in the oak varies from calm and harmonious to vibrant and varied with knots and cracks. Therefore, the cut oak is sorted, to allow you to be able to choose a wooden floor with the look that suits your home.

PLANK

Select
This grading has a naturally nice colour with fine grains without larger colour variations. Small, healthy knots up to a size of 5 mm in diameter may be present, however, no more than two knots per plank.

Nature
This grading generally has very fine grains with natural variation in colour, grains and structure. Healthy knots up to 40 mm, cracked knots up to 25 mm and black knots up to 10 mm may be present, however, no more than three knots per plank. There may also be sapwood present on the long side of the plank and cracks up to 100 mm from the edge of the short side.

Knotty
This grading has a very lively variation in structure and colour with several knots. Healthy knots up to 50 mm, cracked knots up to 30 mm and black knots up to 20 mm may be present, however, no more than five black knots per plank. There may also be clusters of smaller knots present (water sprouts, intergrown knots giving a burl-like appearance). In this grading there may be pith, sapwood, ingrown bark and cracks up to 150 mm from the edge of the short side.

Country
This grading has a lively variation in colour and grains. Healthy knots and ingrown bark in all sizes may be present. Cracked and black knots up to 50 mm may be present, as well as clusters of smaller knots (water sprouts, intergrown knots giving a burl-like appearance). Sapwood may be present on both long sides of the planks, but no more han on half the width of the plank and no more than on every second plank. Pith and cracks up to 150 mm from the short edge of the plank and up to 450 mm on the plank’s center point may appear, however, no more than a total of 600 mm.

Country+
This grading has a very lively variation in colour and grains. Several healthy knots in all sizes as well as cracked knots and black knots up to 50 mm may be present, as well as clusters of smaller knots (water sprouts, intergrown knots giving a burl-like appearance). Sapwood may be present on both long sides of the planks, but no more than half the width of the plank and no more than on every second plank. Pith, ingrown bark and cracks may be present.

3-STRIP

Nature
This grading has grains with a muted variation in colour and structure. Healthy knots up to 20 mm may be present.

Classic
This grading may have healthy knots up to 30 mm. Variations in colour, lively grains and lighter and darker streaks may be present, no sapwood however.

Knotty
This grading has a lively variation in colour and grains. Sapwood and all other types of wood knots up to 25 mm and/or mended knots up to 7 mm may be present.

Country
This grading has a lively variation in colour and grains. Sapwood and all kinds of wood knots up to 25 mm may be present.

Country+
This grading has a very lively variation in colour and grains. Several healthy knots of all sizes as well as cracked and black knots up to 50 mm may be present, and clusters of smaller knots (water sprouts, intergrown knots giving a burllike appearance). Sapwood may be present on both long sides of the plank, but on no more than half the width of the plank and on no more than every second plank. Pith, ingrown bark and cracks may be present.

Stable floors with multilayer parquet

The parquet floor is made of three layers where the direction of the fibres are perpendicular to each other. The different layers lock each other, minimizing the natural movements in wood and giving you a stable floor.

The surface layer has a 3.5 mm wear layer, which allows you to refurbish your floors several times. The middle layer is strong and durable and is made of pine or spruce. Even the bottom layer has a stabilizing function.

Why are the parquet floors not made of solid wood?

The traditional solid hardwood floors do not meet the demands of a modern home. Wood is a hygroscopic material, which means that wood has the ability to absorb moisture from the air and therefore adapts its moisture levels to that in the air. Each individual wood fibre swells when the humidity increases and shrinks when it decreases.

In the summer, when the indoor air is damp, the wood swells and in the winter when the indoor air, especially in Sweden and northern Europe, can become very dry, the wood shrinks. As a result, you will see a doming effect in planks of wood as the fibres are adapted to the round shape of the tree it came from. When you cut a square plank from a round log, it will have different hygroscopic properties in different directions and will thus shrink

and swell differently in different parts of the plank. When a wooden plank is showing doming effects, from shrinking and swelling, it could cause gaps between the floorboards. Additionally, it is not economical to use our finest forests for parts of the floors that will not be visible.

A hydrostatically stable floor can be obtained by having several layers of wood in the floor, where different layers have different fibre directions or by one of the layers consisting of a fibre board. In a wood fibre board the wood fibres are scattered in different directions, which gives the material more homogenous properties.

A parquet floor is due to its hydroscopic properties also humidity levelling.

Bjelin parquet flooring range

Wide planks provide plenty of room for the wood pattern to appear. The Slavonian oak’s high quality allows for really wide planks and this has been maximized in Bjelin’s parquet floors.

Pigmentation. Match or break off the colour of the floor against the walls and textiles.

Brushing. The parquet floor becomes more vibrant with planks where the natural grain of the wood has been brought forward by brushing it.

Ash floors in finely selected sortings

Calm and harmonious sortings without big colour changes are unique for Bjelin's ash floors. The range of flooring also includes varieties containing more of the ash's dark core, which gives a livelier floor.

The ash floors is made in both planks and 3-strip formats.

Click flooring for the perfect result

The locking system 5G® makes it easier than ever to install a parquet floor. Do it yourself or minimize the project time when hiring a professional. To be installed freely floating on top of the subfloor without glue or nails.

Bjelin’s sister company Välinge Innovation AB, developed the world’s first click flooring installation system and it is Bjelin’s goal to always offer the market’s best, and easiest to install, click flooring.

5G® is the latest technique to enable the floors to be installed with the simple grip of a hand to make it click in place. Especially easy to install are the small parquet strips. Larger floor boards with lengths over 2 meters can be a bit more difficult to install as the floorboards are heavier. It is much quicker to install these when you are two people helping each other.

General and technical Information

Cleaning
Wipe the floor, if necessary, with a damp microfiber mop or rag. A few drops of a mild synthetic cleaning detergent may be added to the water.

Applications
Bjelin parquet floors are suitable for virtually any room in a home. The floors are not suitable in humid rooms (e.g. bathrooms, saunas).

Installation
The subfloor must be dry, even, firm and clean. Any unevenness of 3 mm per initial metre and 2 mm per further metre must be evened out. The product’s accompanying installation instructions must be complied with.

Thermal conductivity
Suitable for hot-water under floor heating. Standard foil heating systems are generally not recommended. (Exception: self-regulating heating systems with floor sensor which maintain a 27°C surface temperature).

Interiors
The temperature of the room should be between 18-24°C and the humidity about 30-60%. In this climate, both the floor and the individual will thrive. Use humidifiers during winter, as the act of heating a home may lead to a very dry indoor climate.

A sustainable company

Our production is based on simple, yet wise, principles which ensures the sustainability of our business:

• We maximise the use of all raw material and every log. With our production systems, we can calculate the perfect way to cut the log in order to get the various sizes and shapes. Any wood that cannot be used as a surface layer for a product, is used as filling material. Nothing goes to waste.

• Any leftover material in the production can be recycled and turned into filling material in new floorings. Thus, minimising the amount of waste whilst the amount of flooring per cubic metre of raw material is maximised.

• We collect our raw material from responsibly managed forests where the wood is processed locally. This means that transports will be shorter and ensures local job opportunities.

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