DI LEGNO RANGES
Di Legno means 'of wood'. Although the name is Italian, Di Legno is based in Belgium. They specialise in producing French Oak that is aged in such a way that once installed, it is impossible to visually distinguish a solid Di Legno floor from an antique floor. Apart from private homes throughout the world, Di Legno timber floors can also been seen in a number of hotels, shops and restaurants in Europe and America, such as the Givenchy shop in Paris, Lanvin stores worldwide, The Marriot Hotel in Cologne, Bogner in New York or J.M. Weston in Paris.
In addition to solid and engineered oak boards and parquet blocks, Di Legno also produce timber stair treads, skirtings, stair nosings, specialist wall cladding and custom joinery. All their colours are made with their own stains, oils and waxes. There are eight distinct Di Legno ranges which can be viewed at www.dilegno.com:
Classico (aged oak in traditional colours, aged to look like an antique floor).
Originale (aged oak in white and grey finishes – the look you see in Belgian interiors).
Variante (aged oak in layered colours).
Intenso (aged oak that has also been smoked to bring out the intense colour/variation).
Segato (sawn, aged oak boards predominantly in mixed widths).
Rurale (boards that are more aged, a double ageing process).
Design (non-aged, engineered boards in grey tones).
Pure (engineered boards in classic timber, simplified ageing process, minimum quantity 200m2).
Segato Range: Colour Stromboli
SOLID vs ENGINEERED BOARDS
Intenso Range: Colour Imola
Classico Range: Colour Casserta
Classico Range: Colour Corleone
Di Legno produces both solid and engineered boards. Solid boards range from 9-20mm in thickness, and in width from 80mm-200mm. Engineered boards are also produced to a variety of specifications (10mm-18mm thick) up to 240mm in width. In order to make the correct choice for your home, it is helpful to understand the difference between solid and engineered boards.
No matter how well seasoned, oiled or waxed, all wood remains hydroscopic. With time, the moisture content of wood will always come into equilibrium with the relative humidity of the air surrounding it. Broadly speaking, timber exposed to a relative humidity of 50% will come to an EMC of 9% and if that same timber is exposed to a humidity level of 75% will come to an EMC of 14%. This means that when humidity is high, the timber will absorb some of that moisture, swell and rise or 'crown' in the middle. If it is placed in a dry environment (when using heating or air conditioning) it will release its moisture and shrink. If you lay solid pieces of timber side by side in a confined space, changes in humidity may result in them bowing, cupping, warping or gaps between the boards opening up. Most of these movements occur in the width of a timber board, not in the length. A skilled installer understands how solid timber behaves and will take the necessary steps to ensure that these effects are countered eg moisture barriers will be used to counter moisture beneath the boards, gaps will be left on the sides of the boards to allow expansion and each board will be glued down to ensure the timber remains flat.
Engineered boards are designed to be more stable than solid boards. Due to their construction method (where one of the middle layers of the board is perpendicular to the top), engineered boards will remain flatter and will not shrink and expand in the same way that solid boards do. This makes engineered boards the safer option for fitting over under floor hearing and results in them requiring less time to acclimatise prior to installation. Engineered boards also look neater and flatter, so if you are hoping to achieve the appearance of a traditional old floor, engineered boards may not be the right option for you.
There is no single definitive framework for grading oak flooring. Generally speaking, select grade oak will be very clean in appearance with very few knots, while classic or character grades will exhibit a wider degree of colour variation with more knots. Di Legno aims to achieve a classic, natural look and for this reason they use timber with knots and markings (classified as Rustic A), unless you request neater looking boards with fewer knots or markings (Classic or BIS Quality).
Di Legno products are of the highest quality. All their French Oak comes from controlled forests (PEFC) and they monitor the sawing, selection and drying process by means of direct contact with the sawmills. They also monitor the moisture content of the wood at the purchasing, processing, stockage and delivery stages and during every production phase at their factory. All moisture and colour measurements are also registered. The finals stages of stain and oil work are done by hand, so your floor will not have a mass-produced look, and before delivery moisture values, length ratios and quantities are measured and the results .
Di Legno offers a range of parquet patterns to suit the requirements of each project. Click on the images below to view enlargements.