Flooring

LASSCO has been salvaging wooden floors for over 40years. The roots of the firm can be traced back to East End cabinet makers of the 19th Century; we claim Grandfather rights to the reclaimed flooring industry. Our warehouses in London and Oxford are the first port of call for designers and architects looking to specify character flooring saved from notable buildings, their demolitions and refurbishments. Wide oak board, pine floorboards, herringbone parquet from institutions and libraries, chevron, strip, tongue-and-groove or Parquet de Versailles - we have an ever-changing array of glorious timber to choose from. We also source floorboards milled from un-usual sources – warehouse beams, SNCF railway trucks, Romanian log-cabins have all proved a valuable source of wood: extracted, de-pinned, re-milled, stacked and measured. Our customers have been thrilled by the results. Our stocks are rounded off with a great selection of sustainably sourced oak boards. We supply and deliver to private customers, trade buyers, shop-fitters and builders.

We have an experienced team and we're keen to help get you the best floor for your interior. LASSCO always recommends using the 'historically plausible' in any refurb – that is to say if you wish to replace an inappropriate floor such as a laminate then do so with the type of floor that would have been installed in the house when it was built.

  • Board – Reclaimed
    Board – Reclaimed

    Thirty years ago, a house refurbisher would have reached for his sanding machine the moment he saw an old pine floor. Mercifully today, original floors, as with the surviving elements of any period building, are being treated like Antique Furniture - adapted for modern use, but treated with the best Conservation principles in mind. And original patina is everything! So much so that for those pioneers of style – retail designers - distressed pine [and other] boards are the default option for fitting up walls [and across the ceilings] of edgy retail outlets with the intention of giving a 'grunge' or deconstructed look. And this 'distressed' look is not to be achieved artificially – the obvious effect of wear, decayed paint, extreme weathering – and a hard life - is the touchstone of desirability. And LASSCO sources accordingly. Pine and oak boards are our speciality – we get elm, walnut and other species when we can and, on occasion, responsibly sourced Georgian and earlier timbers.

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  • Strip - Reclaimed
    Strip - Reclaimed

    Known confusingly in France as Parquet, as opposed to 'planchet' or planks, this narrow, tongued and grooved and end-matched flooring was widely used in institutional buildings [schools, libraries, commercial settings] in the 20th C. Usually in its narrower widths, originating from the Mid West of North America, oak from the Appalachians and Maple from Canada; and magnificent Burmese Teak from first growth virgin forests in great lengths. It performs well because it is of good select quality and, being narrow, any cumulative shrinkage is insignificant. It is simple to relay – nail gunned through the tongue so no fastenings are visible – it can be left unsanded to produce the 'salvaged look'. A distinguished 'British Museum – King's Library' look can be achieved with a light sanding and an oil and wax finish. Equally, by randomly leaving 'Sports Hall' lines the 'mashed up' look, presently favoured by retail designers, can be achieved. Of invariably splendid quality no modern equivalent is comparable. Teak is, of course, very well suited to bathroom situations. Recently, retail designers have also been using strip flooring as a wall treatment.

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  • Parquet – Reclaimed
    Parquet – Reclaimed

    Relaid over a [preferably] solid concrete screed, or at least a very stiff plywood subfloor, and in the traditional herringbone pattern, wood block [also known as Parquet in France] makes a handsome and distinguished floor. In a wide variety of timber species from English Oak to Muhuhu, Pitch Pine to Panga Panga, Burmese teak to Maple, well laid by experts it exudes distinction. Cheap to buy it requires cleaning and careful laying; however the reclaimed material, because of its age and the slight imperfections that arise over time – and the fact that the timber from which it was made was of a quality, and often of species, no longer available – invariably produces a pleasing and characterful floor.

    LASSCO supplies Parquet in the Point d'Hongrie pattern, a favourite Continental 'bourgeois' style, machined from new, sustainable French or antique Oak – this can also be laid similarly to wood block.

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  • New Timbers
    New Timbers

    For some twenty years or more LASSCO has been importing new French Oak from its favoured suppliers in France and the Low Countries. Sustainably sourced from the vast forests of Northern and Central France and collectively known as Argonne Oak, the company buys the 'Classic' grade which shows characteristic knots and good figure. It is impeccably dried and machined to provide a reliable and high quality floor when finished – typically with a wax-oil. It ages superbly and performs faultlessly. It can also be supplied in various 'distressed' states replicating the appearance of the sort of ancient Oak flooring that is generally unavailable at reasonable cost. LASSCO also imports new American Black Walnut.

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  • Stone Flooring
    Stone Flooring

    LASSCO is constantly and actively sourcing antique York and Limestone Flooring Flags – from gardens in South Kensington to the quadrangles of Oxford colleges. Not to be confused with the heavy industrial salvaged stone available by the ton from the Northern yards, the LASSCO stock is well patinated, of good colour, manageable in size and weight and impeccably provenanced. And there is ample space at the LASSCO Three Pigeons depot for it to be laid out prior to purchase to ensure pleasing proportions.

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