What exactly is a wood plaster?

Woodblock is becoming an increasingly desirable residential floor, especially due to modern architecture and new interior designs. However, woodblock is also frequently used in public and commercial areas in particular.
Wood is so versatile that many customers are not even aware of all the possibilities! Not only the tangential and radial cut surface, but also the end grain surface can be seen and hides unexpected advantages.

The exceptionally rustic woodblock look is achieved using solid wood blocks cut in a round or rectangular shape. The most commonly used wood species are oak, larch, pine and spruce. The wooden blocks have the end grain to the usable surface, which gives them a unique look. For this purpose, the pieces are obtained from the tree trunk across the grain, instead of in the tangential or radial cutting direction as in parquet. In this way, the beautiful annual rings, which give the room a feeling of space very characteristic of wood flooring, are easily recognizable. The annual rings can be seen as whole rings or in segments on the surface of the floor.
It is extremely important due to the special cutting direction that the floor is impregnated or sealed very well and generously. When sawing through, the capillaries are cut, which allows moisture to penetrate easier and faster.

Woodblock convinces with many advantages that go far beyond the wonderful feeling of space on the one hand and the natural heat and impact sound insulation on the other.
Woodblock is extremely resistant to pressure and very durable. Woodblock gains this high durability because it is laid perpendicular to the load. For this reason, woodblock stands out as a very suitable floor for industrial purposes, as well as for outdoor use.

It should be especially noted that wood has hygroscopic behavior. It swells and shrinks with fluctuations in humidity. Woodblock is sensitive to these fluctuations. This property becomes an advantage to it in outdoor applications, because it can achieve a percolation rate of up to 50%.

Its good fire behavior and the certainty that woodblock does not conduct electricity make this flooring perfectly suitable for warehouses, workshops and much more. In the event of a fire, woodblock is very flame retardant.
Naturally, woodblock can also be used in private living spaces. There, this floor convinces with a pleasant foot warmth and extremely noise-insulating properties.

Woodblocks for commercial purposes are sharp-edged and impregnated, but for residential and assembly rooms they are not impregnated. Since there may be danger from rising damp, special care must be taken in making the subfloor.
In gardening and landscaping, impregnated paving elements made of log sections are used and laid in silty sand with a gravel sub-layer.
In stables, the wooden blocks are preferably made of coniferous wood and are treated with wood preservatives that are harmful to livestock. There are laying units stacked on pallets or delivered loose in bags.
The dimensions of the blocks for indoor paving are 22 - 60 mm in height, 40 - 80 mm in width and 40 - 140 mm in length. Wooden blocks for outdoor paving are 50 - 100 mm in height, 80 mm in width and 80 - 160 mm in length.

Regarding the laying of wooden pavers, it should be mentioned that in private housing the wooden blocks are glued individually in a bond on screed or concrete. Underlayment should not be omitted in any case. In the industrial sector, the joints are either filled with an elastic grouting compound or swept with sawdust or grain flour. In the residential sector, woodblock is set in a jointless installation with some movement joints. The laying is done by a professional with an adhesive recommended by the manufacturer.
After laying, the surface of the woodblock parquet is sanded and receives a surface treatment. The prefabricated parquet with an end-grain layer offered in stores has the appearance of a woodblock floor and can be laid by a skilled do-it-yourselfer.

Even though first-class woodblock flooring has a corresponding price, this investment pays off. This is because woodblock floors have an almost unlimited lifespan and offer the possibility of energy savings. They require little maintenance and so not only they, but also the generations after you can still benefit from this wonderful floor.