About Oak Pipe Covers
When laying wood or laminate floors expansion gaps are essential. These are spaces of around 12 to 15 mm which should be left between the edges of the flooring and any solid objects such as walls and pipes. Wooden floors, being organic, are not completely inert. They react to moisture in the environment, so changes in temperature and humidity make them expand and contract. If the flooring is butted up against unyielding obstacles then it can bow, warp and lift. The implications for central heating pipes, with their frequent temperature changes, are obvious. Strips can be fitted around the edges of a room to conceal this unsightly expansion gap, but the gap around pipe work can also be dealt with. This is where pipe covers, otherwise known as pipe collars or pipe roses, are a simple yet effective solution.
Expansion gaps around the pipes penetrating oak floors can be concealed by collars which match the surrounding floor to produce a clean, stylish, professional finish. They are available in a variety of diameters and shapes. Some are simply rings which are virtually unobtrusive. Others are dome or pyramid shaped and so more decorative. They are either hinged or separate into two pieces to fit around the pipe, and are supplied oiled, waxed, lacquered or unfinished so that they can be stained or painted to match the existing flooring. Turned and sanded hardwood collars are durable enough to withstand knocks from vacuum cleaners. They can be purchased singly or in pairs and many are brand new and in their original packaging. As these oak pipe covers are natural products there may be variations in grain, texture and colour.