Timber Policy

In recognition of our responsibility to the environment, our customers and our suppliers, bases our commercial activities on legal and well-managed forests.

As such we are committed to producing timber and timber products from independently verified sources. Cheville Parquet recognises that the independent, third party certification of forests and the supply chain is the optimal way of gaining assurances that the timber we trade originates from legal and well managed forests.

To this end we have achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) for a range of products we manufacture and produce.
We source our raw material from certified suppliers where possible. We actively encourage and support all our suppliers to go through the certification process and to increase the volume of certified material traded.

Where COC certification is unavailable and alternative sources or products are sought, then as a minimum standard we will not procure any timber that is prohibited under Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) The company also declares that it is neither directly or indirectly involved in the following activities:

  • Illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products.
  • Violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations.
  • Destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations.
  • Significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use.
  • Introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations.
  • Violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions, as defined in ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work 1998.

To ensure continuous improvement, the owner is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of this policy and will ensure that environmental issues relevant to this policy are discussed regularly at the highest level of management.

We will ensure that all employees associated with Timber Purchasing are encouraged to act in accordance with this policy and are given appropriate education and training to do so. This policy will be reviewed annually to consider progress made by our supply chain, changes in industry practice and the requirements of our customers.


Signed for and on behalf of Birbek Floors Ltd trading as Cheville Parquet 18th December 2011


Cheville Parquet & Plank flooring can be installed floating over a moisture retardant
underlay, secret nailed or as a glue down floor onto a suitable sub-floor using a wood floor adhesive.

Cheville Parquet & Plank flooring can also be installed over underfloor heating systems using either of the above methods. One of the benefits is the ease of installation even with the most elaborate designs.

Hardwax Oil Finish


We use a commercial grade natural hard wax oil finish. Machine applied at high pressure and naturally air dried before polishing and packing.

Hardwearing, resistant to moisture and staining from beer, wine, coffee, fruit juice etc. Slip resistant to D.I.N. Test Method 51 130 Evaluation of slip resistance R9.
Caster oil, flower oil, kaolin, bentonine, micro wax, zirconium, zinc carbonate and cobalt. Zinc and manganese octoate are
used as drying agents.

Care & Maintenance

The pre-applied hard wax oil finish is practical, tough and easy care. In commercial locations, spray buffing is normally sufficient to keep the floor in pristine condition. In the home, a yearly (or twice yearly depending on use) application of maintenance oil is usually enough to ensure that the floor will never need to be re-sanded.

Technical Specifications


Cheville Parquet is made from an FSC Certified oak. 5mm wear layer with a birch and poplar cross ply backing layer of 13.4mm making a nominal thickness of 18.4mm*.
Plank flooring are boxed in packs of 2.13m², Parquet is packed in recycled cardboard packs of 0.580m².
*May be reduced with surface treatments of surface sawing, hand scraping sanding or abrasive polishing between coatings of finish.


The grading of the oak is natural which means the majority of boards will be either prime straight grain or quarter-sawn with below 20% of boards displaying minimal sapwood (less than 20% of the boards surface). Occasional small knot holes and shakes where present, are sealed and filled prior
to finishing.


Commercial/hospitality e.g. Restaurants, Bars, Hotel Foyers, Boutiques, Receptions, Studios and Shops. Residential anywhere in the home  When using solid we ould exclude bathrooms, shower rooms, conservatories or wet rooms from our warranty although engineered is ok. Suitable for installation over under-floor heating up to maximum below floor (surface of the screed sub-floor) temperature of 27°C. See our under-floor heating guidance notes for fitting procedure and client care.


Can be installed fully bonded to a suitable sub floor with an approved adhesive e.g. F Ball & Co. B95. Can be installed floating method onto an approved heavyweight underlay e.g. Timbertech. Cheville Plank flooring can also be installed using a flooring nail gun. See our guidance notes on installation.


Cheville Parquet & Plank flooring is suitable for installation in areas with an ambient temperature of 16-23°C and a relative humidity of 45-65% RH.

Adequate protection should be made to prevent damage from furniture e.g felt furniture protectors or gliders.

Adequate protection should be made to prevent damage by foot- fall abrasion e.g, the use of protective matting at entrances, protection from standing moisture, spillages etc.

Cheville Parquet & Plank flooring is custom made and carefully checked at all stages of production. When despatched, it is regarded as being up to standards of structural integrity, tolerance and surface finish. As with all things hand made, minor variances, tolerances and defects of the forest should be regarded as part of its appeal.