Solid Wood Flooring

Whether you opt for a wooden floor made from oak, maple, ash or any other wood-type, you can rest assured that our flooring is made from high-quality, natural materials, so you know that your flooring will be durable, and made to last for many years to come.

What's more, you'll find that our hard wooden flooring is available in three different cut styles - flat-sawn, quarter-sawn and rift-sawn - so that you've got the freedom with your materials to ensure the perfect finish for your home. Take a look at our range below.

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What is solid wood flooring?

Solid wood flooring is a natural product, with each board consisting of a single piece of wood that is machine-cut to size. 

Once cut to size, the process of our solid wood flooring means that the wood is taken straight from the saw mill to the factory for drying and finishing. On arrival, the material is loaded into a kiln for air-drying, which can take up to a month depending on the species of wood! From here, the timber can be cut in three ways, depending on how you'd like your flooring to look.

These styles are: 

  • Flat-sawn - The timber is cut horizontally, and is considered to be the most recognisable style of wood flooring, as this cut creates a distinctive triangular grain finish.
  • Quarter- sawn - The material is cut into quarters, and the strips make up the flooring. Once finished, the flooring has a linear grain pattern.
  • Rift-sawn - The timber is cut into quarters, and then complimented with a flat-sawn cut. This creates a horizontal grain finish.

During cutting stage, the material is heavily controlled so that its moisture content is reduced - else, the timber can warp during storage. Once cut and sufficiently dried, the boards are packaged, ready to be ordered and installed in their new homes. 

Why choose solid wood flooring?

In short, opting for solid wood flooring means giving your home a natural and timeless appeal - no matter your interior style. 

Unlike many types of flooring, solid wooden boards can be treated with a variety of finishes, which can give you a whole new world of flexibility in terms of appearance. Boards can be lacquered for a clean and glossy finish, or can alternatively be oiled and left untreated to create a rustic, natural look in your property. 

Along with versatility, hard wooden floors are incredibly durable too. This means that, with a little love and care, your floor can be as good as new for many years to come.  

Which wood should I choose?

There are many different species of wood, each of which can provide varying patterns, colours and styles. 

Oak flooring is considered to be one of the most popular species for solid wood flooring, as it's incredibly strong, durable and can be a versatile material. Maple and Ash are also very popular and have their own unique style and colour. 

How long will my solid wood flooring last?

Though it's impossible to specify an exact duration when it comes to the lasting nature of solid wood flooring, there's no reason as to why your new floor couldn't last you decades! Proper love, care and maintenance will always aid the lifespan of your floor, so be sure to refer to your specific product to discover how best to preserve it. 

What are the pros and cons of solid wood flooring?

One of the main advantages of solid wood flooring is that it is long-lasting and durable. Wooden flooring is eco-friendly, and can be restored to its original quality by sanding the board’s surface back to a fresh layer of wood. The timber doesn’t accumulate a great deal of dust or debris, meaning that it is easy to clean, and a weekly wash will help to keep it in tip-top shape. 

Solid wood flooring also benefits from being finished with an interlocking system, which allows the planks to be easily connected and fitted into your home.

Many feel that hard wood flooring is quite expensive - it's only fair to say that it can be a costly venture. However, once you factor in the quality of the flooring type over many others, the classic look and visual appeal of the wood, and the ease of maintenance, many see the initial cost as an investment that'll last for many years.  

How can I best lay my solid wood flooring?

During installation, it is best to fix the planks down, rather than using a 'floating method' in which the timber can be lifted. As solid wood is much more susceptible to natural movement, permanently fixing the flooring allows the material to achieve complete breathing space without buckling.

For step-by-step tips for laying your floor, take a look at our dedicated fitting guide. 

What alternatives are there to solid wood flooring?

Though hard wood floors are a beautiful addition to any household, there are plenty of other options for you to explore, too. Engineered wood or parquet flooring are great ways to bring wood into the home in an alternative way, and laminate remains a firm, affordable favourite. 

Take a look at our range of solid wood flooring today

Explore our range, and be sure to get in touch with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon!