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Solid Wood Oak Flooring

Solid wood flooring is made up of a single piece of hardwood which is machine-cut to size and shape. It is considered to be one of the greenest forms of flooring as it is sourced naturally and dried naturally over the course of a month.

During this process, the moisture content within the wood is reduced in order to decrease the likelihood of warping.

Solid wood is rarely used below ground (cellars or basements) as humidity and moisture can have a significant effect on the durability of the material. The construction of the wood means that it is better suited to rooms where heavy footfall will be prominent, and away from sources of significant temperature change.

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What are the advantages of solid oak flooring?

The main benefit of solid wood is that it is incredibly durable, and there are many species wood available as boards, which means that it is versatile and can suit any style of home. It can be sanded down and refinished repeatedly, so any scratches or damage are relatively simple to fix. 

Oak is one of the most popular species of wood, due to its strength and distinctive rustic charm. The material is incredibly hard-wearing and can vary in pattern and style. Oak can be stained in a variety of colours, allowing a wide range of choice for a bright, contemporary lounge through to a dark, gothic dining room. Oak has a timeless, sophisticated look that makes it suitable for a variety of design schemes. 

Where should solid oak flooring be used?

As solid wood can be prone to expanding and contracting in areas prone to humidity and temperature fluctuations, it's usually best suited to living rooms, bedrooms and hallways – places that get a lot of foot traffic but little moisture. This means it's also definitely not recommended for rooms with underfloor heating, or subterranean rooms like cellars. 

If unsure, it's best to take moisture readings across the whole of the floor in question – if moisture levels are above 3%, a solid wood floor may not be suitable. 

Solid oak flooring vs. engineered oak flooring

There are a number of benefits to both kinds of flooring. As previously mentioned, some rooms, like bathrooms and cellars, just aren't suitable for solid wood flooring. 

In other cases, there are arguments for and against:

Solid wood requires very little maintenance and is help by the timber which gently ages over time. Wooden floors eliminate the opportunity for allergens and dust mites to breed, so installing a wooden floor brings significant health benefits. Unlike engineered wood, solid wood flooring can be sanded to create a brand new surface.

Engineered wood floors can also normally be sanded down, but not as many times as solid wood. Unlike solid floors, engineered wood flooring is highly moisture-resistant and great for rooms with underfloor heating. It also doesn't expand and contract over time – however, it's not as hardwearing, so in rooms with heavy footfall solid wood may be the better choice. 

Still unsure?

At Poshflooring.co.uk we house a wide range of oak flooring. We cater for all budgets and will be happy to help with any requirements. If you'd like more information or advice from our professionals, please get in touch using the enquiry form to the left of the page, or give us a call on 0333 002 1062.