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Solid Wood Flooring Questions & Answers

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Hardwood Flooring Questions & Answers

Welcome to our comprehensive Q&A on solid wood flooring! If you’re considering upgrading your home’s flooring or simply exploring your options, you’ve come to the right place. 



Solid wood flooring is a timeless choice known for its durability, natural beauty, and the warmth it brings to any space. In this post, we’ll delve into everything you need to know about solid wood flooring, from its benefits and maintenance to installation considerations and more. 



Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a first-time DIY-er, we’re here to help you make informed decisions about your flooring decision. 


Let’s get started….



What is solid wood flooring?


Solid wood flooring is a type of flooring made from solid wood planks cut from a single piece of timber. It’s renowned for its durability, natural beauty, and timeless appeal.




What are the advantages of solid wood flooring?

Solid wood flooring offers several advantages. It’s durable, can be sanded and refinished multiple times, adds value to your home, provides excellent insulation, and develops a unique patina over time.




What wood species are commonly used for solid wood flooring?

Popular wood species used for solid wood flooring include oak, maple, cherry, walnut, hickory, and birch. Each species has its unique grain patterns and characteristics, we find that Oak by far is the most popular.




How does solid wood flooring compare to engineered wood flooring?


Unlike solid wood flooring, which is made from solid planks of wood, engineered wood flooring consists of a layer of real hard wood stuck to a middle layer of plywood, HDF or softwood with a bottom later of plywood or similar creating an extremely sturdy plank, not prone to shrinking or warping.

The layers of engineered wood

Can solid wood flooring be installed in moisture-prone areas like bathrooms?


Solid wood flooring is not recommended for moisture-prone areas like bathrooms or cellars where humidity levels fluctuate. Exposure to moisture can cause solid wood flooring to warp, cup, or even rot. In such areas, moisture-resistant flooring options such as LVT Flooring are more suitable.



How should I maintain solid wood flooring?


To maintain solid wood flooring, regularly sweep or vacuum to remove dirt and debris, use a damp mop for cleaning (avoid excessive water), promptly clean up spills, and use protective pads under furniture legs to prevent scratches. Periodically, it’s advisable to refinish the floor to maintain its appearance and durability.




How long does solid wood flooring last?


With proper care and maintenance, solid wood flooring can last for decades, and even generations. Its longevity is one of the reasons why it’s considered a valuable investment for homeowners.




Does solid wood flooring come in different finishes?


Yes, solid wood flooring is available in various finishes, including brushed and oiled, hard waxed, lacquered, oiled, satin, UV oiled etc. Each finish offers a different aesthetic appeal and level of sheen. Additionally, you can choose between pre-finished and unfinished solid wood flooring, allowing for customisation according to your preferences.




Is solid wood flooring suitable for installation over underfloor heating systems?


The simple answer is no, we only recommend installing engineered wood flooring over underfloor heating systems. As always, it’s essential to follow manufacturer recommendations and ensure proper acclimation of the engineered wood flooring to prevent issues such as warping or cracking. It’s advisable to consult with flooring professionals familiar with radiant heating installations for guidance.




What factors should I consider when choosing solid wood flooring for my home?


When selecting solid wood flooring, consider factors such as wood species, plank width and length, finish type, installation method, subfloor condition, and budget. It’s also essential to take into account your lifestyle, aesthetic preferences, and the overall design scheme of your home.




Is Parquet Flooring a good idea?


Crafted from premium woods such as oak or walnut, Parquet Flooring stands as a testament to longevity and quality. Through diligent upkeep, this flooring alternative boasts enduring durability, promising many years of service and delivering exceptional value for your investment. We also think it looks stunning and will never go out of fashion.

A great example of our Solid Wood Flooring is our Royal Oak Plank Solid Wood Flooring RL x 90mm x 18mm Natural Lacquered

If you have any questions or would like some advice please call us on 01992 563 394 or contact us via contact form.

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