Solid wood flooring – flooring that stands the test of time

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I don’t think there is any doubt that solid wood flooring has a classic appeal that suits every decor and lifestyle

Solid wood flooring is suitable for pretty much every room in the house. Although it is worth noting that it expands and shrinks with heat cold and humidity so you might want to think about having it in the bathroom. 

Solid wood flooring has a great appeal for many reasons and is a long term investment you won’t be disappointed in making.

Which wood should I choose?

Choosing your chosen wood will depend on a variety of factors:

The colour you require

The strength of the wood you need

The finish you would like

Your budget

Obviously different wood species will be different colours and shades. They will also have different grains. The stronger and more exotic the wood the more expensive it will be. 

Wood such as oak has a lighter colour, exotic species like mahogany is much darker. Ultimately you will choose which wood depending on the look you wish to achieve along with your budget.

Why should I choose solid wood for my floor?

There are numerous benefits to having solid wood flooring in your home. For instance it is a lifetime investment. Solid wood can be sanded and refinished many times (depending on the thickness you purchase).

Compared with carpets, that need repairing or replacing over time, solid wood goes on and on.

It is great for people with allergies as it doesn’t attract allergens in the same way as carpet does making it a really good choice for living areas and bedrooms.

It has a classic look that will stand the test of time.

How is solid wood made?

Solid wood flooring is made from hardwood and cut from a single trunk of wood, cut to size by machine and so the grain will vary in every plank adding to its appeal.

Installing solid wood flooring

Solid wood flooring boards are a natural living product and need to be treated as such. As the pieces shrink and expand with heat, cold and humidity great care should be taken to make sure you take this into consideration before installation. Make sure it is given room to breathe. 

Although it can be relatively simple to install, however if you are in any doubt it is probably worth employing a professional. Installed well and your solid wood flooring will last you for years to come.

Anyone choosing solid wood flooring will be pleased with their decision. It is something that is worth the time and effort installing for its hard wearing nature and the fact that it really does go with any decor.

 

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