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Which Wood Flooring Is Best For Your Home?

Are you looking for a cosy feel to your home? Or are you after a sleek modern interior? A timeless aesthetic? A wood floor is the perfect option and can transform your home, giving you a variety of different effects suited to a look you will love.

It can be a bit overwhelming choosing which will give you just the right look, with choices ranging from solid wood to reclaimed and engineered woods. But have no fear! Our guide is here to help you search through the options, and find the wood floor best for any room in your home.

Types of Wood Flooring

While looking for and choosing wood flooring it’s important to understand what your options are. When you have narrowed down your search to a specific wood floor type, then it will just be a choice between different timbers and finishes which is where you can get creative and find the best fit for your home and style.

There are three types of wood flooring on the market:

1. Solid wood floors
2. Engineered wood floors
3. Reclaimed timber floors

Alternatively, if you want a wood ‘effect’ floor, you could explore laminate or vinyl options. However, we know that most people want the real thing, so the type of wood flooring you choose will depend on your budget, the look you want and where it will be installed.

Solid Wood Flooring

The oldest floor covering in the world, this type of flooring is solid wood, through and through. Pricing will depend on the type of timber, for example oak, teak, pine etc. and any finish that’s been applied. Solid wood oak flooring is a popular affordable choice today, and comes in a range of finishes including oiled, burnt and brushed – as well as unfinished. The best thing about this type of floor is that it is low maintenance and very long lasting. It can also be re-finished over and over again, bringing it back to looking new.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Again, this flooring product is made of real wood but instead of being a solid piece of timber it consists of layers of hard and softwoods to create a really strong and stable wood floor. The top layer will be in the wood of your choice, such as oak, walnut, maple, beech etc., and again finished in a variety of ways. Engineered wood flooring typically comes oiled or lacquered but can also have exciting finishes such as ‘hand-scraped’, smoked or limed. While it has many of the same properties to the solid wood flooring, it can be more stable with heat and moisture changes and also is easier to install.

Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Planks and boards can be bought from salvage and restoration yards if you want to recycle existing wood and create a unique look and feel to your room. However, it can be difficult to track down and it may require a lot of TLC to create the effect you want; but it can look fantastic. If finding reclaimed timber is proving difficult, both engineered and solid wood flooring can provide a similar look. Unfinished solid wood flooring can be treated to appear aged, and many engineered wood floors are finished to give them character or a rustic feel.

Wood Flooring Grades, Widths and Thickness

When you have picked the type of wood flooring you want, then you have some other options. The grade is how the wood appears, how smooth it is, how uniform and how knot-free. A premium grade wood will be exceptionally smooth and uniform, the colour is consistent and any knots that are present will be unobtrusive. Whereas a natural or rustic grade of wood will have more ‘blemishes’ and variation across each plank, but this can often be part of its’ charm and appeal. If you’re looking for a wood floor with character, perhaps a vintage feel, this is the grade of flooring you’ll require.

Wood floors also come in a variety of different plank widths and thicknesses. What width of plank you choose will depend on the effect you want to create, and there are no hard and fast rules! While many people think that if you have a small room you need narrow planks, and big room needs wider planks, you can make a real statement by bucking this trend.

The thickness of each plank dictates how it can be laid. Thick planks (around 20mm) can be laid directly over joists and therefore no sub floor is needed. Whereas thinner planks (under 15mm thick) should be laid on a sub floor or screed.

Colours and Finishes

Natural wood flooring works well with a variety of decorating styles, but you can be creative with the colours and finishes that can give you some variation.

● Honey toned flooring has a more traditional feel and is a great way to create a cosy warm atmosphere in living spaces.
● Dark wood floors can create a contemporary dramatic look and can really highlight statement colour furniture.
● Brushed finishes are something we’re seeing become very popular. A wirebrushed finish creates a textured finish, an open grain, and a rougher appearance. It makes the floor more tactile and authentic looking, and reflects the trend for adding contrasting textures to interior room design.

If this guide has got you excited about the possibilities for your home, the next step is to see the different products for yourself. The best way to do this is to visit our showroom and get hands on with our wood floors! Alternatively, please call us on 01865 367 888 or email and we would be happy to help with any questions you have.