Why you should always choose the best

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There is nothing to compare with the look and feel of real of wood, and when nothing but the very best will do, real wood with its unmistakeable feel and irresistible character should be your first choice for your office flooring.

When compared to other wood floorings nothing quite feels or looks like real, solid wood flooring. It is sturdy, feels significant under foot and maintains its value. This means solid wood flooring is also suitable for areas of very high traffic ,and because it is generally thicker than engineered wood flooring, it can be re-sanded many times during its lifetime.

Solid Hardwood Flooring owes its durability to its construction, being simply made from a solid piece of hardwood. The wood is cut straight from the tree trunk and it is nothing but hardwood. A homogeneous product from top to bottom and side to side cut into planks of flooring by machine.

In Europe, where almost all of our solid wood flooring is milled, the log is usually live sawn, which means that it is cut straight across to guarantee a nice variety of grain. It is then planed, profiled and sanded and may be bought unfinished, for completion on site, or pre-finished with either an oil or lacquer. After the cutting process is complete, the material is put into a kiln for drying and then finished.

Solid wood flooring is available in as wide a variety of colours and grains as there are species of trees; a huge variety of different woods that vary in colour, grain, pattern, strength and cost. Solid wood flooring doesn’t just come in different colours and species but in a choice of varying plank sizes, random lengths and different widths so that you can choose something which suits your personal vision.

Solid wood flooring also comes in a fantastic range of finishes or you could opt for a rustic unfinished solid wood floor, particularly suitable for the latest trend in office design, biophilic design based around the use of plants and natural products. The options are almost endless.

Wood species refers to the type of wood – oak, maple etc and the wood flooring falls into either domestic or exotic species. Domestic species, such as oak, maple, or beech tend to be cheaper and have milder colouring. Exotic hardwood flooring, anything Brazilian, may have dramatically contrasting colours and be harder woods.

To maintain its beautiful character and finish real wood flooring does require special care and attention, there are a number of reputable branded products suitable for the care of real wood floors that should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to preserve its finish and appearance.

Because it is a natural product a degree of movement is to be expected and therefore a real wood floor should only be laid by a professional. As your room experiences changes in temperature and humidity so solid wood will shrink and expand. Solid wood flooring is laid with planks or blocks which are milled from a single piece of hardwood timber so while the process is a relatively simple, careful attention is required when laying the floor to allow space for the planks to move.

Solid wood flooring is the most traditional and luxurious type of wooden flooring, looks fantastic and can add real character and warmth to your office or home. It has a long-life expectancy and offers a timeless and charismatic appeal.

Among its other benefits, real wood flooring attracts less dust, allergens and mould than its alternates, and is incredibly durable, especially when compared with carpet, which can often require frequent repairs, cleaning and in some cases replacing.

This type of floor can last a lifetime without having to be replaced and can be sanded and re-finished a number of times if and when required.

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