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Solid Wood Flooring
All wood flooring that is one piece of wood from top to bottom is considered solid flooring.
Solid wood flooring comes in a wide variety of species, stains and finishes that create a unique individual look full of warmth and character to enhance any suitable room of a home on the ground level or above.
Solid wood flooring is machined from one piece of wood and is available in a range of widths and thickness's. Most solid flooring is 18mm in thickness with a range of widths most commonly between 90mm to 150mm with the cost increasing the greater the width or thickness.
Manufacturers are now enhancing their ranges to meet the growing demand with better quality finishes such as hand scraped and wider varieties of wood species.
Solid wood flooring has to be nailed down or glued to the sub-floor. We recommend you always follow the manufacturers installation instructions or instruct a professional flooring installer.
Solid wood flooring comes in an array of different species with the most common being Oak (White Oak), Beech and Maple, however manufacturers are now producing flooring from more exotic species such as Merbau, Iroko and Wenge.
Solid wood flooring comes in a range of grades from clear to rustic each with its own individual characteristics in colour and grain markings.
Most solid wood flooring is supplied in packs containing random lengths of flooring rather than a set length most commonly found with laminate floors.
Solid wood floors are the finest, providing longevity and durability which exceeds all other types of wood flooring because of its thicker wear layer. Solid wood floors also contribute to the overall structural strength of a home and even when your floor ages with time, you can achieve an entirely new look by sanding, applying a new stain or finish, making it appear new again every time.
All solid wood floors will react to the presence of moisture as they are a natural product. In the winter months, moisture leaves the wood causing the floor to contract which leaves unsightly gaps between each plank. In the summer months when the humidity is higher the wood will expand and the gaps will disappear. If there is too much moisture it may cause the wood planks to cup or buckle. This is why it is important when installing solid wood flooring to leave the proper expansion area around the perimeter of the room and to acclimatize the wood prior to installation. Nearly all problems relating to solid wood flooring are due to improper installation and sub-floor preparation. That is why it is important when installing solid wood flooring that you follow the correct installation methods or appoint a professional wood flooring installer.