Solid wood flooring is a warm, attractive and sturdy form of floor that offers householders a durable, reliable and impressive base to their interiors.
The authentic, natural characteristics of real wood flooring also make solid wood floors a beautiful addition to any home.
The striking appearance is matched by a long-life expectation that, with the right maintenance, will see the floor provide many years of excellent quality service.
The wood comes in thick planks and as it can expand or contract with moisture it must be installed in the correct way to allow it space for small adjustments in size.
But as long as this is the case it provides a beautiful centrepiece to a home from a completely organic source, with qualities that artificial flooring may struggle to get near.
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Real Wood Flooring
The great joy of hardwood is that it is real wood flooring. This means that whether you choose between ash and oak your product will be full of the beautiful character which real wood floors are known for.
Hardwood surfaces are not only known for being an attractive and incredibly distinctive style of flooring. They also have the original, natural element which even the best artificial flooring materials would find difficult to match.
It is organic and many products offer the option of distinctive markings from the heart of a tree, such as rings, knots and other features. It offers warmth that helps create an atmosphere of comfort in the home.
Solid wood floors are also known for their strength and durability and, if the correct maintenance steps are followed your hard wood flooring will last a long time.
In order to create a rustic, authentic element in the home, using unfinished solid wood flooring may be the very best way to do it.
While many people prefer the polished appearance of oiled and lacquer products, others prefer the natural beauty of an unfinished style.
Here at UK Flooring Direct we cater to both preferences with our wide range of finished products and a great selection of 25 unfinished products on offer.
Our unfinished solid wood flooring is made by Florence and there are a variety of shades to fit whatever your preference from light, pale shades to deep, rich dark browns.
All of these rustic solid wood floors come with bevelled edges which add a unique element to your floor with the pronounced join they feature.
There are a number of underlay products that are ideally designed for use with solid wood flooring and many of the products have added properties which you may want to invest in.
Underlays can feature various extra qualities, which you may require, depending on the circumstances of the floor.
Uneven subfloors are one of the most common causes of problems with floors, but this does not need to be the case as there are underlay products which can rectify this.
Underlay can provide a barrier against moisture from below, which is important with solid wood flooring to stop it expanding from the moisture.
There are also varieties which can provide soundproofing, which is ideal in noisy buildings are if there are neighbouring residencies below.
Some products may need adhesives added, while others come with peel-back strips that can attach themselves swiftly and easily to the plank above.
Providers of such products include UK Flooring Direct own brand items, along with those supplied by Quick-Step, Pergo and Elka.
Those fitting a solid wood floor may need to use a flooring adhesive, although some planks may be pre-glued together as part of the manufacturing process and underfloors may have adhesive strips.
Products suited to this purpose include the Mapei Ultrabond solution, which can work on both solid and engineered floors, while the Surface DPM Membrane provides additional waterproofing to protect against moisture.
For stick down installation, the Mapei P990 1K Adhesive Sausage, when used with the Mapei adhesive, allows precision installation by firing beads of glue in the right amounts into the right places to hold the subfloor beneath in place.
We have a large amount of installation, maintenance & care along with guides on what to look for when buying a Real Wood Floor.
Submitted by Jason Ashby, UKFD