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Oak is an attractive and popular timber that is native to Britain and it is from the Quercus genus. It's a tall, strong and impressive tree and, although conditions will affect the growth rate, it can reach impressive heights of around 60 to 100 feet.
There are hundreds of species, with approximately 25 native to Europe, and this includes deciduous and evergreen varieties. Oaks produce acorns which take between six and 18 months to mature but the trees themselves take hundreds of years.
An oak tree was even featured on the sixpence coin and the shilling. The oak is also present in a lot of mythology; it is associated with Zeus in Greek mythology and Jupiter with the Romans.
The wood is also a highly attractive and sought after building material and is great as flooring, furniture as well as the barrels which are used for red wine, sherry, brandy and whisky as it adds a different taste to the mixture. Because of its strength oak was even used to construct ships up until the 19th century, which is another reason why it is a perfect material for your flooring.
Exudes a sense of beauty, strength, style and beauty. Those looking to match the style and elegance of an oak tree with the same wood in their flooring can choose from a wide variety of products, offering a range of styles, shades, finishes and plank width.
There are a wide variety of products to choose from and warranties last from 20 years upwards. The solid oak flooring range are made by Florence.
The products vary in colour from very dark items to the pale solid white oak flooring produced by Florence. The varieties also include floors with few natural markings and those with a range of bands, lines and knots. A selection of finishes and a choice between beveled edges to give the floor a pronounced look and flat edges to create a smooth veneer are available.
Comprises several wood layers stuck to one another using high pressures. This method of construction helps in creating wooden flooring, which boasts higher strength and durability compared to a wooden floor of solid material, whilst retaining the same aesthetics as the solid variety.
Most solid floorings have a tendency to shrink as well as expand. This happens because of room humidity changes, changing room temperature as well as moisture in the sub-floor. Oak Engineered Flooring can prevent such problems from occurring.
Laminate flooring is a material that blends the synthetic with the natural, combining natural wood with synthetic fibres, making it a firm and solid flooring surface that can look just like a hardwood - or other surfaces - while not actually being one.
Oak is one of the most popular designs of laminate floors that reflects the current fashion for hardwoods in general and oak in particular. You can choose from over 150 laminate products. Manufacturers Florence, Elka, Uniclic Loc Floor, Quick-Step and Pergo all offer laminate oak flooring products and those looking for the ideal design can choose between light, medium and dark shades, white & black, wide and narrow planks or even parquet tile, smooth and bevelled edges.
Oak vinyl flooring comes in white, black, light, medium and dark shades and mirrors the effect of oak real wood flooring but with the added benefits of it being cheap, waterproof and easy to clean.
Recent developments mean that vinyl can now offer even more durability while combining these practical features with a more striking appearance. When choosing oak effect vinyl floors there is a massive selection of styles reflecting the choice available in real oak flooring including the variety of shades and the grade of timber.
Because vinyl is so practical it is a common choice for kitchens and bathrooms where the day-to-day spillages are easily dealt with, unlike other types of flooring which could easily be damaged in such situations.
This flooring is also very economical as sheets or rolls of the product come at very low prices and huge discounts mean that whatever size the room is it can be covered cheaply. As it requires such limited care and maintenance vinyl will also save you money in its upkeep.
Submitted by Jason Ashby, UKFD