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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 and the trees themselves can live for hundreds of years.
The wood is a highly attractive and sought after building material and works great as flooring.
Exudes a sense of 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 widths.
The products vary in colour from very dark to the pale white flooring. The varieties also include floors with few natural markings and those with a range of bands, lines and knots. Solid oak floors come with a selection of finishes and edge detailing 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 aesthetic quality.
Most solid floors have a tendency to shrink and expand. This happens because of room humidity changes, changing room temperature and moisture in the sub-floor. Oak Engineered Flooring is more resistant and 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 like stone.
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. Those looking for the ideal design can choose between light, medium or dark shades, wide or narrow planks and smooth or bevelled edges.
Oak vinyl flooring comes in white, black, light, medium and dark shades and mirrors the effect of real oak flooring but with the added benefit of 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 be damaged in such situations.
This flooring is also very economical as it comes 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