Of all the wood flooring choices available today, Oak is trending and is at the top of everyone’s choice of timber floors. If you are considering investing in a wooden floor, take a look at some of the specific benefits that oak offers:
1. Oak is extremely hard wearing. It has been used for centuries now and has established extreme credibility for durability.
2. Oak actually improves with age like a good red wine. Even within a couple of years the colour will get richer and if you look after your oak floor it really will just improve over the years.
3. Oak provides a very attractive grain that is ideal for flooring. Thanks to its attractive grains, buyers can define the look of their room. Prime grades are very clean cut whereas rustic or character grades have lots of knots and grain patterns.
4. Because of its popularity and abundance engineered Oak has been made available in an astonishing array of styles and dimensions, giving the consumer the opportunity to almost certainly find the look they are after.
5. Above all other timbers Oak takes very well to staining and colouring therefore adding to the already vast choice available. It is available in shades from limed white to natural and even to a very dark chocolate colour, and from a contemporary clean-cut look to an old antique appearance.
6. Oak is remarkably resistant to fungal and insect attacks.
7. Oak has been used as a sign of opulence in the past due to its attractiveness and still has a prestigious flair due to this distinction. So, if you are looking for a way to give your home that prestigious look, then oak is the way to go.
All in all, if your priority is getting a high-quality wood with a timeless look and feel, then oak will exceed your wildest expectations.
8. Engineered Oak timber boards use advanced technology to normal timber floors. The top layer of an engineered oak board is solid oak and may be anything from 4mm to 6mm thick. It is made up of multiple layers of timber bonded together in the form of a plank. Each layer is run at a 90-degree angle to the layer above and the grain runs perpendicularly, which increases the stability of each plank.
There is no swelling or shrinking of the timber with engineered oak boards and the thick surface layers can be sanded and finished to keep it looking fresh and new.
Different shades and varieties of Engineered Oak
Colouring oak is when Standard oak is changed from its natural colour to one of a variety of different shades. This can be done either by applying a stain or by a process known as smoking, this is where ammonia is used to react with the tannins in the wood and turns it a darker shade of brown.
If this process is repeated it is known as double smoked and it produces a very dark brown in colour, not achievable by applying a stain.
This style of oak is processed from the Standard oak above but has been through an additional manufacturing process to give it an antique or aged appearance.
Generally it is placed in a large drum and tumbled. The process is very effective and floors like this can look almost the same as the much more expensive recycled flooring.
More often than not a stain is then added to give it that extra aged look.
In addition to looking good and unique to your home, oak takes wear and tear in its stride, and has many other advantages over carpeted floors.
Carpets can hold dust, which encourages mites to breed, and it is these little creatures and their eggs that cause so many allergies, especially asthma in children. A wood floor is easy to keep clean and dust free with a quick swipe of a dust mop, reducing the risk of dust mite allergens lurking.
Durability As Well As Beauty
Oak is an exceptionally durable material for flooring due to its resistance to wear. This makes it the perfect choice for high traffic areas in the home.
Simple To Maintain And A Good Investment
To keep the beauty of the flooring, some simple maintenance is required. To prevent scratches and scuffs from furniture, the use of furniture pads and felt-bottomed castor cups is recommended.
Use a dust mop several times a week to keep the flooring dust free and clean the floor periodically with a product designed for use on wooden floors, taking into consideration the particular finish of your floor.
Avoid the use of abrasive cleaners, sponges or cloths. Should a deep gouge or scratch appear on your flooring there is no need to panic. It will not mean replacing the whole floor.
The affected panel can be removed and replaced and the floor will look like new in no time at all. The beauty of an oak floor is that it will look good for a very long time with a little bit of care.
It can be tied in with any colour scheme and any style of furniture, from traditional to contemporary. Best of all, installing an oak floor can increase the value of your home, making it an investment you cannot afford to miss.
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