What is Solid Oak Flooring
Out of all the wood flooring choices available today, oak seems to be at the top of everyone’s list. If you are considering investing in a wooden floor, take a look at some of the specific benefits that oak offers:
- Oak is a hardwood and is extremely hard wearing.
- Oak actually improves with age like a good red wine.
- Oak provides a very attractive grain that is ideal for flooring.
- Because of its popularity and abundance Oak has been made available in an astonishing array of styles grades ad dimensions.
- Above all other woods Oak takes very well to staining and colouring.
- Oak is remarkably resistant to fungal and insect attacks.
- 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.
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. It is the filet mignon of wood flooring, which is why it is in such high demand.
Oak is categorised into different grades of wood. The quality of the grade affects the price but not the longevity or durability of the floor. Prime as the name suggests is the most expensive.
Companies have different terminology to specify these grades, but generally they are as follows:
- Prime or select –very clean almost no knots and colour variation
- Natural or medium – Some knots and some colour variations
- Character or rustic – Large knots and plenty of colour variations
Oak is manufactured into different thicknesses; this again impacts the price but in this instance it can affect the longevity of the floor