The Pros and 'Need to Knows' of owning a Solid Wood Floor.

The Pros and ‘Need to Knows’ of Solid Wood Floors

Mike Thake Engineered Wood Flooring, Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood boards are cut from a single piece of natural timber and are timelessly traditional yet can be crafted into something beautifully modern too. So what makes solid wood floors so unique? And would it be the right option for your home? Take a look at the information below to see if a solid wood floor is the right fit for you.

Solid wood floors are beautiful:

The first thing you should know about solid wood floors is that they are renowned for their unique beauty. Each solid wood floor offers its own unique combination of grain, species and colour, so you can find your perfect style. Whichever floor you choose, if you’re looking to make a real statement in your home, a solid wood floor is an excellent choice.

Solid wood floors are built to last:

Solid wood floors are some of the longest lasting floors in the world. They can be sanded down and refinished more times than any other floor, so if scratches and dents build up over the years, they can quite easily be erased. This means that solid wood floors are great for ‘high traffic’ areas such as hallways, where gradual wear and tear is unavoidable. They’re also particularly good for homeowners who want to add long term value to their property.

Solid wood floors aren’t waterproof:

One place to avoid using solid wood flooring is in the bathroom. Naturally wood expands when it comes into contact with moisture, so with all the splashes and steam you find in bathrooms – and kitchens for that matter – your floor could warp over time. When it comes to bathrooms, we would recommend any of our LVT floors or one of our waterproof laminate floors.

Solid wood floors and underfloor heating:

If you’re planning on installing underfloor heating, in a conservatory or a basement for example, then solid wood flooring is not the right solution, as changes in temperature can cause the same warping, cupping and bowing that can happen in bathrooms. 

Luckily, you can still have a hardwood finish to your floor by using an engineered wood floor which, whilst not waterproof, is designed to resist changes in temperature found in conservatories, basements and with underfloor heating. It also has the same attractive look and feel of a solid wood floor.

If you’re looking for statement flooring that is built to last, a solid wood floor could be just the thing to add a bit of flair to your latest interior design project.