The feeling of luxury and beauty you get from solid wood flooring is obvious. While you may invest in cheaper alternatives such as laminate flooring or engineered wood flooring, solid wood flooring is a long-term investment that will deliver real results for the home, providing a remarkable amount of longevity that is proven by floors that look fantastic centuries after they were originally laid. What’s more, it continues to evolve with the times, as organic and environmentally-sustainable options enter the market and establish themselves as the norm.
Solid wood flooring is a particularly aesthetically versatile offering. Woods such as hevea, oak and walnut are used to great effect and treatments and finishes include solid, lacquered, stained honey, distressed, oiled, hand-scraped, brushed and coated. This is usually the most difficult choice to make with your home, given the seemingly infinite customisation that wooden flooring can bring. A lot of the decision can be made for you when you consider how you need to maintain the finish. Many have longer shelf-lives, such as wax, while UV coatings will last much longer and will provide protection for the wood against fading from sunlight.