Flooring acts as a backdrop to your furniture and your entire interior design scheme so if you select wooden flooring for your home it is wise to seek expert advice before you invest. My guest blog written by Jonathan Sapir who is the MD of Wood n’ Beyond a leading London based flooring company provides informative advice on wooden flooring for your home.
If you are looking to replace an old flooring solution during an interior design project, you will come across a handful of attractive options. Of which wood is a popular consideration, but one that often proves daunting to comprehend at first. Vendors are known to use buzzwords such as engineered wood, real wood, wood effect etc. and the decision as to which type is right for your interior remains confusing. In this blog, we will answer this question for you.
Wood flooring is available in two construction types. Externally they both look the same, cost about the same and incredibly durable. The difference lies in how they react in humid and wet conditions due to the natural tendency of wood to contract and expand.
Type 1: Solid Wood Flooring – These are 100% natural wood floorboards, hence ‘solid’. They will suit most interiors, with the exception of the bathroom and kitchen areas. In these areas, humid conditions may cause natural wood to expand thereby resulting in the floorboard lifting.
Type 2: Engineered Wood Flooring – These are made from 10% to 20% solid wood in the form of an upper layer. Below this layer of solid wood you will find manmade backing made from MDF, Plywood and Softwood. The use of solid wood as the external layer ensures consistent look of real wood flooring, however the manmade backing makes it possible to fit the floorboard across the entire project.
Other ‘types’ such as laminate, vinyl or wood effect do not contain real wood so there are really only two options to choose between, simple!
The colour of the wood is determined by the species and from the proximity of the wood to the centre of the tree trunk. Most people associate golden and honey colours with wood flooring, however using staining methods, vendors are able to colour the floorboards in wide array of attractive colours to match as many interiors as possible. Your decision of colour is purely subjective based on your interior colour scheme. Here are a few options making headlines this year:
Example of red oak flooring
Example of sunset walnut flooring
Example of dark oak flooring
Example of white oak flooring
After choosing type and deciding on colour, comes the stage of picking suitable species of wood. Options vary, but which one is right for you? Your decision should take notice of ethically sourced woods and practicality. Walnut, Ash and Oak flooring are examples of widely available woods from managed forests meaning that your decision to fit wood does not endanger other habitats. Because such woods are mainstream, prices are competitive helping to keep your costs down. Exotic wood species should be considered with a pinch of salt. The source is often unknown, colour may change inadvertently and durability is questionable.
So really when deciding on wood flooring you need to come to terms with the two solid and engineered types, understand that bespoke colours can be used and above all, make sure your choice of species comes from managed sources.
Written by Jonathan Sapir who is the MD of Wood n’ Beyond London based timber seller offering wood flooring, decking and solid wood worktops.