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What are the benefits of oak flooring?


30th April 2020

There are many reasons why it can make sense to choose oak flooring over engineered or softwood flooring, but durability, style and strength are just three of the key motivations.

Many older homes built in the early 20th century have hardwood floors that are still looking just as, if not more stunning today. Depending on where you purchase your oak flooring, the type and the size of your home, it can be a rather expensive investment. Still, no other natural material can deliver the performance of solid oak.

 

Low Maintenance

There are lots of options in terms of finishing, so whether you wanted to apply a water-based treatment, oil treatment, wax or varnish, you're able to help seal the wood and provide a good layer of protection. Unlike a carpet, which needs regular cleaning and vacuuming, oak flooring (that is treated) requires little to no maintenance, other than occasional brushing or light vacuuming.

 

Structurally strong

With a natural ability to withstand shock, oak is less susceptible to splitting or loosening than other types of wood. With a dense composition, oak can also deliver better acoustics while it is more resistant to moisture, fungus and pests.

 

Timeless

Like a fine wine, oak develops more character with age, especially if it has been kept in top condition. As a completely natural product, no single board is ever the same, while any shade varieties, splits, shakes and knots add even more authentic appeal to the flooring. Solid oak flooring has been used for centuries, so you also know that its appeal is unlikely to fade any time soon.

 

Add value to your home

Interestingly, 80% of estate agents surveyed by the National Wood Flooring Association agree that installing wood flooring increases a home's value by 1 per cent to 10 per cent. This would mean that a £250,000 property could potentially increase to £275,000. Oak flooring appeals to the majority of homebuyers, but it could also save you money in the long run. For example, carpets may need to be replaced every 10 or 15 years, but oak flooring can last a lifetime. 

 

Energy efficient

As a natural material, oak allows heat to pass through and this can help your home remain cooler during the hot and humid summer months. In the colder months, it's unlikely that an oak floor will cool down so much that it feels uncomfortable beneath your feet, meaning it's a great performer all year round.

When most people consider investing in wood flooring, oak is usually the first choice, yet there are many different grades to consider. At UK Sleepers we supply European and American Solid Oak Flooring, each delivering a unique yet elegantly rustic finish that's perfect for modern and traditional homes.

If you'd like to learn more about the advantages of oak flooring or wish to learn more about how high quality, durable and competitively priced boards, please get in touch with our friendly team today on 01536 267 107.



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