Many types of timber floors are available, each one suited to different properties and ages. Solid Oak remains the most popular hardwood flooring choice, but there are many other options available, including maple, ash and wenge. This means that you can find the right timber for any property, any age, or any design requirement.
The grade of the timber will also depend on what look you want. In a barn conversion, distressed timber is wood that has been aged to appear older. However, prime timber would be better for modern constructions. Prime will give you a clean, straight grain pattern.
Many finishes are available. At the moment Limed is the most popular. The timber has a 'washed/bleached look' but there are other colours. Existing floors can be sanded and refinished with different colours. This allows a room to be completely remodeled without needing a new flooring. Osmo Polyx Oil, a natural, hard-wearing oil that can be applied to any type of timber in clear or coloured hardwax oils, is available.
It is important to verify that timber has an FSC certification before purchasing. This certifies that the timber was properly forested and does not harm the environment. Most reputable companies also participate in a replantation program to protect the forest's future.
There are several ways to install a solid or engineered floor. You can glue them directly to a screened floor or secretly attach them to joists/old boards/battens. If you want to install underfloor heating, an Engineered can be fitted.
There are still some companies that can salvage old floorboards. Reclaimed Pine is becoming very popular, with Reclaimed Oak being extremely valuable at the moment. However, it is a beautiful timber that could speak for itself. You can lift, treat, clean, re-machine, refinish and then re-fit floorboards. The end result is amazing! This floor is a beautiful, new floor that has been restored to its former glory. It has also had its natural patina polished so that it looks as if it was always in the house.
When you've decided to make a floor of timber, the most difficult question is which wood? There are many types of timber, from hardwood to softwood, unfinished to finished, solid to engineered, prime grade through to distressed!
A reputable flooring supplier will help you select the right timber for your home and property.
When choosing timber, it is important that the company you speak to can also fit the timber. The supplier must have the necessary fitting knowledge, even if you have organised the fitting.
It's a good idea to have the supplier visit the property in order to get an idea of the house's age and the look you want. Unfinished timber is extremely popular right now, as it can be finished in-place once it has been fitted.