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Oak wood Flooring

Out of all the wood flooring choices available today, oak flooring seems to be at the top of everyone’s list. If you are considering investing in a wooden floor, take a look at some of the specific benefits that oak offers:

All in all, if your priority is getting a high-quality wood with a timeless look and feel, then oak will exceed your wildest expectations. It is the filet mignon of wood flooring, which is why it is in such high demand.

Oak is categorised into different grades of wood. The quality of the grade affects the price but not the longevity or durability of the floor. Prime as the name suggests is the most expensive.

Companies have different terminology to specify these grades, but generally they are as follows:

Prime or select –very clean almost no knots and colour variation

Natural or medium – Some knots and some colour variations

Character or rustic – Large knots and plenty of colour variations

Oak flooring is manufactured into different thicknesses; this again impacts the price but in this instance it can affect the longevity of the floor.

We classify Oak flooring into a number of different styles of Oak:

Standard Oak
Distressed Oak;
Reclaimed Oak;
Coloured Oak;
Traditional Oak and
Wide Oak.
You can get a better idea of these different styles and what each one looks like from the descriptions below:

Standard Oak – Prime Grade Solid 160mm Wide
Standard Oak – Prime Grade Sample
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Standard oak

Standard oak flooring has not been coloured, stained distressed or aged in any way. It is machined straight from the log into various widths, thicknesses and profiles and it is then kiln dried and in some cases prefinished with a hard-wax oil or lacquer.

Width
A variety ranging from about 57mm up to about 220mm. For wider than this see our wide oak section below.

Grade
All Grades

Thickeness
Various thicknesses, most commonly 14mm and 20mm

Profiles
Tongue and groove and ends matched in most cases, and square edged in others

Structure
Both engineered and solid wood format

Finish
Unfinished or prefinished formats depending on your situation

Price
Range from £80 to £150 per square meter supplied and fitted

Distressed Oak – Solid 185mm Wide Sample
Distressed Oak – Solid 185mm Wide Finished With Dark Stain
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Distressed oak

This style of oak is processed from the Standard oak above but has been through an additional manufacturing process to give it an antique or aged appearance. 

Generally it is placed in a large drum and tumbled with nuts and bolts and bits of metal to beat it up a little. The process is very effective and floors like this can look almost the same as the much more expensive reclaimed flooring.

More often than not a stain is then added to give it that extra aged look… but this is optional.

Once fitted professionally it will look as though your floor has been there for hundreds of years.

Width
145-185-230mm- engineered, and 145-165-185-205-225mm-solid

Grade
Natural and Rustic

Thickness
18mm and 22mm

Profiles
Tongue and groove and ends matched

Structure
Both engineered and solid wood format

Finish
Unfinished or prefinished formats depending on your situation

Price
Range from £120 to £150 per square meter supplied and fitted

Reclaimed French Oak – Random Width 10mm Overlay
Reclaimed French Oak Sample
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Reclaimed oak

Reclaimed Oak as the name suggests is timber reclaimed from old buildings, railway carriages etc, either from the UK or France. It is the genuine article and is beautiful to look at having developed lovely hues which in truth can only come from time itself.

The downside is availability, it is getting harder to get, although we can source it from a couple of suppliers we know, the price is hefty; at least double what one pays for the distressed oak above. So if you have the budget it is well worth it, but if not the artificially distressed oak is an exceptionally good alternative.

Width
Dependant on availability

Grade
N/A

Thickness
Dependant on availability, normally a random width 10mm overlay or 20mm board.

Profiles
N/A

Structure
Solid

Finish
Unfinished

Price
On Request

Coloured Oak – Character Grade Engineered 180mm Wide Single Smoked
Coloured Oak – Character Grade Sample
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Coloured oak

Coloured oak is when Standard oak is changed from its natural colour to one of a variety of different shades. This can be done either by applying a coloured wax or stain or by a process known as smoking.

Smoking is where ammonia is used to react with the tanins in the wood and turns it a darker shade of brown. If this process is repeated it is known as double smoked and it produces a very dark brown in colour, not achievable by applying a stain.

Other colour ranges that we supply are white oiled, walnut/ebony, and a cognac brown. The cognac is almost identical to the single smoked colour and is cheaper.

Coloured oak can be bought prefinished meaning the colour is applied at the factory alternatively the colour can be applied on site by us once the floor has been fitted. In some cases this is preferable when you are trying to achieve an exact look. In the latter you are also able to choose from the multitude of widths and grades that are available in the standard oak.

Width
When purchased prefinished some widths; when purchased unfinished all widths. 140-160-180-200mm and upwards to 300mm.

Grade
All Grades

Thickness
Various thicknesses.

Profiles
Tongue and groove or square edged.

Structure
Both engineered and solid wood format

Finish
Unfinished or prefinished formats depending on your situation

Price
Range from £100 to £150 per square meter supplied and fitted

Wide Oak

Wide oak

This is similar to the Standard oak but is just wider up to widths of 300mm. This floor makes a loud statement in any house, but is generally more suited to large rooms.

It extremely important if you are wanting to buy flooring of this width to ensure that you have purchased it from a quality supplier, if it has not been properly cut and Kiln dried your floor will buckle and warp.

Our flooring in this Style and width is Engineered, either 3 ply oak or 6mm on 14mm plywood. This is to ensure the boards stability.
Please read our page on engineered flooring to understand how engineered flooring stabilises a board.

Width
5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 inches. Sold in batches of three to four widths.

Grade
Character/ Barn

Thickness
19mm to 22mm.

Profiles
Square edged or loose tongue. (loose tongue = narrower boards)

Structure
Solid

Finish
Unfinished

Price
Range from £140 to £200 per square meter supplied and fitted