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Solid Wood Floors

What are solid wood floors?

Solid wood floors are one solid piece of wood that have tongue and groove sides and come in either pre-finished or unfinished styles. Solid wood floors can either be fully glued to the sub-floor or nailed-down with a porta-nailer which drives a nail through the groove at an angle. There are solid floors that are over 100 years old and are still in good condition.

The elegant look of a hardwood floor can add warmth and character to any room in a home. The natural characteristics of wood add depth and a visual appearance that many other types of floors try to replicate. With the demand for hardwood flooring growing manufacturers are enhancing their ranges to meet this demand, with better quality finishes and superior construction techniques.

Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of wood species, colours and widths. Besides the classic hardwoods (like red oak, maple and ash) many manufacturers now offer exotic hardwood species from all over the world.

Solid Wood FlooringAll solid wood floors will react to the presence of moisture. In the winter heating months, moisture leaves the wood causing the floor to contract which leaves unsightly gaps between each plank. In the summer months when the humidity is higher, the wood will expand and the gaps will disappear. If there is too much moisture it may cause the wood planks to cup, or buckle. This is why it is important when installing a solid strip floor to leave the proper expansion area around the perimeter and to acclimatise the wood prior to installation.

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