For a traditional looking oak floor, Florence engineered natural oak is certainly the way to go. This highly affordable floor makes clever use of rustic grade oak, one of the cheapest grades and creates a desirable, warm coloured option with bundles of character. This is due to the natural features that rustic grade oak possesses such as knots, summer growth rings and mineral streaks. All of these potential flaws have been treated and filled so they no longer pose any structural threat to your floor’s future and can be admired for their natural charm that they add to the natural oak flooring.
Florence Engineered Natural Oak 125mm Brush Matt Lacquered Loc Flooring currently retails at just £23.75 sq.m (August 2012) and you can get a quote to the right of this text. Not only does this floor make great use of rustic grade oak, it also features an HDF core which makes it very cheap yet durable at just 10.5mm thick. High density fibreboard often has great environmental benefits as it can contain recycled wood fragments and oak off-cuts that couldn’t otherwise be used.
The golden brown colour of the natural oak scattered with frequent dark brown knots is perfect for country cottage and French farmhouse interior styles giving a cosy impression. As part of the finishing process, the surface of the natural oak has been brushed which abrades away softer sections of the wood that grew during the summer to give a texture that follows the natural grain. A matt lacquered finish then provides ample protection against scratches.
While solid wood flooring isn’t suitable for underfloor heating due to the warping and cracking it causes, engineered flooring such as Florence engineered natural oak can be laid over it. This is because of the layered nature of engineered flooring that has the stability to resist localised heat fluctuations. The natural oak makes up just 2.5mm of the total 10.5mm thickness of this engineered floor, yet gives it an identical appearance to a solid oak floor.
This is now sold as Fusion Natural Oak 125mm Brush Matt Lacquered Loc Flooring and makes use of the easy click system for its installation in which the planks slot together and click in place. This removes the need for a PVA wood glue and allows it to be laid as a floating floor with the correct underlay that can also be ordered from UK Flooring Direct when you visit their site through the quote feature above.Florence Engineered Natural Oak 125mm Brush Matt Lacquered Loc Flooring,