Beautiful solid wood flooring can look wonderful, creating a real sense of style and individuality and a modern, contemporary feel within any home. There are various types of real wood flooring, each with a look that is entirely its. Aged or distressed flooring, the distinctive lines of parquet flooring, there’s engineered wood flooring and strip floors and mosaic panels and end grain wood block floors.

Aged & distressed flooring

Aged wood flooring or distressed flooring presents a stylish, lived in look. It looks, for all your world, as if your flooring has been laid for years and adds a certain authenticity to your home. Aged and distressed flooring is also an extremely practical choice for both homes and commercial properties because it keeps looking good for longer. The rugged, worn, lived to look at won’t show the scratches and marks caused by everyday usage. They are also a popular choice since they never require sanding unlike other styles of wood floors.

Parquet flooring

Parquet wooden floors are a very popular choice and one of the reasons for this is that a parquet floor could be laid in so many different ways, with a wide variety of patterns. The patterns available are Herringbone, Double Herringbone, Single Basket Weave, Treble Basket Weave and Chevron. You can also choose parquet panels, parquet borders, parquet motifs and parquet floor medallions.

Engineered wood flooring

Engineered floors can be installed which either floating on underlay, are secretly nailed to existing wood sub floors or fully glued to the concrete or timber sub floor. Engineered floors are very good if you want to decrease the noise level in a room and they work well with under floor heating systems. Engineered wood floors are available in a wide range of sizes from 14mm 3 strip floors to 20mm structural engineered wide planks. Strip Floors

There is wide choice of solid tongue and grooved strip flooring available which his obtainable in European Oak, French Oak, American Black Walnut, Wenge, Distressed Oak, Reclaimed Pine and Merbau. Strip wood floors, like engineered wood flooring, could be secret nailed to timber sub floors or glued to concrete sub floors but unlike engineered wood floors, they are not recommended for use with under floor heating systems. Strip floors have become easy to maintain and may be sanded often to refresh their look making them great affordability.

Mosaic Panels Mosaic Panels, also referred to as finger parquet, is an old style of flooring used a whole lot in the 1960’s and comes in European Oak, Mahogany, Teak and Merbau. If fitting mosaic panels to a wood or concrete base, an epoxy glue should be used if the panels have a felt backing a spirit based adhesive ought to be used. End grain wood block floors

End grain wood block flooring is available in many wood species including European Larch, European Oak, European Smoked Oak, Pine and Spruce. The wood is cut across the growth rings to make a very different turn to that achieved using the more usual strip flooring. It is extremely hard wearing and so is fantastic for areas that experience plenty of foot traffic.

Wood floor repairs

From time to time your wooden floor will need repairing, either to remove scratches or stains or to correct a floor that was badly laid in the first place. Scratches can be sanded away using fine to medium sand paper nonetheless it is preferred that any stained floorboards be replaced because, depending how deeply the stain has entered the wood, you might have to sand quite hard to obtain the stain out and this could mean that portion of flooring will not look exactly like the rest.

If you are luckily enough to inherit a genuine wood floor or are looking to restore a floor you covered years back with carpet, you may need to carry out some repairs. This might involve replacing parts of the old wood floor with new wood. In the event you need to do this, it is advisable to source wood that, as closely as possible, matches the initial wood, in colour and type.

Once the repairs have been carried out, the floor ought to be machine sanded to a fine finish and any gaps filled. With this done you can set about staining the floor to your selected colour. Sometimes, stains in your flooring will only become apparent after the floor is machine sanded or even after applying the new chosen finish. Should this happen, you may choose to replace that section or leave it since it adds character to your floor.