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Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring is laid with planks or blocks which are milled from a single piece of timber, usually a hardwood, although pine is also often available. The process is relatively simple. In Europe, where almost all of our solid wood flooring is milled, the log is usually live sawn, which means that it is cut straight across to ensure a nice variety of grain. It is then planed, profiled and sanded and may be bought unfinished, for completion on site, or pre-finished with either an oil or lacquer.

Why real wood makes a great floor

Real wood floors are highly prized for both their good looks and their longevity, and research confirms that, in the home, real wood flooring has a positive influence on both the value and saleability of a property. Wooden floors are also easy to clean and, since they cannot harbour pollen, pet dander or other allergens, they also provides significant health benefits.

Until around 30 years ago, almost all wooden floors were made from solid timber. It was originally used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building (the joists or bearers), and solid timber is still often used for sports floors as well as in many traditional wood blocks, mosaics and parquetry.

Solid wood flooring and its alternatives

In recent years floors made from engineered wood have overtaken traditional solid timber in popularity. Both are real wood, both are equally solid, but whilst the latter is made from a single piece of wood, the former is multi-layered, making it inherently more stable. This offers a number of advantages, including the availability of longer, wider planks and blocks. On the plus side, solid hardwood is usually cheaper and damaged areas can be sanded down and refinished repeatedly, the number of times being limited only by the thickness of wood above the tongue.

Havwoods solid wood flooring is selected specifically for its quality and consistency from the very best mills in Europe and North America. Unless otherwise stated in the Technical Data Sheet we do not recommend that solid timber floors be installed over underfloor heating.

Installing and maintaining solid wood flooring

At Havwoods we offer oak flooring, as well as beech, maple and hevea. Some of these are structural for nailing down, others may be glued down, a process sometimes know as fully bonded. You will find comprehensive installation instructions for both under 'information'. And, if you don't have a fitter in mind, under 'installers' you will also find a list of the experienced installers who have attended Havwoods' refresher courses and work with wood the Havwoods way.

Maintaining any real wood floor depends upon the type of surface finish you choose. Detailed cleaning and maintenance regimes for lacquered, oiled and UV oiled wooden flooring can also be found under '"information".

Download The Wood Book pdf.


HW5612 White Oak Select 130mm Solid Oak Wood Flooring

HW5612 White Oak Select 130mm Solid Oak Wood Flooring

Solid European Oak Sports; 1-Strip Pattern; Sanded; Matt Lacquered Finish; Tongue & Grooved; Squ..

HW5610 Hevea Select 130mm Solid Hevea Wood Flooring

HW5610 Hevea Select 130mm Solid Hevea Wood Flooring

Solid Hevea; 1-Strip Pattern; Sanded; Matt Lacquered Finish; Tongue & Grooved; Square Edge. Thic..

HW5606 Beech Select 130mm Solid Beech Wood Flooring

HW5606 Beech Select 130mm Solid Beech Wood Flooring

Solid Beech; 1-Strip Pattern; Sanded; Matt Lacquered Finish; Tongue & Grooved; Square Edge...

RECM4400 Neva Rustic 70-130mm Reclaimed Solid Pine Wood Flooring

RECM4400 Neva Rustic 70-130mm Reclaimed Solid Pine Wood Flooring

Genuine Reclaimed; Solid Pine; Original Surface; 1-Strip Pattern; Unfinished; Tongue & Groove; R..

RECM4310 Boreas Rustic 80mm Reclaimed Engineered Pine 45° Chevron Wood Flooring

RECM4310 Boreas Rustic 80mm Reclaimed Engineered Pine 45° Chevron Wood Flooring

Genuine Reclaimed; Engineered Pine; Sanded; 45° Chevron Pattern; Unfinished; Tongue & Groove; ..

RECM4305 Zephyr Rustic 80mm Reclaimed Engineered Pine 45° Chevron Wood Flooring

RECM4305 Zephyr Rustic 80mm Reclaimed Engineered Pine 45° Chevron Wood Flooring

Genuine Reclaimed; Engineered Pine; Sanded; 45° Chevron Pattern; Unfinished; Tongue & Groove; ..

RECM4300 Eurus Rustic 80mm Reclaimed Engineered Pine 45° Chevron Wood Flooring

RECM4300 Eurus Rustic 80mm Reclaimed Engineered Pine 45° Chevron Wood Flooring

Genuine Reclaimed; Engineered Pine; Sanded; 45° Chevron Pattern; Unfinished; Tongue & Gro..

HW5612 White Oak Select 130mm Oak Sports Wood Flooring

HW5612 White Oak Select 130mm Oak Sports Wood Flooring

Solid European Oak Sports; 1-Strip Pattern; Sanded; Matt Lacquered Finish; Tongue & Grooved; Squ..

HW5610 Hevea Select 130mm Solid Hevea Sports Wood Flooring

HW5610 Hevea Select 130mm Solid Hevea Sports Wood Flooring

Solid Hevea; 1-Strip Pattern; Sanded; Matt Lacquered Finish; Tongue & Grooved; Square Edge. Thic..

HW5608 Beech Select 130mm Solid Beech Wood Flooring

HW5608 Beech Select 130mm Solid Beech Wood Flooring

Solid Beech; 2-Strip; Sanded; Unfinished Squash Surface; Tongue & Grooved; Square Edge. Thicknes..

HW5606 Beech Select 130mm Solid Beech Sports Wood Flooring

HW5606 Beech Select 130mm Solid Beech Sports Wood Flooring

Solid Beech Sports; 1-Strip; Sanded; Matt Lacquered Finish; Tongue & Grooved; Square Edge. Thick..

HW140 Canadian Maple Prime 83mm Solid Maple Wood Flooring

HW140 Canadian Maple Prime 83mm Solid Maple Wood Flooring

Solid Canadian Maple; 1-Strip Pattern; Sanded; Unfinished; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge. Thickn..

HW133 Canadian Maple Prime 57mm Solid Maple Wood Flooring

HW133 Canadian Maple Prime 57mm Solid Maple Wood Flooring

Solid Canadian Maple; 1-Strip Pattern; Sanded; Unfinished; Tongue & Groove; Square Edge. Thickn..

RECM1003 Tumbled Block Rustic 70mm Solid Oak Herringbone Wood Flooring

RECM1003 Tumbled Block Rustic 70mm Solid Oak Herringbone Wood Flooring

Solid European Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Tumbled; Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; Bevelled Edge..

RECM1002 Tumbled Block Rustic 70mm Solid Oak Herringbone Wood Flooring

RECM1002 Tumbled Block Rustic 70mm Solid Oak Herringbone Wood Flooring

Solid European Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Tumbled; Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; Bevelled Edge..

RECM1001 Tumbled Block Rustic 70mm Solid Oak Herringbone Wood Flooring

RECM1001 Tumbled Block Rustic 70mm Solid Oak Herringbone Wood Flooring

Solid European Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Smoked & Tumbled; Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; ..

RECM1000 Tumbled Block Rustic 70mm Solid Oak Herringbone Wood Flooring

RECM1000 Tumbled Block Rustic 70mm Solid Oak Herringbone Wood Flooring

Solid European Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Smoked & Tumbled; Oiled Finish; Tongue & Groove; ..

RECM4085 Flume Rustic 140mm Reclaimed Solid Pine Wood Flooring

RECM4085 Flume Rustic 140mm Reclaimed Solid Pine Wood Flooring

Genuine Reclaimed; Solid Pine; Brushed; 1-Strip Pattern; Unfinished; Tongue & Groove; Reclaime..

RECM4140 Rapid Rustic 160mm Reclaimed Solid Oak Wood Flooring

RECM4140 Rapid Rustic 160mm Reclaimed Solid Oak Wood Flooring

Genuine Reclaimed; Solid European Oak; Painted White on grey; 1-Strip Pattern; Matt Lacquered Finish..

HW113 European Oak Prime 70mm Solid Oak Wood Flooring

HW113 European Oak Prime 70mm Solid Oak Wood Flooring

Solid European Oak; Herringbone Pattern; Sanded; Unfinished; Planed All Around (PAR); Square Edge. T..

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