In this day and age when so much of what we see around us and use every day is made from plastic there is something reassuring and natural about a wood floor. Sure you can get plastic laminate flooring that looks almost like the real thing if you buy the best, but still it is not the real thing, and although practical without a doubt, is rather soulless and does not take on the warm patina with age as does wood. Laminate flooring is also clattery and noisy, especially if it's the kind fitted as a floating floor, which more often than not it is because that is the easiest way to install it. Many people having laid laminate flooring wish they had gone for an alternative because of the noise problem, even if was only another artificial flooring like vinyl which also can be made to look like wood and is softer underfoot, quieter, and just as hard wearing if properly laid on a level surface.
Really though, you can't beat wood to give the interior of a home character. Wood floors have long been preferred in quality houses, from the times of Dickens when oak planks were used and would last a lifetime, through to the 20th century when, for a time parquet flooring using wood tiles or blocks was all the rage. Nowadays we see a general desire for a more minimal kind of home interior, getting completely away from Victorian clutter and post war flying ducks on the wall. We want a clean, fresh, streamlined interior in our home with light-coloured walls and floors that show continuity throughout, rather than a mish-mash of diferent carpets in different rooms. This effect is best achieved with wood floors which can give coherence and integrity to a house interior, and you have a wide choice of wood depending on your personal preference. For many people oak is the best, being a hard wood that wears well and will resist the effect of abuse from high heels or being pawed by the dog. If you want to consider oak flooring for your home have a look online at a reputable supplier such as Orlestone oak flooring who offer a wide range of European and American oak in various shades and in different widths and lengths according to need.
This particular supplier is one of the most obliging, offering an incredibly wide range of wood pattern and grain, and a virtually bespoke service in terms of sizes of planks, which can be supplied tongued and grooved or square cut. The boards are usually supplied untreated so that you can stain, varnish, or wax them, depending on your preference. (more...)