Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Whether in the midst of a hefty renovation project or just simply improving the aesthetics of a home, choosing the right flooring can make a massive difference in the overall flourish of a property; and there’s nothing classier than natural oak.
The Benefits of Oak Flooring
Oak is both pleasing to eye and remarkably good long-term value for money. Unlike other cheaper flooring options that develop wear and tear quickly, oak’s durable nature likens it to a well-made scotch; it gets better with age.
It’s well known on the property ladder that to make money you have to spend money and this is evident of the fact that hardwood flooring substantially raises the value of a property. A rustic, organic look within a property, with beautiful aged flooring and exposed ceiling beams, has a timeless appeal.
Aside from the artistic aspect, oak boasts partial insulating and heat retention properties which provide natural warmth and contribute to consistently maintaining heat within a property.
The classic feel of oak flooring certainly hits the right note with a high percentage of potential buyers, but as is the case with all natural wood knowing the product, and its own individual tendencies, before investing is a sensible step to take.
The Golden Oak Rule
Although oak is famous for being hardy and robust, it’s not insusceptible to moisture.
All wood naturally shrinks and expands, depending on the season, but excess moisture leads to unwanted expansion in the wood, and ultimately, irreparable damage.
Untreated oak is more at threat to this than treated oak, but if exposed to long spells of moisture or increased humidity, both can develop rot and woodworm – considering this precaution in a property can save a great deal of time and money.
Avoid oak flooring in moisture rich areas; especially bathrooms, utility rooms or kitchens. But, if there is a desire for unbroken oak flooring throughout a property, there is a second option available in the form of engineered oak flooring.
Engineered oak flooring holds similar advantages as real oak, and aesthetically speaking it takes an expert eye to distinguish it from its natural counterpart. Its properties allow more give when it comes to handling varying levels of moisture in particular rooms, thus making it a viable solution to combating moisture.
In terms of both attractiveness and practicality, oak sets the bar high for hardwood flooring and its immediate impact on a property goes much further than just face value.