|Finish||Oiled, Invisible Oiled|
|Pack Size||1.805 m²|
|Joining Method||Tongue & Groove|
|Plank Style||Single Plank|
|Installation Method||Floating, Nailed or Glued Down|
Elgin Latte Oak 190 x 20/6mm European Oak Flooring – product code EO5018 - is a fantastic product that is finished with a protective invisible oil that allows the natural shades of the oak to stand out. Visually this floor has the appearance of an unfinished product, however an oil covers the product to provide a softer feel underfoot and higher protection from damage. When oil is applied to a product it seeps into the grains of the wood and strengthens the product providing a longevity to the life of the floor.
This product is classed as ABC grade as it has a fairly consistent unfinished colour and some natural knots, which bring large amounts of character to your home. You are able to sand down this product around 5 or 6 times as it has a 6mm wear layer, however it should not need sanding for the first 15-20 years depending on the amount of foot traffic. The tongue and groove joining method makes installation quick and easy and allows a variety of installation methods to be used, depending on your subfloor.
Engineered flooring doesn't just look amazing, it is also extremely practical too. Thanks to the way it is constructed, engineered flooring is very strong, making it great to use in kitchens and rooms with higher traffic, where general wear and tear is fairly common. Engineered flooring is also able to withstand fluctuations in temperatures which means its compatible with underfloor heating, something that is increasingly popular in modern homes. This ability to endure temperature changes also means that this product can be laid in rooms such as conservatories or basements, where other flooring could damage itself. The latest technology has been used to create the invisible oiled finish of this product, so make sure you order your free sample today!
If you’re looking to install solid or engineered wood flooring by hand, here are a few things to bear in mind:Tongue and Groove vs Click
Before you purchase your solid wood flooring, check which installation system it uses. There are two main types: ‘Tongue and Groove’ and ‘Click’.
• Tongue and Groove is more traditional, ensuring dimensional stability and strength. Along one edge, a ‘tongue’ protrudes from the centre of the board, whilst on the other, an indented groove is cut into the wood. This allows each board to fit together securely.
• Click installation is quick and hassle free. Like tongue and groove, click boards fit together, however, the click method allows the boards to lock into place, snapping together with a single movement.Floating
Many fitters prefer floating their boards due to quick and easy installation. Floating does not require you to fix your flooring to a subfloor. Both click and tongue and groove planks can be fitted this way.
Adhesive is applied to the groove for added stability, and underlay is fitted underneath the board. This cuts down on labour, whilst ensuring that your boards are comfortable and strong underfoot.Fixing
Fixing your flooring to the subfloor will encourage a long lifespan and minimal movement. Both Tongue and Groove and Click boards can be fitted this way, however, it is more popular with the former.
Depending on the material of your subfloor, boards can be fixed in a variety of ways. For solid surfaces such as concrete, adhesive is applied directly under the board. For wooden subfloors, the boards can be ‘secret nailed’ along the tongue. Both methods are equally beneficial, giving you outstanding results.
For an in-depth look at fitting solid wood flooring, check out our dedicated installation guide. We’ve curated the best tips and tricks, helping your renovation go smoothly.