Solid Wood Flooring Finish Advice
There are a few different finish options to consider with your solid wood flooring, which one you choose will depend on the look you are aiming for and the level of protection you require. Carry on reading to discover the pros and cons of each finish we offer.
Lacquered- Our lacquered real wood flooring has a smooth finish as the lacquer sits on top of the wood creating a protective layer, this means that it is unbelievably easy to clean and extremely resistant to scratches. The lacquer creates a glossy polished finish which will reflect the light in your room, making it seem brighter and more spacious. Lacquer is also great at protecting your flooring from sunlight.
Oiled- Oiled solid wood is ever becoming more popular as people opt for its traditional and natural look. The other factor that adds to its charm is that unlike our lacquered finish, the oil actually seeps into the wood and strengthens it over time. If you ever damage a part of your floor, you will only ever need to sand down and reapply oil to any damaged areas, as opposed to lacquered wood where you would have to sand down the whole room. We would also like to inform you that an oiled wood floor will show the effects of direct sunlight more that its lacquered alternative.
Brushed and oiled- Our brushed and oiled wood will create a natural look in your room as it is not perfectly smooth and shiny. It has a lot of character due to the process used to finish the wood; it is wire brushed to remove the fresh wood, exposing the older wood beneath with its traditional grain, knots and rings, this also aids in hiding any scratches your solid wood flooring may endure. With this finish the oil soaks in, strengthening the wood and enhancing the natural look, please note; this does need to be re-oiled every now and then but it is a relatively easy task.
Brushed and lacquered- Brushed and lacquered wood flooring gives you the natural look as all the natural features, rings and grain patterns in the wood are exposed during the wire brushing process. As this flooring is also lacquered, you are getting the best of both worlds as your traditional looking floor is coated with a strong protective layer. When light falls on your brushed and lacquered real wood floor, some is absorbed and some reflected so any scratches would be unnoticeable to the naked eye. This really is an excellent choice, easy to maintain and the lacquer protects your wood against sunlight.
Hand scraped- Our hand scraped solid flooring offers an aged, worn and very individual statement to your room. This flooring used to be incredibly expensive as it was highly labour intensive to hand carve each board, however, machine hand carved wood has become available recently, thankfully also coming with a modest price tag. Choosing our hand scraped wood will give you classy designer flooring much below high street prices! Available in a variety of species and finishes.
Unfinished- Although we do try our best, we understand that we may not supply the perfect combination of colour, shade and finish that you require. Therefore, we supply unfinished solid wood flooring so that you can design your own finish to make it personal. This will allow you to create a truly bespoke floor. We would like to recommend that you experiment on our unfinished wood samples first to help you find the look that you desire.