Solid wood flooring – how to buy

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  • Everything you need to know about wood flooring

    What is it?
    Solid floors are generally made from tough hardwoods, such as oak, walnut, cherry, ash and maple. Softwoods, like pine or spruce, are less popular as they dent easily.

    Pros
    Durable, renewable and recyclable, solid wood gives an elegant look and a high-end feel. It can also be sanded to remove scratches and scuffs when necessary.

    Cons
    Expands and contracts more than other materials, so is not suitable for damp areas or for use with underfloor heating.

    What’s new?
    ‘Texture is important,’ says Eelke Bles at Solid Floor. ‘We’re seeing lots of worn or reclaimed looks – saw-marked, hand-carved and scraped effects.’

    Cost
    From £23.50 per sq m at Greenwood.

    Head to
    Broadleaf, Dineson, Junkers, Parador, Solid Floor, Ebony and Co., Greenwood.

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