How to Choose the Best Solid Oak Flooring for Your Home 

by Layla Kent Sunday, April 03, 2011
There are many reasons why you should use solid wood flooring for your home. First of all, solid wood lasts longer. If you take good care of your floor, solid wood will be able to withstand the test of time even after several generations. Apart from its proven durability and longevity, wood has a unique elegance and sophistication that you can not find in other flooring materials. It exudes warmth, comfort, security, and simplicity. If money is not an issue, the best option for you is solid oak flooring. Oak is a top choice of many homeowners for centuries. It has been used in classical dwellings, manor houses, and castles.

Because solid wood flooring is expensive, you need to do some research first before you call a contractor to make a purchase and order an installation. This is particularly important if you are planning to install solid oak flooring. Solid oak is one of the most expensive wood varieties. To get the full value of your investment, you have to ensure that you are making an informed decision. One of the first things that you need to consider is the type of oak wood suitable for your home. There are lots of options for you from deep brown oak to white oak. Your choice will depend mainly on your individual preference and the type of ambiance you want to create for your home.

If you want your home to have a classic appeal, you should consider using darker solid wood flooring. There are solid oak flooring materials that come in different shades of brown and wood red. These are the perfect flooring materials for a classic home. They will also come nicely with wooden furniture, antiques, and classic sofas and tables. If you want a contemporary and minimalist ambiance for your home, it is best to use solid oak flooring that has a lighter shade. You may consider buying white oak or the lightest shade of brown. Light colored hardwood flooring is a perfect match for modern furniture made from glass and metal. It can also create the illusion of space thus making your home larger than it is.

For high traffic areas such as the living room and kitchen, you should buy dark solid wood flooring. These rooms are constantly subjected and exposed to abuse. To minimize maintenance in these rooms, it would be best if they have dark solid oak flooring. For the kitchen, you should consider buying waterproof floor boards. It is very difficult to prevent water spills in the kitchen. Waterproof flooring therefore can save you from repair and maintenance issues. Light colored oak would be ideal in the bedrooms. This type of wood flooring could make your bedroom more pleasing and airy.

Installation of solid oak flooring is pretty straightforward. Typically, the oak floor boards would be pre-finished by the manufacturer. All you need to do is to nail them to a floating floor. For best results however, it is always ideal to let the professionals do the installation. Installation service is usually available from the provider of the wooden flooring materials.

Resource Box: Enjoy the ultimate benefits of solid oak flooring. Get the best solid wood flooring today to make your home lovelier and classy.

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