Solid Wood Flooring

Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring is a very traditional material that has been used for thousands of years. It looks beautiful and adds a cosy feel to any home.

Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber.  This tends to be around 20mm thick. Being a natural material solid wood is not as hard-wearing as some more modern materials and can swell or shrink depending on the humidity.

But for many people real, solid wood has a character and allure unmatched by any other material.


If taken care of, a solid wood floor can still look wonderful in 100 years time and has the benefit that it can be restored to pristine condition by sanding it down and re-staining it. It is not uncommon for homes in which are several hundred years old to have the original solid wood floor still in use today.

Here are some tips for keeping your solid wood floor looking lovely:

  • Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
  • Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
  • Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Replace these often as dirt and debris can become imbedded on the pad and act like sandpaper on the flooring surface.