Solid Wood Floors come in various widths, lengths, and finishes that are fitted together by tongue and groove joints. The boards are installed by being nailed and/or glued to a subfloor while leaving a gap along the skirting. This gap, which will be hidden behind the skirting boards, is left because wood is a natural product that expands and contracts depending on the climate. In some cases underfloor heating may be installed under solid wood boards, however we do not recommend this because of its nature to change depending on the climate.
There are many different looks that can be created on solid wood such as choosing between a variety of colour stains and finishing it by either lacquering or oiling the wood.
An oiled finish brings out the true beauty of the colour and grain of the wood as well as protecting it. This type of finish requires an additional two coats of Hardwax oil, a micro porous product that protects the surface of the wood from dirt and wear, and damaging liquids such as coffee and red wine. The benefit of oiling is that if there are any damages to the surface, it is easy to do spot repairs.
Lacquering is a coating that is applied to the surface of the wood that covers the pores of the wood to form a strong coating preventing dirt and moisture access. This type of finish can protect you floor from 1-6 years depending on the amount of traffic in the area.