Solid French Oak Floor

The Timeless Beauty of Plain Strip Flooring

Choosing plain floor boards, standard or wide, for your flooring needs is the simple way to achieve a beautiful, long lasting floor that will only improve over the years. And if you really want to fast forward into the work of time, we can custom make for you antiquated boards and panels using old fashion techniques such as scraping or pegging, or even heavy distressing processes that only solid boards can take.
Feel free to contact us to discuss your project into details and we will provide you with most of the information you need to make the right decision.

The Technical Side of Things: Solid or Engineered ?

Going for solid or engineered floor boards is a decision that takes into account 4 essential criteria: price, preferred finish, type of sub-floor, required thickness. You need to tick all 4 boxes to make the right choice.

Price

When budget is the main criteria, an engineered floor is very likely to come first, as it usually is less expensive to buy and install. This is especially true with large areas and fully finished boards.

Preferred finish

We can supply solid or engineered boards alike in the colour you want (see our colour page for more details). However for heavily distressed finishes such as scraping, or a very rustic look with lots of large natural knots, solid timber boards will provide the best result. Some finishes such as smoking are simply not possible on engineered boards.
(Speak to us if you are after a very specific finish, and we will work out for you what is the best base).

Type of sub-floor

The sub-floor you will lay your timber floor on, and the fixing method you will use, also dictates the type of boards you will choose. While secret nailing solid floor boards on timber joists seems to make sense, it may not be always that simple. As part of our installation service, we can talk to you about the possible options. See also next paragraph regarding heated slabs.

Required thickness

In many cases, be it a new project or a renovation, your timber floor will have to match the finished level of another floor, such as a tiled floor or carpet. this may require the boards to be of a specific thickness. Engineered boards glued directly on a slab will give you the thinnest possible option, while solid boards nailed on a plywood underlay may help reach the necessary height needed to match a thick stone floor.
Issues such as heated sub-floors or accoustic underlay need to be addressed too. Be aware that if you wish to have a floor heating combined with a sound proofing underlay, we can help you with an electric heating system recently released in Australia, that is both efficient and easy to install under a timber floor.