Oak flooring is popular for its beautiful grain and texture. It is strong and features deep colouring. There are many species of oak around the world which have slightly different appearances. Oak flooring is usually supplied in different grades which can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Different Grades Of Oak Flooring
Rustic or pub grade oak flooring is characterised by a higher number of knots, burrs, colour streaks, cracks and the occasional hole. It adds warmth and character to any home, and is highly practical.
Character grade oak flooring is a highly popular option. It features occasional well spaced smaller knots and fine cracks. It is often used in modern interior design and looks better with age.
Nature grade flooring features the occasional knot or hairline cracks. Used mostly in contemporary interior design, it provides a clean, uniform look.
Classic grade oak flooring displays distinctive medullary rays. This is caused by genetic imperfections in the trees such as vertical cells, and result in beautiful silky markings.
Distressed grade oak boards are artificially aged and can look very effective in the right room. Distressing is a cosmetic feature, and the boards are as strong as oak boards with a regular character grade.
Prime grade oak flooring is made of the finest plain sawn boards which are cut from the centre of a tree. Only a small number of these oak boards can be produced from each tree. The boards have no knotting or cracks and are ideal for minimalist designs. They also have the light colour of oak.
The Best Grades Of Oak Flooring
The manufacturing of oak flooring is an art, as it is precise and requires a lot of time and concentration. If you purchase unfinished oak flooring, you have the option to finish it yourself and bring out the beauty of the wood.
A fantastic range of oak flooring can be found at UK Timber. This range includes some of the best grades of flooring, such as character grade and rustic grade. Character grade unfinished French oak flooring has a gorgeous look with a few knots, face shakes, fillable defects and colour variations. This grade of flooring is available in various widths for exceptional designs.
Rustic grade unfinished French oak flooring has larger unsound knots, worm holes and slopping grains. It is ideal for cost effective coverage of large public spaces or large buildings. This flooring only has minor face shakes, sapwood, fillable defects and colour variations. The floorboards have a planed finish (further sanding may be required, depending on the look and feel you are looking to achieve).
UK Timber offers high quality flooring at fantastic prices. They also provide oak beams, decking, timber cladding, and other oak products.
For more information please visit www.uk-timber.co.uk