Why Is Oak Flooring Great For Children’s Bedrooms?

17th July 2014

With oak flooring becoming increasingly popular, it has led to it being used in a much broader range of situations. Commonly used areas include living areas, hallways, dining rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Despite this, one room still remains a question, is oak flooring suitable for a children’s bedroom? We believe the answer to this is a simple yes, so what makes oak flooring a great choice for your children’s area?

The first point is the simplicity to wipe away any spillages that often occur in children areas. Spilled liquids can simply be mopped away with ease. Compare this to a carpet, where spillages can not be wiped away so easily, and will often leave stains. This leads onto the next advantage, dealing with stains.

When your oak flooring is coated up with a hard wearing finish, such as the Blanchon Hard Waxoil, staining is usually not an issue. For any marks which do appear, these can normally be quickly washed away with the natural soap. For more serious stains that cannot be wiped away, the stained area can be sanded away and recoated. This can be seen in more detail in our guide to restoring your oak floor finish. In the case of carpets, stains are often difficult, if not impossible, to remove.

Oak Flooring In A Children's Bedroom

Oak flooring will last a lifetime, and more often than not look better with age. Despite of this, as children grow older, there will no doubt be a need to redecorate the children’s bedroom. This may involve a desire to change the finish of the floor to something darker or lighter. This process simply involves sanding away the previous finish, and recoating with whatever product you see fit. With a carpeted floor, the floor will often look worse with age. To change, the original carpet would need to be removed and a new carpet refitted.

For those who suffer from allergies, an oak floor can be a much better option than a carpeted floor. If not thoroughly cleaned, carpets can harvest dust mites and particles. Oak flooring on the other hand will not play host to such things. Dust can be swept away much easier.

If you are still not convinced about the suitability of oak flooring for a children’s bedroom, you can always throw a rug down to experience the “best of both worlds”.

How Thick Should My Oak Flooring Be?

14th July 2014

When purchasing solid or engineered oak flooring, you will no doubt notice the range of options that are available to you. One key difference is the thickness of boards that are available, making it difficult to know how thin or how thick to go. So what thickness of board should you choose?

What thickness is right for you all comes down to your own personal situation, and how you intend to lay the floor.

For our solid oak flooring, we have boards available in a thickness of 20mm or 14mm.

Our 20mm solid oak flooring can be laid as a structural floor. This means it is suitable for fitting over the top of joists/batons. 20mm solid oak boards can also be laid directly over an existing wooden subfloor and glued to a concrete subfloor (providing the width of board is no greater than 120mm).

Our 14mm solid oak flooring on the other hand is designed as an overlay system, designed for the more challenging locations. One of the more common requirements these days is to replace a carpet which has been laid over a plywood sub-floor, with oak flooring. This of course can be achieved with our 20mm boards, however room height can sometimes be an issue. Made from the same high quality oak as the 20mm boards, the 14mm boards are just thick enough to provide stable flooring, whilst being thin enough so not much room height is lost.

Oak Flooring Thickness

For areas which require engineered oak boards, such as bathrooms or underfloor heating systems, we have engineered oak flooring.

Engineered oak flooring boards are made up of a combination of oak and a ply board base. Our 20mm engineered boards have a 6mm solid oak top layer, which is bonded to 14mm of Siberian birch ply (11 layers).

Engineered oak flooring can be fitted in the same ways as solid oak flooring. An advantage of engineered oak flooring is that it can also be laid using the floating floor method. Further to this, wide engineered oak flooring boards can be glued to a concrete subfloor.

When choosing between thinner and thicker engineered oak boards there are some points that should be considered. A thinner engineered oak board will mean a compromised thickness of the wear layer and a compromised amount of layers in the plyboard. This results in the boards being less stable than thicker boards, with less sandings also available.

To discuss your project with us, please give us a call on 01538 304584.

July 2014 Special Offer: Osmo Polyx-Oil “Tints”

7th July 2014

With the middle of summer very much upon us, we thought it about time we had a clear out in the warehouse. For July 2014 only, we have some Osmo Polyx-Oil tints available from as little as £9.99 + VAT + Delivery.

These range of tints are resistant to both water and dirt, and very durable. The finish is microporous, and will not suffer from the likes of cracking, flaking, peeling or blistering.

July 2014 Special Offer

The range of colours are designed to give your floor a distinctive look, away from the more standard of finishes.

We currently have the following sizes and colours available:

2.5 litre tins at £19.99 + VAT + Delivery

  • 3071 Honey (x1)
  • 3072 Amber (x5)
  • 3091 Silver (x1)
  • 3092 Gold (x1)
  • 3143 Cognac (x8)
  • 3161 Ebony (x1)

0.75L tins at £9.99 + VAT + Delivery

  • 3091 Silver (x1)
  • 3092 Gold (x1)
  • 3143 Cognac (x3)
  • 3073 Dark Brown (x2)
  • 3072 Mid Oak (x1)

All of the above tints are available on a first come, first served basis. To get yours, give us a call on 01538 304584.