What Are The Different Styles Of Oak Skirting?

27th March 2015

The obvious choice when fitting a solid oak floor is to finish it off by fitting oak skirting as well. In the same way there is a number of options available to you when purchasing oak flooring, there are also a number options available with our oak skirting. Like with oak floor grading, the choice of what skirting mould best suits you come down to personal preference.

Probably the most simplistic profile we have available is the Bullnose skirting. If you are looking for solid oak skirting that doesn’t draw attention to itself, the Bullnose fits the bill. Being simple to mitre, the Bullnose can be easily fitted and is less prone to damage from general knocks and cleaning.

Our Belgian skirting offers a typically understated Flemish design. This skirting is for those who require something a little bit different, whilst not being too “in your face”.

Oak Skirting Profiles

The Ogee solid oak skirting is perhaps what most will picture when they imagine the traditional skirting board. The Ogee offers more detail than the Bullnose and Belgian, and is often used by customers wishing to match the existing skirting in their homes.

Slightly more ornate than the standard Ogee skirting is the Yorkshire solid oak skirting. This design is taken from a popular traditional design which was common throughout Yorkshire in the 1800s.

For a feeling of the palace at Granada and the Great Mosque of Istanbul, there is the Arabesque skirting profile. With its unique design, this skirting is probably the most intricate of all the moulds we have available.

As standard, all of our solid oak skirting is available in widths of of 5 inch or 7 inch and a thickness of 20mm. These lengths are all produced from the same high quality European oak seen in our oak flooring ranges. With all of our skirting moulds, we also have suitable architrave to match.

If you would like to discuss any of these moulds further with us, please give us a call on 01538 304584.

Why Should I Choose Select Grade For My Oak Flooring?

25th March 2015

Choosing the right grade to suit your environment is one of the most important factors when purchasing your oak flooring. With all of the grades very much the same in terms of durability, choosing the right grade is very much a case of personal preference.

One of the cleaner grades of oak flooring available is the Select Grade. This grade of timber fits in between our character grade and our prime grade oak flooring. Where a Prime grade board is completely free from knots, cracks and shakes, the Select grade has the slightest bit of character to help break up the board. These boards can feature the occasional smaller knot, tiny shake and tiny crack.

Select Grade Oak Flooring

The select grade oak flooring is ideally suited for the more modern homes, offering the perfect backdrop to contemporary furniture. The small bits of character in these boards offer a small nod to rustic properties.

As with many of our grades, the select is supplied unfinished, meaning you can stain or wax the boards however you wish. Our usual long length of boards and a number of different widths are also available with this grade.


Select is available as a traditional solid oak board, or as an engineered oak board. The engineered boards allow you to fit the flooring over underfloor heating or in areas with higher humidity.

With any grade of oak flooring, we always recommend that you come and visit our showroom. Here you can see all of the various grades laid out, so you can choose exactly which grade best suits your situation.

When Engineered Oak Flooring Goes Wrong…

23rd March 2015

“You get what you pay for” is an old wise tale, which is important in all walks of life. This is none more so true than in the engineered oak flooring market. Time and time again we hear stories of people buying what appears to be “cheap” engineered oak flooring, only for it all to go wrong. This story once again came to head in a recent hotel fit in London.

A couple of years ago we were approached by a hotel to supply and fit some of our engineered oak flooring for some of their “premier suites”. Sadly the hotel decided to opt for an alternative company citing price as a critical factor. This company was offering their “engineered oak flooring” at a cheaper cost. This flooring was therefore supplied and fitted by said company…

Low Quality Engineered

Two years later we return to the scene…

We received a call from the hotel – the floor had gone wrong. The engineered oak boards have cupped, warped, moved and the finish is simply not hard wearing enough! Upon visual inspection from ourselves we could not believe our eyes for such a high quality establishment, the engineered oak flooring was simply not good enough.

We were asked to remove the flooring and replace it with some our own engineered oak flooring.

So what was wrong with the original flooring?

Removed Engineered Oak Flooring

Thickness Of Board

The first point of note is the thickness of board. These boards only had an overall thickness of 15mm. This equated to only 11mm of plyboard and a 4mm wear layer. An engineered boards soul purpose is to provide more stability than solid boards. By opting for a thinner engineered board, you are compromising on this stability.

Thin Thickness

Warped Boards

This brings us onto our next point, warped boards. This was the main reason for the hotel wishing for these boards to be removed. Engineered boards are designed to be much more stable and less prone to these problems.

Some of these boards were cupped, which is where the centre of a board is lower is lower than its edges. This gives a concave appearance across the board. On the other hand some boards appeared to had suffered from crowning. This is where the boards edges are lower than its centre to give a convex appearance across the board.

Bowed Engineered Board

Quality Of Plyboard

The quality of this plyboard was the next point we noticed. In some areas the plyboard could quite literally be broken away by hand. This is of course does not provide much peace of mind when laying engineered oak flooring. We also noted how there was jointed ply. This is where areas of plyboard have been stuck together across the length of boards, instead of consisting of a single stretch of ply along the board.

Jointed Plyboard

Finish Of Boards

The finish of the boards was perhaps the most obvious point we noticed with these boards. If you intend to spend your money on oak flooring, you want your oak flooring to actually look like oak. We found that this finish took away from the look of oak, and gave an almost laminated look to the boards.

Perhaps the most disturbing factor of the finish was the colour variation. Supplied in sealed packs, these boards varied massively in colour. Some boards were very light and others very dark. This resulted in some boards looking completely out of place in the room.

Colour Variation FInish

So what was the original flooring replaced with?

European Engineered Oak Flooring

As mentioned previously, we came in and replaced the boards with our Unfinished European Engineered Oak Flooring in the Prime Grade.

Thickness Of Board / Quality Of Plyboard

The overall thickness of our boards was 20mm. This equates to 6mm of solid oak and 14mm of Siberian birch ply. This ensures that you have a strong, engineered oak board which offers much greater stability. Unlike the previous engineered boards, these boards do not use jointed ply.

Engineered Oak Layers

Length Of Board

As with all of our oak flooring, our lengths of board were all long lengths. These boards were all 2 metre or over, with no unsightly short lengths.

Prime Grade Boards

Grade Of Timber

“Prime is Prime” is one of our main motto’s here at Peak Oak. Our boards are hand selected, to ensure when you ask for Prime grade, you get Prime grade. These boards are uniform in colour and completely free from the knots and cracks which are seen in the other grades.

Prime Grade Engineered Oak Flooring

Finish Of Boards

Supplied unfinished, the Prime grade can be stained, oiled or waxed however you require. The hotel again requested a darker finish, to match the rest of the room. For this a hard wearing hard wax oil was used, with a dark stain to provide the colour. Hard wax oils such as the Blanchon and the Osmo, provide a hard wearing natural look to oak flooring.

Blanchon Colours

If you would like to discuss any of the points discussed in this post further, please give us a call on 01538 304584.