What Is Overlay Oak Flooring?
On the oak flooring market today, there are a huge number of different terms to describe different aspects of oak flooring. One such term is overlay oak flooring, so what does this mean?
This particular term is used to describe oak flooring which is generally less than 18mm in thickness. For example; here at Peak Oak, our "overlay" flooring is our range of 14mm solid oak flooring.
Unlike thicker boards, overlay boards are not structural. This means they are not recommended to be laid over joists/beams. Instead these boards are designed top be used as an "overlay system" to be laid over the top of a supporting timber subfloor. Once laid, a thinner oak board is indistinguishable from a thicker oak board.
The great advantage of opting for a thinner sold oak board is that more boards can be produced from the same oak butt, which means a lower price per square metre for you! The thinner boards are also perfect for areas where room height is more of an issue, allowing you to lay solid oak flooring whilst not losing too much height.
In our 14mm solid oak flooring range, the same variety of grades are available as the thicker boards. The Grange grade is the most rustic grade with its knots, cracks and holes. The Legere grade is the middle ground in terms of grading with a range of knots, combined with areas of clean oak. Select grade boards are mainly clean with the odd small knot, whilst Prime is a grade completely free of any knots and imperfections.
Equally like our 20mm oak flooring, these thinner boards can still be sanded a number of times. This allows you to re-coat the flooring as you see fit. Currently our 14mm solid oak flooring is available in widths of 120mm, 140mm and 160mm and long lengths of 1.5 metres - 3.0 metres.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of oak flooring with us further, please give us a call on 01538 304584.