Solid wood boards are cut from a single, piece of natural timber. They're by far the simplest form of modern flooring and they're also one of the oldest. In this article, we'll look at what makes solid wood floors so unique and tell you if they're the right kind of floor for you.

Solid wood floors are beautiful:

The first thing you should know about solid wood floors, is that they're renowned for their unique beauty. Each solid wood floor offers its own unique combination of grain, species and colour, so you can find your perfect style. Whichever floor you go for, each board is selected from specific parts of specific trees so that they all come together to create your chosen look. If you're looking to make a real statement in your home, a solid wood floor is an excellent choice.

Solid wood floors are built to last:

Solid wood floors are some of the longest lasting floors in the world – and can often out-live their owners! That's because they can be sanded down and refinished more times than any other floor, so that when scratches and dents build up over the years, they can simply be erased from the face of the floor. This means that solid wood floors are great for ‘high traffic’ areas such as hallways, where gradual wear and tear is unavoidable. They're also particularly good for homeowners who want to add long term value to the property.

Solid wood floors aren't waterproof:

One place you should never use solid wood flooring is in the bathroom, that's because wood naturally expands when it comes in contact with moisture, and all the splashes and steam you'll find in bathrooms – and kitchens, for that matter – can cause your floor to warp, expand and contract. When it comes to bathrooms we'd recommend any of our LVT floors or one of our waterproof laminate floors.

They don't get on with underfloor heating:

If you're planning on installing with underfloor heating, in a conservatory or in a basement, we'd recommend against solid wood flooring. The changes in temperature can cause the same warping that can happen in bathrooms. Luckily, you can still have a hardwood finish to your floor by using an engineered floor which, whilst not waterproof, is designed to resist changes in temperature found in conservatories, basements and with underfloor heating.