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Originally posted 19th July 2016

Last updated 6th February 2023

What is the Best Solid Wood Flooring?

Flooring makes a big impression in your home which is why we've taken a look at the best solid wood flooring for you to install

Paul Hambidge

Managing Director Factory Direct Flooring Ltd

4 min read
Written by Expert

Decorating your house is a difficult task and when it comes to making a decision on something so big and eye-catching as the flooring in your home, it can be somewhat of a headache trying to decide. If you know that the elegance of solid wood makes the right statement for you then we aim to help you choose the exact model.

What is the best solid wood flooring?

At Factory Direct Flooring Ltd we always aim to provide fantastic flooring and so when it comes to deciding which product is the perfect solution to your flooring woes it’s difficult to resist saying that all of them are. In order to make things a little simpler though we’ve taken a look at the best solid wood options in the categories of durability, style and budget.

Read more: How to Install Solid Wood Floors

The best for durability

Solid wood flooring, also known as hardwood or real wood flooring, is an elegant and sophisticated choice for your home. Visually appealing and crafted from high-quality pieces of real wood, this flooring choice is perfect for those rooms where you wish to make some real visual impact. Each piece is individual, with characteristics such as knots, colour variation and distinctive graheins to really separate your home from everyone else’s.

This flooring option is ideal for use in those areas that are not exposed to a high level of foot traffic or those areas that often vary in conditions. These include bathrooms and kitchens. As solid wood is likely to warp or rot if it is placed in an area that has high levels of moisture we do recommend that you only place this flooring in places that have stable conditions, like living rooms and bedrooms. As this product is constructed completely from solid wood it means that scratches or dents can be simply sanded and refinished to keep your floors looking completely pristine for years to come.

Related: How to Clean Your Solid Wood Floor

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The best for style

There’s no denying that solid wood flooring is an incredibly stylish flooring choice for all homes. Wood looks warm and attractive in any situation and our wide variety of cuts and finishes mean you can really make this look your own. Available in a typical plank cut or a herringbone parquet style, our solid wood floors also come in an extensive range of finishes, oils and lacquers.

Our solid wood flooring comes from the excellent brands Abbey, Tuscan and Forest Wood-Click which we have personally selected for the high quality of their products. Any of the options available in our solid wood flooring range are a perfect choice. All items are incredibly stylish whether you’re opting for a light rustic oak style or a hand-scraped coffee oak floor. No matter your budget for your solid wood styling we’re sure to have the perfect option for you.

The best for budget

This flooring is incredibly individual and is usually handmade and finished. Because of this extensive attention to detail, solid wood flooring can often be a more expensive option than other floors, such as laminate and vinyl.

Read more: The Cost of Solid Wood

Our solid wood prices begin at £15.66 for the Abbey Maenan hand scraped golden maple lacquered solid wood. Our maximum price is for the Tuscan oak either brushed and oiled or in a golden hand-distressed finish for £54.80 per square meter. We’re bound to have the perfect flooring solution for you no matter your budget.

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Our Flooring Calculator

When you browse any type of flooring at Factory Direct Flooring Ltd, each product has a flooring calculator on the page. Simply enter the surface area in either metres or feet squared and our My Project flooring calculator will tell you how many packs you’ll need and how much it will cost you.

By simply measuring your room and entering your dimensions, we will provide you with an instant price which will show on every type of flooring you browse across our website. You can either input the total coverage or your width and length measurements, in meters or feet. You can even save your measurements room by room to make your shopping experience stress-free.

It also offers to add an extra 10% for wastage. While this may cost a little bit more, we highly recommend adding it just in case there are mishaps during the installation process. Enjoy the My Project flooring calculator below:

If you require any further information on solid wood flooring and which option is best for you then please call us on 0330 00 100 15 and one of our flooring experts will be happy to assist you.

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About the Author

Paul Hambidge, Managing Director

Paul has 32 years of flooring industry knowledge & experience from both an installation and manufacturing perspective. He started out as installer of very large commercial flooring projects for multiple retailers. As director of Factory Direct Flooring Ltd, he has been involved in all aspects of flooring and has worked with some of the largest producers of wood flooring, vinyl flooring and laminate floors.