Oak Floorboards: Natural, Light or Dark?

wood-MERCIER-ECLIPSE-RED-OAKOak is a gorgeous wood, there is little doubt about that. Employed as a floor material for centuries, even when you select the ideal bamboo flooring it might persist for a life (and a great deal longer ).

Solid or engineered?

The excellent thing about pine floorboards now is they are even more flexible than they were only 20 or 30 decades back. Why is this? It is because today once you understand you want to have an oak floor you’ve got the option between strong and engineered oak floorboards.

The excellent thing about pine floorboards now is that they are now even more flexible than they were just 20 or 30 years ago. Why is that? It is because today once you know you want an oak floor you’ve got the option between strong and engineered oak floorboards.

This means is that you can fit bamboo floors with complete reassurance in each room in the house, and even over under floor heatingsystem. Engineered oak flooring is so flexible it can also be fitted in areas where temperatures and humidity levels fluctuate significantly. So, in the good old days, if you’d fitted an oak floor in a kitchen or toilet for example, you’d have done so with pliers that the floor would survive the moisture and temperature ups and downs. The chance of the floor creating unsightly gaps or worse, cupping or bowing would have been extreme on your mind and quite rightly so. Nowadays, engineered oak flooring means you can have that solid walnut flooring seem regardless of where you want this, and no matter how challenging the conditions are.

In summary, between solid and engineered oak floors, you truly have an all-purpose alternative.

Choosing the right colour for your project.

Once you’re clear on the fact that you desire to have an oak floor, it’s a case of deciding what colour of bamboo floorboards would work well for you. Oak, in its normal state comes in a whole host of colors, but with the advanced wood treatments available today, it may be made to look almost white or nearly black, as well as everything in between. In this report we would like to share our thoughts about which settings light, dark and natural oak floorboards work best.

Light oak floorboards

The hottest and most logical place to match light oak floorboards is in which you have a little room you want to create look bigger or a dark area in which you would like to make an illusion of light. The likes of those London White flooring isn’t only extremely flexible, but it’s simple to keep and magnificent to check in to boot. At Clapham Floor Sanding we have seen it fitted at the smallest of rooms in addition to lofty apartments and in each setting (and everything in between) it looks simply magnificent. It is a flooring option that will make you feel cheerful and bright no matter the season or the weather outside. Reminiscent of New England decks and having a real all-natural allure about it, you’ll never tire of this one.

Natural oak floorboards

Purists will argue that if you are choosing an oak floor, the floor must appear to be natural walnut and nothing else. While we concur with this in Wood and Beyond, we also love the small twists that may be introduced to natural oak floorboards, such as this solid oak extra grey brushed hardwax oiled flooring. As you can see, the treatment this solid bamboo flooring has gotten brings out all the natural charm of the timber and a whole lot more. It’s obvious for all to see that this is strong oak, but it has a real advantage to it, thanks to the grey brushing it has had. This flooring is perfectly appropriate to bedrooms, lounges, halls and dining rooms. Our favorite appearance to go with this floor is laid back casual — think disappeared linens, plumped pillows up along with an abundance of cosy throws and sheepskin rugs and you’ll find the idea!

Dark oak floorboards

Dark walnut floors like jet black brushed and UV lacquered choice come into their own in the past couple of years and it’s easy to see why. Monochrome color schemes (if that is not a contradiction in terms) are totally stunning and may surprisingly get the job done very nicely using traditional/vintage furnishings in addition to contemporary. All it requires it some careful preparation and functions best in a space in which you have a great deal of light. This floor would look fantastic with a few fundamental bits by the likes of Ikea, along with a real or breeding Barcelona seat, originally designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich. Select this option if you would like to create a genuine statement throughout your house. Blend it with plain white walls and a smart mixture of bold colored or black rugs and you will be the envy of your family and friends!

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Renovation will heal your home

An attractive rich wooden floors are fashionable from a 100 years from now.They are big part of every single type of interior. Renovation make them shiny again!
The care of your wooden floors should be handled by professionalists . Our company is qualified and focused on top quality sanding support. We offer an additional services to finish timber flooring and a lot of experience in the business.Choosing materials for your floors can be very confusing since there are many selections to choose from. Any scratched wooden floors could be modified to transform your home design and interior style to a fresh and tidy sparkling place again!



Pine, Ash & Hickory


PINE: Pine is a softwood which grows in most areas of the Northern Hemisphere. There are more than 100 species worldwide.

Properties: Pine is a soft, white or pale yellow wood which is light weight, straight grained and lacks figure.It resists shrinking and swelling. Knotty pine is often used for decorative effect.
Uses: Pine is often used for country or provincial furniture. Pickled, whitened, painted and oil finishes are often used on this wood.

ASH: There are 16 species of ash which grow in the eastern United States. Of these, the white ash is the largest and most commercially important.

Properties: Ash is a hard, heavy, ring porous hardwood. It has a prominent grain that resembles oak, and a white to light brown colour. Ash can be differentiated from hickory (pecan) which it also resembles, by white dots in the darker summer wood which can be seen with the naked eye. Ash burls have a twisted, interwoven figure.
Uses: Ash is widely used for structural frames and steam bent furniture pieces. It is often less expensive than comparable hardwoods.


HICKORY: There are 15 species of hickory in the eastern United States, eight of which are commercially important.

Properties: Hickory is one of the heaviest and hardest woods available. Pecan is a species of hickory sometimes used in furniture. It has a close grain without much figure.
Uses: Wood from the hickory is used for structural parts, especially where strength and thinness are required. Decorative hickory veneers are also commonly used.

Choosing & Cleaning Hardwood Floors

5 things to Ask Before Choosing a Hardwood Floor!

1. Where will the wood be going?
2. What is the subfloor made of?
3. What style is your home?
4. How will you stain and finish it?
5. How will you test it?

The Best Ways to Clean Hardwood Floors

-Prep your floor for cleaning by sweeping or dust-mopping to get rid of large particles of dirt and debris.
-Use a pH neutral cleaner that will be gentle on your hardwood floors.
-Use a fine spray mist to clean your floor in sections. Avoid putting too much liquid on your floors.
-Use a microfiber mop to clean. Traditional mops can work, but they can leave excess water on your floors.
-Skip using white vinegar and water to clean your floors. Using a specially formulated hardwood floor care cleaner is a smart way to maintain the beauty and look of your floors.




1. Quebracho – From the Spanish “quebrar hacha,” which literally means
“axe breaker.” Aptly named, wood in the Schinopsis genus is among the
heaviest and hardest in the world.
2. Lignum Vitae -Widely accepted as the hardest wood in the world–this
wood has been listed as an endangered species and is listed in CITES.
Consider Verawood as a very close substitute.
3. Gidgee – This Australian endemic is both very heavy and very strong.
Some pieces are dark enough to be used as an ebony substitute: one that’s
even harder than the original article.
4. Snakewood – It’s easy to see what makes Snakewood so unique–its patterns
and markings resemble the skin of a snake. Limited supply and high demand
make this one of the most expensive woods on eart.
5. Verawood – Sometimes called Argentine Lignum Vitae, this wood is a gem:
inexpensive, great olive-green color, beautiful feathery grain pattern, and
it takes a great natural polish on the lathe.
6. Camelthorn – Formerly classified as a member of the Acacia genus, this
south African hardwood is a tough customer. The wood is stubbornly hard,
and the tree is protected by giant sharp thorns.
7. African Blackwood – In some parts of the world, this wood has achieved
an almost legendary status. Historical evidence points to this wood
(rather than Diospyros spp.) being the original “ebony.”
8. Black Ironwood – Pieces are very seldom seen for sale, as this tree is
too small to produce commercially viable lumber. Like the unrelated
Desert Ironwood, Black Ironwood is an excellent choice for small
turning projects.
9. Katalox / Wamara – Some pieces can be just about a dark as true ebony,
while others are a more reddish brown with black streaks. So much depth
in the Swartzia genus, there’s something for everyone!
10. Cebil- Also known as Curupay or by the exaggerated name Patagonian
Rosewood, Cebil is not a true rosewood. It has a highly variable streaked
appearance not too unlike Goncalo Alves.

How we work?

We can give you a estimate over the phone or via email if you have the dimensions, as we work on a rate per sq meter or sq yard the estimate will allow for minor repairs,sanding and finishing with three coats of varnish.If the price quoted seems reasonable, we will then visit your home to look at the floor and discuss your thoughts, concerns and ideas for the project.We will then send you a written estimate or email you an estimate for the work. If you would like to go ahead we will give you a date on which we will hope to start your room. We do not charge for my estimates or advice.

If you have a floor in need of some care and attention, please contact us for a no-obligation quote.