Frequently asked questions about oak flooring across Middlesex
Oak flooring has the ability to improve the interior of any home or business with its innate natural beauty. But before deciding to upgrade your carpet or tiles for something more distinguished and impressive, such as a genuine Oak floor, you’re bound to have a few questions.
Dacha Oak is a specialist in this field and sells over 50,400 square metres of oak flooring in the UK annually, including to Middlesex and the London region. From tree felling to the manufacturing and distribution of oak flooring in Middlesex, Surrey, Essex and a number of other counties in the UK, we have complete control over the entire process from start to finish. This enables us to insist on only the highest and most ethical standards across the entire production, finishing and delivery process.
As a result, Dacha Oak is in the perfect position to answer any queries you may have with our in depth knowledge of the entire field of Oak floor manufacture, production and distribution.
What is the difference between solid oak and engineered oak flooring?
Solid oak comes from a single piece of timber and is completely natural. However, it is susceptible to shrinkage and expansion depending on the weather conditions that are experienced at your location. Engineered oak flooring is made up of several layers of real wood veneers to minimise the problems associated with solid oak.
In what rooms can oak flooring be installed?
Due to the number of different grades available, oak flooring can be installed in almost any room, from kitchens and dining rooms to lounges and conservatories. However, an oak floor is not recommended in a bathroom because of the high moisture content so bear this in mind when you are making your purchasing decision.
How much does oak flooring cost?
Prices of Oak will vary depending on how much wood you need and the type of grade that you choose. All oak flooring options and prices are published on our website, but we do offer discounts for quantities over 30m2, so please get in touch and we will do our best for you.
Who can install oak flooring?
Installing wood flooring requires specialist tools and techniques, so it is highly recommended that you enlist the help of an experienced, knowledgeable and professional tradesperson. Trained professional Carpenters based in the Middlesex area, who know how to work with all types of wood including Oak, would probably be your best bet.
Can oak flooring be installed over a concrete subfloor?
As long as the concrete subfloor is clean, flat, dry and structurally sound, then engineered oak flooring can be installed directly over the top. If there is a damp proof membrane (DPM) below the concrete then the wood can theoretically be laid directly onto it. If there is no DPM below the concrete then an impermeable waterproof barrier underlay should be placed between the Oak and the concrete for best results and long life.
What is a floating floor?
This refers to the process where the tongue and grooves of the boards are glued together, but the floor is not glued directly onto the subfloor. Instead, the weight of the floor holds it in place. This is possible with engineered oak and usually happens when the subfloor is uneven. In this case, an underlay may also be utilised.
Can oak flooring be used with under floor heating?
Dacha Oak’s engineered oak flooring can be used with under floor heating, as it’s up to 75 per cent more stable than other solid oak alternatives.
What maintenance is required?
Regularly sweeping or vacuuming your floor is recommended, to remove both grit and stones, which can cause scratches. Spills must be cleaned-up quickly otherwise the moisture can potentially cause shrinkage. Only the manufacturer’s recommended specialist wood floor cleaning products should be used, as oil soaps and other wax products can also cause some considerable damage to the surface of the Oak in particular.
If you have any additional questions about our solid oak and engineered oak flooring products, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dacha Oak. We supply oak flooring in Middlesex, Surrey, Essex and other parts of the UK including London itself.
We are always more than happy to help with customer queries that you may have.