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Moisture movement is another thing to inspect when picking your floor. And with moisture I imply moisture in the air. Oak is a wood that stretches greatly when the air is moister . and when using an oak floor it need to have adequate space to extend (called an expansion gap) if not the wood will be buckling and producing a very ugly and uneven surface. Every wood has moisture movement you just need to know how much . and make sure your expert know what they are doing. And if your climate has a large temperature and moisture deviation you might want to pick a wood type that moves much less .Read more on: wood flooring
As with any wooden product you want to make sure it is sourced sustainable and responsible so examining the label and checking what the label really says is a good practice to get into, not just for flooring. This counts particularly when it comes to hardwood as still significant bits of hardwood are still unlabelled because they are not grown sustainable or even worse they just have some label stuck on it without any meaning.
In surface texture you have lots of selections to choose from, such as: Brushed, Hand scraped Distressed, Stained, Smoked, and Carbonised. Some surface type tends to stick to a specific type of wood. For example scraped is one of the most common types in oak flooring and everything comes down to your liking. When you would prefer a wooden floor to be darker choosing a different surface method but sticking to the same type of wood might be an alternative to think about.
Colour and texture of the wood is not the only thing that influences the look of your floor. Patterns have a great impact on looks and can integrate the shape of the room. The 3 major patterns are: narrow strips, wide planks, and parquet squares. Narrow strips are the most common one to find in wood flooring and as some patterns such as a specific parquet square do not come in all wood type perhaps this should have been the beginning point of your selection.
The common options go from Lacquer, Natural Oil to UV oil. Lacquer is the most heavy duty of all finishes and with that also calls for the least amount of upkeep although scratches can still occur . Natural Oil is a tad . less durable but has the easy option that repairs can be made quickly which can fill in most scratches. UV Oil is a bit in between both. Lacquer, even matt once, do leave a clear indication that the wood floor has received a finish. The oils are far better in concealing their presence as they get soaked up by the wood making it the favoured option if you want it to look like it is not treated.