Oak flooring - the advantages and features of choice
Parquet has long been considered the most noble and exquisite flooring. Today, manufacturers produce parquet boards from a variety of materials, but oak floorboards, the material that is considered the real king in construction, has been enjoying the highest popularity for more than one century. It is the oak used to create the most respectable furniture and the most luxurious doors. And of course, it is from oak that the most elegant floorboard is obtained. But apart from the outstanding "appearance" of oak floorboard, there are many other advantages over other types of wood flooring.
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Advantages and disadvantages of oak floorboard.
  • Speaking of oak floorboards, no manufacturer will forget to mention that there is no flooring with greater durability. Manufacturers themselves guarantee 30 years of trouble-free service, which provides oak flooring. And with proper care, its actual lifespan can extend significantly. Such a high longevity of oak parquet is based on the extraordinary hardness of this tree, and therefore, the strength of the board produced from it.
  • The density of the oak is also very high. And this also serves as a factor due to which the service life of oak parquet is so high. Due to its high density, oak does not absorb moisture from both the top and the bottom. So you can not be afraid that the water spilled on the floor can somehow ruin the oak parquet, or over time the parquet will start to rot from the bottom. The same feature of oak ensures that the oak flooring does not swell in a room with high humidity.
  • Also, the high density of oak is "guilty" in such quality of oak parquet as its great weight. Of course, someone may consider this not a very positive characteristic, saying that only reinforced ceilings can withstand oak parquet. But as practice shows, any overlap corresponding to the standards adopted in construction can easily withstand the weight of oak parquet. The advantages of this characteristic include the fact that oak parquet boards very tightly and reliably "lay down" on the foundation for parquet, and as a result, even several decades later, the oak parquet floor does not creak.
  • In general, oak parquet floors are considered the most comfortable floors. Wood itself conducts heat poorly, which means that the upper surface of the board will always be warm. And oak has excellent sound absorbing properties. So the neighbors below are guaranteed not to shudder every time a heavy object falls on the floor.
  • Speaking of heavy objects ... Parquet is considered flooring, which requires particularly careful handling. But when it comes to oak, it is quite possible not to fear that the fall of something iron or just heavy on it will leave dents or scratches on the surface of the floorboard. From this point of view, oak is one of the most "hardy" types of wood, and in order to scratch the surface of the board, and even more so, leave a more significant mark on it, you really have to try hard.
  • Another important feature of oak is its resistance to the appearance of fungus or other bacteria that can affect the tree. Oak is a natural antiseptic, and this quality also affects the durability of oak parquet.
  • There is another feature of oak, for which manufacturers and designers are so fond of this wood. Despite its high density, oak is very easy to process. Moreover, any of its species. And this significantly expands the creative possibilities of designers who offer the most different types of oak floorboards - an artificially aged board and a board with a chamfer, a board that has undergone brushing and a board with the effect of a "patterned" surface. And it helps to give the interior even greater generosity and sophistication.
Features of the choice of oak floorboard.
If ordinary wooden boards are sold without any external treatment, then when it comes to parquet boards, they already have a coating. This can be a lacquer or oil coating.

Both lacquer and oil not only give the "appearance" of the board additional nobility and grace. They also serve as protection for a tree, and, as a universal protection, from moisture, mechanical damage, and other external influences.

Oil coating perfectly protects the floorboard from damp or too dry air. Moreover, the board is protected not only from above, but also from the inside. The disadvantage of oil coating is that it needs regular care. But he also has his own "pluses" - it allows you to do a "spot" repair of the parquet - that is, repairs specifically at the site of damage. To do this, the damaged floorboard must be sanded and coated with oil - and it will become the same again.

The varnish coating forms a thin protective film on the surface of the board. This protection is more durable than oil, and more durable. In addition, the lacquer coating protects the parquet from mechanical effects. At the same time, the varnished parquet cannot be repaired in small areas - if there is a need for repair, then the entire surface of the parquet will have to be varnished - otherwise, the parquet will become "spotty".