Choosing Raw Timber UV Oiled Oak Flooring for Residential Properties

Posted By Solidwood Company

Our Light Brushed Raw Timber UV Oiled Oak Herringbone Parquet flooring was recently used in an open plan kitchen, diner and living area within a residential home. 

This product creates a light engineered floor compatible with underfloor heating. It's UV oil finish creates a good, hardwearing finish suitable for your home and other residential environments. You can find out the benefits of choosing engineered wood flooring for your home and residential projects here.

Raw Timber oil leaves the oak with its natural colour and finishes, rather than changing its natural look. Perfect for classic and traditional designs, it can look and feel like unfinished oak, but comes with a durable finish thanks to being cured through our factory process.

A Quick Guide to Fumed Oak Flooring

There are many ways to colour oak flooring, and one of the best is to fume the boards. In old stables with oak beams, you will see the effect created by horse’s excrement where the steam rises, which among other things, contains ammonia. This darkens the oak over the years by reacting with the natural tannins of the oak. The result is a very warm brown old-aged oak colour. This is the best way to create some “Grey” oak floors as well, where the fuming time is much shorter.

Other methods include chemical staining, water-based stains and reactive stains. Water-based stains are not very good as the colour will easily scratch. A lot of our competitors state their boards are fumed, but in reality, they are stained.

We use heated sealed containers to fume our fumed oak wood flooring. Solid Oak is impossible to fume over a short period, so we fume our oak veneers all the way through. Fuming can take anywhere from 7 hours to 7 days, depending on how dark the final wood floor needs to be.

To reduce colour variation, we use coloured oils so that any future damage is easy to repair. You can find out more about how we fume and colour our engineered wood flooring here.

Interior design advice: never build onto a wood floor 

Wood doesn’t provide a good foundation to build on. Therefore, it is important to design any cabinets and internal furniture with their own structural base. By not sitting them directly on wood flooring, the floor's finish can be easily repaired or removed should any damage occur.

Remember, wood flooring should never be used as a foundation, even if it is fully bonded, and building cabinets or stud walls onto any wood floor would be asking for serious trouble and remain the responsibility of the designer or specifier.