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Why Is Oak Flooring So Durable

Oak flooring is more durable than any other type of flooring

Author: Nagle Flooring
Date: Jul 3, 2013 - 6:21:17 AM

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Wooden floors are a great choice of flooring if you make your home look extraordinary. It makes your life much easier as it is not hard to clean and maintain. It can also make your house more marketable. Wooden floors are robust, and last much longer than any other flooring. The most durable wooden flooring is solid oak flooring.

Solid Score In The Janka Ball Hardness Test

The most important aspect of the durability of this flooring is the hardness of the wood. The harder the wood, the longer it will last. There is an industry recognized method of measuring the durability of wood which is called the Janka Ball Hardness Test. This test measures the force it takes to embed a 0.444 inch steel ball into the wood. It is a good way to find out about the extent to which wood species can withstand denting and wear as well as an indication of how hard they are to saw or nail. Oak flooring has approximately 1,300 Janka rating points and is the benchmark of the industry for hardness and durability. In comparison, less durable wood such as larch has 590 points, and cedar has 900. It is always worth taking these results into account when thinking about which wood to choose for the flooring of your house.

Although the hardness of a species of wood is a vital aspect in measuring its durability, there are other indicators to determine wood strength. For instance, the finish of wooden flooring may play a factor in the extent of its durability. Oiled floors do not retain their look the same length of time that lacquered floors do. It is also important to know whether the oak is resistant to fungus, insect activity, moisture, and standing water. If it is installed in the kitchen or even in the bathroom, oak flooring will withstand wear and tear and keep its stylish look for longer.

Easy Maintenance Ensures Long Lasting Flooring

Oak flooring is easy to maintain. A quick sweep or vacuum is all this floor needs to keep it looking clean. Another reason why this type of flooring is so durable is that oak resists damage, so accidentally dropping heavy objects onto wooden flooring will cause minimal harm to it. If damage does occur, you only have to change one or two floorboards to get your floor looking as good as new.

If you are interested in having this type of flooring in your house, an extensive range of styles, types and colours are available from Nagle Flooring. You can browse their website to find everything you need to install stylish, durable oak flooring at great prices.

More information about oak flooring you can get by email or calling us 0208 424 0800

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