The Builder’s Guide to Wood Flooring

Date Published

21 September 2022

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Wood is a truly remarkable material.

It is naturally renewable. In Northern Europe our forests are growing, with an annual surplus of growth over harvest of some 252 million cubic metres* – almost 30 times the UK’s total annual timber consumption. Its use helps limit the growth of global warming, as growing trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. It requires relatively low energy inputs to harvest, transport and mill. And, finally, it can be recycled and eventually burned for energy as a substitute for finite fossil fuels.

Key Information

why choose wood?

A wood floor adds value – few features make such a difference to the appeal of a home.

A wood floor is an investment – a solid wood floor will last a lifetime and more, paying for itself time and time again.

A wood floor is individual – there is a wide range of solid wood floors available, from excellent value pine and spruce, through traditional beech and oak to exotic hardwoods.

A wood floor is easy to install – today’s wood flooring is simple to fit, whether direct to joists or ‘floating’.

A wood floor is easy to repair – dents and scratches can be readily repaired.

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Case studies

Acharacle is a small and remote community on the south-west tip of Loch Shiel, some 40 miles west of Fort William. For many years the village had campaigned for a new primary school and community space to replace the old Victorian buildings, which were becoming difficult and expensive to maintain.

In the secluded and ancient grounds of Worcester College, overlooking the college cricket pitch, stands the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, a beautifully crafted stone and oak pavilion.