The Best Types of Wooden Flooring

The demand for hardwood flooring in the UK is set to increase as the housing market grows. For many homeowners, the right flooring in a property is just as important as the colour of the walls and furniture. Yet do you know what types are available?

The choice may seem overwhelming, but we can help. Below, we give our essential guides on types of wooden flooring.

Engineered Wood Floors

If you want the look of luxury wood flooring but are sticking to a budget, engineered wood is one of the best types of wood floors. It is made of a base of fibres, sawdust and chemicals. On top of this, a thinner piece of wood sits to provide the aesthetic detail.

Not only is it low-cost, but it is also one of the most sustainable flooring types as it cuts down on excessive wood use. You will also find it very easy to maintain, being splash-resistant and hard-wearing. The external layer will often have a finish added to keep it durable.

This flooring also lasts for a long time, so you don’t need to worry about replacing it every few years. With the correct maintenance, it will stay looking great.

Solid Wood Floors

Solid wood floors do everything the name suggests. They are planks made from solid material all the way through, unlike engineered wood which is a composite with a top layer. Few types of wood floors can replace the grain and durability of solid wood, and they can be sanded and recoloured numerous times.

The downside is their expense. As material prices increase, so do these floors. They also have a tendency to expand, shrink and warp in extreme temperatures.

Luxury Wood Flooring

Luxury wood flooring is a term applied to a range of different solid wood floor planks.

However, this wood is extremely high-end and may include expensive woods like walnut and teak. It makes the property look fantastic but comes with obvious associated costs.

Types of Wooden Flooring

There are numerous different types of wood you can have on your flooring. Each has its own qualities and look.

Below are some of the most common types.


Oak is one of the most used floor types. It has a beautiful grain, is durable and works well with several different stains.


There are numerous types of pine, and this shows in the different flooring choices. While cheap, each has its own durability level. Check with a stockist before buying.


Maple has a delicate, unique, and thin grain that looks superb. However, it can be more susceptible to rot than other woods.


Ash is used in many different furniture types. These types of wood floors have a subtle grain and can be bought in darker black ash types.

Which Is Right for Your Home?

With so many types of wooden flooring, it can be hard to know which is right for your home. Decide on a budget and collate ideas about the look you want. You should then speak to an expert to assist.

Pietra Flooring should be your first stop. From wood to tiles to stone, we can provide a range of flooring solutions. Click here to see our catalogue of wood products for your home.

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