4 Things You Should Know About Oak Flooring on boats
There are many benefits to choosing solid Oak flooring over engineered Oak flooring. The main benefit to solid oak flooring is that it’s genuine, solid oak – not engineered. Solid Oak flooring comes from the floorboards of an actual Oak tree, and the way in which this is done is through the process of roasting the oak tree. The wood that is roasted, will make the boards very soft, but still strong and sturdy. This gives solid oak flooring, great stability and strength.
Engineered oak flooring isn’t as solid, because it’s made by adding extra layers to an already existing material. By increasing the layers, the oak can be given that ‘topsider’ quality, giving it a different look to solid oak flooring. The main difference between engineered Oak and solid oak flooring, is that they are both created from a single plank of oak, with nothing else added on. Engineered oak flooring often has a thicker top layer than solid oak flooring, and several base layers of various other materials, usually woods, to give it some texture and natural substance.
It’s common knowledge that oak planks that are regularly exposed to moisture, get damaged very easily. Moisture damages solid oak flooring at the seams. Over time moisture causes the wood to swell, creating ‘holes’ where the wood joins together. These holes allow water into the wood and cause it to expand. Over time, the expansion of the wood will cause the floor to become very slippery, making walking on it very uncomfortable. This is why it’s so important to keep your solid oak flooring away from moisture.
Adapting your boat’s flooring to be solid oak
It’s not just in the floor that you need to worry about when it comes to protecting your solid oak flooring. Furniture that’s placed on top of subflooring, such as cabinets, must also be protected in the same way. Although the planks of wood may not expand or contract when moisture is present, the texture of the boards can change when moisture is present. If the furniture is made from solid oak flooring, the texture of the planks will remain consistent, but if you’ve used an engineered planks, the surface of the board will have lost its natural grains. You will see white marks on the surface of the furniture, this is caused by the expansion and contraction that occurs in the joint when moisture is present.
There are a number of ways that you can protect your 14mm solid oak flooring. The best thing you can do is to install an underlay between the floor and the furniture, as this will stop the surface from becoming slippery. Other ways include putting mats down around the furniture, and then placing stain resistant paints in key areas, including the edges of the furniture. Spills and stains can easily seep into the surface of the floor if it’s not sealed properly, and this can cause damage to your floor over time. If the underpayment is not thick enough, it can deflect the impact from any liquids that are spilled, which can even cause it to become damaged over time.
You may have already realized that solid oak flooring can add great value to your home or boat. Oak is a fantastic building material that has stood the test of time. It doesn’t crack or splinter like many other materials, and the natural patterns and colours have lasered across generations of homes. Solid oak flooring adds a touch of quality to any home. If you want to take the entire house up with oak flooring, you will not have any problems doing this.
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Another question that people often ask when they are considering adding solid oak flooring to their home is whether or not it is suitable for underfloor heating. Oak is excellent at helping heat stay where it is placed. Solid planks are great at being able to trap warmth and disperse it throughout the room as needed. Oak planks work best as insulators, because they help to reduce the loss of heat during the winter months and help to maintain a steady temperature throughout the rest of the year. Oak is one of the best materials you can use when insulating your home, since it’s naturally excellent at trapping heat and keeping it where it needs to be.
The fourth thing that you need to know about solid oak flooring, is that it is highly susceptible to moisture. Oak is at risk of being damaged by moisture if it is not sealed tightly and periodically dampened. This will cause the wood to expand and contract, which can cause it to crack. Even though oak planks can prevent damage by moisture, they still may experience small cracks from dripping water or leaking from a plumbing leak. If you have any concerns about your home being in an area with high levels of humidity, you should consider sealing your solid oak flooring with a vapor barrier.