Is hardwood flooring right for your home?

Quality hardwood flooring can transform a home, putting an ethical, sustainable and gorgeous product at the heart of your design.

By Jennifer Turner | 18 August 2020

The latest hardwood flooring is stunning, ethical and more versatile than ever.

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

detail of oak flooring with chair

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Whether you’re building a home from scratch or undertaking a renovation, there are numerous flooring options to consider. We run the rule over hardwood flooring – an adaptable style that works across all types of build…

An elegant investment

The primary appeal of hardwood flooring is its sheer good looks. Oak wood floors deliver a high-end aesthetic that works in houses both modern and traditional, with looks both classic and cutting-edge.

Once installed, a hardwood floor starts paying dividends immediately. In addition to looking great, it’s hard-wearing, easy to clean and a huge asset if you decide to sell. There’s evidence that hardwood floors lead to faster sales at higher prices – people love the timeless beauty of the likes of reclaimed hardwood, a premium addition to any home.

modern lounge with wood floor sofa chairs and tiled walls

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Style and diversity

With its natural variance, grains difference, colours, styles and more, a designer wood floor can work in any house and any room. Consider herringbone or oak parquet in Venetian or Dutch patterns for a unique look, or opt for engineered hardwood flooring in multi-width for a more varied, interesting and quirky appearance.

Bathroom wood flooring used to be a no-no due to issues with water – wet wood expands and gets damaged, while the surface is dangerously slippy. Maples & Birch, however, are the only UK stockists of Navylam+, a new product that is perfect for bathrooms and wet rooms as it comes with a rubber seal – waterproof and slip resistant. In a range of gorgeous woods such as teak and acacia, this lets you have a statement bathroom, while you can blend it with your hallway or bedroom floor.