Solid Elm Flooring

Solid Elm Flooring Features

Elm has been used as flooring for centuries. As well as being beautiful, elm is strong and hard. An elm floor is for the free spirit and definitely not the perfectionist. If you yearn to be surrounded by nature in all its glory we guarantee that an elm floor will make you smile.
Elm is exquisitely beautiful but sadly now very rare. Disease has ravaged our native elms and the remaining trees are only felled if they have succumbed. This is a sad story, but for our part, we think that it is our duty to make sure that any of this beautiful wood that does become available is put to the best possible use. When buying an elm floor you are buying a piece of history.
Make no mistake, laying an elm floor is a challenge and it is not a job for the faint hearted. It will take skill, craft and time, but the end result will knock your socks off.
We can offer you Character grade elm and even more character in the Barn grade elm.
Character Grade elm floor

Character Grade elm floor

Our Character grade floor is elm at its most natural; full of swirling grain and weird and wonderful shaped knots. The natural colour of elm varies from green to purple and every hue in between.

Barn Grade elm floor

Barn Grade elm floor

Cut from our biggest trees the Barn grade elm floor boards are wide and wild. These have everything that the character grade boards have plus bigger knots and wandering heart splits. You may even see the odd hunters pellet glinting from the wood.

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Solid Elm flooring specification

Our range of solid elm flooring is supplied in a traditional mixed width format with each floor comprising of three widths. We do this to make best use of each elm tree we cut and because it is the way it has been done for hundreds of years. The board widths are designed to be laid randomly to create a natural looking floor.

Viewing our flooring

To see our full range of hardwood flooring, please come and visit our beautiful oak framed showroom at Wootton Bassett, Swindon, where we display all of our floors as well as many other products.


Each solid elm floor is created to order. Please allow three to four weeks for production. We can also supply skirting and architraves to match your floor.


  • British elm
  • Ulmaceae
  • From trees felled due to disease in Britain
  • Supplied by Vastern Timber (
  • Traditional mixed width specification
  • Random lengths
  • Supplied uncoated


Character grade elm floor
Face widths Thickness Profile Length
100 / 125 / 150mm 20mm T&G 0.9 – 3.0mt
Barn grade elm floor
Face widths Thickness Profile Length
150 / 175 / 200mm 20mm T&G 0.9 – 3.0mt
200 – 300mm 20mm T&G 0.9 – 3.0mt
200 – 300mm 20mm SE 0.9 – 3.0mt
Widths We supply our solid elm floors in a traditional mixed width format. You will receive an equal area of each of the three widths.
Moisture Content 10 – 12%
Surface Finish Supplied planed and unfinished, without coating.


Our solid hardwood floors are supplied machined to a tongue and groove profile (T&G) on the long edges. The ends are cut square but may need retrimming on site. The corners are sharp rather than bevelled. The boards are reversible so that you can choose the best face when laying. We also offer our Barn Grade elm floor machined to a simple square edge (SE) profile.

Barn Grade elm floor only


Acclimatisation Our solid hardwood flooring is dried to a moisture content of approximately 10–12%. We recommend that you acclimatise your hardwood floor in the house for four to six weeks before being laid.
Fixing options
Board widths Hidden nail Glue Cut nails Screws Floating
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Subfloor suitability
Board widths Plywood / chipboard Sealed concrete Battens Joists
100 / 125 / 150mm Accept icon Delete icon Accept icon Accept icon
150 / 175 / 200mm Accept icon Delete icon Accept icon Accept icon
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Underfloor heating We strongly recommend that you do not lay solid elm flooring over underfloor heating
Coating Our solid hardwood floors are supplied unfinished. Once laid the floor will need sanding and finishing with your chosen flooring specific coating.
Movement A degree of movement should be expected after fitting and throughout the year as the ambient temperature and humidity in your house varies. Small gaps may open up between some boards.


While the utmost care has been taken to provide accurate information, Vastern Timber shall not be held responsible for any consequences arising from any errors or omissions on this website nor for any damages resulting from the use of the information.

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