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Solid Oak Flooring

Solid Oak Flooring Features

Oak remains the most popular type of hardwood flooring. Being beautiful and at the same time tough and hard, oak is ideal for almost all flooring areas. Solid oak flooring is 100% solid; no plywood or laminate, just 20mm of pure oak hardwood.
In our opinion, English oak is the most attractive grown anywhere in the world. With pips, burrs, swirling grain and brown streaks, English oak flooring creates the ultimate wow factor. We try our best to source all of our oak logs from England, but sometimes we have to take a trip to France to top up our stocks.
Laying a solid oak floor takes skill and time, but there is no other way of creating the authentic look of a traditional oak plank floor. It doesn’t matter how much you pay for a distressed engineered floor, it will never have the charm of a solid floor. There is something about the imperfections and the way that solid boards move a little as they settle that sets it apart.
If the extra work and time put you off, think of it this way; oak trees take at least two hundred years to grow, and there is no reason why your oak floor will not last for another hundred years. It will only take a few more hours and bit more craft to lay a solid oak floor.
Depending on your tastes and the style of your property we offer a range of oak grades and board widths to suit.
First Grade oak floor

First Grade oak floor

The straightest and least knotty oak trees are used for our First grade oak flooring, which makes the wood ideal for contemporary or formal rooms. The floorboards will be relatively even in colour and free of larger knots and defects. First grade boards should require very little filling or remedial work after installation.

Character Grade oak floor

Character Grade oak floor

As the name suggests, our Character grade oak floor is full of interest and variation, creating a traditional rustic look. The floorboards will contain an array of beautiful grain patterns, colours and clusters of knots often referred to as ‘cat’s paws’. This grade of flooring is oak at its most natural.

Barn Grade oak floor

Barn Grade oak floor

Our Barn grade oak is rugged and wild creating a stunning floor for large open plan rooms. We use our widest and most ‘characterful’ wood for these floors with boards full of swirling grain, large knots and a wide spectrum of colours ranging from pale honey to chocolate brown.

Factory Grade oak floor

Factory Grade oak floor

The Factory grade oak is a narrow strip, light character floor suitable for small spaces and contemporary interiors where wider boards would look out of place. Factory grade also allows the inclusion of some natural character without appearing too rustic.

Tiger Brown Grade oak floor

Tiger Brown Grade oak floor

Tiger brown oak flooring is a beautiful version of our Character oak with streaks of chocolate brown and shimmering gold. It is the darkest of all our hardwood floors and is particularly suited to rooms with plenty of natural light.

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Solid Oak flooring specification

Our range of solid oak 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 oak 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.


We have a large range of solid oak flooring in stock but please allow three to four weeks for the wide board specifications. We also stock a range of oak skirting and architraves to match your oak floor.


  • British / European oak
  • Quercus robur / Quercus petraea
  • From legal and well-managed woodlands in Britain and France
  • Supplied by Vastern Timber (
  • Traditional mixed width specification
  • Random lengths
  • Supplied uncoated


First Grade, Character Grade and Tiger Brown Grade oak floors
Face widths Thickness Profile Length
100 / 125 / 150mm 20mm T&G 1.2 – 3.0mt
150 / 175 / 200mm 20mm T&G 1.2 – 3.0mt
Barn Grade oak floors
Face widths Thickness Profile Length
200 – 300mm 20mm T&G 1.2 – 3.0mt
200 – 300mm 20mm SE 1.2 – 3.0mt
Factory Grade oak floors
Face widths Thickness Profile Length
65 / 75 / 100mm 20mm T&G 0.5 – 3.0mt
Widths We supply our solid oak 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 oak floor machined to a simple square edge (SE) profile.

(Barn Grade oak floor only)


Acclimatisation Our solid hardwood flooring is dried to a moisture content of approx 10–12%. We recommend that you acclimatise your hardwood floor in the house for four to six weeks before being laid.
Fixing options
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Underfloor heating We do not recommend that our solid hardwood flooring is laid 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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