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Here’s how to choose the solid floor

A floor of solid wood never goes out of fashion. Find the wood type that suits you best.

Here's how to choose the solid floor

Here's how to choose the solid floor

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Here's how to choose the solid floor

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A proper solid floor floor will withstand both trend shifts and wear.

Bringing nature into the home is more than a volatile interior trend. The use of natural materials permeates the decorative culture in Norway.

If you choose a floor of solid wood, you can rest assured that you have made a safe choice. Massive planks survive and rise above the trend waves.

And when the boards become scratched and worn over time, just grind. Then the floor becomes new again.

Many tree species

But there’s a difference in wood. The choice of wooden map is controlled according to your needs, the taste you have and the size of your wallet.

What room to lay the floor is also essential. There are other requirements for a kitchen floor than the floor in the bedroom.

There is a forest of possibilities, but some tree species stand out.

Pine and oak are mostly used in Norway today. Ash, maple, beech, birch and spruce are also used to some degree. Floor suppliers also point out that tropical trees and walnut and cherries seem to be heading out.

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The different types of wood have different technical characteristics (see the overview further down the article), but the main single factor that controls the floor’s resistance is surface treatment.

– Paint and paint protect the most and requires minimal maintenance. Oil treatment gives a warmer surface and more wood in the wood, but does not protect as well, says Audun Øvrum, researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology.

Today it is most common to oil the wood floors. In recent years, oil products have become better and more varied. This allows you to achieve a wide range of color shades, regardless of wood type.

Some vendors also provide heat-treated tables for increased stability and a darker sound.

When choosing woods, it’s a good idea to think about what kind of surface treatment you want to bet. If you plan to paint the floor, possibly to floor the floor, there is little reason to choose anything but the least expensive variety.

“To paint an oak floor is to throw pearls for pigs,” said the researcher.

Price vs. quality

Douglas fir and oak are more expensive than pine, while parquet spreads throughout the price range.

– Price differences within each tree type are essentially a matter of dimensions and aesthetic preferences, not quality, says Øvrum.

The main rule is: The longer and wider the planks, the higher the price.

Furuplanker today comes in two categories and is divided into two price categories.

– As long as you look pretty, there’s no need to buy anything other than the main quality. The technical characteristics are similar.


Here's how to choose the solid floor

MASSIVE OAK: Solid oak boards are a choice for eternity. The trench is available in dark and bright shades. Photo: Beautiful Floor

Raw material:

Here's how to choose the solid floor

MASSIVE QUALITIES: Some oak floors originate from trees over 300 years old. Photo: Beautiful Floor

Hard woods, both Norwegian, European and American.


Withstands a lot of wear.

Somewhat more stable than wages and beech.

Available in both light and dark variants.

Be aware:

Cooler to go on than pine.

About the same technical characteristics as the box.

Comes in multiple sorts; with and without twig and with small or large color variations.

Price: 300 – 1000 kr / sqm.

Read more: Moelven, Great Floor, Dinesen


Raw material:

Here's how to choose the solid floor

WHITE OIL: By treating the oak floor with white pigmented oil, a bright and delicate expression is obtained. Photo: Espen Grønli

Soft wood species, mostly from Norway and Sweden.

Here's how to choose the solid floor

LIGHT FURU: Solid pine boards are soft and easy to walk on and are particularly suitable for low traffic areas. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen


Feels warm and comfortable to walk on.

Good soundproofing properties.


Short travel: a good environmental choice.

Be aware:

Less durable than oak.

Oil treatment requires regular maintenance.

Must be pigmented to not yellow.

Are often sorted into two qualities: main quality and economy quality. The difference is primarily aesthetic; The technical characteristics are the same.

Brushed pine floors have a wear resistance which, according to suppliers, is comparable to oak. Brushed floors also make scratches and scratches less visible.

Price: 100 – 600 kr / sqm.

Read more: Moelven, Fritzöe Wholesale

Douglas fir

Raw material:

Douglas Grove grows along the North American west coast and in Central Europe. The trees usually reach 50 meters before they are shared.

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NATURE: With its distinctive twigs and twigs, a pine floor forms a strong natural element in any interior. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

Due to the dimensions of the tree, extra long and wide floorboards can be produced.

Here's how to choose the solid floor

SPECTACULAR SIZE: Douglasgran planks come in widths of up to 40 cm. Photo: Dinesen


Exclusive character.

Comfortable to go on.

Be aware:

Less durable than oak.

Best regards with oil treatment, which requires regular maintenance.

Best suited in large rooms.

Can be demanding to add: the largest tables are 45 cm wide and fifteen meters long.

Price: From 1080 – 2960 kr / sqm.

Learn more : Dinesen, Great Floor


Raw material:

Grass species with good technical characteristics.

Growed and manufactured in China.

Here's how to choose the solid floor

UHANDED DOUGLAS: Similar to pine, Douglas Cake will also yellow if it is not luted and treated with white pigmented oil or soap. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

Strictly not solid wood, but merging bamboo shells in several layers.

Here's how to choose the solid floor

NOT HUGE: Bamboo can be one of the most durable natural materials that can be used on floors. Photo: Hardstuff


Good environmental choice: Bamboo is fast-growing and sustainable.

Very durable. The hardest variant is twice as hard as oak, and can withstand the use of stiletto heaters.

Be aware:

Calder than pine.

Sets glue quality requirements.

Can not be sanded as many times as solid wood flooring.

Available in two main qualities: compressed and uncompressed. The former is hardest and most resistant.

Price: Click parking 350-600 kr / sqm. Glued, massive bamboo something more.

Read more: Hardstuff, Northern Light Bamboo Center, Greenteam


Raw material:

Built up of several layers where the uppermost is in hardwoods, and the base layers are usually in coniferous or wood fiber.

Available as single-letter, two-letter and three-letter. Single-stranded carpet has the same appearance as solid flooring.


Here's how to choose the solid floor

HARDT GULV: Bamboo flooring is still a niche product, but popularity is increasing in Norway. Photo: Hardstuff

Parquet flooring is easy to lay.

Here's how to choose the solid floor

DARK PARKET: Smoke pigmented oak stave parket. Photo: Manufacturers

Particularly suitable for floor-borne heat.

Be aware:

Can not be sanded as many times as solid wood flooring.

Calder than pine.

Provides harder vocal than solid floor.

Do not confuse with laminate that does not have a true surface layer of wood and thus can not be grinded.

Price: Trestavs from 200 kr / sqm, one-letter kr 350-1000 kr / sqm.

Read more: The Living, Floor Specialist, Gulvnett. no

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Here's how to choose the solid floor

FISHING BENEFITS: Parquet can be laid in many different patterns. But for best sanding results, it is an advantage to put the rods in parallel. Photo: Sandra Aslaksen


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