Once laid, an unfinished wood floor needs to be treated with some kind of finish before it’s ready for use.
Popular finishing options include oil (typically a hard wax oil), lacquer, paint, lye (lime), or whitewash.
The most common reason for choosing unfinished oak is in situations where floorboards have to be installed on an uneven substrate.
Laying on an uneven supporting structure, e.g. supporting joists that are not level with each other results in bulges and protruding edges.
Removing these and levelling off the floor calls for spot sanding work after the floor has been laid. You can’t spot sand a prefinished floor without removing the finish.
The other common reason for choosing unfinished floorboards would simply be a desire for total creative control over the finished floor. Your own finish, perhaps something you can’t find in prefinished form. Or maybe the satisfaction that comes with doing it your own way, exactly as you choose.
Applying the finish once laid also leaves the way open for an identical refinish in the event of heavy wear or damage at some point in the future.
All our floorboards are engineered rather than solid oak. That’s because engineered wood flooring is far more versatile and structurally stable than solid wood floorboards.
Naked Floors engineered oak floors are tongue and groove all round and comprise of a birch ply base with a thick solid oak wear layer surface.
Our most popular floorboards are character grade oak, but we also supply prime grade oak.
Character grade oak has a normal knot profile, whereas prime grade oak is carefully selected so that knots are not much bigger than a pinhead.
300mm Wide Unfinished Engineered Oak Flooring
220mm Wide Unfinished Oak Flooring - Engineered
180mm Wide Unfinished Oak Flooring Engineered
140mm Wide Unfinished Oak Flooring - Engineered
90mm Unfinished Oak Flooring - Engineered
Standard mill runs are random length. However, you can also choose customised lots of fixed length short, medium or long boards.
Our longest boards extend to 3 metres or more—longer than anything available from mass producers.
For a truly organic, craftsman laid look we recommend mixed or random length lots of floorboards.
Please contact us for more information about available board lengths as stock levels change constantly.
Our unfinished engineered floors are suitable for any type of installation, such as nail down, glue down and floating.
Structurally, they’re suitable to lay over floor joists without additional reinforcement (may need to change this slightly) and are also ideal to lay over concrete screed and heated floors.
And because they’re engineered floors they’re also suitable for centrally heated rooms and spaces prone to big changes in humidity. For example, kitchens, bathrooms, attics and conservatories.
By contrast, solid oak planks will expand, contract and warp with temperature and humidity changes. Solid oak flooring is totally unsuitable for centrally heated rooms, or any space where humidity cannot be carefully regulated within set limits.