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Not all tim­ber floor­ing is cre­ated equal. Solid planks are just that and come in raw, un­fin­ished con­di­tion. In­stal­la­tion means pos­si­ble ac­cli­ma­tis­ing, fix­ing to a sub­floor or joists, sand­ing and fin­ish­ing. They are un­beat­able for longevity. “Plenty of solid tim­ber floors more than 100 years old still serve the pur­pose they were put down for,” says manag­ing direc­tor Bill Durkowyak of Syd­ney Floor­ing 1959. On the other hand, en­gi­neered floor­boards have a tim­ber face on a multi-ply­wood base and come pre-fin­ished, such as the en­gi­neered oak fea­tured in this kitchen by

Blakes Lon­don. They are quick to in­stall, with no sand­ing, stain­ing or seal­ing re­quired. Some prod­ucts are com­pat­i­ble with un­der­floor heat­ing and the sta­bil­ity of the base also al­lows for wider board widths.

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