Oak flooring is increasingly becoming the flooring of choice for many schools across the UK. In the independent schools sector, oak flooring has been used in many classrooms and now has become not only an affordable option for many schools but in most cases is a cost saving investment for the school in the long term.
The main area that people associate wood flooring in schools is in the gym, however with increased production and sustainability of oak flooring, schools now have the option to install oak flooring in any teaching or communal area to the benefit of pupils and staff.
Areas that oak flooring is particularly popular in schools include main corridors, assembly halls, classrooms, dining halls and of course, gymnasiums. At Oak Floors Online, we can advise you on which type of flooring is suitable for the different areas in your school to ensure that you save on cost and that your new oak floor will provide your staff and pupils with years of high quality durability that looks great as well as being appropriate for the environment that it is installed in.
Oak flooring does not necessarily have to be solid oak flooring and for schools, engineered oak flooring is often the best option for cost saving and also for the type of usage that the floor will have.
Engineered oak flooring provides schools with the benefit of an oak wear layer on top that will look smart and presentable in a school setting and has a plywood backing to offer extra durability to the floor. Some oak flooring suppliers have only a 2mm wear layer on their engineered oak flooring and this will soon need to be replaced which is not cost saving. Our engineered oak flooring has a 4mm or 6mm wear layer, which is more durable than the 2mm offered by other suppliers and will last significantly longer.
Both solid oak flooring and engineered oak flooring are easier to maintain than carpets or carpet tiles that have the risk of lifting and becoming stained if not maintained effectively and have the added benefit of allowing a re-finish for certain types of flooring, allowing the school to update the look of the flooring instead of having a costly replacement of carpets or carpet tiles.
The health benefits of oak flooring in schools are also a main reason for replacing existing carpets and carpet tiles with engineered oak flooring or solid oak flooring. Oak flooring does not harbour dust and dust mites as carpets and carpet tiles do and is a better option for people who suffer from asthma and allergies, to prevent reactions to dust.
If you are looking at having oak flooring installed in your school, make sure that you ask your supplier all of your questions before placing your order. Your supplier should be able to advise you on the most appropriate type of oak flooring for the environment it will be in, from high footfall areas such as corridors and dining halls to smaller, less heavily used classrooms and shared spaces.
At Oak Floors Online we are specialists in all aspects of engineered and solid oak flooring and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about oak flooring. Feel free to ask any questions you might have about the amount of oak flooring required for different areas, the best type of flooring for the room use, which flooring allows you to refinish easily to change the appearance, how to choose a fitter for your oak flooring and anything else that you have in mind!
We also have handy guides on the differences and benefits of engineered oak flooring and solid oak flooring and how to maintain your oak flooring after installation, so you should be able to find what you are looking for on our website – we’d still love to hear from you with any questions.