Proud homeowners will often choose wooden flooring for their homes as they have a timeless appearance that is both authentic and elegant.
What then are the benefits of wooden flooring? It is flooring that never goes out of style and gives a warm and homely look of spaciousness, no matter where it is used. The many grain patterns in wood and the different colours and species offer a wide variety of appearances that can be further changed through the use of stains. Wood floors have been known to last for generations because of their durability. They greatly increase the value of a property and make for good long term investments. They are easy to clean and make for healthy floors for people suffering from allergies. They can improve the acoustics in a room.
Does moisture effect wooden flooring? Water is an enemy of wood and can lead to it warping. It is important that before you lay any wooden flooring that you ensure that the base concrete or floor is completely dry and has proper moisture barriers that will enforce that this dryness persists. It is important also that you always mop up spills on your wooden floor as soon as they occur so that the moisture has no chance of getting into the wood. Care must also be taken to see that you do not use an excess of water when cleaning a wooden floor. Most wood used for wooden floors is kiln dried, and ideally reclaimed wood has an advantage because it has been seasoned over time. It is also wood that always has a lot of character.
Are wooden floors good for homes that have a lot of children and pets? Wooden floors are not difficult to clean and therefore can live easily where the mess and clutter that a home with pets and children is bound to be prevalent. They are, however, prone to scratches. Choose a wood that is harder if you have pets, and also of opt for a rustic or distressed finish as that will hide most of the signs of daily wear and tear that pets and children could cause. Floors with light colours and those that do not have a glossy finish will help in hiding any marks. Pay more attention to cleaning and be careful to always immediately mop up any spills on your wooden floors.
How do wooden floors behave with heating? Underfloor heating is definitely to be avoided if you have wooden floors, as the heat could cause the floors to cup or bow. An excess of heat or very warm rooms can also have the same effect on your wooden floor. It is best to get your floor acclimatized to the temperature that you intend to maintain in your home, before its installation. Also, ensure that your thermostats work properly and always maintain a steady temperature. It can always help if the same temperature is always maintained throughout the year so that wood adjusts to it.
Which is the best way to install wooden floors? Wooden floors are best installed over dry and subfloors that have been protected by moisture barriers. You can also install them over existing tiles or create a separate framework that is over any subfloor so that any change in the subfloor does not affect the wooden floor. Wood can be nailed to subfloors, or glued to them. Having floor with tongue and groove joints can have your wooden floor acting as a unit, but will be difficult to repair and replace.
A well looked after the wooden floor will be protected by carpets or other devices. Wooden floors can always be sanded and refinished after a few years to help them to look fresh again.