The most popular flooring is wood because of its authentic, elegant, and timeless appearance.
What are the advantages of wood flooring?
- These timeless and elegant designs will never go out of fashion.
- The warm, authentic feeling they create is a great addition to any room.
- Wood flooring comes in a wide range of colors, species and grain patterns.
- Floors are easy to maintain as they don’t accumulate much dirt, dust or debris.
- Wood floors are durable and can last generations.
- These are great investments for the long term and can add value to your home.
- Wood floors installed properly can improve the acoustics of a room. They are ideal for music rooms and concert venues.
- Allergy sufferers can choose a healthy flooring option.
Are wood floors suitable for homes with pets and children?
Pets can coexist with wood floors that are easy to maintain. They are susceptible to scratches, so choosing a more durable species of wood will allow you to enjoy the beauty of your floor without worrying about your pet.
It is best to choose a rustic or distressed finish, as it can easily conceal signs of wear and tear. You may also choose wood flooring in a lighter color and with a lower gloss to hide any additional marks.
Can solid wood be used with underfloor heating?
It is a hotly debated question depending on whom you ask, but in general the answer is “no”. This does not mean that it is impossible. It is possible that solid wood will cup or bend when used for underfloor heating. This is especially true with new wood, and is more likely to happen if it is wider than 180mm.
Will my wood floor have variations in color?
You should expect natural color variations because wood is a natural product. Each plank has unique details, so you can expect some natural color variations. These slight variations add character and charm to the flooring. A higher grade of hardwood flooring will have a uniform color with minimal character marks, while a lower-grade flooring has distinct color variations.
Can I refinish engineered wood floors?
The veneer on engineered wood is thinner than that of solid wood. Around 75% of engineered flooring can be refinished. The quality and thickness is the main factor. The wear layer on premium collections is thicker and can be sanded down, refinished up to five times. The 0.6 mm thin wear layer cannot be sanded or refinished after it has been worn.
Can wood floors be installed over ceramic tile?
It’s not recommended, but it is possible. The only way to install your flooring over ceramic tiles is by using a glued down method (floating is not recommended). The best way to do this is to remove the ceramic tiles first. This is because there could be problems with adhesion and moisture, and even the base concrete. These issues can void the warranty on your wood flooring and shorten its life. You should also consider the height clearance for doorways and appliances. We recommend removing the ceramic tiles as well as the thinset.
Can hardwood floors be used in the kitchen?
The wood is a natural material, and the high temperatures and humidity in your kitchen can cause it to contract or expand. If you want to avoid cupping or gapping, then engineered wood will be your best choice.
If you clean up spills promptly, they will not have much of an effect on the hardwood floor. The maintenance schedule is also important. Never let water sit on the floor for long periods of time.
How can I prevent my wood flooring from sagging?
It is normal to see gaps during winter due to the change in humidity. This causes the wood to shrink and dry out. Use a humidifier to maintain the desired temperature in your home during the winter months, as long as the humidity level is over 45%. Certain wood species contract and expand at a greater rate than others, depending on the type of wood you choose. The appearance of gaps will be reduced by using an engineered floor. It is more stable in terms of dimensions than solid wood.
Can wood flooring be installed over an existing floor surface?
Wood can be adhered to existing flooring such as laminate, vinyl, hardwood floors and some types of tiles. The existing flooring must be smooth and free of major flaws, as well as fully adhered to its subfloor. Installers should follow the manufacturer’s recommended installation procedure.
Can wood flooring be installed over radiant heating?
Installation of floating engineered hardwood floor over radiant heated subfloor is recommended, but it must be done to the exact manufacturer’s specifications.