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Why wood flooring is great for you home?

Why wood flooring is great for you home?

When planning on changing the flooring of your house, it can be a tricky decision considering the wide choices available to you. Among the many options wood flooring is the best choice because it is reasonable priced. Not only is wood a long lasting product, wood flooring can boost the value of a house. Long lasting, reasonably priced and value increasing are powerful points in favour of wood as your flooring option.

Wood is also comparatively easy to maintain. Just a little sweeping and the occasional vacuum is all you need. However on areas near the doors or that get a lot of traffic, you may see a lot of wear, so perhaps you can consider a mat.

Did you know wood flooring is ecologically sound and does not permanently change the face of a landscape like tiles do and it doesn’t need the vast amount of chemicals like carpet or lino do. Wood source can also be replenished especially if grown in plantations.

Why wood flooring is great for you home?

If you’re planning on renovating your floor or need a new floor; think about wood flooring and the advantages it can has for you and your home. Wood flooring will increase the value of your house and it’s environmentally safe which is great for everyone.

Contact your local wood flooring supplier D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring for all your wood flooring needs, call on 0409 081 679.

Timber flooring a healthy choice for your home

Timber floor a wonderful healthy flooringA healthy living is always an issue to tackle in your home and concerns parents greatly.

Having most important part is to provide a clean floor natural so that dirt, bacteria and other contaminants are spread through your home. Timber floors are great at achieving a clean healthy floor much better than a lot of other flooring options.

A healthier choice means the safety from toxins that wooden flooring material gives over time. Timber floors are installed using water-based seals with no harsh odour and only a very low amount of odours after installation which ensures a better air quality inside your home.

Timber flooring a healthy choice for your home and your family.

Replacing your carpets and opting for a timber flooring solution will be beneficial for those sensitive to dust, allergy sufferers and asthmatics . Carpets tend to trap dirt and dust with everyday use resulting into stock pile of particles in time, that when disturbed may cause a burst back into the air. With proper care and maintenance, carpets can be prevented from piling dust particles. Timber floors don’t have the same hidden dust problems because when dirt or dust starts to build you can see it and easily sweep it away.

Timber flooring is very easy to clean and maintain; with just a regular sweeping and vacuuming, dirt and dust can be removed. There are lots of colours, type and sizes of wooden flooring that is sure to suit your home and make you wonder why you waited so long to make the change.

Timber flooring is cool in summer but warm in winter. This characteristic is unparalleled among other flooring solutions. You will surely find timber flooring very comfy to step in even with bare feet.

DIY Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring specialises in flooring solutions. For more information about our product, call us today!

Timber Flooring ongoing Care and Maintenance

Timber Flooring – Enemies

There are some things that are enemies to timber flooring finishes and one of these is sand or grit that can be brought into the house with footwear. These small particles act like sandpaper resulting in scratches in the floor.

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Mats placed both outside and inside external doors provide a simple and effective means of significantly reducing grit from entering the house. Similarly, in high wear areas, runners and rugs can be effective and can also add to the décor of the house. The kitchen floor generally experiences high wear and therefore a floor rug in this area can be particularly beneficial.

Another aspect that should be considered is the amount of direct sunlight that is reaching the floors. Direct intense sunlight can contribute to gapping and possible cupping of boards. It

will also cause the colour of both boards and finish to change with time. Some floor finishes are more prone to darken with age and direct sunlight accelerates this process. Filtered sunlight through sheer curtains or blinds provides an effective means of slowing the colour change processes and is also effective in controlling gap size and possible cupping. In some instances it may be decided that window coverings will not be used, and if the sunlight has not been controlled by patio roofs or awnings then floors rugs can be used.

Maintenance Plan

Establishing a regular cleaning program will greatly assist in keeping floors in pristine condition. There are many aspects that affect how often the floor requires cleaning and these include the degree of grit present (particularly from children and pets), type of exterior and interior matting used, the level of traffi c, type of footwear and general conditions of the area outside the house. Spills should be mopped up when they occur and any leaks must be attended to immediately. Failure to attend to leaking pipe work can result in severe problems with a floor particularly when laid over sheet flooring or directly adhered to a slab. Scuff marks or stubborn stains may be removed with light rubbing using a wood floor cleaner. As some cleaners can attack certain types of coating, use where possible the cleaning regime specified by the coatings manufacturer – alternatively always test rub an isolated area of floor to verify compatibility of the cleaner used to the coating.

For regular cleaning of domestic floors an antistatic mop provides an effective means of collecting dust and grit. Continual walking on a dirty floor will quickly damage the finish. If a vacuum cleaner is used then the condition of the brushes should be regularly checked. If they have worn thin, contact of the metal head on the floor can result in scratching. Also, do not use hard head vacuum cleaners as they will invariably cause fine scratches on the floor.

Steam mops are not recommended on polished floors as they can cause damage to certain types of coatings. They may also cause ‘lipping’ on floating floors. Floor mats at doorways provide a simple means to limit the a mount of grit entering the home.

On a monthly basis floors can also benefit from damp mopping. Providing the mop is only damp and the finish is in good condition, mopping carried out correctly will not affect either the finish or the timber. Damp mopping provides an effective deep clean and should be undertaken with a neutral pH wood floor cleaner or product recommended by the finish manufacturer. Harsh detergents or abrasive cleaners are to be avoided as are use of methylated spirits and vinegar as they can chemically attack some types of coatings e.g. waterborne polyurethanes and penetrating oils.

After wetting the mop it should be wrung out until it is moist and the floor can be mopped in this condition. Using clean water, a final mopping with a mop wrung out till it is ‘dry’ may be used to further remove excess moisture on the boards. Periodically the protective pads on furniture legs should also be check to ensure that they are clean of grit or in need of replacement.

Re-coating

It is important to ensure that excessive wear has not occurred if a total re-sand and re-finish is to be avoided. The finish should be inspected in the high wear areas and if a few drops of water bead on the surface then the finish is still intact and may require cleaning rather than re-coating. If however, after a few minutes the water begins to soak in and the timber colour darkens, then the finish is partially worn and recoating should be undertaken. It is important that the details of the original coating system can be made available to the sander and finisher to ensure compatibility between coats.

 

Article courtesy of Australian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA)

© Australian Timber Flooring Association Inc. 2008

Types of timber flooring and timber floor products

The Options for timber flooring:

When choosing timber flooring there are several options, therefore it’s important that you speak with an atfa timber flooring professional (D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring) before making your choice to ensure the selection suits the application. Timber flooring is available in a range of timber products but other options such as cork, laminate and bamboo are also available.

Choose from:

Solid strip timber flooring (tongue and groove) fixed to sheet sub-floors of particleboard or plywood, over joists or battens or direct to a concrete slab, provide the traditional timber floor renowned for its strength, durability and character. As such, throughout its life, it can be rejuvenated to near new conditions by sanding and refinishing. It is ideal for new houses or to match existing floors in renovations and can be top (face) nailed, secretly fixed or glued to concrete slabs.

Engineered flooring is specifically manufactured with a decorative layer of timber bonded over layers of other timbers beneath. This not only provides additional stability but also maintains all the appearance characteristics associated with solid timber flooring. Some engineered floors are available pre-finished while others are designed to be sanded and finished after installation. Engineered floors may be laid as floating floors, glued to a sub-floor as an overlay and in some cases fixed as a structural floor.

Parquetry comes in two forms, block parquetry and the smaller finger parquetry sheet. Parquetry provides many options of combining block orientation, size and species to transform your floor into an outstanding feature. They can be laid to various sub-floors and similar to strip timber floors they can easily be rejuvenated throughout their life.

Cork tiles provide a different look to timber boards or parquetry utilising natural cork in tile form, which is then adhered directly to a sub-floor or level underlay. Cork, as with timber, is lightly sanded and finished to provide a natural looking highly durable surface that is softer underfoot.

Laminate flooring more often than not, is a timber look finish usually consisting of high density fibreboard, topped with a faux timber look fi lm. Laminate floors can be laid over most surfaces utilising an underlay and in most instances can be quick to lay as a floating floor.

Bamboo is not a timber but a grass, is regarded for its feature looks and in many respects it acts similar to solid timber floors. Some flooring is manufactured to provide an even appearance while other products are of laminated construction and can provide a greater blend of colours. The flooring is usually pre-finished and is generally adhesive fixed to the sub-floor.

D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring are your timber flooring experts so give them  a call and have a chat about your needs, all our quotes are FREE!