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Do you need to replace your hardwood floor after water damage to your home?

water-on-woodWe all know how easily a washing machine hose can become loose, or there’s a dishwasher leak. The last thing you need to do is come home from a hard day at work to find that your beautiful wooden floor has flooded.

Something was left in the sink and it overflowed, a mechanical fault or leak, when water floods inside your home, it will usually mean it is time to have your hardwood flooring replaced?

When should you have your wooden floor replaced? Read on:

If your floor gets badly water damaged then generally you will have to bite the bullet and have it replaced. If you want to keep your home’s beauty, replacing your hardwood floor is a must, especially after flooding.

To find out whether your flooring needs replacing, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much time has passed?

Air drying can help your floor return to its regular state. However, if 10 days have passed and your floor hasn’t dried, it’s time to have it replaced.

 

  • Check if any mould is present?

Be 100 % sure, as the presence of mould means floor replacement.  Once there is mould damage, it can be very difficult to remove, will cause a health hazard and the only answer is to replace your flooring.

 

  • What type of flooring do you have?

Different types of flooring have different levels of protection against flooding.  Be sure to check yours out!  Some may withstand better than others too.  For example, timber flooring can be dried but if it is attached to concrete, drying out is not usually possible.

 

  • Depending on the extent of the water damage you may only have to replace part of your hardwood flooring.

hardwoodDo you need to replace your floor after a flood?

If you have carefully assessed your hardwood floor and it needs replacing after that laundry leak – contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer flooring installation services and want to help you get your home back to normal as soon as possible. We can replace part or floor, do repairs or if the damage is extensive replace your whole floor.

Don’t delay time is of the essence in flooding situations, even if you are unsure whether the water ha cause damage give us a call.

Contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring today for all your flooring needs, new, repairs and replacement. Free measure and quote.

How to design a home with a hardwood floor?

living room floorAre you thinking of installing a hardwood floor in your home? Awesome! Now, for the overall design of your home. Hardwood floor is subtly inviting, comforting and looks casually luxurious and will be your home’s best feature. You want to accentuate it by making sure your décor and home style will match it, but how? The number one key here is to create contrast.

Creating colour contrast

Where to start with your decorating? How will the colour contrast work? Fortunately, you don’t need to be a designer to be able to create something wonderful inside your home. Let’s explore a few simple design tips to help you maximise the beauty of your home.

Contrasting the hues and shades in your home could create a harmonious splendour. Here’s what you should do:

  • If you have a light floor, opt for a darker wall – doesn’t have to be too dark but dark enough to ensure that the contrast is accentuated. The furniture should be light and minimalistic.
  • Experiment with accessories. Choose vibrant colour accessories. Imagine having a grey wall with a white sofa with an orange rug and a lime green ornament. Let your imagination run wild while decorating and have a bit of fun with it.
  • For dark coloured floors, choose light coloured walls and a leather sofa. Make sure your sofa is a bit lighter or darker than your floor so it will not create an overcrowded look.
  • Bleached floors are fun! You can paint your wall red and add oak furniture for a stylish effect. Or you can colour your walls sky blue and add a white sofa for that seaside

How to design a home with a hardwood floor?

With hardwood floors, there are just so many ways to decorate your home – the possibilities are endless! Remember, there is never a right or wrong way to decorate but what only feels right for you. Need to install a new hardwood floor? Contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your needs. Ring us today for a free quote.

Floor Finishes: Water or Oil-Based?

Marri hardwood flooring

Marri hardwood flooring

Thinking about installing a new hardwood floor or refinishing your current floor? Whatever it is, you’re about to make a big decision. Do you choose a water or oil-based floor finish? They’re both durable and good looking, but they have differences. It can be a bit confusing, but once you understand the differences between the two, it will be a breeze for you!

How to know what finish your current floor has?

If you are refinishing your current floor, you will want to know which finish to choose. Well, you can recoat a water-based finish with an oil-based finish,so long as the old finish has been removed properly before applying a new coat. If you want to apply the same finishing to revive your floor – here’s what you should do:

Look at your floor. If it appears yellowish or looks like it has a build up, it is likely to be an oil-based finish. Also, you can tell by how old the finish is. Water-based finishes were popular about 10 years ago. If your floor is older than that, then it is most probably oil-based.

Now, let’s talk about each finish, starting off witha water-based finish.

Water-based finish

A water-based finish is almost odourless. It provides a clear finish and is easy to apply. It is recommended that an application of 4 coats, be completed in a day. Each coat requires only 2 hours to dry before it can be applied again. However, a water-based finish will cost more than an oil-based finish and won’t give your floor that rich glow colour.

Oil based finish

It gives your floor a rich, amber glow. It has a strong odour that will go away over time. It requires fewer coats but needs a lot more time. Each coat requires 5 hours to dry and the final coat recommends at least 12 hours of drying.

Floor Finishes: Water or Oil-Based?

Both finishes are great and offer good protection – so it all comes down to your preference. For a natural look, go for a water-based finish but if you want that amber glow, choose the oil-based finish.

Do you need to install new flooring? For a professional flooring contractor in Bunbury, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer flooring installation services and repair – ring us today for a free quote.

Can I install my own hardwood floor?

DIY workWhether you have a new home that needs flooring, renovating or changing your old floor, it’s a wise idea to consider hardwood floors. Hardwood floors have a natural charm that attracts a lot of homeowners. They are pleasant to the eye, warm and make you feel like you’re home. Hardwood floors just make your home cosier and homely!

DIY hardwood floor installation

When you consider hardwood floor for your home, have you thought about doing the installation yourself? Can you do the installation? Yes, you can, but you should have the right knowledge, proper training, skills and the right tools. Hardwood flooring installation takes time, precision and know-how to get it right and achieve a result that you want. Even for experienced DIYers, hardwood flooring installation can be a real challenge.

However, if you’ve never installed a hardwood floor before, it’s probably best to leave the job to the professionals.

hardwoodHiring a professional hardwood floor installer

DIY people know the responsibility of getting the job done. A lot depends on your ability and skills to properly install a hardwood floor so that it will look beautiful. You should dedicate a lot of your time and be extra careful to get the best out of your DIY hardwood floor installation. However, if you are unsure, better entrust the job of people that know – hire a professional floor installer. They have the necessary skills and tools. They can also finish the job on time.

Can I install my own hardwood floor?

You can but for excellent results, trust only the experts. For an expert floor installer in Bunbury, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We can do the installation for you – just let us know what you want. We offer cork, parquetry and bamboo floor installation. Ring us today for a free quote.

Is a hardwood floor good for a contemporary look of your home?

hardwoood floorYou want a chic and sleek style for your home. A home with a sophisticated interior excites you. Everything is planned accordingly but did you think about what your flooring should look like? If want a contemporary look for your home, you will want your flooring to complement your style too. For that, you will need a hardwood floor.

What makes hardwood flooring a good choice?

Hardwood flooring can go well with any kind of style you have in your mind. If you think that a rich coloured hardwood floor can only be seen in traditional homes, you should rethink this idea. While warm colours are the signature of a traditional styled home, it doesn’t mean you can’t install a hardwood floor for your modern looking home!

Is a hardwood floor good for a contemporary look of your home?

Yes! Having a hardwood floor will not affect your contemporary design at all. Hardwood floors can look great in an ultra modern setting. The trick here is to stay away from warm toned hardwood species. Choose pale hardwood floors. If you want to stick with a modern looking style, stick with a hardwood with a pale colour. Pale colours go well with a minimal and sophisticated nature of an ultra modern home.

bambooBamboo floor is great too!

Bamboo is naturally pale in colour. It is also a renewable source so you will feel good with your flooring choice as well as creating the perfect look for your home. Or go with a lighter coloured wood like spotted gum to achieve the look you want.

To discuss what flooring options will suit your modern design home, call D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We are your flooring specialists in Bunbury – we give free flooring advice and offer installation services as well. Give us a call today and let’s discuss your flooring options.

 

 

 

Are hardwood floors perfect for entrance ways?

entryway by DIYFirst impressions count.  Entrance ways should be beautiful, welcoming and inviting. This is a space that needs proper furnishing where all aspects; including the perfect floor, work together to create an area of beauty.

Entryway flooring options

There are many options of flooring for you to choose from when it comes to your entryway. In fact, any type of flooring is good. You can choose cork flooring, bamboo, or hardwood floors. However, when choosing entryway flooring, consider hardwood floors.

Hardwood floors are lovely and make good flooring for entrance ways and here is why:

  • Easy to clean
  • Durable and easy repair
  • Timeless appeal

Easy to clean

The floor in your entryway should be easy to clean and that is exactly what a hardwood floor offers. An entryway is a high traffic area; family members and guests will enter through this area, track in dirt and grime. To clean a hardwood floor, sweep first, then mop, dry mop any excess water and after a couple minutes your floor is clean again.

Durable and easy repair

Your entryway gets the most foot traffic so it should be durable and be able to withstand the daily wear and tear. Hardwood flooring is built to last so it will cope a lot better than many other flooring options. Plus if your old hardwood floor does start to look tired, you can have easily it refinished to make it look like new again!

Timeless appeal

Hardwood flooring can last for years and blend well with the current flooring trends. Flooring styles may change every year but hardwood flooring will always remain beautiful and trendy – a classic characteristic no other flooring can match. Wood flooring is the constant in housing trends for hundreds of years.

Are hardwood floors perfect for entrance ways?

Yes, they are. It is great to look at on its own or you can pair it up with a colourful rug or decorative doormat to have that more personalised feel. With help from D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring, your entryway will look fabulous. Call us today and let’s discuss your hardwood flooring options for your entryway or any part of your home. For floors for now and years to come; call D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring.

A flooring experts tips for finding your new floor!

hardwood floorYou want a lovely floor, a gorgeous one. Something that will bring out your home’s aesthetic appeal, make your home truly beautiful. When you are out looking for the best floor for your home, you have so many things to consider. What is hot? What colours and designs are in? All these while making sure the durability of a floor.

Got enough on your plate?

With these things in mind, you sure are too overwhelmed on how to choose the right floor. To avoid this scenario from happening, its best to seek flooring expert tips for finding a new floor.

Where to start

Don’t rush things. Give some serious thought about the room where you will install the floor. Think about your lifestyle and your preferred interior style – is it traditional, casual or contemporary? Consider the colour, visual, surface and the gloss level. All of these should suit your taste and needs.

Importance of lightings

Here’s one thing – floors will appear different depending on your light sources. To ensure your floor will look great get flooring samples and view them under different lighting condition. This will help you evaluate the gloss level of your floor. If your chosen floor looks nice on your lighting, or not then perhaps you can change your lighting  or do you need another flooring option?

Surface texturing

When it comes to flooring, its surface needs to be realistic – you don’t just see it, you have to feel it!

Purpose of the room

Many people over look this important factor, who will use the room and for what reason. You have choose to have a couple of different flooring surfaces throughout your home, depending on the use of the rooms.

Choose hardwood flooring, cork, bamboo, feature parquetry or a combination; the choices are endless, which will fit your home perfectly. Don’t get lose in the choice maze, come and talk to D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring, we can show you all your options and work out what really will suit your needs.

Now, you really will get that perfect flooring which ticks all your boxes. Enjoy your new floor!

For your flooring needs, contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer flooring supplies, full installation services and flooring repair too. Ring us now, free quote.

 

Is it normal for hardwood floors to split?

wooden_flooringYou have noticed some splits in your lovely hardwood floor.

  • Is it okay to have splits?
  • Are splits normal even if your floor is new?

Splitting of woods, unfortunately, occurs in some hardwood floors, but NO it’s not normal and doesn’t have to be a part of your flooring.

Hardwood floor splitting

Floor splitting is generally moisture related. The split occurs when the wood is an effect by moisture either excess moisture or humidityor when the wood dries out to much. Under these conditions the wood expands and contracts due to humidity and other moisture issues and splits occur.

There are many reasons why hardwood floor splitting occurs such as:

  • Improper condition at time of installation. It is possible that the problem was initiated from the start – the installation. If your wood flooring isn’t installed in the correct relative humidity (RH), it has higher chance of splitting.
  • Changing humidity levels. If the RH has changed, this may cause your floor to be exposed to splitting. This usually happens during the change of season or conditions eg added an air-conditioner or new heating system.
  • You have a damp under your flooring. If you have this, the moisture can seep through the subfloor. Your floor can absorb it and release it into the room, resulting to wood splitting.

All these things can contribute to wood splitting. However, there are ways on how you can reduce the chance of it happening. You can take a closer look at the causes of splitting above and avoid these things from occurring.

However, should you already have splitting in your flooring, call for professional help now, while the damage can still be repaired.

For your professional flooring contractor, contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer full flooring installation as well as repair services.

We’ll do everything we can to get your floors back into its best shape possible!

Hardwood floor cleaning, clean home for New Year

Spotted Gum from D.I.Y Parquetry and Cork

Spotted Gum from D.I.Y Parquetry and Cork

Excited for the holidays? You should be. The end of the year is near; Christmas is approaching and its summer! What news could be better than that? While you are busy preparing for end of year party, get together with friends and family, don’t forget to get your home ready.

Keeping your home clean

It’s the best time of the year. Wouldn’t it be right to have your home at its best? When it comes to making your home beautiful, nothing can match the beauty of a clean home. Keeping your home clean can be difficult especially during holidays when people are coming and going all the time, popping in for a visit and consistently walking through your home, leaving a trail of dirt and dust behind.

That’s where the challenge lies. So, you want can you do to keep your home clean?

Start with cleaning your hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are beautiful and they have that certain effect that makes your home elegant. However, they need proper care and maintenance, in order to keep their appearance looking it’s best even during the busiest month of the year.

Clean immediately

If there are food or wine spills, remember to clean it up right away. The longer it sits, the harder it is to remove them and the more chance of a stain happening. Make this your number one cleaning rule especially during this season when having a party becomes a common thing.

Be extra careful

When moving heavy furniture, make sure to do it carefully. You can use a thick pad, old towel or cloth underneath the furniture to prevent scratching. You can also ask for help when removing furniture – after all, four hands are better than two!

Sweep regularly

You’ll never know when guests will show up so always make sure your home is ready. Sweeping your hardwood floor can prevent dust and dirt buildup. Vacuum and mop once a week or as necessary and remember not to over wet your floor so dry mop immediately after to remove any excess water.

Don’t let your home gather dust this New Year, instead, keep it cleaned for that fabulous look for the holiday!

If your hardwood floor needs a facelift, don’t panic. Contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for your flooring needs. We install hardwood flooring including parquet floors, cork and bamboo floors, see you in 2015. Phone for a free quote.