Frequently asked questions about flooring process
How to select boards for underfloor heating?
In the case of underfloor heating, it is best to select a layered floorboard that has a lower shrinkage and swelling coefficient, due to its non-uniform construction. A board used with underfloor heating should be thinner than 15 mm in order to maintain optimal heat conduction. The wood species used is also a crucial element. Oak and exotic species like jatoba, merbau, teak, or doussie are better options for underfloor heating.
How to best maintain wood floors?
When you have wood floors, it is crucial to remember that water and sand are their very worst enemies. It is also essential to ensure proper humidity and temperature. The best conditions fall within a temperature range of 12-25 degrees Celsius and a humidity range of 40-65%.
Lacquered floors require little to no additional treatments. Cleaning daily with a vacuum cleaner and cloth is sufficient as long as they are occasionally washed with water and floor cleaner. On the contrary, oiled floors should be treated with wood care oil occasionally aside from the usual cleaning with soap meant for oiled floors. Both maintenance routines depend upon the intensity of floor use as well. These simple routines can ensure that floors will last for a long time.
Which wood is best for parquet?
A variety of factors should be considered: sunlight in a room, its condition, the presence of animals, and the traffic in the room.
This information is essential as each wood species has its own specific characteristics (hardness, tendency to change color, shrinkage, stability, and expansion rates). Selecting the correct flooring is a very individual choice, adapted every time to the place where it is to be installed.
What kind of floor is better, oiled or varnished?
This depends entirely on the desires and needs of the client. An oiled floor is less resistant to dirt than a lacquered floor. A lacquered floor does not require special maintenance.
Be that as it may, all scratches and abrasions are much more visible and their removal requires sanding the entire lacquer surface. Although this floor requires a certain amount of maintenance, scratches are not visible. It is quite simple to remove dirt and to refresh an oiled floor in areas where its use is more intense.
The durability and quality oiled flooring depends on both the species of wood, as well as the quality of the products used for its care. Notably, an inarguable benefit of oiled floors is the fact that the oils do not form an external layer, but simply impregnate and penetrate the surface and pores of the wood, allowing it to breathe actively.
How to prep a subfloor for wood flooring installation?
Ideally, a sub-floor should be dry, even, and strong. Deviation from evenness may not exceed 2-3mm per 2m of flooring and the permitted moisture content at which the wood floor can be installed is: cement screed up to 2% CM.
How to avoid gaps in a wood floor?
There is only one way to ensure this. Maintaining optimum air humidity in the room (40-65%). When selecting a wood floor, it is important to consider that wood is a natural material and that it will shrink and swell with changing humidity. To ensure humidity remains at the correct level, a humidifier is a worthy investment.
Is the replacement of individual boards possible?
It is not always possible to replace individual boards. When a floor has been hand-varnished, it is impossible to replace only a single plank. The removal of the board from the floor will cause visible damage to the entire lacquer surface.
A layered and finished floor may allow for replacement or repair of a damaged board. Nevertheless, this requires a certain amount of experience and knowledge necessary for choosing an appropriate method of floor repair.
Can wood floors scratch?
Floors are high traffic surfaces that are exposed to scratches and this should all be taken into account before selecting the finishing method. The best plan is to engage and experienced parquet expert, whose knowledge will allow them to will advise you on what type of surface will work best in your space. There is wide variety of varnish and oil types available on the market for a variety of prices. The more expensive generally the better and more resistant to abrasion. We recommend preventing damage to the floor by choosing a varnish with high abrasion resistance. When considering oils or waxes, scratches will be less visible. However, any surface finished this way requires periodical maintenance. Keep in mind, high durability lacquer does not need to be used everywhere, like in bedrooms, where the traffic is smaller and the floor is not as exposed as in kitchens or hallways, ”normal” lacquer can be used. No surface is indestructible and preventive measures should always be applied like doormats, chair mats, and furniture glides.
Can wood floors be installed in laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens?
Wooden floors can be installed any type of room, but it is crucial to consider the type of surface that will be suitable for each specific room. Laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens are rooms that are used heavily. Specifically kitchens, which are especially exposed to water and household chemicals. A varnish with high abrasion resistance should be used in kitchens. It is best to use oil or wax for the surface finish in bathrooms and laundries due to its properties preventing wood from absorbing excess water.
Can vinyl panels be utilized in a home with pets?
Vinyl panels are very resistant materials and easy to maintain clean. You can easily remove hair remnants or signs of muddy dog paws. As with any type of flooring, it can be scratched by the claws of a large dog. However, it is possible to remove scratches from a usable PUR coating.
Is it possible to use armchairs on vinyl flooring?
It certainly is possible. However, keep in mind that casters must be made of a material other than rubber or hard plastic. Rubber can cause floor discoloration and hard plastic may cause excessive rubbing. It is best to use casters made from a rubber compound.
What are the benefits of vinyl flooring?
Aside from its very good value for money, one of the biggest advantages of vinyl is its cleanliness. Flooring created from this material is perfect for the homes of families or people who are affected by allergies. Another major benefit is that vinyl replicates the authentic, natural look of wood and tile without the issues associated with these materials (like being hard to clean and high maintenance) as well as their higher cost. Vinyl flooring is also one of the easiest to DIY install and can last for years.
What is the best way to care for and clean a vinyl floor?
Meticulously clean your vinyl flooring immediately after installation. To maintain the floor in the best condition, place doormats at each entrance to reduce scratches caused by grains of sand, dust or small debris stuck to the soles of shoes. To keep your floor’s appearance attractive, you must clean it regularly. Cleaning your floor is simple. Dust can be easily removed using a vacuum cleaner, a normal broom, or a microfiber cloth. When wet, the floor can be cleaned with a damp mop and common cleaning products. All spills and stains should be cleaned up immediately. We discourage the use of steam cleaners or strong cleansers. Be certain that no water stains remain on the floor after cleaning.