Installing wood flooring in your home is a great interior design idea, however many home owners do not realise the correct way of installing, maintaining and caring for their wood flooring. The initial cost of Real wood flooring can be viewed as expensive, however if you consider the fact that on average wood flooring will last for 50 years, the yearly cost of the product is actually a lot cheaper than other alternatives. However, if you do not properly care for your floor, then you may risk damaging your floor, which can become an expensive mistake. So here are a few must do tips to ensure your wood floor will last a lifetime.
The first tip and most important point is to ensure the flooring is installed correctly. The two areas that many DIYers make mistakes occur during the first two steps of installation. Wood flooring needs time to acclimatise to a rooms temperature otherwise the boards may shrink, expand or warp. Solid wood flooring requires at least 5 days of acclimation and engineered wood flooring requires at least 2 days. The second area that individuals get wrong is not leaving an expansion gap round the edge of the room. Wood is a natural product which may expand and contract as the atmospheric conditions change and therefore an expansion gap should be left to allow the floor to adjust. If you do not leave an expansion gap then you run the risk of your floor expanding, swelling and eventually buckling under pressure. The expansion gap should only be around 5mm and can be created using expansion spacers or wedges.
The second tip is to ensure your current furniture does not damage your beautiful new floor. The simplest way of protecting your furniture is to use felt furniture pads. You can pick up a pack of furniture pads from your local DIY store at a very small price. All you do is place these pads on the bottom of your furniture and it will stop the base of the furniture from scratching the floor when movement occurs.
Another element that may scratch your beautiful floor is small stones and dirt that is picked up in the base of your shoes. Once again there is a simple solution to reduce the risk of loose stones entering your property. A coir doormat is fairly cheap and by simply wiping your feet on the doormat, all lose stones should be removed and you are ready to step on your floor risk free.
The final tip is to make sure your flooring is regularly maintained. Depending on the quantity of footfall your floor receives, this will affect the number of years you should leave your floor before it needs refinishing. On average most individuals will refinish their floor every 10 years, however some may do it every 5 years if they want to change the shade or finish of their floor. This is all down to personal preference, however by sanding and refinishing your floor …Read more