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Maintaining A Wooden Floor

Solid wood floors are in general very hard wearing and they do not mark easily, however you still do need to take care of them to avoid unnecessary damage.
Firstly a wooden floor is best suited to a room that does not get very hot or it may expand and begin to buckle and push up against itself, resulting in ridges arising in the floor, which can result in the floor having to be taken up and re-laid. To prevent this happening you can use cork expansion strips around the edge of the floor and a thin strip in between boards (Approximately every 4-5 metres) for large areas.
If your flooring is going to be placed in a high traffic area then it is a very good idea to apply at least one more coat of varnish or oil than the manufacturer recommends to give it that little bit more protection.
Place a dirt barrier mat down inside your front door to stop people walking grit on to the wooden floor. Little bits of grit and stone are one of the major causes of damage as they scratch the flooring badly. Ideally get people to take their shoes off. This last point most definitely applies to high heels, as high heels and wooden floors do not mix, as they can cause irreparable damage to the flooring.
If you are going to place plants on the floor then ensure that they have a suitable tray underneath them to collect any excess water that might seep through when they are watered, as if not over a period of time you will get watermarks appearing that will be very hard to even sand out of the wood.
If you have dogs or cats ensure that their nails are kept short, as pets scratching at the floor by a doorway are one of the other main causes of damage.
Weekly maintenance should consist of vacuuming the floor, followed by a light mop over with water, avoiding using excess water otherwise this will result in smears showing up on the floor.
Whilst your wooden flooring will not need sanding down and re-varnishing for many years, you may occasionally need to put another layer of varnish down, however you will not always need to sand the floor. To check if it needs varnish, drip water on the floor, if it stays as beads then it does not need varnishing. If it soaks in slowly it may need varnishing, but not sanding, but if it soaks straight in then it will need sanding and varnishing.…

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Home Remodeling

Considering Laminate Wood Flooring and Engineered Wooden Floors

Although they both have “wood flooring” in the name, these two products are not at all alike. Unfortunately, this does not keep the two products from being confused. Let’s take a look at laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring, see what the differences are, and decide which will be better for you and your home. Be careful, because it’s not uncommon for people to call both of these products a laminate floor.
What Laminated Flooring Is And What It’s Not
There’s no solid wood at all in wood laminate flooring. It’s actually an extremely high def picture which is covered in rock hard resin, then laid on a wood-chip mixture. Although the end result looks quite realistic, the only wood involved is the composite base. Regardless, there are many people who truly cannot tell the difference unless they physically get down on hands and knees to look.
Defining Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered flooring is actually wood, of a sort. It is definitely not to be confused with what is traditionally referred to as hard wood flooring. The top layer of engineered flooring is real wood. However, this top layer is very thin, and therefore cannot be sanded like a hard wood floor. Unfortunately, this means that deep scratches and scuffs often require replacement of planks, making engineered flooring a bit more fragile than true hardwood flooring.
Laminate Floors Are Better For Some People
Since there’s not any real, solid wood used, laminated floors are always a lot cheaper than either engineered or hard wood floors. If you’re considering engineered, though, you should take high traffic areas into consideration as most engineered wood floors don’t stand up to it very well. There are some engineered floors which are specifically designed to handle high traffic, but they are quite a bit more expensive, and may not be within your grasp, even if you’d save money in the end. If you want to avoid scratches and scuffs, but still go cheap, then a laminated floor is your only real choice. Engineered flooring can be a real headache for those with pets or kids. Laminate flooring installation is among the easiest of all flooring, and maintenance is exceptionally simple as well.
When An Engineered Wood Floor Is Better Than A Laminate Floor?
Laminate floors don’t feel as solid under foot as engineered floors. The hollow sound that a laminate floor makes is an irritation to some. An engineered floor can also be sanded, even if only a few times. So, although laminate is better at resisting surface scratches, and cheaper to replace in the event of really deep scratches, an engineered floor is easier to repair if it gets only slightly deeply scratched or dented. Engineered wood floors also last longer than a laminate floor, as long as they are treated gently.…