Timber flooring is an excellent option for any property. Once installed, it requires little maintenance and it can be very cost-efficient. It also offers a number of benefits when compared to other types of flooring.
Timber Floor Installation
When you first purchase timber flooring, it will have to be left to stand for a while. This is because the wood may expand due to the change in temperature and humidity. You should not stack too many packs of the flooring on top of each other as this can damage the flooring.
If the subfloor is made from concrete, a material that resists damp should first be applied. Each flooring slat can be placed at varying lengths so that the slats are not all level with each other; this strengthens the floor. Depending on the type of wood used, the timber flooring may need to be washed, and then either a wax or oil applied to the wood. When the floor is then dry, a varnish can be used.
Timber flooring is relatively cheap to purchase, particularly when compared to other flooring options such as tiles or stone. It is also cost-effective in the long-term because when it is installed properly, it is very durable. Timber flooring can be sealed when it is fitted to prevent damage to the floor. Timber flooring is also less likely to need to be replaced because any marks can be sanded down and a new sealant applied. Additionally, timber flooring is a great insulator, which will reduce your energy bills.
Timber flooring can be made using a number of types of wood, including different oaks and Douglas Fir. Additionally, there are various finishes that can be applied to create the desired effect. There is a selection of sealants available, each producing a different look.
Timber Floor Maintenance
Timber flooring requires little maintenance when fitted correctly. As well as re-applying a sealant, timber floors will require regular cleaning. Timber flooring is very easy to clean. Debris can be vacuumed, and the floor can be washed with a mop to create a clean and fresh look. You should also wax the floor often to maintain the floor's finish and durability.
Timber flooring is very sustainable. It is easy to recycle and it does not use as much energy in the manufacturing process as other types of flooring. You can even use timber flooring made from recycled wood.