Myths about Wooden Floors

Expense

Wooden floors are moderate in cost, and outlast many other options. Because they last for decades, even centuries, they are far cheaper for long term use. Alternative floors are not too much cheaper, especially if carpet (which will be replace periodically) is added to the cost.

 

Cleaning

Wooden Floors can be swept and cleaned with a damp mop. Many find microfiber mop are extremely effective. Occasionally some cleaning fluid appropriate to the type of wooden can be used to restore the original shine. This is no more difficult than vacuuming a carpet.

 

Wooden floors and scratching

Almost all types of floors are prone to scratches or other damage. Wood has two advantages in this situation. One is that it is usually just the top finish that is scratched, and this can be easily restored. And even if the actual wood is damaged the surface can be sanded down, basically giving a whole new floor.

Placing coasters under furniture are removing shoes in the house can prevent almost all floor damage.

 

Environmental Impact of Timber Floor Sydney

Using wood and replacing the trees is actually very good for the environment. Growing trees absorb a fair amount of CO2. Once the tree is grown it can be used for building; most of the C02 remains stored in the wood, unless it is burnt. Replacing the harvested trees means more c02 is being absorbed from the atmosphere.

Other building materials such as metal require more energy to mine and produce, making them less environmentally friendly.

 

Bamboo Flooring Sydney

Bamboo is still a relatively new building material in the western world, but it looks to have similar environmental advantages to many woods. Well grown and processed bamboo is sufficiently durable for long term flooring.

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Floating Timber Floors Perth

There are advantages to an engineered wooden Floor.

  • The seperation from the surface underneath provides great insulation. This means that under moderate conditions the floor is quite warm. Heating inside is not lost directly to the ground, nor does the cold does not rise from the floor.
  • Wooden floors are flexible with the Season. Add a thick, warm rug in winter.
  • Engineered floors have the natural appeal of wood. Even though they are a hybrid of several layers of material the top wood really is the real thing. Older engineered floors and laminate look poor be comparison.
  • Stability of these floors is unsurpassed. Nothing is perfectly stable, but engineered wood has several layers of material that provide strength in all directions, making more stable than any other flooring material.
  • Like any good wood the surface can be re-sanded and refinished, should you want to redecorate.
  • Individual floor boards can be replaced if damaged, with minimal fuss.
  • The entire floor can be removed if needed, and even recycled as the flooring in another room.
  • Engineered wooden floors work well with underfloor heating.
  • They are possibly the easiest floor to install. Fine for DIY.

 

Timber Flooring Perth

A floating engineered timber floor can be installed in a new home, or over an existing floor. Consider the advantages.

Environmental Wood

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It is easy to get the wrong impression and think that use of natural resources like wood is detrimental for the environment. But growing trees is beneficial for the atmosphere, and continually growing and replacing trees is even better. Harvesting wood is good for combating climate change.

 

Trees absorbs carbon from the atmosphere as they grow. About half the weight of the wood produce from a tree is carbon. About 95% of this carbon stays permanently stored in the wood rather than the atmosphere.

 

Established forests have already absorbed a significant amount of carbon from the atmosphere. But a forest that is in the process of growing is absorbing even more carbon. It makes sense to keep growing new forests, and to use the wood for building. As long as the wood is not burnt almost all of the carbon remains stored.

 

Wooden homes are also faster to build than metal structures, requiring less energy. And because wood is a good insulator is can be used for energy efficient homes, providing that the overall building is designed for efficiency.

 

Sydney bamboo flooring

Bamboo is a grass rather than a wood. But as it is fast growing is both absorbs a lot of carbon from the atmosphere and is ready for use as a building material in under 7 years. Regular growth and harvesting of bamboo should have a great benefit for the environment, and bamboo floors are quite similar to quality wooden floors.

 

Responsibly sourced wood is a renewable building material. Processing of wood required less energy, thereby producing less carbon, than almost any other building material. Growth of wood actually removes a significant amount of carbon from the atmosphere. Houses build from wood can be designed to be more energy efficient than most alternatives, which is a further advantage for the environment.

Floating Floors and Electrical Underfloor Heating

Floating timber floors can work well with underfloor heating. Electrical underfloor heating is more common for these situations, but hydro heating can also be used.

 

If wood is moderately thin and reasonably dense it works well for underfloor heating. Expansion with moisture is always an issue with wooden floors. Heat expansion also occurs, but it is much less of an issue. If the floor is designed to accommodate this expansion there should be no problems.

 

Floating floors can be easily removed and replaced. This is an advantage should the floor become scratched or damaged; replacing damaged timber planks is a simple matter.

 

Some Guidelines:

  • The wooden flooring should not be more than 18mm thick, or it will insulate the heating mechanism and prove less effective. Dense thin wood is best.
  • The wooden timbers planks are prone to moving, but this effect can be greatly minimized if the width of the planks is about 10 times their depth. This means a plank 15mm deep should be about 15 to 16 cm wide. Most premade planks tend to follow this pattern, but it helps to check.
  • 27 degrees seems to be the upper limit for the actual temperature of the floor surface.
  • Leave an expansion gap of at least 1 cm on all edges of the floating floor. This can easily be hidden under a skirting board.
  • Wooden planks made with multiple layers of wood will be far more stable for any type of floors, with far less expansion or warping.

 

If you know the basic architectural details of the room(s) you wish to install underfloor heating in then it is easy to have suitable underfloor Heating DIY Kits assembled.

Underfloor Heating DIY Kits for hydro systems will basically contain:

  • Heat Pump Hydronic
  • Hydronic Underfloor Heating
  • Pellet Boilers
  • Pipe Fittings
  • Solar Hydronic Heating

 

Electrical kits are more common for floating floor. They can be designed and installed with minimal fuss.

SK FLOOR SANDING – ORBITAL SANDER

 

Trying to use an orbital sander to resurface a wooden floor is a big mistake.

 

Finishing sanders are not designed to rapidly remove wood- they are designed to do very fine sanding. The small amount of wood they remove is a side effect; the less wood removed the better.

 

There are other types of sanders;

Random Orbital Sander

This is a very popular and otherwise versatile sander. It rotates a sanding disk while simultaneously moving it in an elliptical pattern. This is highly useful as it prevents the swirl marks common to other types of sanding systems, common problems especially if one goes against wood grain.

 

Orbital Sander:

This has a similar tittle, but without the orbital name or function. This uses a spinning sanding surface to rapidly material from the wood. It is not designed to give a wood floor finish, and will tend to leave marks that vary with the wood and the direction of its grain.

 

Finishing Sanders.

These are designed specifically for finishing wooden floors. They cover a large amount of surface area in a fairly short time, removing the top finish of the floor with as little disruption to the wood as possible. They are finely tuned machines that do one type of job extremely well.

 

Floor Sanding and Polishing Sydney

Few people have the tools for proper floor finishing; fewer still have the necessary skills to achieve the best results. Even handypersons tend to have trouble floor sanding as it is so different to other DIY activities, and they have had no past experience to learn from. Call professionals for Floor Sanding and Polishing, Sydney based SK floor sanding are highly recommended.

 

Waterproofing Decks

Outdoor timber decking is exposed to all manner of weather conditions. Fine weather and poor mean strong sunshine to wet conditions, both of which take their toll on the wood. Poorly prepared wood will discolour, warp or just simply come apart.

Ultraviolet (UV) rays will weaken the structure of bonded wood, eventually causing cracks and breakages. Water saturation will cause swelling and contraction, which also weakens the wood. These can be minimised, prolonging the life of the wood, by various methods.

SEALING. These protect your wooded decking to a fair degree, but also need to be reapplied periodically. Clean stains can look very natural, or even make the wood seem more fancy that is actually is; but they need to be reapplied quite frequently, perhaps every 3 -4 months. More traditional paint may only need reapplication once per year, but is conceals the wood, hiding any natural appeal and making expensive timbers less desirable.

VENTILATION. wood will expand and contract with water. Leaving gaps between boards will prevent water pooling and reduce saturation. The will be less swelling and expansion if the water can drain between the board gaps, and much less buckling as the gaps allow room for the boards to expand horizontally rather than vertically. Ventilation that allows airflow also prevents mould and other moisture relates issues from developing. A 5mm gap between boards is usually a fair distance.

SHELTER THE BOARDS. Putting some roofing over the decking, even if it is only a soft cover, will greatly reduce the amount of wear and tear from the weather. It also prevents the accumulation of leaves and animal mess, and allows the decking to be used even if the weather is poor.


Thanks to Floating Timber Floor, Laminate & Bamboo Flooring Sydney – Hana Timber for today’s blogpost !

Hana Timber specialise in Timber, Floating Timber, Laminate Flooring and Bamboo Flooring in Sydney ! For more information, feel free to visit their website.

Hana Timber – Bamboo Flooring Sydney

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Bamboo flooring was first originated in Asia, more specifically, China. In these regions, the Moso bamboo type is the most commonly used for flooring.

Bamboo flooring has been known to be an alternative flooring option because of its physical structures. Their advantages are their strength and durability as well as their resistance to insects and moisture. Bamboo flooring is often in a beech wood colour but it can be processed to obtain a darker shade, similar to oak. However the natural bamboo colour, provides the material with the strongest attributes.

Hana Timber is “A Proud Timber and Bamboo Flooring Business in Australia”.

Hana was founded on the principles of honesty, integrity and respect in all aspects of the business. They take pride in supplying you with a superior product range and they are continually sourcing quality brands to add to their extensive range.

Why choose Hana Timber?

  • Extensive Hardwood, Laminate & Bamboo products available
  • High Quality products
  • Experienced Tradesmen
  • Increase the value of your home
  • 3 Year Written Guarantee – Covers Workmanship and Materials
  • For more information, feel free to visit their website. They also provide hardwood flooring, floating timber floors and laminate flooring. This service is only available in Sydney.
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