Wood flooring is almost always a consideration for homeowners when they consider replacing an old floor. Quality wood flooring that has been sourced to match the right conditions of the property and fitted professionally may last for 100 years (or even more). Avoiding a few common mistakes during the buying process can help ensure that you will enjoy the floor for many years to come.
Not fitting an underlay
An underlay is a thin layer of material that is placed beneath wooden flooring as well as other types of floors. Its job is varied from providing thermal insulation to proving acoustic noise reduction depending on the precise brand. Not fitting an underlay may seem like an opportunity to save money, however, it may cause expedited wear and tear of the boards so in the long run there is no saving.
Choosing the wrong type
Wood flooring incorporates two technologies. Solid wood, a completely natural material and on the other hand engineered wood, a varied board made from wood as well as syntactic materials. While engineered wood floors suit any type of home, the solid wood floor does not suit wet or moist conditions that may occur in homes located near a water source.
Choosing the wrong finish
Each floorboard is covered with a transparent layer of protective material from Oil to Lacquered. Because each type of finish gives the floor a slightly different look, homeowners often look at the visual side alone. The practical benefits of each finish must be taken into account. For example, a Lacquered finish will not allow water to penetrate the wood so it is recommended when the floor is fitted in the kitchen, bathroom or basement area. On the other hand, oil is often easier to maintain so it is recommended for locations that may experience higher than normal levels of foot traffic.
Choosing an unqualified fitter
The level of fitting will play an important part in the durability of the floor. Even if you are handy with some tools, a qualified fitter will have the expertise and right tools to ensure that the floor is fitted correctly.
Buying too much or too less flooring
The key to buying the right amount of flooring is to measure the room and add some extra boards for waste. Each room should be measured based on width multiply by the length. Once all the rooms have been measured you should add around 8% for waste that may occur when the floor is fitted with fixings. As well, any leftovers could be used in future should one of the flooring boards damage or stain.