Timber flooring can be an excellent choice for your home, as this flooring is very durable, typically having a longer lifespan than many types of carpeting. Timber flooring is also very easy to clean, as you can simply run a dust mop over its surface, rather than having to lug a heavy vacuum around the home. If you're shopping for timber flooring for your home, note a few important questions you might have about this material, so you know the best brand to purchase and ensure you maintain the flooring properly.
Does the floor need special cleaning?
Timber floors don't need a specialty type of cleaning the way carpets need shampooing, but timber may need eventual sanding and refinishing once the top coating and sealant wears down and if it should suffer chips, dents and scratches. This surface damage may look like the floors are dirty, since scratches can cause discoloration and sealant that is wearing away may create an uneven surface on the floor. However, cleaning the floors won't repair this type of damage; sanding and then recoating or repainting is the only option for restoring the floor's surface appearance.
What is a floating floor and is it durable?
A floating floor, as the name implies, is not glued or nailed to the subfloor. The boards or slats of this type of flooring snap into one another, and then they are attached to the outer edges of the room's flooring. This is a much easier installation than boards that get nailed to the subfloor, and this can also create a more durable flooring, as the wood slats then have more room to expand as they absorb moisture, leading to less cracking over the years. These floors are very durable, as they don't float so severely that they shift and move when you walk over them. They are typically created with the same type of wood species as attached timber flooring.
Why are some brands more expensive even if they're the same wood species?
The species of timber will affect a floor's pricing, but floorboards may also be cut to different thicknesses. The thicker the board, the more often you can sand it down and then repaint or stain it before the board gets so thin that it simply needs replacing. Since you will get a longer lifespan from that thicker slat, it may be more expensive, even if it's made from the same species as a thinner slat that won't last as long before it needs replacing.Share
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