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May 24, 2016
Sometimes, accidents in the home do happen. In a household with small children or pets, it is not always possible to prevent them. If you spill a large amount of water on a solid wood floor (due to a leak or flooding), even the strongest of materials can develop cupping. The term ‘cupping’ – sometimes called dishing – refers to a defect, whereby the boards rise at the edges.
This causes the hardwood to become uneven and bumpy. The good news though is that cupping is easy to avoid and it can be repaired, if necessary. The best way to prevent it is, of course, to put measures in place to stop excess moisture damaging the wood. If you have a solid wood floor in Weybridge, this is the right way to keep it looking fantastic for a long time.
This guide to preventing or repairing cupping in a solid wood floor will help you extend the life of your hardwood.
Common Causes of Cupping
There are a number of reasons why a solid wood floor in Weybridge might start to curl at the edges and they all involve excess moisture, in one way or another. In some cases, the flooring was originally laid on an overly moist sub-floor. This can be a costly problem, because the boards usually need to be lifted up and away from the lower surface, so that it can be dried.
Fortunately, prevention is simple for this one. If you hire the help of an expert supplier and installer – a company that you can trust – if the ground is too wet, the wood simply won’t be laid over the top until it is completely ready. A moisture reading may be taken to gauge the severity of the problem and the nature of the solution.
In other cases, a leak or flooding has caused damage to the wood and forced the boards to curl. For homeowners, this can be a really distressing thing to have to deal with, but it doesn’t always mean that a floor is ruined. If you took the time and effort to invest in high quality solid wood flooring, in the first place, you should find that it’s pretty tough and hard wearing.
Responding to Cupping in Floors
The key to determining whether or not your flood can be saved is finding out how much of the fixing has been affected. If more than 40% of the floor has come loose from the sub-floor, it will be extremely difficult (perhaps impossible) to repair it. This is common after very severe flooding and water damage.
If you’re confident that only a small proportion of the fixing is vulnerable, the first step is to bring the humidity in the room back to a healthy level. For a floor, this level is anywhere between 45-60% RH. If you’re not sure how to measure the humidity in your home, it is best to consult an expert installation or repair team.
If the humidity is too high, as is usually the case after water damage or flooding, use a standard dehumidifier to restore it to the right level. This is absolutely crucial, because if you make any changes to the wood itself, before the humidity is restored, you risk having the edges of the floor sink lower than the middle. Once the room is stable, you can sand and refinish the floor if you feel it is necessary.
Knowing When to Ask for Help
If you have a solid wood floor in Weybridge and it develops problems, as a result of an unexpected accident or mishap, you are advised to seek the help of a specialist. The first place to start is with the supplier who helped you buy and install the floor. If they sold it to you, it makes sense to assume that they know quite a lot about its composition.
It is important to realise that high quality wood floors are actually very tough and durable. They are highly resistant to scratches and marks, but they can be weak when it comes to water. With the right care, however, even water damaged floors can be brought back to life. So, don’t despair if you spot cupping in your wood; go out and get an expert opinion.
To speak to our experts why not call 020 8390 2020 or contact us via email. Alternatively you could pop in and visit your nearest Wood Floor Surbiton store and see our range first hand.
April 21, 2016
There are many different reasons why homeowners choose wood flooring over alternatives like carpet, laminate, and tile. For one thing, it is extremely durable. High quality wood flooring in Woking, if installed and maintained correctly, can last decades. While it may be a slightly more expensive option than carpets, its value as a long term investment cannot be ignored.
This is why it is such a good idea to splash out on top quality wood flooring in Woking while you have the cash for it. Then, if your finances start to fluctuate at any point, you can rest safe in the knowledge that your flooring is not going to develop any unexpected or costly faults. Plus, wood flooring is beautiful to look at, because it gives a home a real sense of elegance.
This quick fire guide to choosing the right wood flooring will help you pick a product that is hard wearing, visually appealing, and cost effective.
The Visual Aesthetic
Wood flooring can be bought in a wide variety of different styles and finishes. It can be treated with oil, wax, or lacquer. All of these treatments give wood a distinct and unique look, so it is important to know what you want before you start shopping. The vast majority of wood flooring in Woking is finished with lacquer, because it creates a lovely sheen and smoothness. If you are keen to opt for an oiled floor, do be aware that this produces a slightly ‘wetter’ aesthetic.
The Grade of the Wood
The grade of your wood flooring is just as important as its finish. This, essentially, determines how flawless you want the wood to be. So, for example, some people prefer a highly polished and blemish free floor, which has been expertly refined and manufactured. And, there are others who would rather opt for something a little more rustic. Flooring with more ‘flaws’ (uneven colour, knots, etc.) tends to be less costly, but only because less manufacturing is needed to produce it. This is not a lower quality floor; it just offers a different kind of aesthetic.
The Right Material
It is very rare to see wood flooring made out of a softwood, because it just doesn’t stand up to heavy foot traffic. So, your choices will likely be oak, beechwood, or pine. These are very tough, durable materials and they can withstand the pressure of decades of use. If you want your wood flooring in Woking to last as long as you do, make sure that you pick a material that is strong and hard wearing.
The Care and Maintenance Routine
Generally, wood flooring is really very easy to keep clean. It is much easier to maintain than carpet, because it doesn’t trap grime, fibres, or allergens. Dirt may collect on the upper surface, but it can be washed away with a mop or removed with a standard hoover. Wherever possible, avoid using solvent based cleaning and polishing products on the wood, because it will degrade the lacquer surface. If you invest in an oil finished floor, do be aware that it will require a top up twice a year. Natural wood oils are the best way to do this.
For more information and advice on choosing the right wood flooring, click here to visit Wood Floor Surbiton today. Or, call 020 8390 2020 to get directions to your nearest Woking showroom.
April 16, 2016
We are publishing our brochure online for those who wish to have a look through our ranges of wood flooring available from Wood Floor Surbiton. We look forward to seeing you at one of our showrooms soon.
April 4, 2016
The main advantages of installing hard wood flooring in a home are fairly obvious. It is durable, tough, stain resistant, and looks extremely elegant. The right hard wood flooring can add endless sophistication and style to a room, but it has to be treated with care. If you look after hard wood properly, however, it has the potential to last a lifetime.
So, it offers some major cost advantages too. The average carpet needs replacing every decade. For homeowners who want to invest in quality, to save money in the long run, hard wood flooring is a great choice then. Plus, there are also some benefits that tend to get overlooked, in favour of the more obvious characteristics.
This guide to some of the less well known benefits of hard wood flooring will show you why this material is the only way to go.
Surprisingly Fire Resistant
Yes, that’s right – the wooden option is more resistant to fire than carpeting, tiling, and laminates. While it might sound implausible, the truth is that carpets ignite at a much lower temperature than hardwoods. They are often bonded and back by potent chemicals and once these see flames, they burn aggressively. It is also the case that carpets and laminates release much more toxic fumes than hardwoods can.
Cleaner and Less Prone to Mould
Hard wood flooring is generally much healthier than other options, because it is very resistant to dirt and stains. If you drop anything on a hard wood floor, it can be wiped clean. It also doesn’t hold moisture in the same way that carpeting does, so it cannot become a home for mildew and mould. This is the main reason why hard wood flooring smells much nicer, for much longer, than carpets.
Easy to Disinfect and Sterilise
If you have a weakened immune system or a troublesome dust allergy, carpets are the wrong choice. You need a floor that is simple to clean and can be rapidly disinfected when necessary. The material cannot hold spores or other irritants and it cannot get infected with mites, fleas, or other nasty bugs. For allergy sufferers, there really is no better option. If you buy high quality hard wood flooring, it should not contain irritating chemicals or adhesives.
Great for Saving on Energy Bills
It is a common misconception to think that wooden floors let all of the heat in a room escape. This is not true. While carpets are technically better at keeping the heat in, they do not perform so well when it comes to the warmer weather. With hard wood flooring, the lack of air pockets means that room stay comfortably warm in winter, but also satisfyingly cool in summer. This self-regulating quality makes it easier for homeowners to save on their energy bills.
Better Value for Money
In most cases, hard wood flooring a little more expensive to buy and fit than carpeting. However, carpets last a decade and hardwood floors can last a lifetime, so it is clear to see which option offers the best value for money. It is worth remembering that wood requires less maintenance than carpets and laminates too, so this will also save money. The key is to buy your flooring from a reliable provider who can recommend the best choice for your home.
March 15, 2016
Both our Guildford & Surbiton showrooms will be closed over the Easter period. We look forward to welcoming you back and showing you the New range of Ted Todd wood floors recently installed.
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