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January 13, 2016
There is something very timeless about wood flooring. It might not offer the same level of heat and instant comfort – particularly during the winter – as carpeting, but it evokes a sense of sophistication and style. Whether it is fitted in a more modern and minimalistic design or laid to look like the old world surfaces in a stately home, wood flooring can be extremely beautiful.
However, it is not suitable for all environments. This is a common mistake made by homeowners; most of whom quickly learn their lesson after laying down an expensive wood floor in a contemporary bathroom or kitchen. The problem is moisture – if you cannot guarantee the impermeability of a wood floor, there is no guarantee that it will not succumb to damage faster than flooring in less intensive areas of the house. The question is, can you find a way around it?
There is no denying the aesthetic appeal of a carefully installed wood floor in a modern kitchen, so this guide to fitting hardwood flooring in tricky areas will help you find a solution.
Thinking about the Risks
If you are on the lookout for a wood floor in Aldershot, it is a good idea to think about how you use your kitchen first, before you head out to shop. As far as moisture levels go, most kitchens (assuming that they are a reasonable size) do not present too much danger. You might drop a pan, spill a cup of tea, or splash water on the floor from time to time, but it should not happen all that often. If your hardwood floor is properly installed and sealed, this should not present a problem; it is things like broken washing machines which can direct water beneath seals and boards.
Making Hardwood Work
However, there a number of ways in which you can get around the problem of moisture and successfully lay hardwood flooring in a kitchen. The first is to site finish your surfaces; so, invest in a raw wood product and then apply a stain and sealant after installation. You might want to ask our experts about this option whilst shopping for a wood floor in Aldershot. This increases the strength and integrity of the floor (as well as making it more impermeable), because it allows the sealant to cover not just the boards, but the connections between them too.
Site Finish Vs Pre-Finished
The difference between site finished flooring and pre-finished flooring is not one of quality, so do not hesitate to invest in the latter for the other rooms around your home. You could also install conventional hardwood flooring in a kitchen and then arrange to have it refreshed or further protected with the relevant floor care product, so that the seams become impermeable too. Or, alternatively, if you are willing to compromise on the idea of a solid hardwood floor, you could invest in engineered wood instead. With its super tough ply core, an engineered floor is significantly more stable and adaptable to the kitchen environment, but it offers the same visual style as a solid hardwood surface.
A Question of Durability
If you still keen to find the perfect wood floor in Aldershot and install it in your kitchen, there are a few last things to consider. They relate to durability and the unique characteristics of a kitchen environment. For example, this space tends to see more foot traffic than a bedroom or a lounge, so it needs to be sturdier and stronger; even then, it is likely to wear at a faster rate and show more signs of use. The good news is that worn away areas (within a hardwood floor) can be easily sanded down and re-stained and sealed. Plus, there is always the option to add colourful runners and rugs, so durability is an issue which does not have to be a major inconvenience.
December 14, 2015
For more help and advice on installing hardwood flooring in your home, why not visit Wood Floor Surbiton today. Or, to speak to an expert advisor and arrange for a consultation, call the showroom on 020 8390 2020.
Ultimately, installing a hardwood floor is a lot like putting together a really big jigsaw puzzle – only, the difference is that this jigsaw puzzle is an essential part of your home and lifestyle. If it is not done right, you risk losing out not just on your financial investment, but also on the chance to make the room feel complete. This is why hiring the services of a professional installer is always the best option when it comes to laying hardwood flooring.
The question is, how do you find a reliable installer? Is it safe to look for flooring specialists on the internet or should you only consider a wood floor installation expert who has been recommended by a store? How can you guarantee that a chosen installer is going to do a good job? These are all important questions and this handy guide to finding a reliable wood floor installation expert will help you to answer them.
Think about Going Local
Whilst there is certainly nothing wrong with browsing for specialists online – just so long as you check reviews, ratings, and testimonials before hiring – there are often amazing deals to be found in your own neighbourhood. For expert wood floor installation in Surrey, ask for recommendations from flooring vendors; going local can save you money and it is a great way to put back into the community.
Account for Waste Materials
Unfortunately, you cannot successfully lay a hardwood floor without producing a small percentage of waste. So, when you have chosen an installer and they have visited your property to take professional measurements, do not be alarmed if their square foot figure is larger than your own. The number must account for that small percentage of waste wood, or you risk being left with awkward gaps and holes where a full plank will not fit. The less conventionally square the room, the more waste wood is likely to be produced.
Save Yourself Some Cash
If you are on a tight budget, you might want to save money by handling things like furniture removal for yourself. If the room is prepared for installation right from the outset, you should be able to save on the cost of time and general maintenance. Whilst many wood floor installation specialists will factor this type of work into their original quote, there is nothing stopping you from asking for a more personalised service.
Pick a True Professional
The truly reliable wood floor installation experts are those who never have to bring a saw indoors. This does, of course, mean that you will need to be able to offer some kind of outdoor shelter on rainy days – the installer will usually arrive early in the morning, set up their tools, and be done by the afternoon. The safety and protection of floors, furniture, and furnishings should be paramount at all times. If anything gets damaged, the installer must be appropriately insured and move through the proper channels in order to put things right. Fortunately, this is an extremely rare occurrence.
December 5, 2015
To find out more about how hardwood floors can transform the look and feel of your home or to arrange a consultation with a wood floor installation expert visit your local Wood Floor Surbiton today or call us on 01483 304 888 for our Guildford showroom or 020 8390 2020 for our Surbiton showroom.
Our Opening Times Over The Festive Period 2015 & The New Year. We have access to emails over this period, but will only check occasionally during this festive time.
November 20, 2015
The Met Office has issued a weather warning for Surrey, and the surrounding areas. Whilst we hope this is not severe there may be times when our showroom(s) are closed in the run up to the festive period due to the extreme weather conditions. We hope this does not happen, although we hope you understand if on the odd occasion we cannot offer a full operational service during our opening times.
We will be releasing our opening times over the festive period at the beginning of December for those whom it may effect.
November 7, 2015
We are pleased to announced our new wood flooring collection – Capital World Collection by Wood Floor Surbiton.
The Capital World Collection offers a diverse range of subtle earth tones:
Dim. 20x190mm x Random
Finish: Handcrafted with Hard Wax Oiled Surface
Grade: Rustic (Upgrade to Select)
Available within 14 days.
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