Wooden Flooring – Home Refurbishment Chelsea

Wooden Flooring – Home Refurbishment Chelsea

Wooden Flooring

A growing number of residential and commercial property owners look to refurbish their property in order to increase its value and make it more livable and one day more saleable. Replacing a present flooring solution is often a consideration and the possibility of wood flooring may come up. When fitting wood flooring there are several aspects to take into account to ensure that the most suitable type of wood has been fitted. Naturally, when choosing a professional contractor to source and fit your floor, you are safe in the knowledge that these aspects have been addressed. Here are some of these aspects should you wish to know more.

Type Of Wood

There are two types of ‘real’ wood flooring. One is made of complete wood (called solid wood flooring), while the second is made from wood and syntactic material (called engineered wood flooring). The two types look completely identical when fitted, however they differ in their reaction to cold or hot temperature as well as suitability in damp areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and other rooms that may experience humid conditions.

Solid Wood Flooring – Each plank is made from solid wood such as Walnut, Oak and other types of hardwood. The use of complete wood means that the floor is extremely strong and service life can exceed 100 years. In addition to its strength, you will be able to sand the wood from time to time thereby removing an ‘old’ layer of wood and exposing new wood. However, the use of complete wood means that solid wood flooring is unsuitable in damp or wet areas as well as fitted over under floor heating. Natural wood reacts to changes in temperature by expanding (in hot conditions) or contract (in cold conditions) and because solid wood flooring contains only wood it inherits this property. Fitted over under floor heating or in areas that experience fluctuations in temperature solid wood will quickly damage.

Engineered Wood Flooring – Each planks is made from solid wood as a top layer. Three to four layers of syntactic material such as MDF, Plywood and Softwood support the layer of solid wood. The use of diverse materials means that this type of wood flooring is suitable for fitting over under floor heating as well as all around the property. However, the plank is not as strong as complete solid wood and service life does not equal. Furthermore, while you can still sand the planks from time to time, you are limited in how many times the process can be repeated by the thickness of the solid layer.

Conclusion – Your choice of either solid or engineered will be based on the location of where the floor is to be fitted as well as the presence of under floor heating.

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Grade Of The Wood

Wood been a natural material varies in colour. The level of colour variations between planks of wood in one stack is referred to as grade. The higher the grade is, the more similar each plank in the stack will be. Therefore, grade is an indication of a visual aspect of wood, not of quality. There are four grades to choose from:

Prime Grade – The highest grade, which means the most expensive of the four and the most refine. You should not be able to notice colour variations between the planks so the floor space in its entirety will display a uniform look.

Select Grade – Also considered a type of premium grade, select may also be referred to as AB grade. Planks will have some knots and an increasing amount of colour variation between each other.

Natural Grade – Colour variations between the floorboards are more common and so are larger knots of 30mm. Also known as ABCD grade.

Rustic Grade – The most affordable option of the four. Also known as country or rural look, variations between the floorboards are very common and so are knots of 35mm.

Conclusion – Your choice of grade will be based on your taste in décor as well as available budget.

Finish Of Wood

Your last consideration is choosing the finish of the wood. The finish is a translucent layer of material that coats the planks of wood. It offers some protection from wear and tear as well as helping achieve a desired look. The most common are lacquer, oil and UV oil finish. Lacquer is popular because it makes the wood almost waterproof as it sits on the wood, while oil is better at preventing common wear and tear damage as oil sinks into the wood. Unlike type of wood and grade, the finish can be changed without incurring huge costs.

If you have any questions contact Ashville Inc on 020 7736 0355.

Wood flooring explained by Wood and Beyond. FSC licensed London merchants of solid wood flooring, engineered as well as decking and worktops. When choosing wooden flooring, please consider the environment and look for sellers who source their woods ethically from managed forests.

Home Refurbishment Chelsea

Home Refurbishment Chelsea