We get your questions on wood flooring answered
Like most materials, wood comes with its do’s and don’ts. In this second part on the article on wood flooring, Director of Evorich Flooring Group’s Wood Division shares insight into caring for wood flooring.
1. How should one care for the wood flooring at home?
Clean your floor regular with damp mop, vacuum cleaner or sweep lightly. Do not polish your wooden floor with any products that are not recommended for wooden floor. This will make your wood surfaces blurred. Always use wood appropriate cleaning and polishing solutions. Always keep the rooms with wood flooring well ventilated. Use good quality mats on your entrances at your front door so as to prevent sand and dirt from entering your home. Make sure windows and doors at homes are always closed when you are going out so that, in case of rain, water will not splash onto the flooring
2. Are there things to note over the years if you have wood flooring?
Yes, definitely. Do regular checks should there be any gapping formed on the wood flooring planks and look out for any signs of termites’ infestation. Especially do checks on high humidity areas in your house. Knock the floorboards to check if there is hollow sound or not. If there is, there may be termites under it, you must quickly ‘cure’ it by engaging recommended contractors or pest busters in your area – before you go for any maintenance program such as re-varnishing your wooden floor in order to give your flooring a fresh look.
3. Some wood flooring can result in gaps over the years. What do you suggest to prevent that from happening and how to resolve it if it happens?
There are two possibilities for the gapping resulted on wood flooring; either termites or expansion and contraction of the planks. Preventive measures are classified in three stages. Pre-installation: you need to acclimatise your wood flooring to your room temperature. During installation, the contractor must always assure that the moisture level is at an appropriate level. Post installation; regularly (6 months to 1 year) coat the wood flooring to give it an added protection against moisture. Take note of the room temperature and avoid direct sunlight as both these will “shrink” the plank in the long run. Engage a professional if this happens.
4. What types of wood are recommended for indoor flooring?
The types of wood that are recommended for indoor flooring will largely depends on the owners’ tastes and preferences for the home flooring design they wanted. It must blends well with the surrounding furniture. There are many kinds of wood designs for the owner to choose from. Most importantly, get a reliable wood flooring contractor to do the job as well as getting the wood materials from reputable eco sources. For young, first-time home owners with limited renovation budget who love wood flooring, we will usually recommend to install quality engineered wood flooring instead.
5. How long can wood flooring last?
Wood flooring can last the homeowner a lifetime for as many generations as possible so long as there is a good maintenance system. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers consider wood as a green building material due to its eco renewable and recyclable efficiency. If the homeowner is interested in nostalgic antique beauty and, of course, has a huge renovation budget, he or she can request from the wood flooring contractor to source for “century” woods from shipwrecks or old architectures worldwide, re-furnish them into new pieces of wood flooring at your home.
6. How is wood flooring an eco-friendly option compared to other flooring material?
Wood, especially engineered wood flooring and natural eco wood, is considered a preferred green building materials today. According to a report from USDA Forest Service, it is mentioned that wood should be considered as the main building materials in any green building projects. One of the reasons is that the use of wood in building materials yields fewer greenhouse gases than other common building materials such as concrete and steel. Wood will usually stored “avoidable carbon dioxide” and prevent them from leaking into the atmosphere. Producing wood materials require less energy and are therefore more energy efficient.