Wood floors are a timeless choice for interiors, suiting both modern and contemporary aesthetics thanks to the variety of wood species and installation patterns available. If you are considering installing wooden floors in your home, you probably have a lot of queries you’ll want answers to before committing to a purchase. We’ve listed some of the most common questions we get asked here at Just Wood, along with the answers, to shed some light on what you need to know before purchasing a wood floor.
How Can I prevent Scratches on My Wooden Floor?
While you’re never going to keep your wood floors completely scratch-free throughout their long life, there are steps you can take to minimise the number of scratches that your floor suffers. Large rugs are the easiest way to protect wooden floors in areas with high foot traffic, and you should avoid wearing high heels as these cause scratches and dents in the floorboards. If you have pets, you should keep their nails neatly trimmed to avoid them leaving scratching the finish on your wooden floor.
Where Can I Install Wood Flooring?
Although with proper care and maintenance hardwood flooring can be installed in most parts of the home – including the kitchen – most people tend to safe hardwood flooring for rooms that aren’t likely to experience humidity, spills, or frequent temperature fluctuation. You should, however, be mindful of the surface you will be laying your wood flooring on. For hardwood flooring, it’s not recommended to lay it over an existing floor or to float it on top of unlevelled concrete slabs – hardwood floors should preferably be fully bonded to subfloor where possible.
How Do I Maintain My Hardwood Floor?
Hardwood flooring aftercare is one of the most frequent subjects that pops up when it comes to wood flooring questions. The three crucial parts of maintaining your hardwood floor are: wiping up moisture immediately, sweeping it regularly, and adding felt floor protectors to heavy furniture. You’ll quickly realise that maintaining hardwood flooring is a straightforward process which requires little time or effort.
What’s the Difference Between Engineered and Solid Hardwood Flooring?
When it comes to wood flooring, you need to be aware that there are two different types – engineered hardwood and solid hardwood – and there is a very big difference between the two. Solid hardwood flooring, as the name implies, is made from solid wood planks. Engineered hardwood flooring, on the other hands, is made using manufactured planks covered in a veneer of real hardwood, varying from 2 to 6mm wear layer. (6mm has the same amount of usable hardwood as a solid 20mm board, due to the location of the tongue and grooves)
How Often Will Wood Floors Need Re-Sanding?
Both engineered and solid hardwood flooring shouldn’t need to be re-sanded and refinished for the first 10 to 15 years or so after it has been installed. After this period of time has passed, you should re-sand your floor at around 10-year intervals. Bear in mind that unlike solid hardwood flooring, 2 to 4mm wear layer engineered wood planks can only be refinished a couple of times due to the thickness of the wood veneer, whereas 6mm wear layer engineered can be resanded as many times as solid planks at around 4 times.
Can I Install Hardwood Flooring Myself?
At first glance, installing hardwood flooring looks simple enough, which leads many people to wonder whether they really have to pay for a professional to do, or if it’s a project they can take on themselves. Of course, what most people don’t consider is the additional costs that come along with installing hardwood flooring, such as renting all the necessary equipment. Additionally, considering the cost of hardwood planks, do you really want to take a chance on you being able to do a better job of installing it than a professional? In the long run, using a hardwood flooring specialist will actually save you money as professionals can do the installation expertly and efficiently.
Here at Just Wood, we pride ourselves on our year of expertise. If you would like to discuss a hardwood floor installation or request a quote, contact us today.
When it comes to installing hardwood floors in your home, often one of the most difficult decisions to make is the types of wood you should use. The part of your home where the floor will be, the look you want to achieve, and the size of the space itself will all play a part in which type of wood you should choose for hardwood floors. In our latest blog, we’ll run you through the most popular types of wood that you can choose from, and the type of space they will be best suited to.
Although Ash is known to vary in colour from a pale white to a medium brown, it’s often used to achieve a light hardwood floor. Its bold graining adds some more excitement to floors than using white Oak would and it is considered one of the hardest woods that is popularly used for flooring. If you’re looking to create a modern interior then Ash will be the ideal choice for your hardwood floors, adding a cool and contemporary element to the space.
The warm undertones of Beech make it ideal for brightening up and warming a space, no matter how big or small it is. Its subtle grain pattern makes Beech perfect for anyone looking to achieve a flawless finish with their wooden flooring, although you can still use it to add character by selecting Beech planks dappled with brown patches.
If you’re looking to achieve a more rustic aesthetic, then yellow or red Birch will add some real character to the space with its beautiful natural grain and contrasting colours. The pale colouring of a Birch hardwood floor will also help you create the illusion of space – one of the reasons why it’s becoming increasingly popular.
Cherry is a dynamic choice for hardwood flooring, darkening as it ages to a rich deep maroon colour. Its distinctly rich colouring will pair well with light colours for a statement look, and cherry hardwood floors work well in living rooms to make them feel warm and cosy.
For a truly breathtaking floor, Australian Jarrah hardwood flooring cannot be beaten. For those who dare to go bold, the rich and luxurious colouring of Jarrah will be sure to make a style statement. Thanks to the natural variation in the wood grain, no two Jarrah hardwood floors look the same, ensuring that your floor will have a unique look.
Commonly referred to as Brazilian cherry wood, Jatoba is a type of wood you should choose for hardwood floors only if you’ll be using a professional hardwood service as it is a very hard wood, making it difficult to work with. Like Cherry wood, Jatoba has a rich burgundy colour that will create a beautifully elegant hardwood floor. A more exotic choice for flooring, once installed, Jatoba hardwood flooring will last for decades to come thanks to its durability – and age beautifully.
A classic choice for creating light hardwood flooring, Maple creates a visually interesting finish thanks to the variations in the wood grain. Because Maple doesn’t take stain as well as other types of wood, you should only use it if you are looking for a fairly light overall finish.
Merbau is well-known for its durability and you can use it to add warmth to a room without the drama of a Cherry or Jarrah wood. This beautiful wood often gives off a golden lustre effect thanks to the dust in its pores, creating a striking contrast against the dark wood.
Oak has consistently remained a popular choice for hardwood flooring over the years thanks to its high resistance to dents and deep scratches. Although there are dozens of varieties available from across the world, light Oakwood is the most popular because of its pale golden tones and interesting grain pattern.
With colours ranging from golden yellow to rich purple, Rosewood is a versatile choice for hardwood flooring, although it is most often used to add warmth. Getting its name from the light rose aroma the wood emits, its unique grain and rich colouring make it a classic choice for hardwood floors.
Adding a rich tone without the warmth of other dark woods such as Jatoba, Walnut is a beautiful chocolate brown in colour, varying from light brown to the deepest of chocolate shades, and a popular choice for creating a modern and durable hardwood floor.
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Although winter is not yet upon on us, temperatures are already starting to drop so it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter, including your flooring.
Hardwood is known as a low-maintenance flooring option but it does require some extra care in winter as wood expands in response to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Knowing how to care for your hardwood floors during the colder months of the year is essential for their longevity.
Before Winter Sets In
You don’t have to wait until the cold weather truly sets in to ensure that your hardwood floors are properly cared for over winter. There a number of different steps you can take to prepare your wooden flooring for the months ahead to keep it in its best shape. Start by deep cleaning your floor to remove all of the dust and debris that has built up over summer and check if your hardwood flooring is in need of re-oiling or resanding.
Autumn is also the perfect time to check for any cracks, gaps, or splits in your flooring as these can let draughts in and further damage your floorboards once they begin to shrink due to the weather and moisture fluctuation. If you do notice any damage, make sure that you contact a hardwood flooring specialist rather than trying to repair the issue yourself as this can often cause further damage.
Although some gapping is to be expected in winter as wooden flooring is sensitive to humidity and temperature changes, you can minimise the effect that the weather has on your hardwood floor. Keeping the temperature in your home as consistent as possible is the easiest way to avoid any warping, gapping, or buckling issues. The low humidity levels in winter also contribute to floor gapping by causing hardwood floorboards to shrink. To combat this, use a humidifier in rooms with hardwood flooring to minimise shrinkage.
Leave Your Boots at the Door
Hardwood flooring is very resilient to heavy foot traffic but in winter it’s a good idea to leave your shoes and boots at the door. The reason for this is that during winter you can easily track in salt, sand, and snow – all things that will damage your floor. But it’s not just the humans in the household that can be guilty of tracking in things that can damage your floorboards, pets can just as easily track in rock salt and sand, so make sure that you wipe down their paws after walks.
Protect Your Floors
Adding rugs to your house in winter will not only protect your hardwood floors from scratches but also keep your feet warm and guard against any draughts passing through the floorboards.
It’s important that in winter you continue to regularly clean your hardwood floors as you would any other time of the year because this will help keep them in their best condition. Consistent cleaning ensures that your floor is kept free of the usual dust and debris that can cause scratches, along with any seasonal debris that might have been tracked in.
Renovating hardwood flooring can seem like an intimidating DIY project, which is why most people choose to use a professional hardwood renovation service. If you are thinking of renovating your hardwood floor yourself, make sure to follow these tips to achieve to achieve the best result possible.
Watch Out for Raised Nails
Long before you start thinking about re-sanding your hardwood flooring, you’ll have to prepare the room and the floor. Nails and staples can easily damage sanding and buffing machines so make sure that you countersink any nails that are raised above the surface, to ensure an even finish.
Don’t Skip Sandpaper Grits
Skipping grits or layers of sanding might seem like an easy way of shaving some time off your renovation project but it’s a false economy. Your roughest sandpaper grit will need to completely remove the old finish on the hardwood flooring and flatten the boards to an even surface. To achieve a smooth finish with your lacquer, gradually progress from a rough to a fine grit, to polish off the scratches left by the previous round of sanding.
Clean Between Each Sanding
Sawdust and powder can quickly build up as you’re sanding so make sure to clean between each round of sanding to cut down on your cleanup time later on. By cleaning as you go, you’ll also make the air in the room less dusty, making it easier to work (but you should still wear protective goggles and a dust mask).
Don’t Forget About Corners
The drum sander you’ll be using for the majority of your floor won’t reach the edges of a room, which is why you’ll need to make sure that you rent an edger – to ensure your floor has a level surface before applying the varnish. When using an edger, be sure to use the same grit of sandpaper as your drum sander, otherwise, the overall finish of your flooring will look uneven.
Rent Equipment From a Specialist
We have a couple of tips to help you make the most of your equipment rental. First off, rent your sanding and buffing machines from a flooring specialist rather than a generic rental store – this way you can benefit from some expert advice at no extra cost. Another tip is to get all of your prep work done before you rent the machines so that you’re not paying to have them sit around while you clear the room and prep the hardwood floor.
Hire a Professional Renovation Service
Although you can renovate hardwood flooring yourself, the best way to ensure a long-lasting and high-quality finish is by leaving the renovation to a professional service. Unlike someone attempting to renovate hardwood flooring for the first time, professional renovators have spent years mastering their craft, which means that they’ll be able to tackle even the trickiest of renovation projects. A hardwood renovation service will also be able to complete the work in less time, minimising the disruption to your home.
Here at Just Wood, we take great pride in our hardwood flooring re-sanding and renovation service. To find out more or book a free consultation, get in touch with us today.
Whatever type of wood you prefer to have in your home, hardwood flooring is a stylish and low maintenance flooring choice that will last for decades to come with the proper aftercare. To keep your hardwood floor in top condition, make sure to follow our tips on cleaning, maintenance, and avoiding damage.
The regular upkeep of hardwood flooring is relatively minimal, although it is essential for the longevity of your flooring. Dirt and debris can easily scratch the surface of your flooring and dull its shine. To prevent such damage, sweep or dust mop your floor daily and clean it with a hoover using the bare floor setting every week. For a more thorough clean or to remove stubborn stains, use a recommended wood cleaner.
Make sure that you avoid using generic cleaning products on your hardwood floors because the chemicals in these can damage the finish of the wood over time. For any wooden floor specific cleaning products, carefully read to instructions to check that they are compatible with the finish of your floor whether that be varnished, lacquered, oiled or waxed. Giving your floor a good mop might sound like proper aftercare but you should never use a wet mop or steam mop on wooden flooring because this can dull the finish and even damage the wood.
Aside from regular cleaning, hardwood floors require some occasional maintenance. If you’ve had your floor for a number of years and it’s beginning to lose its shine, it might be time to get it re-sanded and renovated. Unlike the cleaning of your floor, it’s recommended that you leave the re-sanding and refinishing of your hardwood flooring to a professional, to ensure the best results. Because hardwood flooring only needs this type of maintenance once every few years, it’s worth investing in expert workmen for the job.
One of the most important aspects of hardwood flooring aftercare is avoiding damage whenever possible, which will ensure that your floor is in good condition for decades to come. If any liquids are spilled on your hardwood floor, make sure that these are cleaned up immediately before they can soak into the wood and damage it.
To protect your floor against scratches and dents, put felt protectors on the bottom of any furniture and heavy objects. Make sure to regularly check and replace these because they can pick up dust and debris, effectively turning the felt pads into sandpaper on your hardwood flooring. When you are moving furniture across hardwood floors, remember to lift and carry it rather than dragging it on the floor because this can also lead to damage.
Although pet nails and football boots can leave a serious mark on your floor, high heels are the main culprit of dents and scuffs in high footfall areas, so avoid wearing them whenever possible.
If you’re looking to install hardwood flooring in your home, or your existing one is due for a re-sanding, get in touch with us to discuss your options.