Friday, 4 October 2019
The essential point is that most of hardwood flooring are subject to contraction and expansion, according to the quantity of moisture from the immediate environment. Planks can contract slightly during winter months (when central heating produces drier atmosphere) and extend during the summer months when windows are open and the atmosphere inside the home has more moisture. This seasonal movement never ceases and it is quite normal property of wooden floors - regardless of the era of the wooden floor. This expansion and contraction may also be amplified when underfloor heating is taken into account.
Another variable is that wood is a great insulator. This means it slows down the transmission of the warmth generated by the underfloor heating system. This obviously reduces system's efficacy but timber is less insulating material than other floor types such as carpeting. The warmth transmission property of the wood may also be beneficial because timber retains the heat for a long time after the underfloor heating system is switched off. This means that the space will stay warmer for longer interval.
Underfloor heating functions well with hardwood flooring since it keeps the entire floor in a constant temperature and other heating devices such as free standing heaters and heaters can create hot areas on hardwood floors that can lead to warping. Warping is the main concern of dwelling owners with wooden floors when they are thinking about installing an underfloor heating system.
Underfloor heating systems need to be carefully set up, hence such system should be designed to spread the heat evenly over the whole floor and the management settings must be installed to avoid large and sudden changes in temperature. Properly designed and installed underfloor heating system needs to be able to reduce warping of the wooden floor.
Before installation of underfloor heating we want take into consideration that modern engineered hardwood flooring are more suitable than solid hardwood floors for this objective. Engineered wood flooring include plywood or MDF boards covered with a hardwood veneer to give an attractive look. They are more secure and less likely to snore than solid hardwood floors. A engineered floor can readily be consumed and refitted when the underfloor heating system has been fitted.
Thursday, 28 March 2019
- Take care of the timber from dirt: Sealant provides a coating that can seep down into the cracks and crevices of the hardwood - making it hard for debris and dirt to hide there.
- Water damage: having a properly coated and sanded hardwood floor, water spills should not be a concern. Acting as a buffer, the sealant won't enable the water to seep into the wood, eliminating the worry of damaging the wood.
- Mold and Mildew: without the water and moisture affecting the hardwood, mould and mildew won't be able to grow - creating your flooring last longer.
- Stains & Spillage: messes happen, and you shouldn't need to hesitate your floors will be ruined if you spilled a glass of red wine or some tomato sauce in your hardwood floors. Sealants will protect from those and other staining agents.
Contact your hardwood flooring firm to have your floors properly refinished and sealed - you’ll reap the benefits.