You have just laid a new flooring in your house and now there is one more decision you need to take as far as your new flooring project is concerned. Undoubtedly, pre-finished wood flooring is really convenient. However, you need to remember that unfinished wood flooring gives you much more freedom. With unfinished wood flooring there are no limits as to the selection of colors and finishes, so you have an impact on the final result. You can give free rein to your imagination and create a floor of your dreams. In the case of pre-finished flooring you have no influence on the end result.
Laying new floors can completely change the appearance of your house. It should be a well-thought-out investment, as making proper decisions in this respect will guarantee that the floor is appropriate for the given interior and long-lasting. It is crucial to choose proper floor covering (e.g. laminate, hardwood and specific wood type), the right underlay as well as use the right fixings and adhesive.
However, it is also important to pay attention to the edging and the borders of the floor. If you are finishing the floor area next to a radiator pipe, looking for a method to cover a threshold or seeking an edging which perfectly suits the interior design, think about different borders available, as they are very important to guarantee that you get the best final flooring results.
The first thing that you need to take into account is deciding where you are going to fit your oak floor and what you are going to fit it onto. That is aimed at determining the type of environment that your floor will function in when installed. These considerations will make it easier for you to make a choice and determine if you need solid or engineered oak floor.
The most important thing that you should consider is whether there will be large temperature fluctuations and high humidity levels in the given area. Rooms such as a kitchen or a bathroom are some of the areas where such fluctuations usually occur. The best choice that we would recommend for those areas is engineered oak flooring, as engineered boards are not that susceptible to movement as a result of changeable external factors.
Are a frequent choice among home owners. However, when you decide to have such flooring type installed in your house, you need to consider several issues that are important for the floor meet your individual needs. Obviously, wood floor needs to suit your lifestyle and the conditions you have in your house. In most cases, wooden floors are ideal for all people, but anyway you should check whether it will be appropriate for your household.
If you have already made sure that you want to lay wood flooring in your home, you will need to think over several things before you move on with implementing the project. Read on to learn several tips which may be of help in the decision-making process?
In the case of oak flooring, you will have to decide whether to buy unfinished or prefinished oak flooring.
Prefinished oak flooring is a type of flooring which takes much less time to be installed. The boards in this case have been finished before laying the floor. Therefore, you can determine what color and tone the floor will have once fitted. Such boards are usually finished with the use of hard wax oils or lacquers.
Unfinished oak flooring is a type of flooring made of boards that require finishing after installation. In the case of unfinished floors any type of finish can be applied to achieve the desired effect.
More and more people ask us if they can lay oak floor over concrete sub-floor, As far as concrete is concerned, there are several issues that you will need to pay attention to:
1. We must consider for how long the concrete has been there. It is extremely important that concrete should have moisture content of below 4%, no matter what wood flooring you will choose. If you do not adequately dry out the concrete sub-floor before laying the floor, the concrete will keep drying out as the flooring has been laid. The moisture level will go up, which will bring about problems with your new oak floor.
A sub-floor, as the name suggests is nothing else but a floor situated under the floor which you walk on. When you remove the carpet or a different type of flooring material, you will get to the sub-floor. Sub-floors are a crucial factor that needs to be taken into account when installing a new floor. You have to consider the material which the sub-floor is made of and then think about the types of flooring that can be installed on such a sub-floor type. When it comes to finished flooring material, people usually choose solid wood flooring, or engineered or laminate flooring. Now, let’s discuss different types of sub-floors – it will help you understand which finished flooring types can be installed in each case.
At Rhodium Floors we have observed that grey and white floors have been increasingly popular for several years. That’s why we have made a great effort to find some outstanding examples and include them in our product range. For quite a time, almost all customers went for wood flooring with almost orange coloring. Luckily, it is no longer the case. It’s true to say that people still tend to like natural honey-toned wood options, but an increasing number of people now go for very light or dark wood floors. Nowadays, there is also a large group of customers who prefer grey and white floors – this trend has really set in.
Our long love affair with wooden floors shows no signs of slowing down. We are getting lots of questions about wood flooring, this most popular and lasting interior décor trend of all time. So what are the new directions for 2015? What are the latest industry trends among architects, designers and fans of wood flooring?
One of our trade customers recently asked our team for advice regarding 2,152 sq. ft. of high quality engineered parquet floor he had recently installed into a Hollywood Hills’ home . The floor began to show signs of distress after the first season it was exposed to heating and some of the parquet panels had started bowing at the corners.
The installed floor was multilayer parquet with a 1/4 inch (6.5mm) thick top layer of white oiled oak with the grain direction diagonal to the panel edges. All panels had an 8mm deep 4 side groove and were installed using tongue and groove technique.