When researching different floors, you may discover that you are
interested in timber flooring in
Melbourne, but that you don't know much about it. Here are some
things you should know about timber flooring to help you decide for
sure if it's the right kind of flooring for you.
The Difference between Timber Flooring and Laminate
Solid timber flooring is hardwood flooring which is made from
only one plank. It is also completely solid timber the whole way
through with no engineering or gluing, and, if properly taken care
of, it can last for centuries.
Laminate flooring, on the other hand, does not feature any solid
timber and is instead a high-density base that takes on the image
of a wooden plank, which is then finished off with an acrylic
lacquer. The average life span for properly maintained laminate
flooring is between 15 and 20 years.
There is also something known as engineered timber flooring,
which uses several pieces of wood that are pressed together.
Engineered timber flooring can be expected to last, with proper
care, up to 30 years.
Optimal Places to Install Timber Flooring
Timber flooring in Melbourne should be strong enough to take on
even your highest-trafficked areas. Solid timber should be used in
drier areas, while engineered or laminate flooring is a better
choice for the more moist areas in your home. You don't want to use
timber flooring in areas like your bathroom, laundry room, or any
other room in your home where water could become a problem. This is
because water can cause timber flooring to expand and contract.
Timber Flooring and Pets
One of the biggest concerns for homeowners and their flooring
choices is whether or not the material they choose can stand up to
the messes and damages that can be caused by their pets. The short
answer is that you can have timber flooring with pets if you so
choose, though you should be prepared to do a lot more work to keep
the flooring in good shape.
Timber flooring will show scratches from your pet's claws after
they have walked on it, and if your pet has an accident, the
chemicals in your pet's urine can permanently stain the floor. The
floor has to be both sanded and refinished to remove any evidence
of pet damage, so if this is something you cannot afford or are not
comfortable with maintaining, then you should probably opt for a
flooring choice that is more pet-friendly.
Cleaning Timber Flooring
If you don't have pets, then it is much easier to keep your
timber flooring clean. All you need to do is sweep it or vacuum it
often enough so as to keep it free of any debris that could end up
scratching the flooring if rubbed across it. You can also damp mop
timber flooring while using a mild solution of vinegar and water.
For the same reasons why you shouldn't install timber flooring in
the moist areas of your home, you don't want to water mop the
flooring because the water will then seep into the wood and cause
it to warp.
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