Will my new timber floor scratch?
Timber is a very hardwearing and durable flooring product. Harder timber materials are certainly more scratch resistant than their softer counterparts. Hardness is measured using the Janka scale, so you will be able to choose a timber flooring product that is well suited to your needs by looking at its hardness rating. Generally, you should choose a harder timber for high traffic parts of your home. These areas of the home are more susceptible to scratching, as there is more foot traffic in the area. Foot traffic spreads abrasive particles and dirt, which can gradually scratch the timber’s surface. However because of its durability, timber does take quite a while to display scratches, if it is well maintained. Vacuuming frequently and fitting felt pads on the underside of furniture can reduce the chances of your timber floor being scratched.
While these precautions greatly improve the longevity of your timber floor, it is still possible that it will sustain some scratching over the years. Fortunately, this is not a major problem. Timber floors generally require some restoration, as they get older. This is likely to be very infrequent, but it is not a particularly lengthy process. It simply involves some sanding and revarnishing, to restore the beautiful natural finish of the floor. At Bennetts Carpets, we can help you with this. Our team offers a range of maintenance services and we will happily offer some advice on how to keep your timber floor looking great
Will water damage my timber floor?
Generally speaking, the small spills of water that you are likely to encounter in a household do not cause any major issues with timber flooring. Provided you mop the water up and don’t let it sit there, you should not have any problems. Timber flooring is prepared meticulously during the installation and finishing process. The timber is sanded back and coated with a protective varnish. This substance prevents water from being absorbed into the timber. As well as this, it protects against scratching and really highlights the beautiful natural appearance and colours of the timber itself.
However, timber is a natural product. As a result, it does have a tendency to absorb water in certain circumstances. If large volumes of water come into contact with your timber flooring over a long period of time, then it may cause some damage. Such situations are rare though; usually that would only occur if your floor were flooded. When timber absorbs water, it expands. This can cause it to warp or buckle, which is problematic. Fortunately, at Bennetts Carpets, we offer a warranty on warping and buckling. This means that you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your timber flooring is protected in more ways than one.
Can I sand my timber floor?
Sanding is actually a very effective method of restoring old timber floors. However, it should not be done more than strictly necessary. Each time you sand a timber floor, you are taking off a layer of the timber itself. That means that over time, it will have some effect on the thickness and potentially evenness of the floor. For this reason, you should probably leave floor sanding to the professionals. It requires a bit of skill and specialist knowledge, as well as specialised floor sanding equipment.
If you get a new timber floor from Bennetts, then it will be sanded and finished either before or during installation. This depends on whether you get prefinished or unfinished timber. As a result of this, your timber flooring from Bennetts will be in perfect condition. This means that you will not need to sand it for many years to come. Our team of experts will happily provide you with more information on this, as well as a range of maintenance tips and tricks. Maintaining your timber floor well will reduce the need for you to sand it in the future.