Can a hardwood floor be installed in any room of my home?
Hardwood is durable and excellent looking. It also feels great underfoot. This means it is suitable for all living spaces in your home, and even your bedrooms. It will not get cold during winter, and it will not get too hot during summer. That is one of the main advantages of natural timber flooring. However, because it is a natural timber product, our hardwood floors are not suitable for bathrooms, or anywhere that is prone to getting wet. Timber floors have the propensity to absorb water, if it is left to pool for a while.
This can cause a number of problems. In the worst cases, the timber will absorb the water and expand. When it expands, the timber warps and buckles if it has nowhere to expand to, which is often the case. It can even split if left unaddressed. For this reason, we suggest that you leave the timber flooring for living areas and bedrooms. Alternatively, our range of hardwood timbers is also great for decks.
What installation method is best for my hardwood flooring?
When you think of hardwood flooring, you probably think of the conventional installation method. This method involves using nails or glues to bond the hardwood to the subfloor. This is a very effective method of installation. It is sturdy, even and reliable. It also lasts for a very long time. However, it is not the only good way to install timber flooring. At Bennetts Carpets, we also offer floating timber floors. The floating floors approach to installation does not require nails or glue. Instead, it uses an interlocking pattern over an underlay to create a sturdy floor. It also minimises sound transfer. Because there is no need for glue or nails, it is quicker. As a result, it is cheaper to install using the floating method.
Both the conventional installation approach and the floating timber installation approach have their own advantages. That is why our flooring specialists, here at Bennetts Carpets, will happily run you through both processes. We will ensure that you are aware of the merits of both installation methods. We will also help you choose the one that is best suited to your needs.
How do I keep furniture from damaging my new hardwood floor?
Hardwood floors come in a variety of hardness ratings, which are known as Janka ratings. These ratings are a good way to gauge how well your hardwood flooring will resist scratches. However, regardless of how hard your flooring is, it may still scratch if it is not cared for correctly. There are several potential causes for this, but the most common by far is furniture. As you move couches, tables and heavy chairs around the floor, they gradually wear away at the protective outer surface. Over time, and in some cases quite quickly, this will result in scratches.
Fortunately, there is a very simple solution: protective pads. You can buy protective pads made from felt or other such fabrics from a number of homewares or department stores. These simply adhere to the underside of your furniture’s feet and allow it to slide across the floor without causing damage.
How do I know which variety of hardwood to choose?
Native Australian hardwood flooring comes in a very wide variety of species. Each of them offers spectacular colours, grains and textures. So how can you tell which to choose? There are a number of ways, but the best place to start is by making a list of priorities. If you prioritise the appearance of your floors, then simply find a sample of hardwood that fits well with your home’s décor. Alternatively, if you would prefer longevity, you can look at the Janka rating of a few different timbers and choose that way. At the end of the day, it is a matter of personal choice. The experts, here at Bennetts Carpets, will happily help you make an informed decision, so get in touch today.