Blog Archive | December 2013

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Admiring your wooden floor the way it is

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With so many finishing options available to those who have recently had a wooden floor installed in one or more rooms of their home, it is quite easy to get caught up in it all and fail to appreciate the floor as it already is. While most people either purchase pre-finished wooden boards or arrange for the finish to be applied after, you might wish to leave it as it is and really show off the natural beauty of the wood. This will accentuate the unique markings of the tree it was cut from and provide…

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How to go about fixing those rather irritating squeaky floorboards

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Squeaky floorboards are a highly frustrating issue that can sometimes occur after wooden flooring has been fitted. Most of the time this is simply due to the nature of wood and the fact it expands and contracts due to the changing heat and moisture levels in the environment. In the majority of cases this will not cause too much annoyance to householders as the flooring just needs adequate time to settle in to its new surroundings. After the floor has gone through all the seasons, the squeaking and…

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The challenge of finishing a wood floor after installation – Part 2

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In the last post, we explained how the laying of the floor alone can be a huge task for a householder to undertake, not even taking into account the rest of the work involved. We will now be continuing with the topic and explaining about sanding and applying the perfect finish too. Before you even start the sanding process you need to remove the entire floor standing furniture in the room. What’s left will need to be covered with dust sheets so nothing is damaged. Air will need to circulate…

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The challenge of finishing a wood floor after installation – Part 1

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The decision to fit a new hardwood floor in your home is one that should never be taken lightly. This is because it is a major project for those inexperienced in carrying out this type of work, while the job doesn’t end once the floorboards are in place. In this two-part article we will be showing you how to go about finishing a wood floor after it has been fitted, while championing the use of professional installers to ensure you get the most out of this investment and keep it looking great…

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Click-lock versus tongue-and-groove flooring

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The two options mentioned above are phrases you will only really come across when choosing the most suitable flooring for your home or commercial establishment. The benefits of using real wood flooring have already been well-documented on our site, but what about the methods used to fix the individual planks together? In this article we will be assessing the merits of each. Traditionally speaking, tongue-and-groove is the trusted choice for those in the wood flooring industry. With this type of connection,…

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The tools every wood flooring fitter should have

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The installation of a solid wood floor is a task best left to the professionals. This is not to say that experienced DIY enthusiasts couldn’t do a reasonable job, it’s just that over the course of their work, specialist wood flooring engineers know how to solve almost any problem they may encounter quickly and effectively. Plus, if you are having a floor fitted that you hope will last for many years to come, you would want total peace of mind it was worth the investment. Over the course…

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