Opening up your windows and doors is all part of the joy of living by the beach. Salt air, the sun and sea often mean more damage to your home than ones that are nestled in a normal suburbia. But how can you prevent damage to your beautiful timber flooring?
Here are some important tips to prevent damage to your flooring and to prolong the life of your timber floor.
We all know that sand gets everywhere when we’re at the beach. Having mats leading into the home, where everyone can dust off sand is a simple and effective way of significantly reducing sand, dirt and grit from entering the house.
Use a Shoe Basket
Keep your shoes, sandals and jandals outside in a bin or basket near your home’s entrances and perhaps this is a good place for children’s toys like shovels and buckets- instead of ending up on your timber floor.
Ensure All are Dry
If your beach home has an outdoor shower, ask your guests to rinse off and dry before they enter your home. This will help to keep salt water off your floors.
Prevent Sun Damage
With warmer months, we love to have the beach breeze flow through the home to keep things cool, however, prolonged and direct UV exposure can have a detrimental effect on your floor. This can often result in the tone of your floor softening or accelerating the darkening of wood colours. This is known as ‘aging’ or ‘weathering’.
Filtering sunlight through curtains, blinds, outdoor awnings or UV treated windows/doors is an effective way to slow down any colour changes, control the gap widths between boards and reduces the direct heat from north facing rooms that are exposed to a lot of sun.
Small particles like sand and grit can act like sandpaper which can scratch and dull your floor’s finish. Regularly vacuuming with a soft broom attachment or sweeping with a slightly damp cloth will remove these particles from your floor and reduce the likelihood of unnecessary scratches.
Just like most purchases today that have specific cleaning recommendations; timber flooring is no different. It is vital to clean your wood floor with the recommended flooring cleaner.
There are so many different types of flooring finishes that you need to make sure that you are cleaning with the right product. We ensure to send our clients their first cleaner free, so they are familiar with the brand and products that they should be using to care for their floor.
These are just a few tips to help prevent damage to your flooring, check out our other blog article about choosing the best flooring for coastal homes to see how your floor choice can make beach side living a little more breezy...
Need to repair the timber flooring in your beachside home? Speak to us about your options by emailing us at office @ timberfloor dot nz
Living in New Zealand, we are surrounded by an abundance of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! While living by the beach has many joys, your selection of timber flooring can either add to your joy or start to diminish it.
Here are some tips on choosing the best floor for your coastal home, to ensure the longevity and durability of your stunning wooden floor.
We love to hear what ideas our clients have, so speak to us about your home’s design and see what kind of stunning floor suits you best! We are Auckland's flooring experts and timber and wood are our forte!
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Although not a common problem, this is a problem that affects polyurethane finishes and can occur soon after a timber floor is finished. And with long term effects! The only way to remove ghosting is a total re-sand and finish!! 😲😱👎
Here are some images that we have pulled from the web, that demonstrate the damage of "Ghosting" on timber flooring.
How can you prevent this issue?
It is very important that you do not walk on the floor with wet feet or get water on the floor for 7 days. Also, do NOT walk on the floor with shoes for a minimum of 24 hours up to 48 hours after. The floor can be walked on ONLY in socks.
Over time as the coating darkens with UV, these marks show up as a lighter cloudy appearance. Sometimes imprints only become obvious after one year or more!
So, taking precautionary care and following maintenance instructions for your new floor, will ensure you have a great floor now and into the distant future!
We are Auckland based flooring experts, speak to us about your wood flooring enquiries!
Solid American Oak Flooring with a Custom Stain in 'Antique Brown', with Waterborne Polyurethane
1. Added Warmth
Wood is a wonderful insulator and can play a vital role in maintaining the temperature of a room. Not only does it look warm and have a homely aesthetic, it provides a warmer floor option than other materials such as tiles or concrete, so no more shockingly cold feet when you’re on your coffee mission to the kitchen on cold winter mornings.
2. Added Comfort
Wood flooring is more comfortable to walk on as it’s softer that other flooring materials. This reduces painful issues related to the feet, which comes from prolonged exposure to hard unyielding floors like concrete and tiles.
3. Health Conscious
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has identified indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental hazards for the Western world. Although New Zealand is lagging with its indoor-air quality research, the home environment is an important and vital contributor in peoples’ health because we spend the greatest amount of our time in our homes. (BRANZ Ltd. 2017) Hardwood floors help to achieve an improved air quality in the home, by being less likely to trap fungi, bacteria and dust mites, which in turn, reduces unwanted allergens in your home.
4. Add Value to Your Home
With its timeless appeal, timber flooring has been used as a core material for building homes over the years. Timber flooring is the preferred flooring choice for consumers because of its natural character, environmental sustainability, reputable quality and aesthetics. All of these factors add long term value to your property.
Resources: (BRANZ Ltd. 2017) - Indoor Air Quality in New Zealand Homes and Schools.
Many products are claiming low or 0% VOC’s but what does all this mean? Should you be concerned about 'VOC exposure'?
What are VOC’s?VOC’s (Volatile organic compounds) are the chemical substances (including both man made and naturally occurring chemical compounds) that evaporate into the air from certain solids or liquids as they dry at room temperatures.
‘Organic’ refers to the chemical make up of the ingredients/ components and ‘Volatile’ refers to its evaporation into the air, making them easy to inhale.
Where are these VOC’s?These organic chemicals are used in many household products. This includes products such as paints, varnishes, cleaning products and many other household consumables.
All of these products can release VOC’s while you are using them, and, to some degree, even when they are stored. Exposure to many VOC’s are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.
How are we exposed to these VOC’s?Chemicals can enter our bodies through either breathing, touching or swallowing. This is known as exposure. Differences in age, health conditions, gender and level of exposure to other chemicals all affect potential effects of exposure to VOC’s. When it comes to VOC’s, effects to one’s health depends on the level of chemical toxicity, the amount of chemicals present in the air and how long the air is inhaled.
Why are they hazardous?Products that contain VOC’s, release hazardous vapours that not only affect humans and animals but also the environment. These VOC’s have varying health effects, some being short term and long term. Excessive exposure can cause allergic reactions, breathing and eye issues. Harmful VOC’s typically may not be acutely toxic for humans but have compounding long-term health effects.
Additionally, the gasses emitted affect the atmosphere, contributing to our current greenhouse gases issues.
So then, What is safe? Are There Any Alternatives?Thankfully, there are many legislative bodies that are intervening to reduce the dangers of VOC’s. The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has issued a maximum criteria of 140g/L for coatings, and 100g/L for adhesives which has been in place since 2010, with this maximum criteria tightening more so since then.
Timber flooring is a stunning way of beautifying your home, and now there are a range of products that are either low in VOC's or completely VOC free and safe to use in your home. Choosing to opt for VOC free products, is one way you can contribute making a difference to the environment and to your long term health.
Talk your flooring experts to discuss what VOC free options you can use for your dream flooring!
Solid timber flooring is 100% hardwood from the top to the base, meaning that the plank is solid wood all the way through.
On the other hand, engineered timber flooring is made up of a 3-6mm top layer of solid hardwood, which is glued to an engineered base of layered ply or birch. The mm's top layer is dependent on the board width and can vary between brands.
What Are The Benefits of Engineered Flooring?
Will I Get More Sands From Solid or Engineered Flooring?
The tongue and groove joint connects together when the flooring is laid. The re-sandable part of solid flooring is measured from the top surface of the flooring to the top of the tongue and groove. This is the same with engineered flooring.
Whether you are sanding solid or engineered flooring, you can only sand down to the tongue and groove joint. The thicker the hardwood layer on your engineered board, the more re-sands you will get. However, bear in mind that the thicker your top layer, the higher the cost.
Can Anyone Install My Engineered Flooring?
We recommend that a qualified flooring installer lay your flooring for you.
What's The Difference Between European Oak and French Oak Flooring?
This refers to the source of the timber as well as where the engineered flooring has been produced.
French Oak flooring is 100% Made in Italy from French Oak. The engineered core is made from marine grade Russian Birch which is sourced from sustainable forests. This flooring product is formaldehyde and solvent free, and has been cultivated from Radiation free zones, making it a very healthy choice for flooring in your home.
Have more questions? Visit our showroom in Rosedale, Auckland or send us an email!
No doubt, like most other New Zealander’s, you spend most of your summer evenings outside, soaking up the last of the sun’s rays. No matter the size of your areas, the key to creating the perfect indoor-outdoor flow is to design or incorporate a transition that is as seamless as possible. Here’s how to achieve a smooth transition:
Remove Visual and Physical Barriers
Many Kiwi homes connect to back yards with little or no windows. Removing these visual and physical barriers can open up your space, create easy access and allows more light to enter, which is an easy way to create a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor. Making use of large windows, sliding, French or bi-fold doors, you can create an illusion that there are NO walls, therefore, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor.
Use the Floor to Unite Your Spaces
Creating a feeling of unity and connection between your indoor and outdoor areas is best achieved by maintaining a consistent floor level between the different spaces. This unity creates a feeling of one large open space. For example, decking works well with connecting to internal timber floors.
Tip: By maintaining a consistent floor direction and similar floor colouring or materials, you can integrate these different areas together as one space.
You can try this with some of your key design elements. By mirroring or echoing elements of your kitchen, living or dining areas can create an illusion of blurred lines between your indoor and outdoor areas, unifying them and making them feel connected as one.
Don’t Let the Weather Stop You From Entertaining
In the case of unpredictable weather, having back-up entertaining areas is a great idea. By designing a combination of covered and uncovered areas, this creates options to connect with the outdoors, even if the weather turns sour.
Relocating or shifting internal areas such as living or dining furniture closer to your windows and doors, is a cost effective way to create the impression that your room is larger or more connected than it is, with your outdoor garden area in close view.
If you have specific design objectives and goals that you want to incorporate to better improve the indoor- outdoor flow of your home or project, let us know so we can make sure the interior flooring side is taken care of, so you can meet your design visions with precision. After all, we are flooring experts! Let us know how we can help!
Your dream is OUR dream and we want to help you achieve it.
Whether you want to start with a brand new floor or revamp existing timber flooring in your home, we are your trusted flooring experts to deliver your visions. Being in the industry for almost 20 years, we have been delivering results to customers that defy convention and are constantly on trend in the construction scene.
Contact us to see what's possible in your next project. Email us at office @ timberfloorsolutions.co.nz
With the ever-changing climate, air conditioning is becoming a popular addition to new homes and renovations. So, can air conditioning affect the performance of your timber flooring?
The short answer is - It depends.
Usually in residential spaces, air conditioning is not used consistently throughout the year. When used like this, no concerns from air conditioning generally arise. Even if a dwelling uses air conditioning on a more consistent basis, it is the average in-service moisture content throughout the year that must be considered. Strive to achieve an average relative humidity level of between 40-70% and an average indoor temperature between 18-25 degrees Celsius, not exceeding 35 degrees Celsius.
In spaces where more extreme and prolonged use of air conditioning occurs, this can result in either overly dry or overly humid conditions*. In these cases, in addition to the natural seasonal changes, air conditioning can either moderate or create more severe conditions. Therefore, with intermittent use of air conditioning, the effects are generally relatively small, and floors perform well.
The degree of movement (shrinkage or swelling) in floor boards, can differ depending on which product is used. Solid wood flooring is generally more sensitive to adverse climatic conditions whereas, engineered flooring is designed and constructed to reduce any potential expansion or shrinkage movement between boards. (The base layers being engineered in a cross-grained arrangement.)
Tip: The temperature conditions that we feel most comfortable in, are usually the conditions in which your floor will best perform.
* Depending on the use of either refrigerated or evaporative air conditioning systems.
A SUPREME RENOVATION IN GREY LYNN
Featuring Di Legno Italian Made Engineered French Oak
Builders: Broswick Builders
Photographer: Mark Scowen
Article Feature: Ponsonby News // October 2017
A previously dark and damp villa in Grey Lynn, Auckland was extended and renovated into a light filled family home that has been designed for entertaining. Made of four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living spaces, a modern and historic blend of materials, allows this home to speaks of its history and anticipates a bright new future of memories.
Timber Floor Solutions installed a Natural Grade of Di Legno's Italian Made Unfinished Engineered French Oak Flooring which was finished with Bona Oil in 'Graphite'.
Read the full Registered Master Builder write up here.
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