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Floors are an integral part of your interior decoration but, perhaps, overlooked. New technologies and new tools in the hands of specialist fitters could make a startling difference to your interiors.
Here are some ideas to consider:
Replace or Rejuvenate?
Lift that carpet and have a look at what is underneath. You would be surprised at how an old floor can be restored to its original glory. It will save you money and save a tree!
If it is a new floor you want,you need to be aware of the choices out there:
The type of wood.
From Ash to Zebrano but usually Oak
Colour and grain.
Natural or enhanced
Boards or blocks (ieparquet)
Look and Feel.
Smooth or textured
Lacquered or hard wax oiled.
Or any combination of the above. The permutations are numerous, so ask for help.
How long does a hardwood floor last?
It all depends on the hardness of the wood, the way it is treated and the wear it gets. In a home, with reasonable care, a well-fitted floor should last thirty years or more. Longer if it is regularly maintained. Areas of heavy footfall, in kitchens and bathrooms, the floor should be specially treated. A free on-site inspection will determine the best solution.
What will it cost?
As always, it depends on many factors and this is another good reason to get on-site survey. Some fitters and most carpenters over-order the wood “to be safe” but timber costs money and you could be paying for a lot of wood that ends up in the tip. A good fitter will give an accurate quotation that is properly itemised.
If it is an old floor to be renovated, the damaged areas need to be assessed and “invisibly” repaired – something only an experienced floor fitter can do properly.The surface can be skimmed off with a virtually dust-free sander and then coloured and/or textured to your preference.
How long does it take to lay a new floor?
It depends, once again, on many factors but key to new floor is the existing structure below the floor. A good fitter will ensure the underfloor is firm and level before working on the surface floor. Depending on the size and nature of the project, it can take as little as a few days to two or three weeks.
Do I have to use a specialist floor fitter?
It’s advisable. It is the nitty gritty that makes perfect.Only a specialist floor fitter has right tools and the experience to deal with the unseen and the unexpected. They can get around radiator pipes and awkward curves so you can hardly see how they did it; a floor should be fitted literally wall-to-wall then a skirting fitted on top for an immaculate finish; The same goes for fitting a floor under an existing door frame.