Flooring Really Matters
Homeowners are moving towards wooden flooring as they realize the tons of benefits that wooden flooring offers compared to other types of flooring. Some of the advantages you can get from wooden flooring include durability which is facilitated by the strength of their material. They’re easy to clean and resistant to stains and spillage. They can withstand high traffic without showing wear and tear for extended periods. Wooden floors also offer many designs that will leave your home looking exotic.
If you are a home owner that is interested in having hard wood floors installed in your living space or even in your place of business, it is important to understand the different factors that will help you determine what types of wood you use, what to ask flooring contractors and what to expect in order for you to have the best results from your wood floors.
Which Wood Floor to Go With?
Sometimes a wood flooring contractor will sense that the customers flooring choice is not going to work, so they need to explain why and offer alternatives. This is where your knowledge of the available products and applications come into play.
You know that you want a new hardwood floor. A professional wood flooring contractor knows wood flooring. It’s up to them to walk you through the hundreds of choices that are at your feet. The more education you have, the more confidence you will have. Take the time to education yourself on the multitude of choices available and your potential to have a beautiful and long lasting hardwood floor will increase. Read more here.
Creating a Combined Indoor Outdoor Space
Are you making home improvement plans? I know many people like to renew things in their home, or to sit down and make larger home improvement plans. This time last year I was planning my own garden room project. How about an indoor outdoor space? It’s been something of a buzz word in interiors for a few years now. It’s not an easy thing to recreate though, and requires careful planning. They can look absolutely stunning thought, so well worth the time and effort.
An attic apartment in oak and gray
This project of a flat under attic by the architect Artyom Perepelitsa, presents a trend that has grown in size this year: timeless oak flooring, married to the gray tiles, the two coatings coming to nest one without cut-outs of the tiles to form a straight line. It’s a contemporary way of using the hexagonal floor tiles, which regains its letters of nobility thanks to this new color and this modern layout.
Stunning New Penthouse In The Heart Of London
FORMstudio has imaginatively transformed an apartment in Westminster to create a stunning new penthouse. Built in the 1990s, the original layout of this central London developer-built flat had conformed to the standard cookie cutter solution. Defined almost entirely by compliance with regulations and conservative market convention, the front door had opened onto an unwelcoming windowless L-shaped corridor, with solid fire doors providing the necessary separation from the rooms, including a charmless and entirely separate internal kitchen – an arrangement with which we are all familiar.
Move over, solar: The next big renewable energy source could be at our feet
Every step you take has the ability to generate energy — if you’re walking on the right kind of floor. Material science researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have figured out how to build wood flooring material that converts downward pressure into usable electricity. Xudong Wang, an associate professor of materials science and engineering who’s leading the research, says the science behind this technology is simple. The flooring is made of pressed wood pulp, which is separated into a series of small layers that have different electrical charges. Each layer is less than millimeter thick, and there are very small spaces between each one. When people walk on them, the weight causes the layers get pushed together. Because the layers are chemically treated to have different charges, electrons from one naturally flow to the other once they come into contact, building up a charge. Then once the layers separate, the electrons seek to right that imbalance and flow back.
Q&A with Fort Lauderdale’s Flooring King
Fort Lauderdale entrepreneur Antonio Sustiel, founder and CEO of The Flooring King, dropped out of school to work with his father in Israel, served in the Israeli military, and later operated a fragrance business in the U. S. before starting The Flooring King.
The Sun Sentinel recently interviewed Sustiel about how he operates his business and his experience on Blue Collar Millionaires.
Q: How did you get started in the flooring business?
A: Seventeen years ago, I got a phone call from a friend who had wood flooring for sale that could not be re-sold in the U.S. I took five containers and sold them to the Caribbean islands and Trinidad. We had good success with it. All the American manufacturers then decided I was the go-to guy. By the second year, I sold 1,000 containers and by year five, almost 4,000 containers. We now export to 40 different countries and have had revenues close to $40 million over the past 15 years.
Q: Was your family in business?
A: My dad owned a little business in Israel. I had the option to go to school or to go to work. I really didn’t like school — I have a short attention span. I started skipping school and went to work with my Dad.
Q: What has been your philosophy of business?
A: I’m self-funded. I’ve paid in advance for flooring and never used other people’s money. I reinvest profits back into the business. Today, we have a humongous inventory. The right way to merchandize is to buy cash and sell cash. We don’t take credit. We do old-school business, a shake of the hand.
Read full interview with Antonio Sustiel at sun-sentinel.com
Wood & Laminate Flooring Market: Trends and Opportunities
Wood and laminates hold a crucial place in the building and construction industry. Wood in general is obtained from the forestry companies, which are mostly regulated by government entities. Laminates on the other hand are manufactured using thermosetting resins, which are cured by chemicals such as acetaldehyde.
The increasing demand for laminate and wood flooring in the building and construction industry is the key factor driving the market. The expansion of the home improvement sector and novel construction segments around the world is especially contributing to the demand for laminate and wood flooring.
On the downside, factors such as price volatility of raw materials and their availability are posing challenge to the market. Wood is a major raw material used in flooring, the availability of which is immensely affected by the prevailing environmental laws related to deforestation in wood-producing regions. In addition, the spiking raw materials costs have led to the reduction in profit margins, which pose significant threat to the enterprises operating in the global wood and laminate flooring market.
On account of the increasing consumption and revenue and the strong growth witnessed in the building and construction industry contributes to the high revenue generation by the wood and laminate flooring market. Coupled with this, the rising disposable income and changing lifestyle of consumers will have considerable impact on the market for wood and laminate flooring.
The Story Of Our Herringbone Flooring
When we bought the house I had zero intention of replacing the original flooring. I have, what many might call, the ‘if you can’t see it in a photo, then it doesn’t exist’ syndrome – it mostly affects life-style bloggers. When the previous owner’s furniture was in, I didn’t notice the condition of the floors.
The 2″ oak flooring was 126 years old and after years of the elements, and many times being refinished it was absolutely done. When our contractor came in to quote for the job, he said, ‘there is no way this floor can be salvaged’. That was not in my plan (nor the budget). My hope had been to simply refinish them. Sand, stain, easy peasy! I felt really, really bad ripping out the flooring. They were ORIGINAL. But then our contractor (and everyone else) told us that these floors weren’t particularly unique. They were un-refinishable, replaceable 2″ oak. They were also stained and bleached a lot by the sun.
I started fantasizing…. Is THIS the time that I finally have a herringbone floor? I’ve wanted one forever, but I truly think it only belongs in older style homes (70 + years) – which I finally had!! If you have a brand new home then go for a new pattern or extra wide straight planks. If you have a midcentury then do something appropriate to that time period because the traditional herringbone belongs in a European style or older world style home. Brooklyn Brownstone? YES. After all, look how beautiful these are.
Read the full story on Emily’s blog: stylebyemilyhenderson.com
Laminate, vinyl, tile provide affordable, durable options to hardwood
Wood-look tile is having a moment. The product started to seep into homes in Las Vegas nearly two years ago, said Travis Phillips, owner of Affordable Flooring &More on Polaris Avenue. “Ninety percent of our tile customers go with wood-looking tile,” he said. “It’s at its peak”. Phillips said the reason wood-look tile has become so popular in Las Vegas is because the dry climate leaves homeowners with fewer flooring options: “Hardwood isn’t a big product in Las Vegas because the humidity is so low, so they don’t do very well here,” he said. “When the humidity is so low, the planks can shrink, because the moisture dries out and there’s no humidity being put back in, which can cause gaps around each plank.”
Though Affordable Flooring &More doesn’t carry solid wood planks, Phillips said the company can repair hardwood floors if the wood is a particular thickness: “The wood has to be at least a half-inch thick to be grinded, sanded and refinished if there are gaps,” he said. “A lot of wood tends to be less than that, so they’ll need to be replaced if they’re a certain thickness. Laminate products often meet a homeowner’s needs more than hardwood.”
Mixed Media Floors: Bring A Personalized WOW Factor to Homes
Mixed media is the term used in the flooring industry for wood floors that are installed with tile, stone or even metal to create a unique design. Sounds crazy or risky? Not at all. The use of natural stone with wood flooring has been a design option that has been used for centuries. The most important ingredient is finding installers to craft these floors correctly.
DESIGN CREATIVE FLOORING COMBINATIONS FOR A TRULY CUSTOM LOOK
Different applications of mixed media floors include borders, medallions, insets or creative transitions. These applications can help create design continuity throughout a house while adding interest and value with unique combinations of colors, textures and finishes.
FLOORING INLAYS FROM MAGNIFICENT MEDALLIONS TO BRILLIANT BORDERS
Flooring inlays come in many forms including medallions, borders or inset panels. The craftsmen at Classic Wood Flooring can combine stone or wood species or color combinations to define areas, accommodate high traffic areas, create floor art or tie adjoining rooms together. The possibilities are endless.
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Engineered wood can offset costs
I love the durability of engineered wood. Even though the look of hardwood is classic, I prefer engineered wood flooring in most cases because it’s less likely to be affected by humidity and temperature changes. Made from three to five layers of wood that are stacked and bonded together under heat and pressure, a composite product is created that is stronger and stiffer.
You’re likely already familiar with engineered wood without even realizing it. Materials like plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), and medium density fiberboard (MDF) are all materials that are commonly found in kitchen cabinets or shelves.
Engineered lumber is strong and straight, and you can get it in lengths that can’t be found with natural wood – and it’s sustainable, which I love. Many engineered wood products are made from fast-growing trees that are small in diameter.
Of course, because engineered lumber needs all this processing, it does come with one big drawback. Often, it’ll cost you more than traditional sawed lumber per linear foot. The good news is, if you’ve got a good contractor who knows how to properly use your engineered lumber, you may actually save some money. Engineered lumber can take less material, time, and labour to install, so with the right contractor, you may be able to offset that extra cost.
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New EU ecolabel criteria for wood flooring
On 25 January 2017, the EU published Decision (EU) 2017/176 in the official EU Journal establishing EU Ecolabel criteria for wood, cork and bamboo based floor coverings. The new criteria require that any virgin wood, cork, bamboo and rattan in the finished products originate from certified sustainably managed forests.
In addition, the Ecolabel criteria include a set of measures to ensure low energy consumption for manufacturing, drastically limit the VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) content, and ban use of harmful chemicals for flame retardant, binding and finishing applications.
The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme, which means that producers, importers and retailers can choose to apply for the label for their products. While not mandatory for the specified product, the green procurement policies of many EU authorities now recognize and may give preference to products bearing the EU Ecolabel.
How do I select the right type of wood flooring for my home?
With so many options on the market, it is important that you choose a flooring product that fits your style, and that functions well for your family. There are pros and cons to each type of flooring material, so it is important to understand the differences.
When considering a wood, or wood-like flooring product, there are three basic options on the market; hardwood flooring, engineered flooring and laminate flooring.
Laminate floors come in many varieties and styles, but are always prefinished and ready to use when installed. Hardwood, and some engineered products are available prefinished, as well. If you choose the unfinished variety of either, you will be able to customize the finish and color of your floor, however it will require some additional work after installation.
Before you start ripping your home apart, do your homework on the flooring options available in your price range, find out what the lead time will be to get the materials, and most importantly make sure you understand the manufacturer’s suggested installation process.
Read the comprehensive article full of useful advice on silive.com
Sanding Newly Installed Hard Wood Strip & Plank Floors
You will want to check the moisture content of the wood floor prior to sanding. Sanding and finishing or sealing should occur when the floor has been acclimated to the proper moisture content for normal living conditions for temperature and humidity. If the floor was installed in an adhesive application, sanding and finishing should occur after the adhesive has cured and the moisture content of the wood has returned to normal. Follow the adhesive manufacturer’s recommendations for proper curing time.
When sanding, load the professional sanding machine and edger with the proper sequence of sandpaper. The first cut with the big machine should be at a 7-15 degree angle to the length of the boards, using the finest grit possible that will flatten then floor. (The National Wood Flooring publication Wood Species Used in Wood Flooring includes suggestions on sanding sequences in some of the more difficult to sand species.) When two-thirds of the flooring is complete, turn the sander in the opposite direction and repeat the process on the remaining third. Cuts made on the one-third area must overlap the first cuts by two to three feet to blend the two areas together. To avoid creating a trough, be careful not to stop the sander in the same spot each pass by staggering the overlap every 2-3 passes. After the first cut with the big machine, use an edger to sand edges and other places inaccessible to the sanding machine, using the finest grit possible that will flatten the floor.
The second cut with the big machine should be parallel to the grain, using the next appropriate grit of sand paper, not skipping more than one grit between sanding cuts. After the second cut, use an edger to sand edges and other places inaccessible to the big machine, using the same grit that will be used on the final sanding cut, with the big machine. Fill the floor before the final straight cut. Spot fill beveled edge products: square edge products may be spot or trowel-filled. Use commercial filler or putty that is compatible with the stain and/or finish that will be applied, or make your own filler with dust from the final edging mixed with a compatible mixing agent to form a thick paste. The final sanding cut should be parallel to the grain, using the last sequenced grit, not skipping more than one grit between sanding cuts. Hand scrape corners, around door jams, and other areas where the edger cannot be used. Apply even pressure, scraping in the direction of the grain.
After scraping, use a sanding block and paper, (same grit as on sanding machine) to blend the flooring. Sanding the bevel with the corner of the block may be necessary on bevel-edged products. Examine for visible edger and sander marks. To prevent dishing out the grain from excessive screening, use a buffer, multi-disk sanding machine or oscillating sander over the entire floor to remove sanding imperfections. This step may not be appropriate for all wood species. Remember that sanding dust is highly flammable. To minimize the risk of spontaneous combustion, never operate the sanding machine when the bag is more than half full.