When you have finished installing wood flooring, you will, no doubt, need some flooring accessories to add the finishing touches to the room. As already mentioned, you will have expansion gaps around the edge of your room. These can easily be covered over with a range of flooring accessories like: skirting board, beading — quarter round, door bars, ramps and pipe covers.
For basements and apartments with concrete subfloors, engineered flooring offers an installation advantage. Whereas solid wood is generally installed over one or two layers of plywood, which can raise the height of a floor and interfere with existing doors or marginally reduce ceiling height, engineered flooring can be glued directly to concrete, or over a soundproofing mat.
The reason you need to do this is to give your hardwood flooring space to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. If you fail to leave an expansion gap your flooring will have no space to expand and can easily become damaged.
Unfortunately, they can be difficult to maintain, especially if you have pets or kids. Spills, accidents, scratches, and scuffs are guaranteed to happen at some point. Before you go running to the hardware store to pick up all new flooring, allow me to put your mind at ease because there are a few time-saving cleaning secrets to help you keep your floors looking like new!
The direction you choose to lay your wooden flooring is entirely up to you. It might be worth thinking about how you want the room to look though. Most people lay their floor lengthways according to the path of light coming from a window or door. This helps to highlight the natural beauty of you flooring as the light falls on the grain pattern.
Traditionally, hardwood flooring came in thick planks of solid timber. Today, solid hardwood is still widely available, but many companies also offer engineered flooring—planks made with a thinner top layer of hardwood, bonded to other layers designed to prevent the floor from shifting during expansion and contraction cycles. All wood moves in three directions: There`s tangential, radial, and longitudinal movement.