1. What is wooden flooring?
Wood flooring is any product manufactured from timber that is designed for use as flooring, either structural or aesthetic. Wood is a common choice as a flooring material due to its environmental profile, durability and restorability.
2. Is wood flooring ok for you?
Wood flooring is one of the best flooring choices available today. Unlike any other flooring materials, wood provides warmth and an easy feeling on the feet. For kitchens that are generally used for cooking, relaxation and entertainment, wood flooring is a good choice. This works especially well in an open design kitchen that joins the dining area or the family room. Wood flooring does not only provide a good design element, it is also readily available in a variety of choices. There are many shades and grain patterns to suit your design scheme and style. Choose light colored woods like ash for contemporary designs; while dark color woods like walnut will go well with country designs.
According to Real Estate Agents, houses with wood flooring usually sell faster than carpeted homes. This means that wood flooring add value to your homes.
3. Benefits of Wooden Flooring.
Wood acts as an excellent flooring material being completely natural and extremely elegant to look at.
- Very easy to clean & maintain.
- It is quite durable.
- Wooden flooring impart a warm and natural look to a room.
- There are numerous options available in wooden flooring.
- Not only do wooden flooring look beautiful, but they also impart a warm & natural look to a room.
- Wooden flooring suits almost all type of home decors, right from the most traditional to the most contemporary ones.
- It is hygienic.
4. Comparison between Engineered Hardwood Flooring and Solid Wood
|Engineered Hardwood Flooring||Solid Wood|
|Composition||Engineered hardwood is actually produced with three or more layer of HDF, MDF with real hardwood veneer bonded together under heat and pressure.||Solid wood is milled from a real hardwood species making it the sole material used in the making of the flooring.|
|Strength||More suitable in high moisture areas of frequent temperature changes than solid hardwood due to its “multiple ply plank manufacturing”||Noted for adding overall structural strength to the building in which it is installed. The degree to which this is true depends upon the species.|
|Uniformity||Engineered hardwood is designed for optimal uniformity.||Uniformity varies depending on grade. Some grade allow for multiple knots, for example.|
|Dimensional Stability||Constructed to be more dimensionally stable through multi-ply design. This allows greater resistance to temperature changes.||Prone to expansion, warping, cupping to a significant degree when exposed to temperature changes.|
|Resistance to moisture and heat||Engineered hardwood is surely a suitable choice when solid wood not applicable due to increased moisture or heat. It is more resistant to both if compared to solid wood.||Solid wood is unsuitable for applications at any location with increased moisture or high temperatures. These could be areas which are not environmentally controlled, damp areas such as below-grade installation and over radiant heat.|
|Resistance to Climatic Changes||Engineered wood does not warp or cup during climatic changes. it is more resistant to higher moisture levels than solid flooring. It is a better choice for installation over radiant heat sources, damp basements and at location in rainy climates.||Solid wood generally expands and contracts a lot more than engineered wood during climatic changes especially extremes in heat & cold and rainy season.|
5. Comparison between Engineered Hardwood Flooring and Laminate Flooring.
|Engineered wood flooring is made with the help of plywood at the bottom while hardwood is employed at the top.||Laminate flooring, on the other hand makes use of synthetic materials which are made with mixture of fiberboard.|
|Engineered wood offers more durability due to the use of plywood in addition to hardwood||Laminate flooring have a lifetime which ranges between 15 years to 30 years|
|Engineered flooring, on the other hand, has the appearance of the wood which has been used to make its top layer||Appearance of laminate flooring can be altered easily which allows it to give the look of any type of stone or wood.|
|Engineered flooring takes more time and effort for installation which mostly requires professional assistance unlike the assistance of laminate flooring which can be done without such help.||Installation of laminate flooring is quite simple and easy to handle.|
|Engineered flooring offers much value to your home with an increased lifetime which helps in equalizing the cost in terms of long run.||Expenses are quite handled when you use laminated flooring as they have a synthetic makeup which makes them low priced as compared to hardwood floors.|
|Engineered flooring a great option to be used in washrooms and other moisture or water prone areas.||Laminate flooring is a scratch resistant type of flooring however when it comes to moisture or water prone areas, engineered flooring has clear advantage.|
6. When you choose a flooring material for your home, what factors you likely to consider.
Once you start looking what type of flooring to choose, you will find that it’s not easy to decide what exactly you may need. The important factors to consider when deciding on what type of flooring to choose for your home – style, comfort, lifestyle, budget, climate and degree of use. All these factors play a part in determining what your flooring choices should be.
Style. The style of your house can determine the best flooring for you. Engineered Hardwood flooring is likely to be the best choice if your home is formal and elegant.
Comfort. No matter what other factors play into your flooring decision, comfort is an important one. If you spend a lot of time on the floor, or have children who do, you’ll want to make sure that you choose flooring which is comfortable to sit on.
Lifestyle. Different types of home flooring ideas and designs require varying levels of care so this is a major consideration for how to choose flooring for your home. If you lead a very busy, active lifestyle, you will want flooring that is easy to take care of and needs very little maintenance. If you have children or pets, flooring that can be easily cleaned is definitely a plus. Hardwood flooring is easy to clean, but it needs to be refined periodically and can be easily damaged by water or spilled drinks. Laminate flooring can closely mimic the look of hardwood, without the high maintenance and susceptibility to damage from liquids. Cleaning is easy with laminates – you simply need to use a damp mop to clean it when needed.
Budget. When choosing flooring for your home, cost is a huge factor. Flooring is available in a range of prices so take time to explore inexpensive flooring options. Laminate flooring is usually cheaper in price to hardwoods, it’s more durable and needs very little in the way of upkeep, it may be more economical in the long run so will likely come in as one of the more inexpensive flooring options. Laminates can emulate the look of nearly any hardwood you can imagine. The more you spend on your laminate flooring, the more likely it will look like real hardwood.
Climate. When you are choosing a material for your flooring, you’ll want to consider the climate – if you live in a climate that is warm and fairly dry all year-round, lucky you – any flooring will be suitable!
However in damp and chilly weather is common and you may want to stay away from hardwood flooring, which is easily damaged by moisture.
Degree of use. The final factor that you should take into consideration of flooring options is the usage that the flooring will receive. If it’s a very high traffic area, choose a flooring material which will stand up well to heavy use. Laminates can fill the bill here. Hardwoods are not such a great choice for these areas.
7. Whether opt for Parquet or Laminate Flooring?
One of the sought after amenities in a home is wood flooring. From its natural appearance & warmth underfoot, wood is beautiful and timeless. There are Pros and Cons to buying Parquet/Engineered Hardwood Flooring v/s Laminate Flooring. Determine which one fits with your lifestyle and budget – one right for your home.
- Price: The reality of flooring costs and what your wallet can afford may be miles apart. Take into consideration the cost of laminate and hardwood flooring to determine what is best for you.
Laminate: PROS – Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. The photograph or image of hardwood is then covered over the composite wood to form the laminate, thus is cheaper. Laminate wood installation cost is on an average 50% less than Parquet.
Parquet: CONS – Parquet flooring is made from harvested trees and depending on how exotic the trees are will depict the pricing. Parquet is considerably higher to buy and to install.
- Durability: Assess the traffic load and wear and tear on flooring in your home. How durable your wood flooring is will help with maintenance and keep it looking great for years to come.
Laminate: PROS – Since laminate wood flooring is made from pressed wood it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wear and tear better than Parquet flooring. Laminate flooring is also easier to clean on a routine basis. CONS – Even though laminate is more durable it is not as visually appealing and lower qualities of laminate may have artificial looking wood grain textures.
Parquet: CONS – Parquet is susceptible to scratching, can get damaged from excessive moisture and will show wear, especially in heavy trafficked areas in your home. PROS – Parquet is the ‘real deal’. It is gorgeous to look at and depending on the variety can add considerable value to your home.
- Repair: Flooring is one component of your home that at one time or another will have to be repaired. From minor accidents in the home, to excessive wear and tear, laminate and Parquet have separate advantages and disadvantages.
Laminate: CONS – Laminate flooring doesn’t repair easily. If you buy flooring that comes in individual pieces and snapped together, you may be able to replace. Although, depending on sunlight and age, the new piece may not match properly.
Parquet: PROS – Parquet can be repaired by sanding and refinishing out imperfections. This advantage gives Parquet a plus over laminate, in that it will last for years into the future.
Your home will benefit from the look of wood flooring, deciding on Parquet or Laminate is up to you. Review the Pros and Cons and be realistic with your lifestyle and if you have pets, young kids, or extremely high traffic that will sway your decision one way over the other. If you have a lot of sun entering your home, Parquet can fade because it is a natural product. Laminate wood flooring on the contrary has UV protection that has been “man made” into the surface. Consider all the factors and enjoy how the warmth of wood will improve your home’s aesthetic and appeal.
FAQ’s for Laminate Flooring
Can laminate flooring be laid on tiles?
If the tile surface is suitably even and meets the requirements for laminate flooring in terms of the subfloor then it is in principle possible. Any unevenness or variations in height in the tile surface can be evened out with an insulation mat.
Is it possible to replace single floor panels?
Professionals can replace badly damaged flooring elements so well that it is not possible to tell the difference visually within the floor as a whole. Special suction units are available for lifting (suctioning) the individual panels up and out of the floor, after which the new panel can then be inserted. For repairing areas of minor damage on the floor, companies offer their own repair kits.
Does laminate flooring emit formaldehyde? Is it harmful to the environment?
Like all wood-based products laminate flooring also contains the substance formaldehyde, which can be emitted to the air retroactively. The amount of possible emissions, however, is absolutely minimal and falls within the range of “normal background levels“ in room air, according to a report by the Fraunhofer Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut für Holzforschung (WKI) Braunschweig. This is comparable with emission levels from natural wood and is well below the legally permissible limit of 0.1 ppm (i.e. 0.12 mg/m³ of air), the so-called E1 value. Against this background, therefore, laminate flooring is suitable for use without reservation even in sensitive areas such as children’s rooms and kindergartens.
Is laminate flooring hygienic?
Thanks to its sealed surface laminate flooring is extremely hygienic. The surface coating, which is made of a particularly hard material (melamine resin), prevents dirt and bacteria from penetrating the floor. However, laminate flooring is not just hygienic it is also extremely hard-wearing. You can even stub out a cigarette on laminate flooring without damaging the surface. The wear resistance of the floor is one of the reasons why it is a popular choice for commercial schemes as well, and in retail outlets, fitness studios, etc. But these qualities are also an advantage in the home, e.g. for the stairwell or in children’s rooms.
FAQ’s for Parquet / Engineered Hardwood Flooring
How can you tell if your parquet / Engineered Hardwood Flooring comes from sustainable forests?
If you are interested in the origins of your wood floor, there are two important labels to look out for. On the whole,PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) certification is given to European wood, while FSC certification is awarded to wood from the rest of the world. It is important to note that these have nothing to do with the quality of the wood – they both merely indicate that it has come from forests managed to the best possible standards, with practices adapted to local conditions.
What do i have to take note of when cleaning or taking care of Parquet?
Caring for parquet floors is easier than for most other types of flooring. It is enough when you regularly vacuum the floor and – whenever necessary – wipe it with a damp mop. That’s all! We have a few care products available. You can use these to keep your floor in top shape and take care of minor repairs, such as small scratches.
How long does Parquet Flooring last?
In principle, almost forever. You will find one-hundred year old wooden floors in old manor homes. They have gained beauty and developed a patina over the years.
What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is made of wood fiber board and has lot of advantage over other flooring material.
Laminate Flooring Consists of four layers:
- Overlay: The Top Layer is aluminum oxide compressed together with backing laminate, HDF, decorative paper and overlay. Overlay protects the flooring from scratches, stains, wearing & it also increase the life span of the product.
- Decor Paper: Each wood Species displays its own unique characteristics, each lending itself to a different design aspect.
- High density Fiberboard: Strong base panel, resistant to high pressure produced as per E1 norm.
- Balance Paper: Protects against humidity and distortion.
Advantages of Laminate Flooring
- E1Grade – E1 Laminate Flooring is named in terms of the formaldehyde release of this type of product. The main part of these types of product is the support material which is at the third layer. Formaldehyde is necessary to make the HDF.
- HDF (High Density Fiber Board) – HDF provide strength and durability to the laminate flooring.
- Fast and Easy Assembly.
- Resistant to point strikes.
- Resistant to UV rays.
- Suitable for under floor heating.
- Resistant to cigarette burns.
- Environment Friendly.
- Easy cleaned and maintained hygienic.
- Resistant to stains.
- Resistant to furniture wheel abrasion.
- Resistant to scratch.
What is Parquet/Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
It is known as real wood, Parquet flooring; now it compromises of three layers to avoid expansion and contraction, Hence it is known as Engineered Hardwood Flooring. It has warmth, luxury and feel of natural wood. It gives a royal, ambience and feel of luxury.
Parquet / Engineered Hardwood Flooring consist of four layers:
The top layer is multi layer finish with option of varnish/ oil / oil-wax. Protects the hardwood wear surface and make cleaning easier.
The second Layer is Hardwood wear surface. A carefully selected, solid wood layer is vast array of colors and structures. The hardwood wear surface can be sanded and refinished.
The third layer consists of Core Layer. This layer is what makes a floor stable & durable. It absorbs stress and strain and keeps the balance between the hardness and flexibility of the core material is crucial in ensuring a smooth click and strong connection.
The fourth layer is Softwood Veneer. A backing layer of spruce or pine veneer. In combination with the other layer, it prevents the floor from cupping and warping.
Advantages of Parquet/Engineered Hardwood Flooring
- Dimensional stability.
- Resistant to moisture.
- DIY (Do It by Yourself).
- Premium class product.
- Floating Floors.
- Tough and Strong.
- Resistant to climatic changes.
- FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).
What is Solid outdoor Decking?
Solid Outdoor Decking is made of natural timber and processed to withstand all weather condition.
Solid Outdoor Decking can be used at:
1. Facades / Cladding
2. Terrace Gardens
5. Pool & ship deck
6. Drive Ways
Invisible Fixation System:
The fixation is a revolutionary system enabling the installation of planks without any apparent screw, improving both the resistance of structure (no more weak points or in shearing the screw) and gives perfectly homogeneous aesthetics.
This system, designed in very resistant composite material, guarantees long lasting durability, its fixation system allow free circulation of air & movement between the planks without any resulting deterioration of the wood.
Our exceptional varieties of wood: Afromosia, Ipe, Padauk & Merbau have been chosen for their technical properties, perfectly suited to the most varied & most variable of climatic changes.
Our products are dried to average moisture of 13% (+-2%) and are perfectly rot proof without any chemical treatment and very stable regardless of the external conditions.
Advantage of Solid Outdoor Decking.
1. Smooth Anti – Slip surface, without splinters.
2. Wood without any need for preliminary treatment.
3. Selected high-grade wood.
4. Pleasant material, never too hot, never too cold.
What is Deck Tile?
Deck Tile is made from Solid wood & engineered plastic for faster installation.
Advantages of Deck tile
Easy long lifespan: made with fine tropical wood assembled on a high density engineered plastic base.
Easy installation: tiles are connected with click system, idea of providing a new look to dull looking terraces in a rapid way.
Easy uninstall: Need a change? Winter calling for removal? Found a better location for your Notion Deck Tile? No problem all can be removed and relocated in ridiculous short time.
Easy to be creative: can be used in two different ways – with staggered or aligned joints.
Ease your time by being efficient.
Floor Care Products
There are various Floor Care Products; each product has its particular importance and role
Elatex Stain Remover
A universal agent for the removal of rubber marks, heel marks, adhesive residue and stubborn stains.
Cork Floor Clean & Care
A satin polish for the cleaning and care of waterproof cork floors. Maintains and protects the floor against scratching and footmarks.
Mild and neutral cleaning agent for the initial and regular cleaning of laminate floors. Removes dirt, grease, fat and shoe marks. Does not leave a residue.
A high quality impregnation agent to protect the edges of laminate and sealed wood and cork floors. Reduces the risk of surface swelling caused by dampness at the edges.
Aluminium Door Profile
Most floors requires a profile that divides two different rooms with different floor types and heights. By using an aluminium profile this problem is solved quickly due to an adjustable feature found on the product.
Aluminium / Stair End Profile
It is used to cover the front edge of a stair nose or step. If used on a stair, flooring is installed behind the stair nose to cover the horizontal part (the thread) of the stair.
Skirting which is used for the purpose of hiding the expansion gap between the wall and the Laminate / Engineered Hardwood Flooring. These are available in different kinds of shapes and sizes and are highly appreciated for their superior quality.
Beading is used for covering the expansion gap against a wall, where it is not feasible to install a skirting. Beading use in transition from laminate floor to linoleum or other type of hard surfaces.