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Flooring Facts

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Whether you are installing new flooring or renovating; choosing the right type of flooring can be mind boggling. With not only different techniques available, but different materials and colours, choosing a floor type to fit your needs can only happen if you know the facts.  

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Timber – Timber flooring gives a home an instant warm, rich feel. It is perfect for those suffering from allergies, because unlike carpets, timber does not hold dirt after it has been cleaned. Timber flooring is offered in such a variety of woods, ranging from oak and pine to blue gum and jarrah, that there is a shade to suit anyone’s needs. Timber floors, however, come with the disadvantage that moisture will always affect it. Expanding or shrinking; timber floor boards will always change, to some extent, from when it is first installed. 

Bamboo – If you are looking for an eco-friendly way to style your home, bamboo flooring is your answer. Bamboo is not low in supply, as it is one of the fastest growing plants, and therefore it is very cost effective. Bamboo stalks go through a manufacturing process leaving bamboo floors flat, smooth and stylish. Bamboo flooring, however, can change colour over time. Strong light enhances this process and the floor’s shades might go lighter or darker. Overall, bamboo flooring is very easy to maintain and durable, but excessive moisture can cause it to expand. 

Laminate – Laminate flooring looks like timber flooring, however is made from synthetic materials. It is starting to become the desirable option of flooring as it is a cheaper and more durable option to hardwood. The benefit of laminate flooring is the fact that it looks real, but does not come with the disadvantage staining or scratching as easily as hardwood.  Laminate flooring may scratch in the odd occasions, however, can be repaired easily.  Laminate flooring does not require a lot of maintenance and can be cleaned by mopping, dusting or vacuuming. The only downside to laminate flooring is that excessive water can cause the floor to swell. It is therefore advised not to have laminate flooring in bathrooms, laundries or outside areas.  

Vinyl – Vinyl flooring is a thin layer of printed glazed flooring, glued onto solid surfaces. This technique is used to get an expensive look for affordable prices, as vinyl floor designs can often mimic the appearance of proper tiles.  Some prefer vinyl tiles over the real thing as it is not as cold. The main downfall to vinyl flooring is its life cycle, as it does not last as long as other flooring types. Repairing vinyl sheets or tiles, however, is fairly easy as only the damaged parts need to be replaced, without damaging other floor parts. 

Seamless flooring – Seamless flooring is commonly known as epoxy flooring and is often used in industrial, commercial and garage areas.  This technique is used in larger areas as it is easy to maintain and very cost effective. The process involves applying polyurethane coats to concrete floors, resulting in flooring without grout lines for dirt to grab to. Seamless flooring is beneficial in the workplace as it is durable, oil spills does not affect it and it is non-slip. One downfall, however, is that seamless flooring loses it shine after some time, and colours can become a little dull.   

 Tiling –Tiling is most commonly seen in kitchens, laundries, bathrooms, and outdoor areas, but is practical in most living areas of your home. Tiling is seen in almost every house due to its durability, and large range of designs, sizes and colours. Tiles do not damage easily, and is easy to maintain, however, the grouting between the tiles can be bleached or stained. 

This flooring technique is often seen as a category by itself as it offers such a large variety of tiling types.  

  • Ceramic: Ceramic tiles are produced from clay that is heated at extremely hot temperatures.  The pattern or design of the tiles is often created by the finishing glaze, as the natural colours of ceramic tiles are usually red or white.  This glaze also prevents the tiles from dirt and stains and therefore, in most circumstances, ceramic tiles do not have to be sealed, except for the grout.  Ceramic tiles are durable and come with the added benefit of being quite cost effective.   
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  • Porcelain: Porcelain tiles are often mistaken to be natural stone as it can be made to look like marble, limestone or slate. Many prefer porcelain over stone tiles, as it can look just as good, is extremely durably, but come at a lower cost. This versatile tile is suitable for outside areas as well as they withstand any type of weather and do not chip easily.
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  • Marble: Marble tiles are known for their elegance and durability, and therefore also comes with a greater price. It is vitally important to get marble flooring sealed, by professionals, at least once a year to protect your floors from dirt and stains. Marble tiling is often liked for the fact that this natural stone is biodegradable. 
  • Granite: Granite tiling is expensive, but comes with beauty to fill your home. These tiles are perfect for high foot traffic areas as it is one of the most durable tiling techniques. When using granite tiling, keep in mind that the tile is quite heavy and cannot be used on certain surfaces.  The benefit of this biodegradable stone is that it is quite resistant to moisture and has, therefore, become more popular in homes over the last decade.   

     

  • Limestone: Limestone tiling offers a soft touch to a room with its natural light coloured stone.   Limestone tiles are not as dense as other tiles, but are very durable and due to its porous nature should be sealed to prevent staining.  
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  • Sandstone:  Sandstone tiles come from sedimentary rock and are offered in a variety of earthy colours. Sandstone tile’s durable nature allows it to be used in both indoor and outdoor areas. These tiles should get sealed on a regular basis (every 1 -2 years) to ensure moisture and stain resistance. This is especially important if used as pool tiles, as excess water will absorb if not sealed. Sandstone is often used around pool areas, as it offers a rough tile when not polish; which results in a safe, non-slipping surface.  
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  • Slate: Slate tiling is sometimes known as stone tiling as it is carved from rock, hence the bumpy texture. It has a completely different feel compared to other tiles, which acts as a non-slippery benefit.  Once slate tiles are sealed properly, it is extremely durable and has a very long life. This natural rock comes in a variety of shades, and unique designs.
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  • Mosaic: Mosaic tiles are created by combining various tiling materials, such as porcelain, ceramic and glass.  Mosaic tiling is popular due to its uniqueness, at an affordable price. It is extremely versatile as it is offered in every colour, design and pattern possible. More often than not, mosaic tiling is used for decorative purposes, but is used as flooring; especially in bathrooms.   
     

 Preparing and renovating floors can be a time consuming process, which involves a variety of techniques. 

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Stripping Stripping is a process to get rid of old finish, or wax, off timber floors. Once your floorboards are starting to change colour and does not look as shiny as usual, it is probably time to strip the floor and repolish it.
  •  It is important to completely clean your floors before starting the stripping process.  

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  • Prevent all movement and foot traffic whilst performing the stripping process.
  • Stripping floors is an easy, but time consuming job. The process involves mopping the stripper onto the surface, then stripping it by machine and then removing the residues with either mop or vacuum. The floor is then rinsed a few times with water, followed by neutralizer application; which will eliminate the white stains.
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Sealing
When and what floors should be sealed? If the floor you have installed is porous in anyway, it needs to be sealed. This is not only to keep moisture out, but prevents stains. Whether it is timber, tiles, concrete or vinyl; check with you supplier it needs to be sealed. It is important to note that any floor sealer cannot be used on any floor. Not all tiles need to be sealed, but sealing is especially important for tiles that are made from natural stone; such as slate and marble. These tiles are porous and it is important to seal them so they will be protected from spills and dirt. The grouting, on the other hand, always has to be sealed. This will make cleaning easier, and leave your tiles looking good for longer. If the grout is not sealed, it will stain extremely easy. It is important to let the grout dry completely before applying the sealer. When working with timber, it is safe to say that almost all timber floors needs to be sealed. Concrete floors are also porous, and it does not matter if it is used in the garage, basement or outdoors, it does need to be sealed to prevent staining. 

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