Floor Board Types

How To Choose the right Floor Finish?

Different floorboards have different attributes. The right floorboards and finish can transform a room.

Natural hardwood timber floors add warmth, character and value to any home and are extremely long lasting and durable. Staining timber floorboards will highlight the natural beauty of the wood give the timber a darker and richer colour. Staining may also assist in hiding damage or unevenness in the finish of the floor. So depending on your needs depends on which treatment we give your floors.

Types of Floor Polishing

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Stains and Finishes

There are many different types of stains available with colours ranging from lighter oak shades through to rich darker mahogany.

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Water Based Finishes

Water based polyurethane finishes are non-toxic, lighter in finish and dry quickly. They are extremely hard-wearing and provide excellent resistance to scratching and abrasion.
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Polyurethane Based

Polyurethane finishes provide the highest durability and highest gloss. Polyurethane is toxic and has strong smell when being applied and requires longer drying time. They are darker in finish and extremely hard wearing.
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Oil Based

Oil based finishes are warmer, darker and richer in look and feel. While they are less expensive they takes longer to dry and are less durable than the other finishes.

The floorboards, which is mostly called classical or parquet flooring, has traditionally been solid wood of about 22 mm nailed to a battens. This is a long-lived and effective system, although sensitive to water and has associated high production and installation costs. Also called floating flooring, they tend to be much cheaper than solid wood, easy to install.

floorboards are multilayer systems, although you can also find floating systems in solid wood. This system became popular at international levels from the beginning of the year 1960, where the production of a separation between the base or support and the visible or stepped surface began. This system achieves the use of nobler woods or special resins, visually more attractive in the visible part of the ground, relegating the structural function to much cheaper or inferior quality woods.

Classic decks or floorboards can be classified according to the material used. They can be grouped into three important types:

Multilayer wood floating floorboards

     This type of floorboards consists of a lower stabilization base or board, and two or more layers of wood that have a water-repellent treatment, of which the intermediate ones tend to be of resistant and cheap wood, such as pine or fir, or bamboo , and the top or finishing, in noble wood for the aesthetic finish.

The dimensions that this material usually has are between 1800 and 2200 mm, with thicknesses of approximately 12 mm and 16 mm. The base of this material is made of cheap wood or bamboo, which usually has a thickness of 10 or 12 mm. The noble wood layer tends to integrate a last protection, which is generally the varnish, to the UV guide, with approximately 7 coats. Some other models incorporate aluminum oxide in their treatment, making them exceptionally resistant to abrasion, and better behavior against the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

The maintenance and conservation of this material are carried out by means of cutting, which is also called sanding and varnishing, although actually the repair and change of parts is a slightly more complex process. The multilayer laminate floorboards integrates, like synthetic laminate flooring, a click-type anchoring system.

The main advantages of this floating floorboards lie in the beauty and attractiveness that it provides to certain places, its ease of maintenance, its long-lasting durability, add value to the home or wherever it is, and its effective performance as a thermal insulator.

The probable disadvantages of this type of floorboards is mainly its use in the home, or business since it will have a hollow sound when stepping over the flooring, if you step barefoot you will find a fairly hard floor, it cannot be varnished, and the Durability will always depend largely on quality.

Solid floating flooring

     This platform is about solid wood planks or slats that are between 2 cm thick, long and narrow, diversifying its dimensions from one model to another. These platforms can be presented without side joints, with tongue-and-groove half-wood joints, and generally have metal clip-type connection pieces, but without the need for special anchoring systems since, being much heavier, they work very well by simple gravity.

The treatment, maintenance and conservation of this material can be carried out by means of a cutting process, also known as sanding and varnishing.

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