Some wooden floors do look like that. And they look terrible. This is where the experience of an expert comes into play. When we supply and install a wooden floor for you, we make sure that the timber is suitable for wooden flooring as well as for the climate.
Firstly, timber species used for flooring in other parts of the world may not suit the Indian climate. They tend to move quite a bit, resulting in cracks in the floor (in technical jargon, a timber with a very high co-efficient of expansion for every per cent of change in humidity). This applies to certain temperate timber species and also some tropical species. So the wood needs to be selected wisely.
The second point is the installation of the floor. Was the subfloor assessed properly for strength and moisture? Was the right adhesive used? Several such factors can be the cause of that horrible looking floor. Having expertise and accurate product knowledge is a key factor in getting a good floor, which Westwood has.
Small children running around the house playing is a wonderful memory that most parents will cherish when the kids move out. A wooden floor, in fact, is a perfect one for growing children. They can crawl on the floor, take their baby steps on it and fall a few times—the wood’s shock absorbing nature will ensure they do not get hurt.
As for damages, hardwood floors now come with excellent finishes that can take care of most of the spills and some abuse. In any case, these floors can be completely renovated for a brand new look by a simple sand and re-coat after the children grow up. That way, you will have the best of both worlds.
Yes, you need an expert. Read on to understand why.
It is often said that the success of the installation of a wooden floor is determined even before the first piece of wood is laid. The nature of the sub floor, moisture content of the sub floor, the suitability of adhesive for the species of timber selected, need for a moisture barrier, need for a levelling compound, sources of potential moisture migration and preventive measures—these are some of the factors that decide the quality of your floors.
Further, a wooden floor, being an arrangement of many strips of small width, is a complex joinery. These individual strips are prone to moving a little bit, resulting in the floor expanding. This movement will depend on factors like species of timber, width of individual strips and climatic conditions. Based on these factors, one needs to decide how much expansion gap is needed along the edges. Or in the case of a very large room, you probably need to put a slip tongue and start laying the floor in two directions from the centre of the room.
All these calls can only be made by an expert on wooden floors. Do not leave these to the chance of half-baked knowledge of a general purpose contractor.
There are several factorsthat decide what method of installation to adopt for your wooden floor.
As you can see from the above examples, deciding the method of installation is based on various factors and we will recommend the best method based on your site conditions.
An excellent question that normally very few people bother to ask when they select a wooden floor or when they compare quotes from different suppliers. Selecting the right adhesive is a very critical factor for the successful installation of a wooden floor. If you make a mistake here, it could turn out to be a very expensive one in the long run.
At Westwood,we follow a very strict procedure when selecting the adhesive for a particular site. It depends on multiple factors: the species of timber, subfloor, suggested method of installation, moisture conditions at site, time factor and so on. Normally, the decision on the adhesive is taken by the most experienced people in our company; it is never a task left to the juniors in the team.
We provide assistance to our customers when the subfloor is being prepared. This is especially true when we are involved in the project at an early stage. We send our technical staff to the site to discuss our requirement as to the level and smoothness, cement to sand mix ratio and other particulars to the contractor who is preparing the subfloor.
If Westwood is not involved while the subfloor is being prepared, we will still inspect the subfloor and let you know the acceptability of it. If the subfloor is not acceptable, then we recommend the suitable remedial measures for the floor.
There are multiple reasons why somebody selects a particular species of timber, the following being the most common:
We agree that it is a bit confusing. When selecting a timber species, most customers are only concerned about two dimensions—the width and length of the individual strips. But we would say that the third one, namely the thickness of the strip, is the most important. The width is directly connected to the thickness of the strip. If you want a wider floor, you then need a thicker floor. No two ways about it. If we just increase the width without increasing the thickness (which is tempting to many suppliers), you then have a problem with dimensional stability of the floor.
Length of the floor: Everybody would like to have a longer floor. Generally, the longer and wider the floor is, the more expensive it is.
When you select tongue and groove flooring, it is an industry practice that the flooring will be of random length. The floors are mostly done in a random pattern (unless it is a herringbone pattern or similar) and this means that the floor should have varying lengths.
When we quote for the flooring, we normally specify the length range of the flooring (this again varies from species to species). The flooring strips that will be supplied will be a fair spread between the shortest and the longest length specified.
Wooden floors are one of the easiest to maintain. Here are some reasons why: