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Wood flooring is one of the most popular types of flooring solutions and equally one of the most research demanding due to the sheer amount of options and considerations to take into account. In this guide we will talk through your options given you industry insight from an interior designer perspective.
Types Of Wood Flooring
The world of real wood flooring includes two types. The traditional type called solid wood flooring and its alternative, engineered wood flooring. Both contain natural wood but in different quantities. Hence the use of the descriptive name, ‘real wood flooring’.
Solid Wood Flooring – Each plank (a board of flooring) is made from complete 100% natural wood. The wood that is used varies from common species such as Oak to exotic species such as Teak.
Engineered Wood Flooring – Each plank is made from a top layer of natural wood, typically between 3mm to 6mm thick supported by layers of artificial material. The use of natural wood as the top layer ensures that engineered wood flooring looks precisely like solid wood flooring when fitted correctly.
Suitability Of Wood Flooring In Your Project
The industry offers solid and engineered options for a good reason. In some circumstances one type is more suitable than the other.
Areas With Under Floor Heating – Natural wood will expand when the temperature increases and contract when the temperature drops. This can cause the board to expand and contract aggressively and result in damage. Engineered wood flooring due to the lesser use of natural wood will not expand and contract aggressively and therefore is the only option for fitting wood flooring over under floor heating.
Areas With High Levels Of Foot Traffic – Although engineered wood flooring is very durable, it is no match for solid wood flooring due to its 100% natural wood construction. Therefore areas that experience high levels of foot traffic and therefore expedited wear such as commercial properties often choose solid wood flooring. Furthermore, it is possible to sand and recoat a solid board more times compared to its engineered alternative. Sanding is a process that removes a 1mm layer of worn wood to expose new wood. It is a far more affordable manner to rejuvenate wood flooring vs. replacing the floor and properties that have solid wood flooring can repeat the process many times over.
Areas That Experience Wet and Damp Conditions – In each property there are areas that have conditions that will damage natural wood. Areas such as the kitchen, basement, certain extensions and the bathroom often include humid conditions that will damage natural wood. An engineered board with a suitable waterproof coating of UV Lacquered is unsusceptible to damage from humid conditions provided the coating is well maintained.
All Other Areas – If under floor heating is not present and you are not fitting wood flooring in areas that experience humid conditions, either type will suit well.
Finish Of The Board
Wood flooring boards are available in different finish to match as many interiors as possible. Finish is applied before the wood reaches the store at the factory. Common wood flooring finish include:
Lacquered Finish – This type of finish gives the wood floor an extra strong, protective coating and creates a smooth, gloss surface.
UV Lacquered Finish – This finish is a particularly popular option designed for rooms where there is a lot of sunshine, and the desired finish is matt. As well as areas that require water proof coating.
Oiled Finish – An oiled finish effect gives the floor an extra strong, natural look and a sound protective coating. Oiled finishes are particularly popular with people keen to retain a natural look.
Hand Distress / Vintage Finish – This finish gives a worn, uneven, irregular look to the floor, making it look like it has stood up to the test of time.
Thermo Treated, Brushed & Oiled Finish – The Thermo Treated technique allows the floor to reach a very dark color, almost black. Thermo Treated finishing is popular with those who are seeking a strong, dark colour floor within a competitive budget
Species Of Wood and The Environment
By now you know that both solid and engineered wood flooring contain natural wood only in different quantities. Whichever species of wood you choose, it is essential to ensure the origin of the wood to promote ethical sourcing and conservation of species. There are two means to ensure that wood products have been ethically sourced. Most sellers in the UK will hold a type of certificate called an FSC certificate (stands for ‘Forest Stewardship Council’), which means that their woods are sourced responsibly from managed forests. These are forests that replenish trees. Furthermore you can directly ask the seller as to the origin of the wood and many will often include a document online or in store explaining how they go about sourcing wood.
Enjoy your wood flooring. If you have any further questions, leave your comment below.
How to Find the Cheapest Homes to Rent
With the current state of the economy, it’s no surprise that those who haven’t yet been able to get their feet on the first rung of the property ladder are struggling with high rents. Throughout the country, rental costs are increasing faster than wages, meaning that it can be difficult for potential tenants to find a home that they’re going to be happy in. Those who are looking for cheaper accommodation should bear the following in mind:
We know it can be hard, when you begin searching for a new home with certain expectations, to adjust your predictions when you realise that you’re not going to be able to live in the kind of home you had wanted originally. With that said, it needn’t be a disaster. Several aspects of your ideal rental property are probably available for compromise. if you commute on the train, you probably don’t want to look too far from the railway station, but do you really need a separate living room? Or will a combination kitchen/living area suffice? Do you really need a garden? You get the idea.
Get a Housemate
For obvious reasons, this can dramatically reduce the amount of rent you have to pay. Finding a housemate will probably be very easy in highly-populated areas, especially given that many people will be in exactly the same position as you are. If you were already planning to live with someone, try to convince them of the need for a third person. And this doesn’t mean that you need to start looking for 3-bedroom properties – take a leaf out of a student’s book, and turn the living room into a bedroom. Suddenly, you’re splitting the rent on a two bedroom property between 3 people, and things start to look much more affordable.
Check the Market Often
From time to time, you will find very good deals on the rental market – only to find that someone else got there first. By checking frequently, you can increase your chances of finding a great home and booking the first viewing. PropertyPropertyProperty can even simplify this for you by setting up free property alerts. Just register with your email, or simply log in through Facebook, and we’ll be able to send you information on properties matching your specification as soon as they hit the market.
The PropertyPropertyProperty team has issued a press release following an announcement that the shape of the mortgage market is changing.
With the news that homeowners are now more likely to go to a mutual or building society to borrow against their property, it is likely that bigger financial institutions will be forced to drive their prices down further in order to compete. Christopher Marriot explains the likely causes and effects of this change: Shift in Mortgage Lending Patterns
Buying Commercial Property
Property investment is a great way to ensure that your money is working for you. At a time when savings accounts are offering a pittance in interest rates and the financial markets are still struggling to recover from the events of the 2007/2008 crisis, land represents a stable commodity with guaranteed demand. Simply put, no one is making any more land. There is no danger of a strong increase in supply and a fall in rents, especially as the population is increasing.
If you’re looking to buy and list property for rent in either the residential or commercial market, you need to be sure that you’re getting the best return on your investment. So how do you do this? Firstly, and most obviously, you need to avoid overpaying. The less you pay to purchase the property in the first place, the more quickly you will be able to recoup your costs with the rent that you charge. If you get a good enough price, you might even be able to undercut rival landlords, ensuring that your property is always in use. Secondly, however, you need to bear in mind that sometimes the more expensive property is worth the increased outlay. As famous investor Warren Buffett says, it’s better to buy something good for a fair price than to buy something fair for a good price. A shopfront property might be going for cheap, but shifts in the retail market mean that it could be better to purchase office space or residences.
Stay ahead of the market near you by signing up to our property alerts service. Just pop your email into the box and we’ll keep you up to date as fresh properties become available, saving you time and effort and making sure you’re amongst the first to see each one.
Student Houses to Rent
It can be very hard to find a good student house. By the time you’re looking at properties, you’ve already had to deal with a lot of fuss. Here at Property Property Property, we’re familiar with the plight of students. There are often arguments when it comes to deciding who’s going to live with who, how much rent you can afford to pay, how close you want to be to your University campus or public transport; the list goes on. When landlords list property for rent, they know that there’s always great competition between students to snap up the best houses. This means that they don’t need to spend too much time on their listing, as they are guaranteed to receive requests to look around almost immediately. It is very important to ensure that you and your new housemates are being kept up to date with all the properties on the market as they become available.
Those searching for student housing would be wise to make use of our property search feature. All you need to do is put in your town/city or postcode into a box. With the click of a button, you’ll be shown everything available, with property to rent in London or the smallest of towns. We’re able to show you a wide range of student homes because we work with a large number of estate agencies, with properties available all over the country.
And if you want to make sure that you really are on top of things, sign up for our property alerts service. Simply head over to our page and register by entering your email address and we’ll keep you up to date with the latest properties as soon as they hit the market.
Staying Ahead with Property Alerts
In today’s competitive property market, it can be hard to get ahead. Despite the fact that there is a great amount of pressure on sellers, some of whom may be forced to sell for less than they might have expected, it is still very difficult for buyers to find the right property at the right time. This task is harder still for those looking to buy property for the first time, as they have even fewer homes to choose from and are competing with thousands of other potential homeowners with similar budgets.
For these reasons, it is essential to make sure that you are being kept abreast of developments in your local property market. You can do this just by checking the listings on a daily basis. However, this can get a bit irritating, especially if you already have a busy day and don’t want to spend a part of it trawling through properties that don’t interest you. Alternatively, you can make use of our convenient property alerts service. Just sign up with your email and we’ll let you know about the hot properties that match your preferences and which are hitting the market near you, as soon as they are listed. This way, you can be sure that you’re among the first to make inquiries about the home you love – and you’ll save a good amount of time and effort, too.
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