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How thick is the parquet and the floorboard?

Parquet is 16 or 22mm thick while the floorboards are 16 or 21mm.

What atmospheric conditions should be fulfilled in a room where you want to install parquet floor or mosaic?

Before installing parquet floor it is necessary to check the substrate moisture content. It’s generally considered that the concrete substrate should have a minimum moisture content of 2%, antyhryde substrate maximum of 0,5% and wooden maximum of 13%. In a situation, where those conditions are not fulfilled you cannot install a wooden floor because the excess moisture will penetrate the wood. And since wood is a hygroscopic material, it can change it’s dimensions, which results in cracking and gaps. When you manage to get the right substrate moisture content, you must also take care of the right air humidity (should be 50-60%) and room temperature (about 18-25). We suggest you let professionals do those measurements for you.

After about what time freshly varnished wooden floor is ready to use? (Walking, moving furniture?)

How quickly we can use the floor after varnishing is strictly related to the type of varnish we used. But in every case you should remember to always listen to the professionals, because sometimes the information placed on the varnish container is very general and doesn’t apply to every floor and every interior. Sometimes high air humidity can prolongue the drying process. Depending on the product you used, you should never forget to properly ventilate the room because some varnishes, especially those chemohardening, have a very strong, irritant scent.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of varnished and oiled floors?

Varnish or oil? It’s a choice you have to make depending on the purpose of the floor and you personal taste. Varnished floors are maintenance free and easy to clean. Wood after varnishing regains its natural color and the knots appear to be more visible. Oiled floor is matt and is mostly installed in places where its intensively used such as dance halls. The disadvantage of such floor is that it requires regular maintenance.

Why are there sometimes gaps in wooden floors? Why do they appear and how can you avoid them?

Wood is a natural product and you can say it’s “always alive”. As a hygroscopic material (moisture absorbent) it will “work” which means it will change its dimensions depending on the room conditions. In our climate region, where we experience dry summer heatwaves and rainy winters (when air humidity increases) you should always make sure to maintain optimal room conditions. The floor’s humidity should be kept at 7-11%, according to current standards. In a situation where humidity drops, the wood shrinks and small gaps appear but when humidity goes back to normal, which is about 50-60%, the gaps disappear. But there are ways to avoid such situations. It’s recommended to use air humidifiers, for example hanging small containers with water, because they are excellent in stabilizing air humidity in the room. The amount and size of humidifiers must correspond with the size of the room. Small gaps is a totally normal effect in wooden floors and you shouldn’t worry about it. Wood is after all pure nature and this is the way it reacts to changes in the surroundings.

What are the requirements for a wooden floor installation?

To be able to install wooden floor there are 3 conditions you must meet: the moisture content of the concrete substrate should be maximum of 2% (antyhryde max.0,5%, wooden max.13%), air humidity 50-60%, air temperature 18-25.

Can you install wooden floors in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms?

Wooden floors can be installed everywhere, but you should take into consideration the type of color that will be adequate to the purpose of the room. Bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms are places intensively used. Especially kitchen floors are exposed to water and domestic chemicals, so it would have been required to use a varnish that is high wear-resistant. Bathrooms and laundry rooms are places where it’s best to use oil or hard wax oil that will prevent the wood from absorbing excess water.

Can wooden floors be installed on already existing floors, waterproof OSB or particle boards?

First of all we don’t recommend particle boards which due to it’s hygroscopic characteristics are not a good foundation for a wooden floor. It’s also not recommended to install a floor on already existing floor boards, however after using waterproof OSB of a specific thickness there is such a possibility. OSB plate is to ensure that there is a proper weight balance to stabilize and strengthen the substrate. According to the floor condition we use appropriate board thickness. Next we carefully screw the plate to the already existing floor with screws, making sure the plates lie evenly on the whole surface. After screwing it we sand the plates, especially on joints, which will even the surface and give better adhesion of the glue.

Do wooden floors and underfloor heating work together?

Underfloor heating doesn’t eliminate wooden floor installation. However floor installation is a long process which requires help from an experienced professional floor contractor. When it comes to underfloor heating, it’s recommended that 3 weeks before floor installation you need to apply “de-watering” which means evaporating the water contained in the surface.

How should you clean wooden floors?

Wooden floor is a beautiful element of every interior and to keep it flawless for a long time, you need to take special care of it. Most common mistake we make while cleaning wooden floors is using wrong detergents, that destroy rather than clean the floor surface. You should always use products made entirely for wooden floor cleaning. Those kind of products are safe for our floors but you should always remember one important thing: always clean the floor with damp, not wet cloth. You must always pay attention to it because the excess of water may cause wood to darken which is an irreversible process.

Do wooden floors tend to scratch?

Floors are useable surfaces, exposed to scratching and you should always take it into consideration before choosing the finishing method. It’s best to trust an experienced flooring contractor, who will advise you what kind of floor surface would be best to meet your expectations. There is a wide range of oils and varnishes available on the market, of a very wide price range. Main principle is: the more expensive product – the better and more wear-resistant it is. We recommend buying a varnish that is highly wear-resistant because it prevents the floor from damaging . in a situation where we use hard wax oils or oils, the scratches won’t be so visible, but the finished surface must be regularly taken care of. You should also remember that it’s not necessary to use a varnish that is highly wear-resistant for example:in a bedroom where the floor is not as exposed as the one in the kitchen or in the hallway. It’s safe to say that you can use a regular varnish and the floor will remain undamaged. There is no surface that would be indestructible and that’s why we should always remember to use: doormats, furniture glides and protection mats under the chairs.

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