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Landlord Information On Wood Flooring

Wood flooring can be seen in residential properties as well as in commercial properties. If wood flooring is going to become part of your property, you might wish to understand more about the various possibilities.

As a landlord with monetisation goals from your investment, it is important to avoid costly mistakes. In this article we will cover the types of flooring and common landlord mistakes which are costly and time consuming to fix.

Wood Flooring Type:

Engineered Flooring – They are made from a combination of two or more materials that are glued together in a special process. The top layer and the one visible to the necked eye is made from wood and commonly referred by its technical name ‘lamella’. The core of the floor is made from MDF, Plywood or Softwood. Due to its construction and better water repellent properties, engineered wood flooring are popular in damp or wet areas such as the kitchen or in properties located near a water source, where damp conditions might occur.

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Solid Flooring – In contrast to the previous type, solid wood flooring are made from one single plank of timber. While it makes the wood very durable, the totally natural form of the wood means that sizes are limited. With the right care, solid wood flooring have been known to last for 100 years or more and if you like period homes and they feature wood flooring, chances are that these wooden floors of the solid type. Yet, not all is perfect. Their natural construction means that they share a common property of wood to expand in warm conditions or contract in cold conditions. In some properties this might cause the wood to erupt.

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Common Wood Flooring Mistakes Landlords Make:

Fitting wrong floor over under floor heating – Under floor heating is becoming more and more popular. If the wrong type of wood is fitted over such heating system, the wood will erupt. Only selected types of engineered wood flooring are suitable for fitting over under floor hearing. Check with the retailer before making your purchase.

Going for cheap underlay – An underlay not only makes the floor softer to walk on, it also provide noise isolation. If the floor is fitted in a block of flats without proper noise isolation you could expose yourself to further costs. Under the HousingAct 2004 exposure to unusually loud or continuous noise inside a dwelling or within its curtilage is deemed to be a threat to the physical and mental health of the occupants. As a property owner fitting wood flooring, especially in a block of flats, you should be aware of means to reduce noise and improve insulation.

Wood and Moisture – Wood flooring which is fitted in damp areas such as the kitchen, basement or bathroom may experience dampness and moisture, conditions that will greatly reduce the durability of the wood. Equally, if the property is located near a water source (river for example), the same outcome will apply. In such cases, you are better off with engineered wood flooring that has been covered in a suitable coating.

Think Durability – If you are looking for return on investment over the long run, durability must be a factor in your decision-making. Solid wood floors are known to last for 100 years or more because of their structure and because you are able to sand and re-coat the floor from time to time. In contrast, engineered wood floors are expected to last for 25 years.

Wood Flooring Grade:

The grade of the wood is not an indication of quality and will have no impact on the durability of the wood. It is simply a measurement of how refine the wood is in terms of colour variation between the planks knots.

Prime Or AB Grade – The highest grade of wood available for both engineered and solid floors. The wood featured very few knots and minimal colour variation.

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Select Or ABC Grade – Like each of the grades, it is available for both types of floors. Select contains some colour variation between the planks and looks less uniform compared to prime.

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Natural Or ABCD Grade – Often refereed to as ‘mill run’ grade, it will feature higher number of colour variation and frequent knots.

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Rustic Or CD Grade – The most popular grade to its cost, rustic is also considered the grade with the most ‘character’. The wood will feature knots of up to 35mm in size and significant colour variations between the planks are to be expected.

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Wood Flooring Finish:

The last consideration is the top layer which acts to seal the wood, protect it and provide the look you wanted. It is entirely down to your decor style and requirements. Your options vary from a shiny finish to a more natural one.

Lacquer – The most popular finish, lacquer requires basic care but has high tendency to scratch. Where most coating sinks into the wood, lacquer does not and therefore gets worn-out quicker.

Oil – Slightly less durable compared with the previous option, oil is easier to repair by simply by adding more oil and effectively keeping the surface in prestige condition.

UV Oiled – Shares some of the benefits of regular oil finish, it comes in low glossy finish, which helps hide imperfections caused by extensive use.

The three options of type, grade and finish are than mixed and matched to create a floor to suit your style. Can be, prime solid oiled to rustic engineered uv oiled and so on.