The benefits of installing a beautiful hardwood floor in your home or office are plentiful; so is the choice of hardwood themselves. Whether it is solid hardwood flooring that can be sanded and refinished time and again to keep the look fresh or engineering hardwood that makes it a great choice for basements, oak flooring, maple, teak or mahogany, hardwood flooring add a depth and natural warmth to every room in your home that is unmatched. The look complements modern, rustic, traditional and minimalistic styles. Be it a finished look, unfinished, prefinished or natural finish, you can never go wrong with your hardwood choice.
What is also equally important is to choose the right floor covering, underlay, fixings and adhesive to protect the edging, gaps and borders of the floor. These flooring accessories make the floor more visually appealing, durable and strong. Areas around the radiator pipe, for instance, need to be properly covered. Who wants pipe bottoms to be visible over a well-finished hardwood floor? Hardwood flooring accessories add that sleek finish that elevates your home aesthetics from good to great.
Not everyone is skilled in their knowledge of hardwood flooring accessories. Only professionals know the value of floor accessories and which ones to choose for which area of the house.
Mouldings are extremely important without which your flooring installations remain unfinished and unattractive. Mouldings need to match well with your floor colour and room’s configuration. Between the moulding and the floor material where the two meet, a piece of trim should be added to blend both seamlessly. They need to be of the same quality as the hardwood flooring to blend well with the look of the floor, not stick out like a sore thumb.
Beyond the trim, mouldings should also be installed on hardwood stairs or any steps within your home. There are several types of hardwood mouldings in the market.
- Reducers: Reducers are perfect for transitions from one flooring material to the next, especially if there is a marginal difference in the heights of the two. Vinyl and ceramic tiles vary in thickness and depth for example. Laminate and low-pile carpet floor or wood have unequal heights. Reducers are offered in various heights to smoothen the floor transitions.
- Stair Nose: New floors can change the look of your home. If you are transforming stairs into hardwood ones, these mouldings with a rounded front edge are ideal for the purpose. They soften the landings and step-downs on a floor.
- T-Molding: Quite like the threshold, this kind of moulding distinguishes two hard surfaces of a similar height.
- Thresholds: These mouldings come in several shapes with rounded edges as a safety feature to prevent tripping. They are commonly used in doorways or walk-throughs to separate two distinctive flooring areas built with different flooring materials such as hardwood and ceramic tile, vinyl or carpet.
Floor beading is also important to fill up gaps between the floor and skirting board. Beading allows the wood to expand and contract with changing weather conditions. The moulding comes in several attractive colours and two varieties: decorative Scotia that is concave in design and quadrant.
Perfect to conceal gaps around pipes and protect the floor edges, pipe covers or pipe roses ensure that weaker areas of your floor is strengthened and protected to last longer. Pipe covers are available in plastic, wood and various finishes to match your flooring.
For smooth transition from one room to the other, these hardwood flooring mouldings prevent tripping, protect the floor and give an aesthetic finish to the threshold edges.
How to Fix Hardwood Floors?
Hardwood floors are a big investment, so when they get damaged, it’s hard to swallow and understandably so. You want your hardwood floors to be shiny and beautiful. When water is present, it’s important to take care of it right away so that it doesn’t lead to bigger problems like a replacement.
If you have damaged hardwood floors caused by water, here are a few things you can try before jumping into a full replacement:
- If it’s a minor problem like a puddle from a wet boot or a small leak from your bathroom or kitchen, mop the water as soon as you see it and then dry the floor right away. The faster you get to it, the less damage there will be. A great trick is to use a hairdryer on a low setting which will not only dry the surface of your floor, but also the subfloor underneath.
- If you see water stains consisting of a white film, you can try wiping it with a dry cotton cloth and a very small amount of toothpaste or polishing compound. Rub the stained area very gently to see results. If you feel that it’s not working, do not apply other products so that you don’t damage it any further.
- Warped boards are frustrating, but can often be fixed by placing heavy objects on top of it for a few days to help flatten it out. If that doesn’t work, you can try nailing the edges down to get rid of the warp.
- If you notice a black stain on your hardwood floors that is common and hardwood often dries that way. If you don’t want the stain to sink right through the boards, you can remove the surface using sandpaper. Next, you’ll have to create a mixture using oxalic acid crystals with warm water and carefully apply it to the stained area using a brush. Allow it to dry to see if the stain is still there and if so, repeat the process. The last step would be to finish the area using a stain that matches the colour of your hardwood floor.
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