Wood floors can be a great option as a flooring material for luxury homes. However, they require certain care as regards moisture so as to perform at their best. Here is a small list of tips to help ensure your wood floor remains in good condition:
Check your drainage area in your balconies periodically and ensure that rain and regular washing water can drain out easily. Stuck trash or leaves in gutters can clog the drain and lead to water pooling. This can enter your room through the floor-level windows and doors and may seep below your wood floor, causing long-term damage and mould.
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– Ensure that your windows and door frames are properly sealed. A good quality sealant does not cost much but goes a long way in ensuring your rooms stay free of water.
Doors at the Balcony can lead to water ingress if not properly sealed.
– During monsoons, depending on where you live, the humidity in the air may become very high. This can lead to some movement in your wood floor which may lead to some creaking noise in case of a floating installation. When the humidity goes down, this should go away generally. If it does not, contact your flooring contractor for necessary handling. Humidity can be controlled by using air conditioning and ventilation.
– Having a stone barrier between your attached bathrooms and the room is always a good idea. Your cleaning staff may use water carelessly, and slowly it may continue to seep below your wood floors without being noticed. This may lead to creaking noises, mould and, in worse cases, may damage the flooring planks.
Using these small tips, you can make your wood floor go a long way and ensure that you continue to enjoy its warmth and beauty for years.