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The Most Common Questions about Flooring
What are ecological floor coverings?
Previously, floor coverings were frequently contaminated with housing poisons such as plasticizers, formaldehyde or biocide permethrin. If you are interested in new flooring, you should definitely look for inspection seals or test marks. High-quality flooring according to ecological guidelines are marked with a country appropriate seals of approval.
These ecological floor coverings are absolutely safe for your living room climate, are characterized by high-quality workmanship and look very attractive. This kind of flooring is not among the cheapest, but nor is it among the most expensive. The health of your home should be worth a high-quality product.
What are the advantages of vinyl flooring?
Modern and stylish vinyl floors are in full swing. In contrast to the past, these floors show excellent utilization possibilities and an appealing look. New materials reduce the walking noise, provide pleasant foot warmth and are particularly suitable for damp areas, such as the kitchen and the bathroom.
The low construction heights are advantageous, so that vinyl floors are very suitable for renovating old floors. These floors are manufactured so authentically that they have a tangible surface structure. They can, therefore, be distinguished from other materials, such as tiles or wood, with their high-quality printing.
Vinyl floors can be completely glued or floating. They are definitely immediately accessible.
Which floors are suitable for floor heating?
For floor heating, different floors can be considered. You can choose materials from natural stone and ceramics and cork to wood. In general, we recommend a heat transfer value of 0.15m²K/W. If you want to use flooring made of wood, it can only be glued over the entire surface. A floating installation, as in laminate flooring, is not recommended.
A distinction must be made between hot water and electric floor heating systems. The electrical models are significantly warmer with a temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, where the upper floor must also be adjusted.
Natural stone or ceramic tiles are ideal for underfloor heating. The plates can store the heat and then return it to the room. We can recommend you tiles made of limestone, travertine or sandstone, since these have proven to be good heat conductors.
If you want to use parquet with underfloor heating, the wood moisture content should be less than 10%. It is advisable to preheat the screed before starting to lay the parquet so that the residual moisture is also completely removed.
Is a parquet floor always sealed?
Real wood parquet radiates a special ambience and a lot of warmth. In old houses, aged floorboards can look very attractive. However, if you are relocating parquet, you should definitely seal it. A non-sealed parquet can quickly absorb moisture and dust. After a short time it becomes unsightly and dirty. Even a single water drop can remain visible in the long run.
Firstly, the surface should be thoroughly cleaned after laying. Then an applied special oil provides first protection. Later, there are other means of care which cater for a final seal. Then a liquid cannot affect the parquet floor any more.
How can a skirting board be installed best?
Skirting boards form a functional and attractive wall seal and can cover any possible expansion joints. However, there are many different solutions for the appropriate application. Plastic strips can be attached to previously screwed-on brackets. Wooden blocks are usually installed directly on the wall. If you frequently remove these slats for the purpose of wallpapering, you will notice that the wall brackets are loosened and a fixed mounting is scarcely possible afterwards.
It is easier if you stick the skirting boards directly onto the wall with cheap silicone. This results in a seamless and dust-proof seal. If the strip is to be removed, you can easily do this with a carpet knife. After renovation, you can glue the strips on again with silicone.