Edges and Transition

Most homes will have more than one type of flooring material. At the very least the bathroom will be tiled, and probably the kitchen too. This is true even if the rest of the house has timber floors or carpets. There will be a transition space between the different floors that is covered with a small strip of edging material.

The edge material used on the floor transition goes by many names – edge strip, coverstrip, transition strip, edging. They can be made from metal, wood, plastic, rubber or a combination of materials. Some will join two floors of the same level, which is quite common. Others will join floors of slightly different levels. Different floors levels often occur between tiled floors and timber, or tiled floor and carpet. The right type of trim will make the transition between floors look quite neat.

Metal transition strips are the most common. They usually have countersunk holes to accommodate the screws or nails that hold them in place. A slightly more expensive option is a metal strip that includes a central rubber strip to cover the nails or screws. These are both safe and neat looking.

Most rooms of the home are separated by a door, so the transition strip is partly hidden by this. Some rooms, perhaps near the kitchen, will not have a door, so the transiton strip cannot be hidden; it must be made to suit the décor. Adjacent rooms with timber floors will not need transition strips. But there will inevitably be a need for a transition strip at the front door, the bathroom and the kitchen, if not a few other places.

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Timber floors can be re-sanded to restore their original appearance, and then polished to a fine finish. As timber flooring is a great long term investment the re-sanding allows us to keep this investment in the best looking condition possible.

Volatile Organic Chemical

Many household building materials, carpet and furnishings will emit a chemical smell, especially when they are new. In small doses this will not affect most people. But large concentrations of airborne chemicals can cause irritation to the eyes and throat, as well as constant tiredness and impaired cognitive functions. These Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC) are dangerous specifically because they are organic, and can interact with human physiology.

New carpet is notorious for giving off chemicals like formaldehyde. This dissipates after a few weeks, but it can cause health problems for residents when it is first installed. Airing out rooms, using bi carb of soda on new carpet, use of air filters and keeping indoor plants all help to reduce VOC in the air.

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One great advantage of natural wood flooring is the near absence of any dangerous chemicals. Only trace amount of these chemical exist in natural wood, and these do not seem to pose any threat.

There can be an issue with VOC when protective coatings are applied to timber floors. Polyurethane coatings will usually emit VOC for a few days after application. Oil based polyurethane emits more VOC than water based varieties.

Newer varieties of polyurethane are now very low VOC, or VOC free.

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Timber floors are one of the healthiest options. The stains and protective coatings are a healthy and safety concern, but proper precautions should prevent any serious problems.

Floor sanding allows a timber floor to be restored to a virtually new appearance. It can then be re-coloured to change the décor, or simply left as a new floor.