Completing your flooring project is both rewarding and satisfying. After all, all that hard work and weekends spent planning, measuring, laying and cutting means that your floor deserves the very best finish. And that is where floor beading and other styles of finish come into play.
There are many different types of finish, depending on your style, taste and of course the type of flooring you have initially chosen.
Laminate floor beading
When you finish laying your laminate, you may find that there is an expansion gap left around the edge of the room. As it is well known that laminate can expand at different temperatures, this gap allows it to do so. Without this expansion gap your laminate flooring would be at risk of lifting from the floor and creating uneven points in the flooring itself. Which is not only unsightly but dangerous.
Laminate floor beading is a strip that is designed to cover the gap left around the edge of a room. Available in a wide range of colours, styles and textures, attractive floor beading has never been easier to get hold of.
A stylish finish, and one perhaps more suited to a home with not a lot of traffic, is lacquer. Lacquer finishes have been used for centuries to give woodworking projects a tough, durable and water-resistant finish. Available in a wide selection of colours that compliment any style of home, lacquer is a popular choice.
Unlike oils, lacquer does not soak directly into the wood, instead it sits on top of it giving it a coated and artificial look. It is this factor that makes lacquer perhaps unsuitable for busy homes: it has a tendency to be worn away, as footfall effectively sands the lacquer away. The only way to repair this damage would be to sand the entire floor and start again.
Oil, on the other hand, easily sinks into the wood, making it stronger and even more durable. While it does not provide as much protection as more modern finishes such as varnishing, oil finishes bring out the natural beauty of the wood better.
Oil is easy to apply, making it a go-to option for any DIY enthusiast. Oil finishes can also be refreshed from time to time as needed without any great hassle, unlike a lacquer finish which must be removed completely and reapplied as though the wood had been laid down new. With a properly maintained oil finish, you should never need to sand down your floors.
Think about your options
Choosing the type of finish you like isn’t as straightforward as it appears. Firstly, you may find yourself choosing between a classic, natural look or something more artificial and shiny. In addition, it’s best to bear in mind the amount of traffic the floor in question is likely to endure and lastly, maintenance. How prepared are you to dedicate more time to the look of your floor?
Once you’ve chosen your finish, you’re well on your way to a beautifully redecorated floor that everyone can enjoy and every guest can admire.