Wooden flooring is the most sustainable floor covering option out there. It’s the only one that’s naturally renewable. A solid wood floor can last hundreds of years. Plus, the timeless beauty of wood flooring enhances the décor of any home.
|Materials per m2||R 600 - R 1 900|
|Labour per m2||R 300 - R 500|
Additional cost factors
The pricing of real wooden flooring varies considerably – the species of wood, the grade of wood and the size of the planks all affect the price. Finishes – factory pre-finished, site sealed, stained, oiled, or varnished – as well as the installation method chosen define the final price.
Wastage – a wastage factor needs to be added to the cost supplied – this is normally around 10%, but can vary depending on the type of floors, any patterns in the flooring and the sizes and shapes of the rooms.
Finish trim – all wooden floors need to have expansion gaps left around the perimeter of the floor. These gaps need to be covered by skirting boards. There are various options available for these trims – colours, aluminium, wood etc., which all affect the price
Floor preparation – the condition of the sub-floor is vital for a successful wooden floor installation – the dryness, levelness and strength of the sub-floor are critical. Even after a site visit it is often not possible to tell what will be required until after the floor covering has been removed.
Installation difficulty – stairs and staircases take a lot longer to do than normal flooring and therefore cost more. The amount of trim required is also substantially more than your average floor trim which affects the price per m2.
Floor finishes – when it comes to real wood floors there are a number of options available when it comes to sealing an unfinished floor. Stains, primers, oil-based sealers and polyurethane varnishes are all priced differently and come in a range of qualities for different installations – home use or business use for example.
As explained above, pricing needs to be adjusted to account for the extra costs involved, so by adding on 10% for wastage and between 10% and 20% for finishes will get you closer to a realistic figure, but each site is different.
Installation of wooden flooring
You may have heard the horror stories about wooden flooring which has risen up in people’s homes or about large gaps opening up after a wood flooring installation. These problems can be easily avoided. One of the most important ways to avoid a disaster is to check that your site conditions are suitable before installing your wood flooring. Humidity and moisture affect wood flooring and there are a number of essential tests that must be carried out within the room of installation. If your room passes these important tests, it will ensure that it is safe to acclimatise your flooring.
- The air humidity should be 45-65%. A Pro will normally test it using a hygrometer.
- Wooden sub-floors should be tested for moisture and have a MC% (moisture content) of no more than 12%
- Concrete sub-floors should be tested for moisture and have a MC% (moisture content) of no more than 12% on a prong test or below 3% on a concrete moisture meter. Some meters have varying scales so it is important to check.
- Check that the sub-floor is level, it should vary no more than 3mm in height over 1m. Uneven floors should be repaired using a self-leveling compound or some plywood.
Our Kandua Pros have the correct equipment and experience to carry out the installation professionally.
Benefits of wooden flooring
- Wood flooring becomes more beautiful year after year as it gains character and charm.
- It is hard, wear-resistant and durable.
- Cleaning is fast and easy.
- There is a wide variety to choose from.
Disadvantages of wooden flooring
- Wood flooring needs to be waxed every now and then to maintain its shine.
- Humidity and moisture wreak havoc.
- Certain shoes on wood flooring can be noisy.
- Wood flooring is much more expensive than engineered wood flooring. Labour to install the flooring is also costly.
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