Summer is well and truly over, and with the changing seasons comes the changing weather. There are so many things to love about the autumn and winter seasons, but there is one thing that we can all agree on – the turbulent weather can wreak havoc on our flooring. If you’re in the process of re-flooring a commercial or domestic unit, it’s important to be aware of these issues when making your final decisions. It will also ensure that you can tackle these problems effectively for any flooring in place.
Impact of water and moisture
We are already experiencing a lot of rain, which means that water is more likely to be brought into buildings as people make their way work each day. Excessive moisture exposure for hardwood flooring will result in the distortion and warping of the wood. In carpet and carpet tiles, exposure to wet footprints and puddles will not only leave a darkened stain but may also result in an unpleasant smell if not properly cleaned up. Vinyl and laminate flooring are more water resistant, which is why they are an excellent choice for flooring in larger corporate or public access buildings that experience high foot traffic throughout the year.
A simple tip to avoid a build-up of puddles and water patches in places of work is to place mats at main building entrances. This will help to absorb any moisture on the shoes of employees and reduce the amount puddles that could cause slips and trips.
Impact of mud and dirt
With wet weather, comes mud, yet another flooring nuisance. A build-up of mud and dirt will make hardwood floors dull over time and could cause scrapes and scratches. If not cleaned well, mud and dirt will become ground into carpet material as more people walk through. This will likely mean that you have to spend more on an expensive carpet cleaning process, or possibly replace the flooring entirely. The same could happen to laminate and vinyl flooring, however, they can be a lot easier to clean.
Impact of temperature changes
Like moisture exposure, excessive heat will lead to hardwood floor expanding, whilst cooler temperatures will make it shrink. Constant temperature changes will result in the wood strength depreciating, and the colour may begin to fade. During the winter months, it can be difficult to manage temperature changes, particularly as heating systems are regularly switched on and off. Excessive exposure to heat also runs the risk of warping vinyl flooring.
If your business has underfloor heating in place, then consult with a flooring specialist to find the best solution that will avoid any heat-related damage.
Impact of excessive cleaning
As mud and dirt will find its way into public and office buildings during the autumn and winter months, you might think that the best way to deal with it is to increase the frequency of floor cleaning. You may be surprised to realise, however, that excessive cleaning could actually be causing more damage to the flooring. The exposure to harsh chemicals will reduce the longevity of flooring, particularly carpets and hardwood. Some cleaning chemicals will also strip wood flooring of their natural oils, meaning that they will have to be treated more frequently which is an expensive outlay.
Laminate and vinyl flooring are more resilient than other flooring types, however, if they are over-scrubbed they too can be subject to damage.
It’s impossible to avoid the perils of autumn and winter weather, but knowing the potential damage will help you tackle these problems head-on. The team at Nailsea Flooring are specialists in installing a range of flooring types for both commercial and domestic use. Visit our website for more information on the products that we provide, or contact a member of the team today on 07970 105791 for a free no obligation quote.