14 December 2010

The benefits of Hardwood Flooring for Allergies

The medical dictionary defines hypoallergenic as ‘having little likelihood of causing an allergic response\' and many actions can reduce the triggers of asthma and other allergies. First it is necessary to identify the triggers, if they are considered to be allergens such as pollen, dust mites or pet hair then changing your floors to a polished hardwood floor can help alleviate asthma causes.   Dr Rob Danoff who writes for MSN health and fitness explains 'Dust mites feed on shed flakes of human skin. They can be found on pillows, bedding, mattresses, box springs, upholstered furniture, carpet and even Fluffy, your child\'s soft toy. We actually breathe in the mite\'s fecal matter and decaying body parts. Certainly gross to think about, but for those with asthma who are sensitive to these allergens, dust mites can cause genuine trouble' What is the Doctor\'s solution to this sickening image of dust mites? 'Remove carpets and install polished flooring.'

Another source that looks into the cause more impersonally is the parliamentary paper on ‘Indoor Allergens and Asthma\' (2000). It cites that the doubling of cases of asthma in the UK could be due to indoor allergens. It highlights that an effective measure to remove mite habitats such as soft furnishings, is to change to something impenetrable such as wood flooring, which is action Asthma UK, the registered charity, also supports.

 If you or your family members do suffer from asthma then, as all trusted evidence suggests, perhaps a wood floor is the way to go. Other than being a reliever of asthmatic symptoms, wood floors are also considered aesthetically nicer then carpets and will often increase the value of a home. They are also easier to clean, again helping with the allergies and are also more durable. If looked after properly the benefits of installing a wood floor are numerous, as a May 2010 Mintel report on ‘Carpets and Floor coverings\' states that the added insulation helps with sound proofing and energy saving which in turn lowers your household bills.

Using the correct underlay in combination with your wood floor will help to securely insulate your home from sound, cold, moisture and will eliminate the issues often cited with wood floors, namely that they are cold, noisy and difficult to look after. Relieves allergies and lowers your bills, what more do you need from your wood floor!
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About the Author
Jordan Stavrinou is the Managing Director of Jordan Andrews Ltd; London\'s leading hardwood flooring company. With 20 years in the hardwood and construction industry and a team of industry professionals, Jordan is considered an expert in his field. Visit http://www.jordanandrews.com/ for all your hard wood flooring needs.

Wood Floor Underlay: How to choose the right Wood Floor Underlay

Underlay is commonly used in conjunction with the engineered wood floor laying method of floating. Solid floor can be floated either through clip or a click system, though at Jordan Andrews we prefer using a slotted matt underlay which allows the boards to be glued through the slots to the sub-floor or the underlay Elastilon, which is an adhesive underlay.
Underlay is used to combat moisture, reduce noise impact for floors in busy households or flats and can be used in combination with underfloor heating to help with insulation and improve the evenness of a floor.

What are the different types of wood floor underlay?
Poly-foam underlays
Our poly-foam underlay ranges are composed from lightweight closed cell polyethylene foam which is 100recyclable. They offer excellent acoustic and thermal insulation and are suitable for underfloor heating. They all combat unevenness in the sub-floor surface, are dust free and easy to lay. The foam with the foil layer also acts as a vapour barrier. These underlays are suitable for floated engineered and laminate wood floors.

Sponge rubber underlays
These underlays are a high density resilient sponge rubber. These underlays offer the best in sound proofing insulation and reduce in room and impact noise. They also protect against moisture when used with vapour stop tape and provide excellent sub-floor masking for minor sub-level imperfections. They are suitable for floated laminate and engineered wood flooring.
The Duralay heatflow is designed specifically for underfloor heating as it doesn\'t absorb the heat as much and conducts through the flooring to provide greater warmth.

Adhesive underlay
Adhesive underlay is for solid wood flooring and is similar to floating as it allows the seasonal movement of the boards whilst including all the sound and insulation benefits of a good underlay. The wooden boards are pressed together on an elastic adhesive mat which has been previously rolled out and then the protective layer between the floor and the mat is removed. This can be a good method of installing a solid wood floor in apartment building as no nails are used which can transfer the noise through the sub-floor.

Slotted mat underlay
Slotted mat underlay is another alternative for solid wood flooring and can achieve a high level of noise reduction making it suitable for upstairs rooms or flats. The underlay is 3mm thick chemically cross linked closed cell polyolefin foam specially developed and designed for use as an acoustic underlay for solid and engineered hardwood flooring.

Damp-proof underlay
The studded membrane of the underlay has a high water vapour resistance manufactured from polypropylene. The studs provide shock absorption and a controlled deformation always less than 2mm. This underlay provides walking comfort, sound insulation, suitable for underfloor heating and has a first-rate protection against moisture. It is designed for laying on concrete and suitable for floated engineered flooring. We also have a stick down studded underlay which can be used for solid wood floors and would need to be fully adhered.
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About the Author
Jordan Stavrinou is the Managing Director of Jordan Andrews Ltd; London\'s leading hardwood flooring company. With 20 years in the hardwood and construction industry and a team of industry professionals, Jordan is considered an expert in his field. Visit http://www.jordanandrews.com/ for all your hard wood flooring needs.