20 Mar Everything you wanted to know about flooring in Nelspruit
You don’t have to tread carefully when you have our flooring in Nelspruit.
When it comes to flooring we have to think of what best suits our individual needs. Since our floors are usually there for the duration of our stay in the house, it’s best to weigh up your options carefully.
There are two varieties of Cemcrete, the first is a Colour Hardener that is a dry shake powder that floats on your freshly laid screed. The benefits of this option is that is can be used on your interior and exterior flooring. There is no risk of it rubbing off as it penetrates 2-3mm deep. This option is very durable and can be imprinted with patterns.
The second variety is CreteCote and this option is a 1.6mm cement based skim on coating that is perfect for renovations. The benefit of this option is that it is a thin skim on coating that is applied with a steel trowel. This micro coating was created to feel and look like concrete but is a fraction of the weight and cost of concrete.
Cemcrete is easy to maintain when properly installed. Dirt and debris can be swept away daily and spills mopped up immediately. Here are some of the tips to keep in mind if you have Cemcrete:
- Cleaning can be done with a damp mop.
- No ammonia-based products must be used on this type of flooring.
- In heavy traffic areas, it best to put down a mat.
- Felt pads should be affixed on all furnishings.
- Depending on wear and tear, surfaces should be polished with Cemcrete CreteCare every 6 months to protect the sealer.
Ceramic floor tiles have long been the favourite choice of flooring in Nelspruit. Floor tiles come in a huge variety of styles and designs, are easy to install and for the most part they are durable and do not scratch. They can, however, crack if something heavy is dropped on them. Another downside to tiles is that they can go out of style. On the upside tiles are usually a cheaper option. Ceramic tiles can be cleaned by first sweeping or vacuuming them and then mopping with soapy water.
Hard Wood Flooring
Hardwood flooring has become popular again in recent years. This type of flooring is a warmer option of flooring, especially in colder climates. Most hardwood flooring uses the tongue and groove design that ensures a snug fit of the planks. Once installed the flooring is finished with either varnish or oil. To keep your hard wood floors looking good, it needs to be buffed every 3-5 years. After buffing the floor you will then need to recoat the wood. Although this option requires more maintenance, the overall effect of this flooring is very appealing.
Ideal for the modern “Green Building” Bamboo is a very sustainable natural material that absorbs carbon emissions. Bamboo is a naturally hardwearing material and easy to maintain. It is anti-bacterial and a natural heat insulator, reducing the need for artificial heating. If the “wood look” is what you prefer, bamboo is less expensive than wood and far better for the environment.
Cleaning a Bamboo Floor requires a soft-bristled broom and its best to not saturate this floor, rather use a damp cloth or mop. Commercial products are on the market especially for use on these floors or alternately you can use a solution of vinegar and water.