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16mm & 17mm solid wood flooring is medium-thickness flooring that comes in some of the best quality woods in the world. Since it is not the thickest flooring material on the market, it is best for 16mm & 17mm floorboards to be made of a particularly sturdy wood. Bamboo is one of the best options, since, while it is technically a grass, it is one of the hardest and most durable "wood" flooring materials out there.
In addition to being among the toughest wood flooring materials on the market, bamboo is also naturally water resistant, which means you do not have to worry so much about expansion and contraction due to spills, humidity and changes in temperature.
That said, water-resistant does not mean waterproof. As with any wood flooring material, you will want to be careful when your floor is at risk of getting wet. Be sure to clean up spills in a speedy fashion, and remember that if a room is excessively humid it may still need the aid of de-humidifier to keep the floorboards safe and healthy.
However, 16mm and 17mm solid wood flooring, properly maintained and made with the appropriate species of wood, can last as long as many other flooring options.
As long as the boards are made with a sufficiently durable material, like bamboo, they can be sanded down and refinished as many as six times! The first sanding won’t be needed for at least 15 years, so that means your boards will last an entire lifetime if you take good care of them.
To do so, in addition to protecting your floors from potential water damage, you should also make sure they are properly finished to protect them from stains and scratches.
In general, wood flooring finishes come in two options: lacquer and oil. While a lacquer finish sits on top of the wood and provides a shiny layer of protection above the boards themselves, oil finishes seep into the wood, leaving the surface with the board’s natural texture.
When it comes to 16 and 17-millimetre solid wood boards, both types of finishes have their pros and cons.
Since lacquer provides an extra layer on top of the wood, it makes the boards just a little bit thicker. This type of finish is also designed to hold up in heavily trodden venues. Some people, however, may not like the shiny quality that this finish tends to have. Or the fact that, when damage builds up over years and years, the entire floor has to be sanded down and refinished, instead of just touched up here and there.
Oil-finished floors, on the other hand, may need more frequent repairs, but each repair requires much less work. You just have to sand down the area affected and apply more oil finish to that area. In addition, an oil finish looks more natural because you keep the original texture of the wood on the surface.
No matter what kind of finish you use, you’ll definitely be pleased with your 16mm or 17mm solid wood floors.
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