Advantages and Disadvantages of Granite Flooring

Granite Flooring is magnificent. The value of your home definitely increases when you use granite in your home. In fact, it has been shown that you will recoup your entire investment when you install granite floors and/or countertops in your home. But is granite for you? Let’s consider some of the advantages and disadvantages of granite.

Advantages

Beautiful. Never will you hear someone say that granite is ugly. You can have the ugliest furniture and appliances, but still people will love the room because of the granite floors. Granite comes in a variety of colors and patterns that will make matching it to its surroundings easy.

Colors and patterns. As mentioned before, there are many different colors and patterns.

Hard and durable. Granite is a stone and because of that, it is hard. It is nearly impossible to break granite. With proper care, your granite flooring will last a lifetime.

Bacteria resistant. So if you have asthma or any other allergies, feel good in knowing that your granite flooring is hypoallergenic, allergen, and bacteria resistant.

Disadvantages

$$$$$$$. Granite is not cheap. It is one of the most expensive flooring types out there. So if you want granite flooring, expect to spend a pretty penny.

Cannot install yourself. So you need to have granite flooring professionally installed. So on top of buying the granite, look to spend money installing it as well.

Needs to be maintained regularly. This is not so much of a disadvantage because all floors need to be cared for regularly. But you do not want your granite floors to be neglected. Expect more than the usual time cleaning granite flooring.

Can be cold and hard on the feet. There are ways to alleviate this problem but the issue will still be there. The floors will be cold all year round. The floors are also pretty solid. So you don’t want your child to bump their heads on granite flooring.

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    • Our instructions cover these exact two sranecio’sAny floor installed with Elastilon needs to be:-1. Flat Floor must be even with a maximum tolerance between 1/8” over 6 ft or 3/16” in a 10 ft radius. (2mm per 2.5 meters)2. Clean and structurally sound Free of debris and any other loose material. Wood sub-floors must be stable and securely fastened to supporting joists. Be sure to nail or screw any areas that are loose or squeak. Sand, scrap, or grind any raised edges and level all low spots with the appropriate leveling compound (Concrete floors included) so that maximum tolerances are met.Wood that is not perfect It is also important to visually inspect each piece of wood flooring before being installed. As with any other type of installation method, Elastilon cannot compensate for flooring that is severely bowed, warped, cupped, milled incorrectly or damaged prior to an installation. However, most boards may be used if the defective section is cut and removed with the remainder of the board used as a start or end piece, used in a closet, in a low traffic area or used in a concealed portion of the room. Please note that the use of mechanical fastening systems such as straps should never be used to force boards together. Pressure from a rubber mallet and the use of blue painters tape to keep boards tight is permissible. During the racking ( building) of the floor on top of the Elastilon protective release strip, flooring that is not severely bowed can be installed as long as it can still be inserted into the T G of the boards surrounding it. This will pull the board straight and allow full contact on the Elastilon membrane. Be sure to place a small amount of carpenters glue on all four sides of the affected board for a concern free installation.

  1. Unhappy Sorry to hear that the flooring is cppuing, Anytime the edges of hardwood flooring cup there is or was a presence of excessive moisture within the environment. Did the installer let the flooring acclimate? What did they use for a moisture retarder underlayment paper? What is the home’s Relative humidity. If the inspection was done weeks or months after noticing the problem, the RL or excessive moisture could have dissipated. You might want to run an air conditioner or dehumidifier for several weeks which may pull out the remaining excess moisture out of the wood and the flooring may return to normal. Cupping is not covered in manufacturers warranties. Normal moisture content in Hardwood flooring should be between 6-12 % which equals 40-55% Relative humidity, if the relative humidity level in the home rises for an extended period of time the flooring absorbs this moisture and the edges of the flooring cup upward. The same thing can happen in reverse: if the wood dries out too much it will leave gaps between the floor boards.

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