06 Dec Looking after your Timber Floors
Looking after your timber floors.
Do you know that if you have timber floors you need to ensure that you have adequate ventilation?
Adequate ventilation is important for all flooring in your home.
What is your subfloor ventilation like?
If you don’t know – get a free assessment from us and below are some of the reasons you need to arrange this today.
Termites love damp dark areas of your home to get into your timber and build their own home.
According to timber.net.au – Sub-floor ventilation is often a forgotten part of termite management. The BCA (Vol. 2) requires the sub-floor between a suspended floor and the ground to be ventilated. This minimises sub-floor moisture, which helps to prevent timber decay, and creates an environment that discourages termite attack. To be effective, acceptable sub-floor construction must:
- Be free of building debris and vegetation
- Provide cross ventilation,
- Contain no dead air spaces
- Be graded to prevent ponding and be above the external ground level
- Have evenly spaced openings
Why this is so important
- Air quality improved for the home to help anyone with respiratory issues
- Moisture can damage your floors from beneath
- Moisture will lead to mould inside the home
- Moisture may buckle your timber or cause it to lift up
- Inadequate ventilation will lead to musty odours in your home
- Ultimately moisture leads to decay
- Your walls, foundation and more will be damaged without adequate ventilation of your subfloor
The benefits of ensuring that you have adequate subfloor ventilation are obvious.
One solution is subfloor ventilation fans – This system is designed to exhaust damp trapped air from the sub floor and introduce fresh air in. This is through existing or new passive vents. Now the source of the moisture is cut off from being evaporated through timber floors and into the property. Ultimately this helps with mould and mildew issues and protects your timber floors. Xchange air also has a second solution, Positive Input Ventilation, which can be used in conjunction with, or alternatively to, subfloor ventilation fans.
Contact Xchange Air today for your Free no obligation assessment of your home.