Houses With Wood Floors vs Concrete Slab Floors
The building tradition records concrete slabs between a home levels as a guaranteed safety element. Everything which is made of concrete automatically means, in the popular views, an enduring resistance, besides many other aspects, such as a better soundproofing. As wood has vigorously returned into the construction field, wood floors are also more and more taken into account for reasons which are first of related to budget. Here are some more details about homes with wood floors vs homes with concrete slab floors.
As in almost every part of the house, there are a variety of options in exactly which type of floor construction is to be constructed. Factors affecting these choices may include type of foundation system, anticipated floor loads, availability of materials, common framing practices in your neck of the woods, preferences of your framer and/or house designer, and so forth.
When it comes too wood floors, it is important to note that using this for building floors significantly reduces costs. Here are some more advantages: wood is lighter, so it doesn’t require a strong foundation, it is cheaper, it has superior aesthetic value, is a very good thermal insulator, doesn’t require a long drying period compared to the concrete slab (a wood floor can be even mounted in a single day), doesn’t generate mildew and is a friendly and warm material in all senses.
When it comes to disadvantages, they mainly relate to maintenance, namely wood’s characteristic of catching fire easily and drawing pests unless this material technology is observed. At the same time, wood beams used for the floor needs to reach the optimal drying stage and then professionally treated lest it suffers physical changes subsequently. For this very reason, you need to hire an expert with proven experience in wood work or else the lower price will only be a temporary advantage.
Some specialists recommend avoiding to build a wood floor in rooms which will later house the bathroom for reasons which are related to installing the sanitary ware and infiltration of water. Even though wood is a flexible material, in areas with intense seismic activity concrete slab floors are recommended. It is important that the floor stays rigid for the walls to move in the same direction and thus avoid generating various torsion points. Concrete slab floors are particularly recommended for veering wall constructions.
You can read more about wood floors by accessing this link where you will also find technical details on this.
Sources: Casadex.ro, Misiuneacasa.ro, Home-building-answers.com