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  1. Jun 14, 2019 #1

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    Hey guys! I'm new here. I'm moving apartments soon and looking for ideas to make my apartment super lovely!
     
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    Thank you! I hope I'll get to connect with you both! What do you think of Scandinavian or Japanese minimalism? Or lots of brick walls? I like the aesthetic. I'm just not sure if I can pull it off.
     
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    You are beginning to smell like SPAM.
     
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    Okay, sorry. I don't really know what I'm doing.
     
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    Lim, we are a flooring forum........ carpet wood floors, tile etc.
    We're not sure what you are asking. Once you have chosen a product and have questions about installing it, we can often help answering questions.
     
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    Thanks for clarifying. I will be more specific about my questions! :) I want to ask if you have any idea about wood and humid weather? And if wood is also good for kitchen floors? I'm really unsure about what I want.
     
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    I assume wood flooring would work for you as long as the home has a stable environment.
    That means no up and down in humidity. I don't do wood flooring.
    I'm assuming that you have high humidity, but I don't know how much it changes daily or through the seasons.
     
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    This chart may help. Look across and down to find the wood moisture content in your home.
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    https://www.woodshopnews.com/features/the-goldilocks-rule-of-wood-moisture
    The article in this link has more info than you need. Mainly you need to compute the wood moisture content in your home. The chart will help you with that.
    From the chart, if your relative humidity is 70% and the temperature is 80 degrees F, then the wood moisture content is 12.9%
     
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    I'll throw one more at you. It gives a relatively simple explanation of wood, it's moisture content and why it's important to know.
    https://www.delmhorst.com/blog/bid/...rium-moisture-content-and-why-is-it-important
    Basically, wood expands or contracts when humidity rises or lowers. It also expands and contract when the temperature changes.
    You do not want wood to expand or contract once installed in your home, so keeping the temperature and humidity levels relatively constant is important.
    Solid 3/4 inch thick wood will expand and contract a lot more then an engineered wood flooring product. Engineered wood floor is like plywood. It's just layers of wood with a top layer of the kind of finished wood that you like.
    I'm just helping you understand that installing wood properly is very important. Stable or consistent temperature and humidity levels it the main issue.
     
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    Thanks! I need to look more into this. My grandparents' house is mostly made of wood and there are certain days where the floor is quite moist. Although I do not know what kind of wood it is. The set up is marble on the 1st floor and wood on the second floor? Or do you think it should be the other way around?

    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
     
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    I'd probably put it on the second floor because the air temperature and humidity would be more equal on the top of the board and the bottom of the board.
    Think of it like this. If you lay a piece of lumber in the sun, the top of the board will dry out relatively fast and the top will shrink. That will bake the board curl, or cup.
    If you install the wood on the lower floor, you might have this condition. The humidity under the home might be higher than inside the home. If that happens, the bottom of the board might gain moisture and expand, once again, curling or cupping the board.
    Not knowing as much about wood floors as wood flooring installers do, it's hard for me to really advise you other than recommending that you research what kinds of wood are used where you live. I know the Philippines are hot and humid. That isn't a condition most wood flooring likes.
    That said, I'm sure most things there are made with wood. Are termites or wood beetles an issue where you live? What wood do bugs not like to eat? Just stuff to think about.
    Wood flooring takes a lot more thought than other types of flooring because of moisture, humidity and temperature changes. Those things affect wood a lot. Marble, tile and carpeting don't have those issues.
    I don't know if maybe there is a website that lists what types of wood will work in your location. Wood flooring isn't cheap and you need to research to get it done right the first time.
    They use teak on boat decks.......... and I assume it's got an oil finish, not a polyurethane. Oil finish like teak or tung oil don't peel off.
     
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    Says the man who says he is from Los Angeles, but his IP address shows San Jose?
     
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    Most floors here use tiles. We have looked into carpeting but the maintenance would be expensive. We just recently renovated the house because of termites infestation. To be fair, it was mostly the walls and not the flooring. I'll post here pics of the place and the tile designs that I would consider. BTW I also saw online the sticker flooring thing from a Chinese site. Have you heard of it? Probably only good aesthetically.
     
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    If placed on a proper substrate, tile will last for a very long time. Under ideal conditions wood flooring can last for 100 years depending on usage.
    Termites don't eat much tile. Moisture and bugs can make wood flooring an expensive option even tho tile and installation can be very expensive.
    I don't know the Philippines at all, and I' not a true wood flooring installer. I do know enough to offer some advise and ask some important questions so you can do further research.
    Local people where you live might be good people to gain information. High humidity all year long (as I assume you have) is something most of us in the United States don't know much about. I think tile would or might be a safer choice............ but then again some woods have much more tolerance to high moisture than others.
     

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