Squeaky floors are caused by the drying out of materials, and are only repaired once during your warranty period. This should be reported to your new home builder on the 12-month Customer Service Report.
Resilient Floor Care
Vinyl surfaces retain their original appearance very well with just an occasional damp mopping, and daily sweep or dust mop. Wipe up wet spills immediately.
To preserve the appearance of your resilient floors, begin by providing protection from furniture indentations by using composition furniture cups. Don’t use metal domes or roller-type casters on furniture legs as they will mark the resilient flooring.
Check flooring regularly for any signs of cracking or swelling. Adjust humidity levels immediately to prevent any permanent damage. Damp mop or vacuum on a regular basis.
Hardwood floors are subject to the natural process of shrinkage and expansion. Low humidity in winter, especially near heating outlets, causes the wood to separate slightly. High humidity levels create expansion and may lead to cupping or swelling in the centre of the board.
Parquet or laminated wood block flooring can make cracking or popping noises as it expands and contracts. High relative humidity may cause this type of flooring to lift during hot humid weather.
Hardwood flooring can initially seem slightly rough to touch. After a few wax applications such minor irregularities will disappear resulting in a smooth surface with a warm. If the hardwood floor has been sealed with a clear lacquer, wax may not be necessary.
Before waxing your hardwood floor, check with your installer on whether your hardwood was factory finished or if the finish was applied onsite. Follow the Hardwood Flooring Association’s recommendations on waxing.
Ceramic Tile Flooring
Damp mop your ceramic tile floor on a regular basis with a mild cleaning solution. Thoroughly rinse the floor to remove any excess cleaner. Regular maintenance will help keep your ceramic tile looking new for years to come.
Some ceramic tiles mark more easily than others do. Metal rings/posts on the base of kitchen chairs and tables can mark or chip your ceramic floor tiling. Purchase felt tabs that stick to the bottom of your table and chairs to avoid this.
Ceramic tile patterns often become discontinued. We recommend you purchase approximately twelve tiles of each pattern in your new home directly from the supplier in case replacement is necessary after your warranty has expired.
Note: Should it be necessary to replace damaged tiles, the matching of the tiles cannot be guaranteed due to manufacturing and dye lot differences.