Preserving the old and conserving existing resources is a way of thinking that's becoming increasingly important, especially nowadays, but it's a principle that mafi has embraced for generations. The topic of sustainability is becoming increasingly important to everyone. Existing properties are increasingly being renovated, recycled, if you like, with high-quality building materials in order to optimize the use of existing structures and resources. But, no doubt, there are flooring and other challenges in older buildings.
Often, the existing floors lack the installation height needed to lay modern, high-end wood flooring. So what's the solution if you don't want to forego high-quality wood floors when modernizing your space? What solutions have been developed to help with such renovations? And what exactly sets mafi's thin renovation planks apart from the competition?
Thanks to the symmetrical construction of their materials, mafi's thin planks are ideal for renovating old buildings which allow for only a low installation height. The multi-layer engineered structure ensures the highest quality even with a total thickness of just 10 mm, all based on the principles of ecological sustainability. The top and back layers are made of the same material and ensure optimum stability thanks to this symmetry.
Turning old into new: a concept that has proven its value time and again. Especially in times of rising real estate and land prices, buying an older home or even a fixer-upper is experiencing a boom. The trend is to work with existing resources instead of wasting new ones. In the construction industry, in particular, sustainability has long been on the socio-political agenda. Conserving resources with renovations that transform existing buildings into modernized one-offs.
Buildings account for around 40% of the EU's energy consumption. For this reason, the EU Commission has been calling for a wave of renovations. The EU's Green Deal supports the renovation of existing building stock in order to use existing resources more efficiently and decouple economic growth from the consumption of resources.
But remodeling existing buildings often means making compromises. In the case of floors in particular, low-quality products often have to be used due to the lack of available installation height. mafi has addressed this problem with its thin engineered hardwood. Specially designed for renovations, it offers a high-quality, durable product, is manufactured sustainably, and, like all of mafi's products, the wooden surfaces ensure a healthy living environment thanks to the natural oiling.
In most cases, these two terms are confused with one another or used synonymously. Let's dig a little deeper.
What are the differences between renovating and modernizing, however subtle they may be?
Renovations are carried out to eliminate minor or major visual defects. The quality of living is increased on the basis of any cosmetic repairs. Renewing a floor covering is therefore renovation work which will also make the living space more comfortable.
Modernization, meanwhile, involves bringing the systems in existing properties up to the latest standards. Modernization is a term used in German rental law, which allows landlords to take measures to reduce energy costs and generally upgrade the property. Modernizations are all construction measures that enhance the living value of the residential property. Their sustainability is increased and resources are saved. The installation of underfloor heating, for example, falls under modernization measures, since it involves an improvement to a building system.
mafi thin plank wood flooring is suitable for laying on underfloor heating and the unadulterated wooden surface always radiates a warm feeling.
Or rather problems.
In older properties, only very low installation heights were provided for flooring; this now severely restricts the available selection of products when renovating.
For time and cost reasons, it is not uncommon to lay new floors over existing floor coverings. However, this makes the overall flooring thicker and may result in low room heights or problems with door openings.
Different screed levels in each room are also not uncommon in older buildings. High-quality renovations try to compensate for these differences. As a rule, one takes the room with the highest level as the starting point and uses leveling compounds to compensate in the other rooms. As a result, however, usually only a very thin floor covering can be selected.
Probably the most serious flooring problem with renovations or modernizations is the selection of available products. In most cases, thinner products also mean worse quality. Either they spare expense on the underlying structure or the wear layer is extremely thin.
mafi's thin plank wood flooring for renovations are 1 cm thick, with an approx. 3 mm wear layer and approx. 1.8 mm back layer made of the same wood.
Not too long ago, it was not uncommon for renovations to use short and narrow planks with a low installation height. Thanks to mafi's symmetrical three-layer plank structure, lengths up to 2400 mm and widths up to 185 mm can now be used successfully. The stable symmetrical structure of the material, consisting of a top and a back layer in the same wood that is given the same thermal treatment, ensures high stability despite the low height. A coniferous wood is used for the middle layer of the plank; its softness is ideally suited as a flexible middle layer.
Wear layer: approx. 3 mm oak
Middle layer: approx. 5.2 mm softwood
Back layer: approx. 1.8 mm oak
The wide range of different surface options work with any furnishing style, classic, rustic, or modern. The high-quality renovation planks are available in all variations.
Oiled surface: another important reason for choosing mafi thin planks is the oil treatment of the surface. Thanks to mafi's ecological commitments, only natural linseed-based oil is used to finish the planks. The natural oils do not seal the wood, but instead it remains breathable and unadulterated, while still being resistant and easy to clean. The product itself consists only of wood, glue, and natural oils, all 100% free of harmful substances and with a positive effect on your space and the people you share it with.
Renovating floors with thin planks brings warmth and hygge to any property. The numerous designs, each with different oils and grades, ensure that every renovation with mafi planks is guaranteed to be a charming one-off. Here is our overview of mafi thin planks with a thickness of 1 cm:
The thin oak plank has a timeless and subtle charm. The elegant and homogeneous surface is almost free of knots and cracks and ensures a timeless furnishing style, as this plank scores with an elegant restraint, that's able to change with the times.
The Oak Character Thin Plank provides somewhat more character. The small knots and minimal cracks radiate warmth and coziness. The branches are closed by hand with brown putty, which harmonizes with the tones of the oak. This product is suitable for every furnishing style and fits into any environment. The Oak Knotty Thin Plank creates a timeless surface that will serve you well for many years.
Unobtrusive yet full of character: the Oak Sand Thin Plank. Similar to the Oak Knotty and Country, its surface has a lot of character with knots, but they are less conspicuous thanks to the very light, sand-colored putty. An oiling in white creates a beautiful monochrome overall picture.
the Oak Country Thin Plank adds a rustic touch to your home. This thin plank is the epitome of a country house plank. This country charm does not necessarily mean you need a rustic furnishing style; it also serves as a perfect contrast for a modern living design.
the Oak Molto Thin Plank is a special wood with character. Due to the light sapwood inclusions, this wood features an extraordinary design which exudes character, but creates a calming effect when laid on large surfaces. Especially in the white oiled version, this product looks elegant and natural as a result of the select grade with fewer knots.
Extravagance and a lively surface characterize mafi's Tiger and Coral Oak floors.
The Coral Oak is based on a material that already shows cracks in the raw state. Previously used as scrap to heat stoves, mafi now combines a lot of manual labor with innovative design to make it ready for your home. The cracks are reworked and harmonized by hand. The cracks are then sealed. The color can be chosen freely by the customer.
The Tiger Oak, on the other hand, goes through the very gentle mafi thermal process, which applies wind, water, and heat quickly and aggressively to the wood to give it a rich brown color. As a result, the wood cracks and develops a delicate crack pattern which is then resealed. Here too, the color of the wood can be chosen freely. No chemical substances are used in the course of the thermal process.
Laying: mafi thin sheets are glued over the entire surface to achieve the best possible quality. The planks are suitable for laying on underfloor heating. Any expansion joints within the floor area are not necessary due to the high quality construction.
Care: mafi natural wood floors enjoy very easy care and cleaning. The thin planks are easily maintained with wood floor soap and warm water. Regular wiping give the wood the care it needs. Because the soap contains valuable and nourishing fats, which simultaneously cleans the wooden surface and supplies the wooden planks. Even red wine or grease stains can be easily removed with hot water and wooden soap. The soap also has an antibacterial effect and sets high hygiene standards.