Screedworx, finds themselves in the hub of South Africa’s biggest and most prominent wine farm region; Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Robertson. We had a chat with, JC Booysen, owner of Screedworx ,about his take on the right floor choice for wine cellar floors.
What in your opinion is the right type of floor for a South African Wine Cellar?
Generally, flooring for wine cellars can come from many sources and complements the overall décor and ambiance of the space. What is hardly ever used is carpet because of the cool, humid environment needed for aging and storing wines. These conditions could contribute to mold or mustiness in the fibers of the carpet.
Most wine cellars are built in a lower level of a property, usually a basement, which may have a concrete slab floor. Concrete will need to be sealed and a vapor barrier should be applied. This is especially important if the wine cellar will have refrigeration installed to maintain a constant temperature and humidity level. The vapor barrier is usually applied to the warmer side of the space, but in dry climates like in the Western Cape, the vapor barrier is placed closer to what you want to retain moisture. Floor should be applied to a level surface, and base trim or moldings should be eliminated behind your wine racks.
What should one take into consideration other than décor and vapor barriers?
Your flooring choice should also be able to retain the weight of the contents of your cellar (racking, cabinetry, furniture, and wine). A typical rule is 500 bottles weighs approximately a ton (1000 kg). This is particularly important if your wine cellar is above another living space.
Concrete slab floors can limit flooring choices. You can’t put wood planking or floor stripping over concrete easily. Manufactured wood or laminate flooring can be placed over a moisture barrier because they can “float” over the concrete without fastening to it. However, the humidity in the cellar might cause the floor to buckle. Ceramic tile or stone is a better choice, but you will need to create a raised threshold at the door to create a tight seal on the room. Vinyl sheet flooring is a good option because it is durable and will not buckle. You can also paint or texturize the concrete slab itself.
“Flooring adds an exciting and practical dimension to a custom wine cellar. Use your imagination and put your personality into your cellar by choosing a flooring that expressed who you are.”