Whether industrial, modern or traditional, timber floors compliment virtually any interior. They are versatile and timeless, they are a strong selling point to any home. And most homeowners consider new timber floors because they are comfortable, durable and there is no comparison when it comes to the character and beauty timber floors brings to each and every room in the home.
However, there are plenty of options available, not every type of timber wooden flooring is appropriate for each application. when deciding on timber flooring for your home, there are many factors to consider:
1 ABOUT SUBFLOOR
Your building subfloor will determine the timber options you can choose from. Traditional hardwood floors must be laid over hardwood joists. In contrast, floating floors can be laid over existing floors, including wood, concrete, tiles, particle-board, plywood and cork.
Sub-floor ventilation should also be address prior to timber floor installation, as excess moisture will cause timber to warp. It may be necessary to install air vents and site drainage to ensure under-floor areas remain dry.
Particularly in an apartment setting, sound-proofing is also an important factor to consider. Floating floors are a great option for apartments as they are usually installed on underlay which provides good sound insulation but some apartments need body corporate approval to install.
2 ABOUT TYPES OF WOOD FLOORING
There are predominantly two different types of timber wood flooring types. Solid Hardwood flooring or engineered timber flooring.
Solid hardwood flooring is cut from solid wooden logs. It is joined with the traditional tongue and groove, along with both the long and short edges. Solid timber flooring is available in ‘raw timber floors’ or ‘prefinished timber floors’.
Engineered timber flooring is consist of multiple layers of plywood and composite material, and topped with a layer of solid timber hardwood. The hardwood layer or veneer on top can range in thickness from .6 millimetres to 6 millimetres. Engineered timber floors are usually more cost effective choice of the two.
3 ABOUT WOOD SPECIES
- There are so many different types of wood species used in flooring. Some are harder than others and thus more durable than others.
- light woods like Blackbutt: These species generally make a room appear more open and airy.
- medium woods like spotted gum: These species generally make a room appear more warm.
- dark woods like Jarrah or Blue gum: These species generally make a room appear more stately and refined.
4 ABOUT FINISH
The finish is a major factor in the overall look and feel of a timber wood floor. The same wood species will look entirely different finished in either a clear gloss, versus a distressed, hand-scraped or wire-brush finish.
SOMETHINGS ABOUT FLOATING TIMBER
Unlike structural timber floors, floating floors aren’t attached to a subfloor system — they’re laid over the existing solid floor, such as tiles, concrete, timber floorboards, plywood, particle board or cork.
They’re usually installed on underlay, which provides good noise insulation for use in multi-storey apartment buildings and homes.
Because floating floors aren’t nailed down like conventional floorboards, any movement in the boards is spread across the entire floor, which makes gaps less likely to appear, however they are less popular these days due to the click clack noise that develops when gaps do appear.