The choice of flooring is one of the most basic yet important decisions a homeowner has to make when undertaking a renovation, as it underpins everything else. But with so many different styles on offer, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you.
Here is an insight into the types of timber flooring options and their benefits to help you decide which will best suit your home.
1.HARDWOOD TIMBER FLOORING
This form of timber flooring is constructed from solid lengths of timber which have been milled and dressed from one piece of timber – they are cut, sanded and given a smooth finished side.
They are raw and unsealed lengths of timber, and have natural differences in color, depth, and grain, which is part of their inherent beauty. These floors need to be installed by professionals and need to acclimatize to space, which means they will be sitting onsite for about two-three weeks prior to installation. If this is not done they can react to moisture and cup or twist.
More commonly, they are either nailed or glued onto a timber subfloor by the system known as “tongue and groove” and need to be sanded, stained and polished once laid.
2.ENGINEERED OR FLOATING TIMBER FLOORING
Engineered timber flooring combines a thin layer of hardwood timber on top of layers of plywood. This provides a more affordable flooring option than solid timber. It is also prefinished, providing a ready-to-use surface.
Engineered or floating timber planks can be wider and longer, making them perfect for renovations where floor levels can be an issue. They can be laid over any flat surface including tiles. The manufacture process makes them a sustainable and cost-effective flooring choice as they use thin layers of real timber. The underlay also assists with noise and protects against moisture.
Parquetry is made from individual pieces of timber which are placed into a geometric pattern. Parquetry flooring comes preassembled. It is installed on top of a timber subgrade and glued down. It can also be applied over the top of a reasonably level concrete slab with an epoxy membrane. This type of flooring can be considered as environmentally friendly, being made from timber offcuts.
Bamboo is not actually a tree but a grass and is one of the fastest-growing plants on the planet. It is considered a very ‘green’ product however there are some chemicals used in the production process that affect its eco reputation. Bamboo planks are manufactured by slicing and shredding the long natural fibers, then reconstructing them using heat, pressure and resin-based adhesives. Bamboo is harder than most hardwoods, and due to its fast-growing nature and technological developments, it’s becoming a cost-effective alternative to real timber.
Laminate flooring is not timber but can have the same look and feel. It is a synthetic material, often combined with natural wood, where a picture of the timber is applied over the top.
Laminate is hardwearing, durable and needs only very little maintenance. It is also cost-effective.
Now that you know enough about the essentials of timber flooring Melbourne, you can go ahead and make well-informed decisions that best suits your home.
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