Wood floors are some of the most beautiful and warmest floors you can have in your home, this is due to its versatility of function and design, as well as an inherent natural charm. Made to last a lifetime, timber floors are highly sought after and add value to your home.
What is timber flooring / hardwood flooring?
Solid wood flooring, as the name suggests, is made of solid wood throughout its thickness. It is usually made of a hardwood species, such as oak, cherry, maple, or walnut, and its major advantage is that it can be sanded and refinished many times over the course of its lifespan.
What is engineered timber flooring?
Engineered wood flooring or engineered timber flooring looks very similar on the surface to solid wood, but it is made from a thin layer of hardwood bonded over 3 to 10 layers (typically 5) of high-quality plywood. This construction technique results in a wood floor that is more stable than a solid wood floor as it is less susceptible to shrinkage and expansion movement due to fluctuations in humidity or temperature. These floors are also able to be installed directly over concrete.
Engineered flooring is somewhat less expensive than solid hardwood, but most types can be sanded and refinished only once since the surface hardwood layer is relatively thin.
There is no clear advantage to one form of wood flooring over the other; your choice depends on how much you value the relative merits of each.
As a flooring material, bamboo has many of the same benefits and drawbacks as hardwood flooring. Like wood, bamboo is a natural and appealing material that adds value to a home, but like wood, bamboo is susceptible to scratching and humidity.
Bamboo is liked for being an incredibly green building material as it is a renewable resource, unlike trees which can take decades to grow to maturity, bamboo stalks can grow to full height in just 3-5 years.
Bamboo flooring is available in both nail-down and floating floor planks and most bamboo flooring is a blonde or amber colour, although darker colours are available though a process called carbonising or staining. See our bamboo flooring range.
Parquet flooring is the name given to a type of flooring which is made from small blocks or strips of wood which are laid to create a regular and geometric pattern. Having originated in the 1600’s and associated with Versailles, parquet flooring has always been a sophisticated and beautiful, adding interest and texture to the floor.
Parquet flooring is essentially a wood mosaic and can come in virtually any pattern. Popular parquet designs include herringbone, chevron, checkerboard and basket weave. Check out our parquet flooring ranges Rhino EverCore Herringbone and Quick-Step Intenso.
What are the benefits of engineered timber hardwood flooring?
Hardwood flooring is an investment to your home, not only do they look great and feel great, but they are durable and last a long time. Plus, buyers are willing to pay top dollar for homes with hardwood floors.
Wooden floors are easy to look after, requiring very little maintenance beyond regular vacuuming or sweeping and occasional damp mopping. When a hardwood floor starts to get damaged and worn down, you have the option of refinishing it. This involves sanding the surface down past the finish and any other defects, then re-applying stain (if desired) and a protective finish leaving you with brand new looking floors.
Hardwood flooring works with all styles of decorating, from traditional to modern. Available in a range of wood species, timber floors can be sanded and stained to suit the home owner’s taste. When your style changes, you also can change the look of your hardwood floors.
Chat to the highly knowledgeable team at your local Carpet Court store for expert tips on timber flooring.
Where should I use wood flooring in my home?
Timber flooring is solid and sturdy, it can withstand heavy foot traffic, cleans up easily and is softer underfoot than tiles or concrete. All these attributes make it a great flooring option for most areas of the home, including, kitchen, living areas, bedrooms, halls and entranceways. Pop a cozy rug down on your wooden floor in the bedroom or lounge for added warmth, texture, and noise insulation.
Solid timber floors are not recommended for wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries due to the high moisture and water coming from all directions: bathtub overflows, sink spills, shower pooling, or washing machines flooding. Opt for an engineered wood here instead or move away from wood altogether.
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