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May 2, 2013
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Renovating with Timber FlooringWhen trying to decide what kind of flooring to use, you have many options. One of the best options is timber. Timber flooring has a natural, contemporary look that’s hard to beat. Timber flooring is hard-wearing, environmentally friendly, and it adds character to a room. With colors that in a large variety of choices from a light honey to a dark, rich brown, a timber floor helps to keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter.

Types of Timber

Softwood floors—These are often made from pine and have unique patterns and colors. This can add a light, breezy element to a room in low-traffic areas.

Hardwood floors—This is the most common flooring choice. It is made from tree species like blackbutt, ironbark, bluegum and mahogany. When it comes to cost, these floors are a more expensive option. They are, however, extremely hard-wearing and durable. Depending on the traffic in your home, it may be worth the expense.

Engineered timber—This is made from softer timbers sandwiched together then laminated with a hardwood surface. It’s is a material that is stable, mid-priced, can be snapped together without need of nails in many cases. They can be walked on immediately after installation, and quick and easy to install.

Sizes

Timber flooring usually ranges in width from 80mm to 120mm. It’s possible, however, to get boards up to 180mm wide. A wider board creates more of a seamless effect. It also can help to make smaller rooms feel larger. Wider boards are also much quicker to install because there are much fewer boards need to be laid.

Finishes

To keep them looking good and aid in maintenance all timber floors need a protective coating. Polyurethane varnish provides a tough and waterproof finish. It should, however, only be applied in a well ventilated room. A fast drying alternative is water-based acrylic varnish which will emit far less fumes during applications.

If you have children and are looking for a non-toxic option, one way is to apply linseed or Tung oil to bring out the grain of the wood while protecting it from moisture and humidity. Both oils can be difficult, because need to be re-applied regularly which can be a time-consuming process.

Conditioning Wood

Regular maintenance is a priority to keep your timber floor looking its best. Dusting, mopping and vacuuming stops grit and dirt building up from the finished surface. When cleaning, use as little water as possible for mopping and dry immediately in order to avoid raising the moisture content of the timber. Timber floor cleaner should be used in the cleaning process. Detergent is never a good idea.

Timber floors are warm and inviting yet are still easy to clean and maintain. They add property value, versatility, cost efficiency, and fantastic visual appeal to your home floors.

 
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