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How to Choose the Right Timber Flooring for Your Home

When it comes to flooring, timber is a great choice as it will always add value to your home. With so many timber options available, it could take extensive research and advice to pick the right choice for you. In the following article we address some of the timber terms that you will come across during the decision making stage. Getting to know terms and characteristics of the different timber flooring and timber frames, and their advantages and disadvantages can help save your time and help reduce your stress at the building supplies store.

Hardwood

Hardwood is the traditional flooring material. Hardwood floors are known for its durability and rich look. Further, solid timber flooring is considered healthiest floors due to its organic and non-electromagnetic nature. Hardwood is durable and long lasting and very easy to clean, however, hardwood flooring does require polishing every 3-4 years and regular maintenance to keep it looking its best.

Floating Floorboards

Floating floors are easy to install and less expensive than hardwood floors and many people who are on a budget who have do-it-yourself skills may find that they are very successful at installing floating boards. Floating boards are tend to be less-noisy compared to other timber floors. However, when these floorboards start to wear, they cannot be refinished, but must be replaced. Additionally this type of flooring requires extra installation costs as you also have to factor in the inclusion or moisture barriers to protect it from humidity and swelling.

Parquetry

Unique geometric patterns of Parquetry floor add some diversity to your house interior as a whole. Parquetry comes in mosaic or block styles as panels or preassembled tiles. In comparison to solid timber flooring, Parquetry floors are an affordable option which still gives you an expensive look. To keep the look over a longer period of time, it is advisable to protect this kind of flooring from direct sunlight. Since, this material could be scratched easily, it may need periodical sanding, polishing, and re-sealing.

Laminate/Lino

Laminate floors are relatively easy to clean and maintain. Just sweeping or vacuuming will remove the dirt. Since laminate flooring comes pre-finished, and there is no need for finishing work such as coating or sanding. Laminate is a more cost effective than timber frames however, over time they will wear and start degrading. When this occurs the whole floor will need to be replaced. Among the choices for flooring supplies, laminated floors make a comparatively dull sound when walking on them which could give out an artificial feel to the environment.

Bamboo

Bamboo flooring is light and it’s moisture resistant quality makes it weather resistant making it an excellent choice if you are considering timber flooring. Since bamboo grows faster than timber, it is more environmentally friendly as well. In addition, this is easy to clean, just sweeping, vacuuming, or occasional mopping would be adequate however bamboo flooring requires protection from sunlight and the softer nature of the wood means that over time bamboo floors are likely to collect scratches without proper protection.

If you’re interested in learning more about the choices you have in flooring, it’s always great to consult a building supplies professional. O’Sheas Timber provides some of the best building materials in Melbourne. We have a team of experts who can answer all your questions regarding solid timber flooring, timber decking supplies and even questions on roof trusses and cladding. Give O’Sheas a call today to talk over your options and get the best quality timber in Melbourne.

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