Timber flooring comes in all types, and what’s right for one home may not suit another. When considering which flooring to buy, there are a number of factors to consider including cost, appearance and wear. It may seem easy to succumb to recent trends but making a decision based on your own furnishings and lifestyle should be your focus.
Solid timber flooring is ideal in family living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. If you have a high traffic home, solid flooring is a great option, as it can be sanded and coated many times over. If your home has a busy family or you love to entertain, this will impact the finish of your floor. The more sheen you have on your flooring, the more obvious scratches and wear and tear will be, so in high traffic areas flooring, low-sheen is recommended. This also applies if you have pets that can scratch the flooring.
Engineered wood looks equally spectacular, but cannot be sanded and finished as much as solid wood. Ideally suited for a home with less traffic, engineered wood often uses multiple layers of wood veneers. The grain of each layer runs in perpendicular directions, making it dimensionally stable and great for humid climates such as Brisbane, Gold Coast and Northern NSW.
Floating Floors are not actually a type of flooring, but a term used to describe the method of laying a floor in which floor boards are joined to each other but are not attached to the underlying original flooring. Literally speaking, a floating floor is a floor that “floats” on top of your original floor.
When choosing a timber, consider cabinets, trims and door architraves to make sure the wood won’t clash with other design elements. And coordinate with the colours of the walls and the amount of natural light. This will affect colour choice. If you have a lot of windows and skylights, then you probably have enough light to balance out really dark floors. If you have a dark house already, a lighter floor choice will help brighten things.
A good way to go about choosing, is to think about what you want to achieve in the overall look, and then pair the right timber to that look.
It is only after taking all these matters in to consideration that you can think about what type of species of flooring you might like, the width of the boards, it’s hardness and durability, and whether you want a traditional hardwood T&G floor, bamboo or laminate.
All this information may sound overwhelming, but look through our website to help you make your decision and remember that you are on the way to making great changes to your house that will be the envy of everyone and increase the value of your house.
Choosing new flooring for your home can be confusing, but the best place to start is to talk to us about your lifestyle and the look you want in your home. We are the professionals and we can help make your decision a little bit easier.
Remember timber flooring its not just a look, its one of the most cleanest flooring around and healthier for the people with asthma and dust allergies.