When it comes to new floors, choosing timber flooring is something many of us do without a second thought. Wood is beautiful, timeless, and easy to care for. Ask any woman who has had to maintain a carpeted floor what she wants for her next floor, and she'll be quick to say wood.
Timber flooring has a lot of options these days however. When you ask for wood flooring to replace the old floors in your house, you'll be quickly met with dozens of colors, styles, and even materials. It can be hard to make a decision on something as permanent as flooring when you don't know what each option means for the look and feel of your house.
Here are a couple of the options you might be confronted with when trying to decide on the type of timber flooring to put in your home:
These floors are the traditional floor we think of. They are made of solid planks of timber. These floors are easy to scratch, but also easy to repair, and can be sanded and stained over and over again. They are sensitive to water damage however, and if they get wet the wood planks may warp permanently, making repair difficult or impossible.
These floors are made of solid timber on just the surface. Below the surface they are made of a material that is resistant to water damage, and may protect your investment should a pipe break or other serious damage occur. The thin timber on the top does not allow for frequent sanding however, so fixing scratches in this way may be difficult.
Some hardwood floors come already sanded and stained, and are ready the moment they are installed. This is called prefinished. This can be an advantage if you already know exactly what color you want the final style to be, or you don't want to have to wait for stain and sanding to get your life back to normal.
This means the timber flooring will be installed with a raw side facing up, so you can stain and sand in site. This is ideal for people who want a more customized look, but it isn't without risks—you are placing your faith in the installer that your floors will come out looking beautiful.
With stains in every imaginable color, you might not think the type of wood matters too much as long as it is light enough for the stain to show up well, but wood choice does matter. The grain will be different depending on what type of wood you choose, and the hardness of the wood can also impact your flooring. Good choices include oak, walnut, cherry, maple and ash.
Timber flooring may seem confusing at first, but when all is said and done, the effort will be well worth it. Hardwood floors last a long time, and make up for the initial work to get them with their beauty, elegance, and ease of maintenance for years to come. elegance, and ease of maintenance for years to come.
WA Hardwood Floors
Perth's Premium Timber Flooring. WA Hardwood Floors are specialists in both Domestic and Commercial Timber Flooring with over 21 years experience in the industry
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