Types of Timber Flooring
There are different floor types that fall under timber or wood flooring. Some of these include: Solid hardwood, laminates, engineered hardwood and bamboo.
Solid hardwood flooring is made from single planks that can measure between 18 to 20 mm in thickness. These different pieces of wood are installed with the help of grooves and tongues etched into the sides of the planks so they can fit into themselves.
How hard or resistant they are to dents and scratches will depend on the specie of timber used. It will usually also be appropriately finished to make it water resistant as water can make it swell.
One of the benefits of this kind of flooring is that it can be restored over and over again. Once it begins to lose its shine or finish, you can simply sand it and refinish it and it will be as good as new. This type of flooring is also the most expensive of timber floors. The cost will also be affected by the specie of timber used.
Interestingly, this is also counted among timber flooring types though it is actually not from timber. The bamboo is more of a grass stalk but has become very widely sought after for many uses one of which obviously is flooring. To produce the sheets, the bamboo fibers are pressed together under a suitably high pressure.
The bamboo is naturally water resistant which is a big plus for its use in flooring. It is also softer than hardwood, making it more comfortable to stand on for a long time.
One the flip side though, the fact that it is soft also means it cannot withstand as much wear and tear as solid hardwood. They are also pretty expensive given the fact that they are usually imported from Asia.
Anyone who loves the idea of a green environment will love this bamboo option. This is because it does not lead to the depletion of the environment. It is easy to plant and grows very quickly. If you want to learn more about bamboo plants read this: https://lewisbamboo.com/how-bamboo-grows/.
Laminate floors are to flooring what faux leather is to leather. They actually look like regular timber floors but they make use of fiberboards that are compressed together in layers. After they are compressed, the top is layered over with a pictorial image of any kind of surface you may desire.
It could be a particular kind of timber, a tile pattern or even a stone pattern. All of these are finally covered with a coating that protects it while also adding some finish to its look.
As you will expect, this is a very affordable option to consider. There are variations you may be able to get including some with cores that are waterproof, making them ideal for areas in the house where there may be constant spilling of water.
Note however that whenever laminate floors begin to wear, they are difficult to repair. It may therefore be cheap in the short run but expensive in the long run.
This type of floor is a middle ground between a solid hardwood floor and a laminate floor. Though this type of floor uses real wood, it however does not use solid wood. Rather, it combines between three and four different wood layers, gluing them together to form sheets of flooring. The top wood is usually the one that is seen so it is selected with this in mind.
This type of floor is quite stable and is not susceptible to weather changes. It can be refinished to bring it back to new, but this can only be done a number of times because the top layer will usually be only about 4 mm.
On the surface, this can be as beautiful as a solid hardwood floor. It is less expensive than the solid wood floor but more expensive than the laminate.
Choosing the Right Flooring Expert
Timber flooring is not like laying a carpet or a rug. It’s something that requires expert hands. To ensure you enjoy the full benefits of this type of flooring you need to engage the services of the right timber flooring company.
To find a suitable company within your local area, try the following steps:
Look around you and if you can find any timber floors you love, simply find out who did it and see if you can get them to do yours for you. You can also ask your family members and friends if they know any companies that can do a good job for you.
Google search is also a good place to look. A “near me” search will show you companies around you that claim to offer this service.
It will be up to you to do some investigation by reading the reviews of previous customers. This will help you determine who can do a good job.
You should try to check out a number of companies to find out not just who can do the job well but who can also do it at the best price.
Following the steps above, you should hopefully be able to find a company in Melbourne that will give you the full service you need.
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