A solid timber floors can be laid on top of a timber subfloor or a concrete piece. On a wood subfloor, the process is to lay down fragment board sheet flooring that covers the whole of the floor area. In the areas where the strong wood floor is going to be installed, the wood is glued and nailed down to the sheet flooring and into the subfloor framing. On a concrete slab, there are a variety of approved methods. Probably the most usual is to put a plastic membrane down over the concrete, nail a plywood base to the concrete, then glue and nail the solid wood floor to the plywood base.
Advantages of Solid Timber
- Nothing looks much better! frankly there is no replica item that looks anything like a real hardwood timber floor. And the moment you step on them you can feel the distinction.
- There is a huge array of good quality durable Australian hardwoods, and naturally imported products, though these are pricey and no much better than exactly what we have right here. (Do you detect a prejudice?).
- Timber floors can be re-sanded and refinished for a lifetime. Typically they would not require refinishing more often than 15 years.
Solid timber is likewise your most costly choice. And it is a bit thicker than floating floor items, typically around 25mm in density as opposed to the 12 mm of laminates and tiles, or the 12 to 15 mm of carpet, so the transitions between various flooring surface areas will not be quite as uniform.
Which Timber is the best?
A lot is said about relative hardness of different wood types. One of more popular strong wood floors is Tasmanian Oak (which is really not an oak at all; it is a eucalyptus). It is the softest Australian hardwood we use for a wooden floor. Then there’s Sydney Blue Gum, Black Butt, Ironbark, Brush Box, Gum (to name just a couple of) and all the through to Jarrah among the hardest and darkest of them all. Nonetheless the fact is that in a domestic application, even the softest wood will be more than hard enough.
Beware when selecting darker timber types!
In samples, dark Jarrah floor may look terrific, however when it is covering your whole floor it can make your home very dark. Try to see your picked flooring in as large a sample location as possible. A Tasmanian Oak, Stringybark, or Messmate floor on the other hand will make your home light and . This can have a huge effect. Dark floors also show up the dust. Light colored woods do not show the dirt or dust marks as easily.
When you go with a strong wooden floor, you are investing a lot, so take a while to think about these aspects.