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Quick Guide to Timber Flooring

Quick Guide: Timber Flooring

Timber flooring has been relied on for centuries, proving to be hygienic, easy to care for & somehow having the ability to go with just about any interior.

Having worked alongside timber for years, we’ve seen the natural tendencies of the product – how oxidation causes colour change, expansion & contraction during the seasons, thermal properties, etc. This is a lot of information to take in! But how much do you really need to know about timber flooring to live on it? Here’s our quick guide.

How do you live?

Do you have kids &/or pets? Do you wear your shoes inside? Do you live rural? This can all affect the performance of your flooring, the finish in particular. If dust or scratching is more likely in your situation then a matt finish would be more suitable. The more texture to the boards, the more they’ll hide!

Does your home have underfloor heating? Keep in mind that some species aren’t warranted for this purpose & may expand, contract or even warp. It’s an important thing to factor in when you’re on the look for flooring.

You want your floor to be able to live around you, not you having to live around your floor.

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What do you expect?

Many people consider solid timber as the best option thinking it has more usable timber. Of course, there’s a few different variables depending on the timber product, but generally speaking, engineered timber actually has more.

Solid timber (standard & traditional thickness being 19mm) has approximately a 6mm top of timber before you hit the tongue & groove core. 1.5mm will be sanded before the initial coating & at least 1mm of timber must be left from the tongue & groove to ensure structural integrity leaving less than 3.5mm of usable timber.

Engineered timber has a stabilised core board with an average timber top of 4mm, called a lamella. You can buy both raw & prefinished engineered boards. Prefinished means that it’s already had the selected coating applied during manufacturing, so no finishing needs to be completed on site. This leaves a remaining 4mm of usable timber! & being that engineered timber is more structurally stable, you can generally sand it until it’s less than 1mm from the core.

If you’re expecting a floor to be easily repaired, timber is a great option too. You can easily minimise or fill scratches & for any heavily damaged areas, you can replace the plank! Having a textured timber in your home also welcomes imperfections adding more “character” to your floor.

Keep in mind: as timber flooring is made up of multiple layers, it’s important that a good quality binding agent & core board has been used to ensure the best performance. The less expensive the product is, the more likely that changes have been made to reflect the price.

How long are you planning to have it?

The amount of time that your floor will last depends on the thickness of the timber top of your chosen product. As a rule of thumb, we generally say that 1mm of timber will last 20-30 years in a home. The heavier the wear & tear, the less time. If you have a 4mm timber top, that’s around 100 years!

Of course, there are products with more or less usable timber & depending on your project, one may be more suitable than the other.

Timber is also grown in different environments & is available at varying ages. The older the timber, the more stable it is in different environments.

Timber flooring is an investment & isn’t something that we tend to change every 10 years, so having a product that you & the next person will love to live on is an important thing to consider. Timber also adds something to a home – a natural & ambient warmth that makes you feel comfortable.

Like anything, keeping it simple makes the decision making process a lot less painful! Thinking about what you need, what you want from it & how long for will help in narrowing down your options to find the best one for you.

Call us on 1300 739 567 for information and advice, when choosing online timber flooring.

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Impressive Ultra – the new age in laminate

Leading Australian flooring solutions brand, Quick-Step, has launched a range of water-safe laminate flooring – consolidating the magnificence and solidness of laminate / overlay flooring with the adaptability and comfort of water resistance. Making laminate floors 100% waterproof, without the requirement for seals or extra coatings? Quick-Step is the first to succeed in this arena.

With its fresh out of the box, new ‘Impressive Ultra‘ laminate floor range, Quick-Step takes flooring innovation to the following level. Because of a completely shut surface, completed with a defensive and completely waterproof HydroSeal covering on the bevel, the ultra tough Impressive Ultra range offers a one of a kind water-repellent flooring solution. Water essentially stays put on this special covering, shaping beads that can be wiped off straight away. A first, Impressive Ultra can be laid in all the wet areas inside the home including restrooms, laundry, and pantries. Because of the Uniclic click framework, the floors can be installed as simply as other Quick-Step laminate floors.

It’s all in the bevel

As indicated by National Product Manager, Quick-Step, Kendall Waller, the designing decisions made to make Impressive Ultra was to create a laminate floor that’s completely impervious to water and other fluids.

“Quick-Step’s patented technology, presses the floor joints into the surface layer during production. What’s more, the HydroSeal finish keeps out the smallest drop.”

“In addition, this cutting-edge innovation, utilises the same material for both surface and bevel, making the floors anti-static and completely chemical-resisant. The outcome? Soil and dust don’t stick to the surface, making the floor substantially simpler to clean and maintain; even a wet cloth and cleaning products can be utilised. As such, Quick-Step Impressive Ultra is consummately suited for high-movement zones, for example, washrooms, kitchens and corridors.

Innovation meets reality

Quick-Step’s Impressive floors don’t simply keep water out, they additionally offer a one of a kind look. “Our inventive bevel innovation guarantees that the wood grain, shading and structure of the boards mix consistently, along their length as well as on the short side too. The outcome is authentic and consistent with nature.”

Each board has an alternate bevel, adjusted to the look and feel of its wood grain. Because of this authentic, changed state of the bevel, the outlines of Impressive Ultra floors are significantly more consistent with nature and one of a kind overall.

6 dazzling designs

Quick-Step’s Impressive Ultra overlay floors increase present expectations of the most recent trends. The collection offers six designs, transforming oak wood into engaging ground surface styles. All outlines are altogether created in-house, which makes them exceptional in the laminate world.

Mr Waller includes: “Quick-Step’s design division works incessantly to create new floors. They center around the one of a kind Quick-Step features, for example, profound surface structures, grooves that match the character of the wood and an eye-catching interaction between matt and gloss.”

19 cm wide and 138 cm long, the boards breath life into each design, while the plentiful length can make rooms look deeper and all the more welcoming. All Impressive Ultra floors are 12 mm thick, accessible in resistance class 33 and guarantee maximum sound reduction in commercial and residential conditions.

The six colours on offer are:

Classic Oak Brown, Scraped Oak Gray Brown, Soft Oak Light, Soft Oak Natural, Soft Oak Medium, and Saw Cut Oak Gray.

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