Thinking of Installing Hardwood Timber Flooring
Published By professor at June 29, 2017 ·
Installing hardwood timber flooring on the floors of your home is one of the best investments that you can ever make. It will add to the ambiance of any room and increase the value of your home if you ever want to sell. Each grade of wood used in Better Timber Flooring carries a warranty all its own. Choose from three grades of hardwood – Good, Better and Best – to have hardwood floors with knots and character. The Best grade in Better Timber flooring is the most expensive, but it also has the best quality wood and the best warranty.
Even with Better Timber flooring, you will see variations in the wood in each plank. This is what will give your hardwood floors the unique appearance that you want to achieve. This variation exists in all qualities of our hardwood timber flooring because no two boards are the same. You do have to be careful even with hardwood even though it is solid. If you place furniture with sharp edges on the flooring it will dent the hardwood. Australian hardwood timber flooring also goes through a natural aging process so if you have an area covered with a rug, when you move it the floor underneath will be lighter in color. It is recommended that you do move rugs from time to time to prevent this discoloration from occurring.
Sometimes, people who have installed hardwood or engineered timber flooring in their homes hear popping sounds when they walk across the floors. This is not defect in the timber flooring and is perfectly natural, so there is no cause for alarm. All hardwood timber goes through a process called patina and it may be caused by an uneven sub-floor under the timber floorboards. If you glue the hardwood floorboards in place, you do have to make sure that you use the trowels properly when applying the adhesive so that you have a perfectly uniform surface for the timber flooring.
Although it is not recommended, you can have Australian hardwood timber flooring in the bathroom of your home. This is because hardwood is not conducive to areas of the home where there is excessive moisture. The choice to use unfinished or prefinished timber flooring is a matter of personal taste. It depends on how much work you want to do to finish the floor yourself or how much time you want to spend on maintenance of your timber floors. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so you can ask the Better Timber Flooring experts for advice when you are selecting your hardwood flooring. Prefinished hardwood does have more advantages, such as longer finish warranties, uniform stain application in a factory setting and it is easier to keep clean.
If you want to install hardwood timber flooring in areas where there will be lots of traffic, our pre-finished floorboards will allow you to do this without any worries. Better Timber Flooring offers commercial finishes for its hardwood floors, but it doesn’t recommend using mats in doorways or in front of the kitchen sink. Better Timber Flooring does not recommend that you wax hardwood timber floors. To keep the natural shine of hardwood flooring all you have to do is wash it up with a water based cleaner for hardwood floors and give it an occasional buffing.