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Solid timber flooring or “hardwood flooring” is a floorboard entirely made from real timber of slow growing trees. Hardwood timber floors have a fine and beautiful grain and are heavier than other types of floorboards. Hardwood floors have been the premium flooring choice for centuries and installing a new hardwood timber floor will certainly last a lifetime.
Solid timber floors have a smooth and durable finish, and brings the natural warmth of timber into your home. Timber floors also have the unique quality of becoming more beautiful over time – the wood gradually ages, changing tones and becoming more beautiful over time.
Pre-finished Timber Flooring – more convenient option, where the floors have already been sanded, treated and sealed during manufacture. They’re faster to install because they don’t require acclimatisation before installation, or polishing afterwards. Prefinished floors are also more durable because the protective top coat can be applied more thoroughly and consistently with professional machinery in the factory.
Raw Timber Flooring – raw solid timber floors need to be finished (i.e. coated with a substance, mostly to increase durability) after installation, which provides more flexibility to choose the colour and finish of your floors. You get more customisation and less noticeable “joints” between boards with raw timber flooring.
Both types of timber floors can be re-sanded and re-polished many times to revitalise the look of your floors.
The cost of timber flooring depends on three factors; species of timber, raw or prefinished; and grade of timber. The general prices in NSW Australia as of 2021 are shown below for your reference.
Raw timber flooring (select grade):
Prefinished timber flooring:
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Solid timber can be sanded and polished multiple times which makes it a floor that can last a lifetime. Generally, 19mm thick timber boards can be resanded up to 5 times.
Benefits of sanding and polishing:
Engineered timber is considered the more affordable and apartment friendly version of solid timber. The difference is that engineered timber has a thin veneer of real timber surface fused to a (usually) plywood core, whereas solid timber is made of real wood all the way throughout the plank.
Benefits of Solid Timber:
Benefits of Engineered Timber:
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The durability of a solid timber wood flooring depends on the species of timber and the number/quality of coatings. The Janka Rating system is designed to measure the hardness of natural timber materials, including hardwoods, softwoods, engineered timber and bamboo flooring.
Janka Rating of popular Australian hardwood timbers:
Note that harder timbers are more dense, which makes them more susceptible to warping, expanding and contracting from moisture or temperature fluctuations. It’s a trade-off between abrasion resistance and dimensional stability. It is advisable to select a timber with an optimal Janka Rating between 6.5 – 15.0 for this reason.
Studies show that solid timber increases property resale value more than any other type of flooring. This is likely because solid timber flooring can last decades and you can refresh the look every few years with a sand and polish.
This is reflected by research which suggests that the installing hardwood flooring has a return on investment between 70% to 80% according to Realtor. Additionally, home remodelling expert Alex Biyevetskiy claims that hardwood flooring increases the resale value of housing by 2.5% when done right.
If you are looking for flooring as a property developer or investor, we have an entire article all about maximising property resale value through flooring.
As a trusted provider of timber flooring in Sydney for almost 20 years, FloorVenue offers the finest range of authentic solid timber flooring types and professional installation services.
We stock a very diverse range of timber flooring in both raw and pre-finished forms. Thicknesses vary between 21mm down to 12mm overlay options. With almost a hundred different species and multiple different timber grades – you’ll definitely find gem amongst the options.
Pre-finished timber floorboards are factory finished and need no acclimatisation. Furthermore, unlike solid timber that is finished on-site, prefinished timber flooring doesn’t need any waiting time. This type of flooring is already sanded and sealed before installation.
Solid Strip flooring is a great complement to traditional timber flooring for those who do not have support beams, joists, or subfloor structures. It can be installed on top of existing timber, plywood, particleboard, or concrete.
Gorgeous and durable, raw timber is the perfect solution to those who cannot find the right timber flooring aesthetic for their dream home or office. The vast palette of customisable staining and polish options combined with a large range of Australian timber species allows you to adopt almost any visual flooring design which can fit into any setting.
Why choose a floor when you can create your own unique style with flair?
Hardwood flooring has been around almost as long as homes themselves. It’s a popular floor covering due to its versatility of function, design and the natural warmth it adds to any room. Its beauty can also not be matched by any other flooring material.
The native Australian timber ranges entail the most commercially suitable species which are sorted for both durability and beauty, as well as sustainability.
Softwood flooring is a common type of flooring sourced from pine, spruce, cedar or fir. These tend to grow more rapidly than hardwood counterparts, which accounts for the generally lower the cost per square metre. True to its name, softwoods are slightly softer than hardwood but are still great floor solutions which are easy to sand and polish.