You’ve Chosen Timber Floors… But Still, Have Plenty of Options
Homeowners and builders have a lot of choices to make when it comes to flooring materials. And even if they’ve decided to use hardwood – or timber – for their floors, there are still plenty of options from which to choose.
Hardwood timber is stronger and denser, making it more fire resistant than softwood. Engineered floorboards combine several layers of high-density fibreboards.
Meanwhile, softwood such as pine is less dense, making it a more affordable option. Softwoods can include bamboo flooring, cork flooring and pine flooring.
Bamboo flooring is lightweight and resists moisture, while cork flooring is durable making it suitable for high traffic areas. Below, we review other wood options that you can select.
Oak floors are considered to be a top-notch hardwood, Oak floorboards usually have extensive
species variations, but there are few colours options. They typically feature only a small number of little knots within the design.
Mahogany is one of the hardwood species that can take decades to grow, partly due to its high density. Mahogany is highly sought after in the market due to how strong it is.
Mahogany can fare well with harsh weather conditions and heavy usage. It’s no wonder that the prices are higher for this wood species.
Harvested from Eucalyptus trees, Lyptus wood can be manufactured into the engineered floor after the tree has been growing for between 14 to 16 years.
You will find lyptus floorboards typically glued down or stapled down during the installation process. The best part?
This flooring is exceptionally sustainable, so you are also contributing to a more significant cause when you get this flooring.
If you are looking for wood with wide colour variations and larger knots, you can opt for ash. Due to its different colours, ash floors are considered less formal, and you can place them in a family room or any other rooms that are suitable for relaxing.
Hickory flooring is a less common wooden flooring option; as such, you are creating a distinctive home just by having these floorboards.
You can manufacture hickory floorboards from several hickory tree species, but there is one species which most of us would be familiar with – the pecan species cultivated for its delicious nuts.
Maple flooring is usually used to create a modern Scandinavian home design. Its light colour helps to reflect any natural light that enters the room, optimising the amount of light.
Maple floorboards will be an excellent choice if you are planning to paint the room with bright, stark colours such as white.
Cherry flooring is an excellent, natural wooden flooring choice due to its beautiful colours. As opposed to most other types of wood floors, cherry flooring is rarely ever stained.
Upon installation, it would appear to have a soft pink hue. However, it will gradually gain a rich red tone in areas where it is exposed to light.
Walnut flooring is considered one of the rare few wooden flooring types that has a unique, rich brown tone.
While it is one of the softer wood types, it is durable and hardy enough to withstand moist conditions which would usually lead to decay. Its natural colours also help in disguising scratches and dents.
Whichever type of timber you decide to install, make sure you take care of it with basic maintenance to keep your floors looking great.
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