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Choosing a timber finished floor

Choosing a timber finished floor

If damaged, parquetry flooring is usually very easy to repair
If damaged, parquetry flooring is usually very easy to repair

Do it yourself projects are difficult when you’re first starting out. Heck, they can sometimes be difficult even if you’re a veteran of the practice. Changing your flooring may seem like a daunting task but it can actually be quite easy if you’ve selected the right type of floorboards for your project. Like every successful DIY project, flooring choices just required a bit of research to come up with the right solution for your home.

Wood Flooring

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Here’s some information on some floorboards you’ll encounter during your research and how easy each type is to work with:

Engineered Flooring

Engineered flooring offers all the beauty of true timber on an extremely stable substrate
Engineered flooring offers all the beauty of true timber on an extremely stable substrate

Engineered flooring systems offer the best attributes of a solid hardwood floor in an easy to install product. Having a thin timber veneer on top, engineered boards offer the complete look, feel and durability of a hardwood floor with only partial cost, environmental impact and installation difficulty. If you want to have your cake and eat it too consider an engineered product.

Parquetry Flooring

If damaged, parquetry flooring is usually very easy to repair
If damaged, parquetry flooring is usually very easy to repair

Parquetry wood flooring, sometimes referred to as woodblock flooring, comes in a variety of materials, shapes and patterns. Parquetry floors’ versatility is also a great quality as you can go for a classic or a modern look. Parquetry flooring is not recommended for novices. Though installation requires few tools, there are many pitfalls that beginners can fall into. A huge benefit that comes with parquetry floors is that they are very easy to maintain. If something were to get damaged, you would likely only need to replace 1 or two blocks.

Hardwood/Solid Flooring

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Hardwood flooring is the timber equivalent to a nice black suit. Its appeal is eternal; a polished timber floor will look as stylish in 20 years time as it does today. However, hardwood flooring can be quite difficult to install without prior experience or professional help. As great as it would be to have hardwood floors, this is something you might need a hand in fitting.

Floating Timber

Floating floors are very DIY friendly and come in vast choice of finishes
Floating floors are very DIY friendly and come in vast choice of finishes

The installation of floating timber floorboards is very beginner friendly. Engineered with “tongue and groove” or “click in” joints, floating floors can be easily installed without professional help. Once installed, no additional work is required; it can be installed quickly and enjoyed immediately. That sounds so easy that I just might pull my nephew out of pre-school to help me out with the installation.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is as 'tough as nails' but easily damaged by water
Laminate flooring is as ‘tough as nails’ but easily damaged by water

Laminate flooring provides a floor that is low maintenance, environmentally friendly, comfortable, warm, able to take a few knocks and very natural. laminate floors are extremely easy to clean. They only require the occasional sweep or vacuum. Be wary about using a mop as water can be kryptonite to most floorboards.

Laminate floors can be installed quickly and used straight away. All that’s involved in the installation is a simple click in to place mechanism and your new floors are good to go. If you fancy yourself to be a DIY specialist, then laminate floors offer another level of savings that other flooring just doesn’t provide.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is very durable and available in a range of colours
Bamboo flooring is very durable and available in a range of colours

Bamboo flooring is an environmental alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. As a fast growing material sourced from dedicated plantations, bamboo is a more sustainable option than traditional hardwood materials, which may take as long as twenty years to mature into viable crops.

Bamboo flooring is stable, cost effective, and termite resistant. It’s an extremely strong flooring option which makes it incredibly durable and a great long term flooring solution.

It’s the perfect D.I.Y. flooring solution for your home or commercial space due to how easy it is to install.

Summary:

There have never been as many flooring options available for the DIYer as there are today. Modern manufacturing techniques offer more colours, more finishes, greater durability and true DIY friendliness. Prices cover the full spectrum from low cost, ‘budget’ laminates all the way through to ‘premium’ solid hardwood floors. While most things today can be easily sourced online, flooring really is a ‘must see’ to fully appreciate the textures and colours before purchasing.

About Isaac Lai
Isaac is an aspiring writer who blogs on behalf of SE Timber and Floorboards Online.  You can often find him looking for hidden messages in parquetry flooring.

If you found this interesting, be sure to check out our post about Australian Hardwood Floors

 

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