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How much does a timber floor cost?

living room with hardwood floorsHow much does a timber floor cost?

This is just a simple question, but the answer depends on several factors:

  • type of timber flooring
  • grade of wood
  • installation (installed or DIY)
  • size of the area to have the flooring
  • location of your home

Type of Flooring

The first thing you need to consider is the type of flooring, should it be solid timber, laminate, direct stick floors, floating floors, parquetry or pre-finished floors.

Next is the grade of the timbers; select, standard and better, standard grade, and feature and better, feature and economy.  The price differs with each grade and can be based on the appearance of the timber rather than its quality. Floor boards are priced on varying quality, widths and lengths.

Installation Costs of Timber Floors

Installation cost of timber floors depends on the type of flooring you choose. For instance, solid timber flooring requires more time and careful preparation than a pre-finished flooring requires. With DIY Parquetry, Cork & Timber Flooring installation charge at a cost per metre. Parquet floors is also are at a cost per metre but with an addition to the total cost depending on the complexity of the pattern that was chosen.

Timber steps are charged per step because the process of installation is quite complex. For example, if the timber steps are to be laid unto a concrete slab, it would need proper sealing and additional moisture barrier as protection. In DIY Parquetry, Cork & Timber Flooring, glues, sealants and other products needed for the installation process are included in the costing.

rose gum floor by DIYSanding which is very important in timber flooring is also included in the cost of installation. Beading and skirting is extra depending on the type you already have or choose for your new floor. Discuss all factors your installer to ensure everything falls perfectly.

Room preparation for timber flooring

Room preparation is very important to the final finish of your floor. We can help you prepare the room where the timber flooring is to be installed, remove all carpets, lino and other materials to ensure everything is clean and set before the installation begins.

Here at DIY Parquetry, Cork & Timber Flooring, we always recommend customers visit timber showrooms to see the different options on offer, you can see samples of timbers, finishes, standards, board sizes and coatings. Can’t make it into Bunbury; call and we can come and see you for a free measure, quote and to discuss options.

Call DIY Parquetry, Cork & Timber Flooring now to discuss your requirements and get a FREE quote.

Caring for your timber floor

timberfloorTimber floors have a very unique and distinctive quality which makes them a great flooring material. Each timber species used is unique, from colour, texture, and wear-ability.

Maintaining timber floors is easy, but depends on several factors. One of them is the coating or finishing material used.  It may be necessity for your timber floors to be re-coated several times over there lifetime. This ensures an enhanced years of your floor. After all, regular care and cleaning is a basic need for your timber floor. It does not only protect your floor’s finish, it also protects your floor timber.

That’s why it is importance to keep up regular maintenance of timber floors.

Caring for your new floor

It is a fact that a newly finished timber floor can be walked on straight away, but it’s a big “no” in a professional’s point of view.

Just like any other materials or products, if it is new it should be treated with utmost care and specific precautions should be taken to prevent any damage. In your timber floors case, the finish or coating can be appear dry on the top, but deep inside the coating is still working its way into the timber, is not fully dryyet. A span of 2 weeks is a safe mark to consider your timber floors is already safe to be used.

Here are some precautions you should be aware of to ensure your timber floor retain its look:

  • Avoid using rugs and rubber backings when your timber floor has just undergone re-coating or even first coating. These items can stain your floor surface.
  • Avoid sliding furniture through your floor surface. It can scratch or stain your floor.
  • You can put in your light furniture but make it sure that they are installed with protective pads.
  • Bigger appliances such us fridges and cabinets should be put in place by lift and not by dragging them. It can cause dents and scratch which doesn’t look good on your timber floor.

Caring for your timber floor, need help?

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For more information about care and maintenance of timber floors, call DIY Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring!

 

What is floor ghosting?

Ghosting traditionally relates to the appearance of lightly coloured boot prints that appear in a floor finish, usually some considerable time after the floor was coated. Owners begin to see a lighter patch in the coating, confused at what this may be until it becomes more obvious forming into a boot print and then the question arises, who does it belong to? Not my foot size, not my type of footwear … so who does it belong to? …

Ghosting is however not confined only to boot prints but also relates to bare feet, hand prints and cloudy smudges of no predetermined shape. These differ from contact staining which is sometimes referred to as ‘tattooing’ and imprints that can occur from walking on a wet coat.

What is floor ghosting – A Case Study

This home was coated with gloss solvent based polyurethane approximately four years prior to viewing this floor and the ghosting was first noticed about two years after occupancy. The upper level floor was coated about two weeks after the lower level floor. On the upper level ghosting is present in just one place, at the entrance to the ensuite of the master bedroom. Due to the design of the dwelling, this area of the master bedroom outside the ensuite would have been coated first, before the rest of the bedroom and also before other areas of the upper level floor. Therefore, it suggests a contaminant may have come from the ensuite.

However, the lower level floor has much more extensive ghosting present. The ghosting is present at the main entrance, at two patio doorways, the centre of the lounge floor and to lesser degrees or just ‘developing’ in other areas. In the upper and lower level floors there are definitely three different boot prints (top floor, entrance, mid lounge) and maybe up to five different boot prints (patio entrance and base of staircase). In addition to this a bare foot or foot through sock imprint is also present. Some boards appear more susceptible than others to ghosting. Ghosting_1There are areas where a number of consecutive boards are affected in some areas and in other areas it appears confined to only a few adjacent boards. At the entrance the ghosting appeared in the main traffic area through the doorway. A highly developed footprint would however not lead to a second developed foot print in the next step. Photos and further comments are provided below.

The only area of ghosting on the upper level was adjacent to the ensuite. Due to the location, this area would have been coated first and all of the floor would have been walked on to get to this area. Has a contaminant come from the ensuite, an area that was tiled/marbled some considerable time earlier? Notice that the mark is across two boards and the twisting of the foot.

Ghosting_2Prints mainly confined to one board and not adjacent boards. Does this suggest that the board or the drying of the sealer or coating on that board had an influence?

However, there were possibly only two or three bare foot prints discernable over the whole floor. The photo on the lower right shows a different style of boot mark at one of the patio doorways in the lounge.Ghosting_3

Ghosting_4Highly developed prints in the main entrance and note the predominance in one board but also progressing into adjacent boards. Note also the two heal marks facing opposite directions. It appears to have resulted from the person simply walking in and out of the dwelling. This is the lower storey lounge floor with the photo.

This is classical ghosting as we know it and a case study such as this illustrates some of the complexities of coming to terms with it, and resulting in more questions than answers. However, there are other instances of ghosting that are also worth commenting on. .

In this final example the ghosting appears more predominantly as smudging in the stair risers. In other instances boot prints have been observed in stair risers.

What do we know about Ghosting?

Or perhaps it may be better to say what do we think we know about ghosting? Due to the intermittent nature of the problem and affecting relatively few floors, the problem to date is not fully understood and has not been fully solved. It has been investigated to a degree but this has often left even more questions about ghosting that do not fit the explanations.

What we do know is that reports of ghosting only started in the late 90’s and it was at this time that fast dry solvent sealers (vinyl type) and water based polyurethanes began to enter the market. The sealers provided improved productivity allowing the first of the final coats, for both solvent and water based finishes, to be applied the same day. A quicker job had benefits to both contractor and client.

Some ghosting is considered to be caused by oils being absorbed from bare feet or more often footwear into partially cured coatings that contain residual solvents. These residual solvents rapidly dissolve the oils from certain footwear and even from bare skin. The oils remain dormant within the cured coatings until gradually broken down by UV light in a radiation induced photo-oxidative degradation. Under the action of the breakdown they develop an amorphous structure that is visible under a microscope at 200 times magnifi cation. This loose amorphous structure is typical of photo oxidation breakdown of polymers (oils are polymers). The result, a gradually appearing, ‘ghost’ reproduction of the exact object that was in contact with the floor .

In instances of this that have been studied, the boots had elastomer or urethane thermoplastic soles as opposed to nitrile or neoprene vulcanised rubber soles. The majority of prints were within two meters of walls, weather conditions were often warm and humid. Furthermore, slower drying, water and solvent based sealers were also involved and note that humid conditions retard solvent evaporation. The thermoplastic sole not being solvent resistant will show tackiness when rubbed with solvent. Two such solvent are toluene used in some solvent based sealers and glycol ether used in water based sealers. Therefore from this we have a recipe that incorporates boot type, sealer type and weather conditions as being factors that can contribute to ghosting. The final ingredient is UV light, which with time, turns the invisible footwear polymers dissolved in the coating into a visible milky coloured compound of the shape that made it. This has also been replicated in a laboratory environment. When it comes to bare skin it is considered that the oils present are similarly dissolved in the coating and similarly develop a milky colour with time, under UV light.

Lessening the risk

To lessen the risk of this type of ghosting solvent resistant footwear (not just oil resistant) should be worn and it is essential to allow the sealer coat ample time to fully dry, especially in high humidity or cool weather. This is especially the case with fast dry sealers. This outlines good practice when coating floors but also outlines that is equally essential that other contractors and owners do not to walk on floors until the flooring contractor permits them to. The floor is ‘no go’ zone except for the floor ing contractor.

What others have suggested

At times and as in the case study above we see an area where there is ghosting adjacent to an ensuite and question whether the tiled and marbled area had an influence, or similarly ghosting is noticed to predominate near a patio exit onto a paved area and again we question as to whether there is a link. However, mineral contaminants such as plaster or the like would present as crystalline deposits and appear straight after cure due to their insolubility. As such plaster and similar compounds are not considered to produce ghosting.

Perspiration is also another thought that others have had. Perspiration is known to produce small circular milky marks both on and between water based coatings, however, this is not the case with solvent based coatings, so it is unlikely to be the cause of ghosting we see in both solvent and water based finished floors.

But why would we see boot marks in the risers of staircases, why did ghosting appear with the ‘possum’ incident mentioned earlier or why did ghosting become apparent in the floor that recoated after seven years?

Anecdotal evidence also suggests that although often considered to be present between the sealer and fi nal coats ghosting can be corrected by sanding back to bare timber. This has been known to work, yet not every time, as after re-sanding and coating the original ghosting has returned. This had led some to suggest that the timber itself is affected and due to boot prints being present in stairs risers, some credence can be given to this view.

So there are some things we can probably discount as being associated with true ghosting and there are still some aspects to be solved.

Some final points to consider

Firstly, although a problem that needs to be addressed, it must also be considered that ghosting is not a common problem. With ghosting there are a variety of aspects, some well understood and others not well understood, and it would appear that ghosting can come about in a number of different ways. As such it is considered that it can be induced in the raw timber, between coats and some years after a coating has been applied. As indicated there is also some level of risk in attempting to fix it, as it may reappear, but not in all instances. In cases of ghosting, it is unlikely that blame can be apportioned. Therefore, resolution where parties might agree to share costs to repair or arrive at a similar agreement has often proved the best course of action.

Article is reproduced with permission. © Australian Timber Flooring Association Inc. 2012

D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring

D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring is owned by Yasmina and Cole Jackson, who are passionate about solid wood flooring and quality floors.Marri hardwood flooring

D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring are your flooring specialists.

We are specialist in sales and installation of parquetry, timber and cork flooring. Hardwood floors, strip wood floors, stain wood flooring, bamboo flooring and parquetry floors and much more.

At D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring we can use a huge range of Australian timber varieties including Jarrah, Marri, Brush Box, Blackbutt, Spotted Gum and more for your hardwood floor. No sure which type of wood will suit your flooring needs, call us on 0409 081 679 to discuss the pros and cons of the different materials available.

Can’t get to Bunbury, that’s fine call us on 0409 081 679.

Our quotes are FREE and we service Bunbury and the large surrounding area. Capel, Eaton, Australind, Harvey, Busselton, Donnybrook, Collie, Narrogin, Darkan and many other areas, call and ask.

We can supply and install your new timber flooring or supply materials only for your DIY project. The choice is yours.

Repairs, yes we do that too.

If you need repairs to your old or existing flooring, you have come to the right place.

We have many years’ experience in repair work and are able repair your floor and you won’t even see it. No dramas of mismatching old with new at D.I.Y. Parquetry Timber and Cork Flooring.

Insurance Work

Remember in most cases floor damage will be covered by your insurance. If your dishwasher or washing machine overflows or leaks and damages your floor, ring your insurance company first, then ring us. On most occasions your insurance will cover the cost of the repair and we can advise you on the best way to move forward to having your floor fixed so you will never know where the damage was.

If you need flooring, new or adding to your existing flooring, repairing damage and / or something really special, give us a call at D.I.Y. Parquetry Timber and Cork Flooring on 0409 081 679 to discuss your needs.