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Best Flooring Choice | What flooring is best for my home?

hardwood flooringThere are a lot of options to choose from when thinking about flooring for your home.

Where to start can be daunting. Your choices include tiles, carpets, cork, vinyl and woods. Of course in each category there are still more options and variations.

How to choose for the best flooring?

Here are some things to think about

  • Firstly think of the use of the room.
  • Who will use the room
  • What style of home you would like to create.

Choosing for the best flooring will become easier once you know what style you like in the interior design of your house and how and who will use the room. For example you are unlikely to put solid wood flooring or carpet in your bathroom but these options would be perfect for the living room.

What are the types of flooring?

There are many materials your flooring can be made of , a lot of the choice come down to personal option:

  • Tiles
  • Carpets
  • Vinyl
  • Cork
  • Wood – Solid or Laminate
  • Parquetry

Tile floorings are commonly made up of ceramic, stone or glass material that are hard-wearing and are perfect to cover wet area areas like your bathroom, kitchen or even patios.

Carpet on the other hand are popular in bedrooms and are great on cold winter mornings. Different kinds of carpet designs are now available making your home even more unique than ever. Practically speaking, carpets can cost less than hardwood or ceramic tile flooring but will need replacing sooner.

Carpets are not good for allergy suffers and must be vacuumed regularly to prevent a build up on dirt and dust mites.

Vinyl is an all-round good option but will have a shorter life span than many flooring options.

Gorgeous cork floor by DIYCork, is a fabulous option for work areas, children playroom and area that people stand in for long periods of time. Cork is every environmental friendly, forgiving (things will generally bounce when dropped), have great noise properties and perfect for all seasons.

Hardwood or timber flooring the most common type of flooring, they will create a natural look for your home and suits all styles from traditional right through to modern. Wood flooring brings warmth to your home and makes it look elegant and classy. Solid wood is fabulous for modern and minimalist décor and of course the only option is a heritage home. Wood is perfect for allergy suffers and so easy to clean.

Some people thing wood flooring is difficult to look after and has to be treated with kid gloves, no so.

Laminates are also available for the budget conscious or in need or temporary flooring, you can choose an laminated ones looking like a parquetry pattern but not really made up of wood, rather from plastic materials. The cost will be very economical but will not last or stand up to the foot traffic of your home.

Parquetry is the perfect addition to any wood floor, it just steps your home up into that luxury category and you will be pleasantly surprised what this elegant look costs. A parquetry feature can become a work of art in its own right and will surely be a talking point with your guests.

What flooring is best for my home?

There is no one size fits all!

A combination of flooring type might suit your needs. Every home is different and you will need to choose what suits your home and style best. When choosing timber, hardwood, cork, bamboo or parquetry style talk to D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring are your flooring specialists. We bring your house plans to life and we can discussed the options that are available to you.

Taking care of your timber floors the easy way!

flooring by DIYTimber floors are a great feature in your home. They bring a lovely warm ambience of your home that is unparalleled. Wood floors radiate quality, style and durability to your home that will last for years.

This priceless beauty under your feet is irreplaceable and an investment you need to look after. The warmth it gives during cold months and the coolness it provides during summer is unique. You can walk on it with bare feet and feel comfortable all year round.

Taking care of your timber flooring is important. This will increase you floor’s longevity and ensures optimum walking experience.

Here a step by step to taking care of your timber floors the easy way:

Choose Quality Timber Floors

Choose a quality timber flooring that will you for years to come. Quality timber floors require less care and are harder wearing than low quality flooring materials, saving you money and time in the long run.

Choosing the best finish and installation process

Installation of timber floors is a tricky process, so make sure that your timber flooring done properly. Breathing is critical and is done by allowing the timber floor to grow and expand naturally in a few days before applying the final sealant. This makes sure that the flooring material settles perfectly on the floor surface and is the best time to check the alignment of the timber floor.

hardwood flooringChoose the best finish, those with the longest re-finishing time. This will save you a lot in terms of money, time and effort. It can be costly but it is also worth it every penny.

Regular cleaning

Vacuum or sweep any lose particles of dust or dirt that is brought in and onto your floor, then a good soft mop with the minimum of clean water is a must. Cleaning regularly with keep your floor sparkling and increase its life span.

Annual Maintenance

Yearly maintenance of your timber floor is very important. It gives you clear idea of your floor’s current condition. This is the best time to find damages, scratches etc and have any damage repaired before it becomes a big problem.

For quality timber floors, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring we offer installation, maintenance and repair services. Call us today on 0409 081 679 and let’s talk!

Will a darker stain hardwood floor suit my home?

hardwood flooringWhen it comes to hardwood floors, there is no one size fits all.

While some people prefer adarker wood – some like the lighter wood much better. If it’s your home that you are designing; you are sure to be fussy when choosing a floor – especially when it comes to choosing a stain colour.

Is a darker stain right for you?

Have you seen a few photos of houses with dark woods as their flooring material and you find it very attractive? Remember that what’s right for a specific house may not be right for your home. Only you can decide which factor is most important to you and your family. Before you decide on a darker wood.

  • Darker wood floors give a more traditional look
  • Lighter stains make smaller spaces look bigger
  • Darker hardwood floors are perfect for large room
  • Hardwood floors are great for high traffic areas

Which hardwood floor is best for my house?

Hardwood floors, whether they are a darker shade or a lighter tone can both look fantastic in your home. The key here is to choose a colour that will suit your taste and lifestyle.

Do you need help in choosing the right colour and type of hardwood for your flooring? Contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your flooring needs. We can help you out by giving you free advice and can arrange a free home inspection to check your space.

Ring D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring today on 0409 081 679 for a free quote.

5 Quick Maintenance Tips for Your Hardwood Floor

rose gum floor by DIYDo you already own a gorgeous hardwood floor? Whether you do or you are still considering installing one, it is important that you think about the maintenance of your floor. Yes, a hardwood floor will look beautiful and it might just be the upgrade your home needs.Read on for a few pointers on some basic maintenance.

Hardwood floor maintenance

Your hardwood floor needs to be protected against moisture damage and abuse. You want to keep it shiny and inviting thus you have to keep it clean and well maintained.

Did you know that regular maintenance on your floor can extend its life? It means you can enjoy your floor for longer years!

Here are 5 maintenance tips that can keep your floor beautiful.

  • Clean any spills immediately
  • Check your floor regularly
  • Keep your floors shiny looking
  • Protect your floors daily
  • Use only the appropriate cleaning productswater-on-wood

Clean any spills immediately

If there are spills, wipe them up immediately using a slightly dampened cloth. The longer the spill sits, the more damage it can do to your floor. Also, check the humidity level inside your home – make sure it is kept at a reasonable level throughout the seasons enabling your floor to perform at its best.

Check your floor regularly

Be aware of any changes in your flooring. Are there areas where cupping can be seen? Or maybe it doesn’t feel and look even? Knowing these things can help prevent further damages from happening. Resanding is always an option to sort out such things.

Keep your floors shiny looking

A shiny floor looks good all the time. For making your floor shiny, flooring experts suggest to use natural products such as olive oils. You can use wax based cleaners of course but once in a while, break from that habit and use natural products instead to give your floor a healthy break.

cleaningProtect your floors daily

A well maintained floor starts by caring for it every day. Protect your floors from daily scratches by putting mats at the entrances. You can also use furniture protectors under your table and chairs. Some owners even encourage everyone to remove their shoes before entering inside.

Use only the appropriate cleaning products

Do not use tile or vinyl cleaning products on your hardwood floor. It can make your floor slippery and look dull quickly.

5 Quick Maintenance Tips for Your Hardwood Floor

Enjoy your hardwood floor for longer by using these maintenance tips! Do you need to install new hardwood floors? Contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your needs. We are your flooring specialist in Bunbury offering a wide range of flooring services including flooring installation and repair. Ring us today for a free quote.

What are the environmental benefits of wood floors?

Spotted Gum from D.I.Y Parquetry and Cork

Whether you are looking for ways to upgrade the look of your home or a reno project, installing a hardwood floor is an attractive choice. Wood floors have been a popular choice for many homeowners because of it gives a sense of permanence to any interior. Plus, it is known to last for a lifetime! It has a long shelf life especially when given the proper care and maintenance.

Apart from its beautiful and elegant look, wood flooring offers a lot of environmental benefits. Did you know that wood flooring is a renewable source?

Yes, it’s possible to harvest wood without any serious impact on the environment. Once harvested, they can be regrown time and time again. Here are some lists of environmental benefits:

  • Indoor air quality is better. As a result, you can enjoy indoor living more.
  • Wood floor uses less water and energy to produce. This means that you can save more water and energy which is also an important saving practice these days.
  • At the end of its life service, wood floors can be burned as fuel or recycled. You don’t have to worry about disposing of your hardwood floors anymore.
  • Wood floors can last for a hundred years which means that you may never need to replace it.

Don’t worry – if you are thinking of contributing to global warming because you are installing wooden floors, you are wrong. It does not contribute because the average net grown for hardwood is greater than the average annual removal.

What are the environmental benefits of wood floors?

The use of wood as flooring doesn’t harm the environment in any way. Hardwoods are safe to use and only offer beauty and longevity when use as a flooring material. Are you convinced now? If you want to install hardwood flooring to your home, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your needs. We offer flooring installation as well as repair services.

Call D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring today 0409 081 679 and let’s talk about the best flooring option for your home.

How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors?

hardwood flooringOne of the most common questions asked is “How long does it take to refinish a hardwood floor”? Smart homeowners ask the question, so they know what to expect and can plan ahead. Some homeowners don’t have the initiative to enquire, causing them to postpone the refinishing project.

So, how long will a refinishing project last? A day or 2? Or a week? The answer to this question depends on several factors which include:

  • The type of polyurethane you use
  • The size of your space
  • Weather when applied

The type of polyurethane you use

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There are 2 types of polyurethane – water based and oil based.

In general, it will take 3 – 5 days for polyurethane to dry.  However, most people prefer the look of oil based and it is inexpensive compared to water based.  The oil based takes a longer time for it to dry. With 3 coats of oil based polyurethane, it can be completed in 3 successive days, leaving each coat to dry for at least 24 hours before applying the next coat. So for an oil based polyurethane, it may take up to 5 days before you can return your furniture again.

The size of your space

The bigger your space, the longer the refinishing task will take. Most flooring contractors can cover up to 300 square metres per day so if you have a 1000 square metres area, add 2 more days for the job to be completed.


Having your floor recoated in summer will mean that it will dry quicker but remember humidity will also play a part in drying time.

How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors?

Do you need to refinish your floors? Contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your needs. We can give you an obligation free quote and provide you with an estimated time as to when you can expect your floor to be ready to use. Ring us today on 0409 081 679 and let’s talk for a free quote.

3 things you should ask before installing bamboo floor

Bamboo flooring by DIY ParquetryBamboo flooring is an attractive, resilient, cost effective flooring style you can install in your home. Many homeowners are installing bamboo floors and many have recognised it as a great flooring option. Compared to other hardwood floors, bamboo flooring is much denser, making it an ideal option for homeowners.

Should you go for bamboo flooring?

The real decision depends on your preference. You should choose a product you’ll love to live with for years to come. Bamboo flooring has anatural warmth that gives your home a comfortable feel, but before you dive into installing one, there are things you might like to ask:

1. How tough is bamboo flooring?

Bamboo flooring is very tough and durable.

Did you know that oak, which is considered as the most sought after hardwood floor today, can be compared toroughly the durability of a bamboo floor? Yes, and bamboo flooring is less expensive, so you get the quality of a popular hardwood at a fraction of its cost.

2. Can you see a flooring sample?

When ordering from a flooring company that supplies bamboo flooring materials and installation services, ask them for a sample first before you finally decide. Bamboo flooring is a great choice but getting a sample can further raise your confidence that you are indeed,making the right choice. Often flooring companies will have samples you can take home and place on the floor so you can get a bit of an idea on how the flooring will look.

3. How old is the bamboo being used?

Make sure that the bamboo is matured enough before it goes to production. Less matured bamboo can raise problems in the future. You should discuss this with your flooring contractor first and ask them about the age of the bamboo they are about to use and how it is processed.

3 things you should ask before installing bamboo floor

Would you like to install bamboo flooring? Contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your bamboo floor needs. We install different floorings such as bamboo, hardwood, cork and parquetry. Ring D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring today on 0409 081 679 – we offer flooring advice and a will provide a free quote.

Why are there smears remaining after I mopped my floor?

cleaningMopping your floor is the easiest way to keep it clean. A small amount of hot water and a mop can do wonders for your hardwood floor. Often hot water only will be enough to clean your floor and leave it streak free.

If you are using a cleaner make sure it is a good cleaner and recommended for your floor type. There is a way to stop those annoying streaks and smears that appear after you’ve mopped your floor?

Smears and streaks after mopping

Smears appear on your floor after you mop due to a variety of reasons:

  • Was the dust and dirt removed from your floor
  • Incorrect dosage of floor cleaner
  • You didn’t dry mop after
  • Fabric softener on cleaning clothes

Was the dust and dirt removed from your floor

Before you mop your floor, it is important that you remove all signs of dust and dirt. A simple sweep can do the trick or for a better clean, get your vacuum cleaner out. You definitely need to remove all of the dirt before you start mopping.

cleaning solutionsIncorrect dosage of floor cleaner

This can also cause unsightly smears and streaks on your floor. You should make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions for the correct dosage to get streak free cleaning results every time.

You didn’t dry mop after

Hot water dries faster and as a result,it could leave smears on your floor. To alleviate this problem simply ensure that the floor is dried properly by dry mopping after you apply the wet mop to remove any excess water.

Never use fabric softener when washing your cleaning clothes

Using fabric softener in conjunction with cleaning agents can lead to unsightly smears. It is recommended that you should avoid using fabric softener when washing your clothes.

Why there are smears remaining after I mopped my floor?

Have a streak and smear free floor after mopping – remember the above mentioned things! For any of your floor needs, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We install all types of floors – ring us today on 0409 081 679 to get a free quote.


What is the best flooring option for heavy foot traffic areas?

hardwoodThinking of having a wood floor for your home? Great!

When selecting the right floor option for your home, most of us tend to focus on the design, colour and the patterns of a wood material. While these things are important, you might be missing an important factor when choosing: the amount and type of traffic.

High footfall areas

Before choosing, think about where you will install your wood flooring. Is it in a high traffic area where high footfall is expected? While wood floorings are durable in general, some of them might not be too resistant to high traffic. Before you know it, your wood flooring already needs some refinishing or worse, replacement. To make sure you get not just the best design and style for your floor but as well as durability, here are some things you should consider:

  • Engineered wood floorings are perfect for areas with high humidity as they are better in handling temperature changes much better.
  • Choose thick boards. Compared to thinner ones, they are much better in withstanding high traffic.
  • Make sure your floor is properly fitted. This can only be done by a professional flooring company, so don’t hesitate.
  • Bamboo is very hardy, long wearing and durable. Although strictly not a wood floor it does have similar properties including the feel as hardwood flooring.

Jarrah solid wood flooring from D.I.Y Parquetry and Cork

What is the best flooring option for heavy foot traffic areas?

In general, wood floorings ( or bamboo) are better at handling the daily wear and tear even in high traffic areas. Apart from choosing the right floor materials, pay attention to floor maintenance. A good floor with no maintenance is not a good floor at all. Good floor need a little maintenance and that can make your floor not only resistant to high traffic but it can last longer!

For all of your flooring needs, contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring on 0409 081 679. We are your flooring specialist in Bunbury and we’ll help you decide with the flooring that’s best for your home! Come and discuss your flooring options today with D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring and all our quotes are free.

Taking good care of your floor, the easy way!

hardwoood floorHaving a perfect, beautiful floor is not difficult to look after. With a high quality surface, taking care of your hardwood floor is easy and simple. Dry cleaning with a broom, mop or a vacuum cleaner is all you need to do. Plus,using a cleaning solution, can do wonders as well!

  • How to maintain your floor
  • How hot should the mop water be?
  • How damp is damp?
  • Will damp mopping clean my floor?
  • What’s the best way to mop my floor?

 To enjoy your lovely floor for many years, you need to make sure you are cleaning it correctly. Here are some tips you should take note of for the best results:

How hot should the mop water be?

It’s best to use hot water (but not boiling) and a very dry mop. Be sure to use a only cleaning products that are recommended for your finish. Avoid using harsh cleaners, such as bleach (as it is acidic) and can cause floors to look a bit dull over time… If in doubt, ask your installer.

How damp is damp?

When there is no longer any water droplets’ coming out of your mop when you wring it, but it still feels moist.

rose gum floor by DIYWill damp mopping clean my floor?

Yes, it can. Often hot water will be enough. For very dirty floors or particularly stubborn stains use a little bit of recommended floor cleaner. Don’t use too much cleaner though – a small amount is usually enough.You can effectively clean your floor without much effort.

What’s the best way to mop my floor?

When mopping, don’t forget to first remove the dust and dirt on your floor using a broom or a vacuum cleaner. This can make your job a lot easier. Wipe your floor in the direction of the installation (the direction your floor has been installed in) – this will give you the best results – no smears or streaks at all!

Taking good care of your floor the easy way!

Know how to clean your floor and enjoy its beauty for years to come! For your hardwood floor needs – whether its repair or installation, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We are your flooring specialist – we can do small and big jobs! Ring us today at 0409 081 679 for a free quote.