Timber Floorings

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.

Why a Timber or Similar Floor?

Why use Timber or Similar?

Timber

Timber is natural, hard wearing and when maintained and kept clean it avoids carrying dust and allergens which promote asthma and other respiratory problems. Similarly, timber floors have an environmental impact which creates 5 times less carbon emissions than ceramic tiles (source: CRC for Greenhouse Accounting). Timber makes a feature of your floor that enhances your furnishings and will outlive you if properly maintained. Similarly, the other products (cork, bamboo and laminate) provide a similar appearance or character to that of a timber floor.

With the correct coating for your circumstances and regular cleaning your timber floor finish may last for up to 8 years before you need to consider recoating. The cost of recoating a timber floor is far more affordable than replacing carpet which begins to look worn, in many cases after 5 or so years. Similarly, the coatings on many prefinished floors are very wear resistant and these products too can be sanded back and a finish applied to provide additional life to your floor.

Correct Maintenance for your Floor

Always use the coating or product manufacturers’ recommendations concerning the method of regular maintenance that is best for your floor. Your atfa professional will be able to let you know these details.

As a general guide, anti-static mops are effective for collecting dust and grit and vacuum cleaners (ensuring the brushes are not worn) are also effective.

Damp mopping once a month provides an effective deep clean for some finishes and when carried out with recommended mild cleaners will not harm the floor. Be mindful that timber is a ‘living’ thing and will absorb water if applied too liberally.

Coatings

The options for coatings range from solvent based polyurethanes, through to water based finishes and oil based finishes. Depending on the type of floor installed, the locality of the house and climate, some floor finishes will be more appropriate than others.

Traditional oil based finishes including Tung oil and Linseed oil were used with waxes but now work well with acrylics as a better form of maintenance. They do darken over time. Solvent based polyurethanes tend to be more wear resistant and come in a wide range of gloss variations.

Water based finishes, usually acrylic, are growing rapidly in popularity. They too are hard wearing, can provide a subdued appearance and range in gloss variations. It is, however, important to note that irrespective of the finish type and whether applied at installation or factory as a prefinished product, scratches can occur and appropriate precautions and practices are necessary in all cases to minimise this.

It is recommended a newly coated floor is leftas long as possible (approximately one week), before residents move in, to ensure suitable hardening. Speak to D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring, we are your atfa professional and can give you accurate advice.

How to care for timber floors?

Your timber floors are a great asset to your home.

Here is how to care for your timber floors:

Timber flooring needs proper care and maintenance, remember prevention is better than cure so here are a few things that can harm your timber flooring:

  • Sand
  • Sun

Sand is one thing that could harm your beautiful flooring without you knowing it. It is mostly cause by sand which was brought inside by footwear; it acts like sandpaper which can scratch and mark your floors. Solution to this scenario is to have a mat outside your door, this will, if not eliminate, reduce the sands that enters your house. Another option is to get people to remove their shoes when entering your house. Place mats in entry areas of your home so that they catch the sand and dirt before it enters your home and can damage your lovely wooden floors.

Sun can cause your timber floor to fade, develop gaps or just dry out. Extreme sunlight that directly hits your floor can affect the performance of your floor’s finish. Curtains or window blinds can prevent this from happening. It reduces and even blocks the sunlight from entering your house. Added advantage is it keep your home cooler

When prevention is nicely done, maintenance will be easier.

A regular sweeping, vacuuming and cleaning will definitely keep your floor in best condition. Spot cleaning or spot mopping should be done when liquid spillage happen. When spill occur, mop them up immediately and this will prevent most staining. If stains do occur contact DIY Parquetry Timber and Cork Flooring for specialist advice your particular need.

Always keep in mind to check your vacuum cleaners brushes if it is already worn out, replace it instantly as it well scratch your floor.

Dry mopping and damp mopping are two different means of cleaning your floor. Dry mopping can be done as often as possible without you having to worry about damaging your floor. Damp mopping on the other hand should be done with proper knowledge of your floors condition, always see to it that the finish is intact to avoid damaging your timber floor. When damp mopping, wet the mop first then wring it out properly then you can start mopping.

Avoid using detergents or abrasive cleaners when mopping as they are proven harsh to your floor’s finish.

For all your tips on how to care for your timber floors contact DIY Parquetry Timber and Cork Flooring is your local floor specialist. We offer a wide variety of hard wood flooring solution to fit best to your need. Call us now to discuss your needs.

Why wood flooring is great for you home?

Why wood flooring is great for you home?

When planning on changing the flooring of your house, it can be a tricky decision considering the wide choices available to you. Among the many options wood flooring is the best choice because it is reasonable priced. Not only is wood a long lasting product, wood flooring can boost the value of a house. Long lasting, reasonably priced and value increasing are powerful points in favour of wood as your flooring option.

Wood is also comparatively easy to maintain. Just a little sweeping and the occasional vacuum is all you need. However on areas near the doors or that get a lot of traffic, you may see a lot of wear, so perhaps you can consider a mat.

Did you know wood flooring is ecologically sound and does not permanently change the face of a landscape like tiles do and it doesn’t need the vast amount of chemicals like carpet or lino do. Wood source can also be replenished especially if grown in plantations.

Why wood flooring is great for you home?

If you’re planning on renovating your floor or need a new floor; think about wood flooring and the advantages it can has for you and your home. Wood flooring will increase the value of your house and it’s environmentally safe which is great for everyone.

Contact your local wood flooring supplier D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring for all your wood flooring needs, call on 0409 081 679.

The choice of species influences the colour of a floor.

Jarrah solid wood flooring from D.I.Y Parquetry and CorkThe many timber species used in timber floors provide us with a rich array of colours and grain patterns. In some species, the natural colours will be fairly consistent while others can involve a blend of several colours and tones. This is particularly the case where the sapwood (the outer layer of timber beneath the bark) is often much lighter in colour than the heartwood. Even within a single species and within individual trees, large colour variations of the heartwood can occur. In addition, the age of the tree has a significant effect on the colour with timber from younger trees often being lighter in colour than more mature trees.

When choosing a timber species you therefore need to consider the following:

• Are you looking for a timber species or a timber colour? If you are more concerned with colour then ensure that you are accepting of the colour variations that may occur in that species. You may also wish to consider another similar coloured species or whether mixed species of similar colour are available that would be more suited to the look you are seeking.

• Photos in magazines or off computer screens will NOT give you a realistic representation of species colour. Even a sample flooring board provides just one representation of the colour in that species. Due to this, larger panels in showrooms should be viewed although even these are unlikely to be able to cover the full range of potential colour variation.

• If you like the colours in a species from one supplier, should you expect that the colours in that species will be the same from another supplier? No, there is no assurance that this will be the case due to differences in growing region and tree age.

It is important to remember that when choosing a timber floor, no matter how large the showroom sample is that you have seen, it is only indicative of the species colour and natural variation that may be expected.

Your floor will be different from these samples and totally unique to you in its beauty.
Talk to D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring, your flooring specialists today
on 0409 081 679.

Article courtesy of Australian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA)

Why choose timber flooring?

When you are renovating or designing a new room, it is important to consider what flooring you will have for your new area. Have you considered choosing timber flooring?

Why use timber flooring?

Imagine stepping into your front door and you are greeted with your timber flooring at home. It seems to weave a magic all over your home. Your new timber flooring will provide warmth, richness and character that no other types of flooring can match. This type of  flooring also offers several benefits to homeowners like you.

When choosing timber flooring, you might be faced with several questions. Below are some questions and answers that you need to know about timber flooring.

How long will they last?

Timber floors are durable and can last for a life time if looked after correctly. They also require a little TLC from you. You won’t have to worry, if you can get value for your money. With timber flooring, you get to enjoy the classic feeling inside your home for a long time, and for generations to come.

Are they easy to install?

Yes! You don’t have to wait for months to get your own timber flooring – especially if you get the services of a professional flooring company.

How much is the cost?

Wood flooring such as timber flooring are a good investment. Imagine not having to replace your flooring for a long time. Timber flooring is beautiful – no need to install carpets anymore or reinstall!  Exact coat depends on size, location and type of timber floor you choose.

Need for information and a free measure and quote? Call D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber and Cork are your flooring specialists to discuss your flooring options today.

Timber flooring a healthy choice for your home

Timber floor a wonderful healthy flooringA healthy living is always an issue to tackle in your home and concerns parents greatly.

Having most important part is to provide a clean floor natural so that dirt, bacteria and other contaminants are spread through your home. Timber floors are great at achieving a clean healthy floor much better than a lot of other flooring options.

A healthier choice means the safety from toxins that wooden flooring material gives over time. Timber floors are installed using water-based seals with no harsh odour and only a very low amount of odours after installation which ensures a better air quality inside your home.

Timber flooring a healthy choice for your home and your family.

Replacing your carpets and opting for a timber flooring solution will be beneficial for those sensitive to dust, allergy sufferers and asthmatics . Carpets tend to trap dirt and dust with everyday use resulting into stock pile of particles in time, that when disturbed may cause a burst back into the air. With proper care and maintenance, carpets can be prevented from piling dust particles. Timber floors don’t have the same hidden dust problems because when dirt or dust starts to build you can see it and easily sweep it away.

Timber flooring is very easy to clean and maintain; with just a regular sweeping and vacuuming, dirt and dust can be removed. There are lots of colours, type and sizes of wooden flooring that is sure to suit your home and make you wonder why you waited so long to make the change.

Timber flooring is cool in summer but warm in winter. This characteristic is unparalleled among other flooring solutions. You will surely find timber flooring very comfy to step in even with bare feet.

DIY Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring specialises in flooring solutions. For more information about our product, call us today!

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?

Just Ask.
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

Caring of your hardwood floor!

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Properly cleaned hardwood flooring

The best cleaning agent that man ever discovered is water. Yes, water cleans everything very well, and that includes your hardwood floor. Before cleaning you floor with water, a test should be performed first.

This is because your hardwood floors are also prone to water damage. Now this might sound a bit complex, how come something which can cause damage to hardwood will be used as a cleaning solution?

Before cleaning your floor

Before cleaning your floor for the first time, test to see what the type of finishing has been used.

Today’s wood floors are made to be waterproof but they are not always 100% water proof! Yes, water can cause damage to wood if the floor it has not been finished properly or given too much exposure to water. You should only clean your flooring with dry mops and use a small amount of  water sparingly.

Here are easy step to test the surface of your hardwood flooring and see if it has polyurethane finish, or if it has been waxed or simply oiled.

  1. Choose a small part of you floor, probably an area which is mostly hidden or a part that is not entirely exposed. Best sample for this is in wall corners or at the back of the door.
  2. Put a drop of water on it.
  3. Allow water particles to completely evaporate. Then check.

If a small circle can be seen forming the droplet of water that evaporated already, the floor is waxed or oiled. You can remove the white circle by applying a small amount of wax. Immediately, call you floor installer and ask for cleaning recommendation.

For hardwood floors which are laminated of have been finished with polyurethane chemicals, cleaning it with water is okay. But it should be done with proper care because too much or too long exposure to water can remove affect your hardwood floor’s appearance. After dry mopping or wiping with small amount clean water, instantly follow up with a clean and dry rug. This is to avoid moisture from developing in your hardwood floor’s surface.

Vacuum cleaning

Vacuum cleaner used in cleaning hardwood floors can sometimes leave marks. Always check your vacuum cleaner’s condition before cleaning. When purchasing a new vacuum cleaner, always choose the one that is light in weight to ensure a smooth and easy cleaning session.

DIY Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring is your local hardwood flooring supplier and installer. We offer a wide selection of flooring designs and style with varying types of finishes. Call us now to know more about our products and services.