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Can flooring make my room look bigger?

Timber productsIs your room small? Renovating is huge expense, so why not use a few clever techniques to make your room look bigger?

Having a small space may seem hard but can really be for the best when you learn how to give the illusion of a larger space. Take full advantage of your space by using these tips:

Easy ways to make a small room look bigger

Yes, this is possible – even without doing some expensive renos or makeover. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of making the most of what you have. Here are some ways on how to make a small room look bigger:

1. Use wide planks. Using wide planks can make your room appear bigger. Fewer seams can create a more open pattern that looks less busy and confining.

2. Use dark wood. Dark wood doesn’t create a constraining look. When paired with the right wall colour and décor, dark wood can make your home look bigger. To use this trick, remember to choose a cool paint colour for your walls.

3. Don’t clutter your room, remember less is more.

4. Have your board layed long ways in your room, this draws the eye down the length of the room and makes it appear bigger.

There you have it. You don’t have to own a large home to enjoy living, smaller a rooms are easier to clean and keep tidy. With these tips, you can transform the place you live into the place you love.

Can flooring make my room look bigger?

Yes. Looking for hardwood supply or a flooring contractor? Contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We have lots of different ideas you can use to make a small room look bigger. We offer hardwood products of different types, species and size. We are your flooring specialist located in Bunbury and we travel. Call us now for a free quote.

 

 

How much does a timber flooring cost?

timber floorTimber flooring is a popular feature in a lot of Australian homes today. Wood flooring gives your home a unique quality that is elegant and stylish; perfect for all types of homes from contemporary to heritage to minimalist. The question is how much does it cost to install it?

Timber flooring costs

A new flooring project can be a big investment that is why; you want to know how much it cost before making such a big purchase. Ask for a free quote. Make sure your quote includes everything that you will need to pay.

Factors that affect the cost of timber flooring

Timber flooring cost involves two things – installation of the timber flooring and the cost of the flooring material. If you say installed, it means that its price include the fee for both the material and the labour. On the other hand, if it doesn’t say installed, the price is for only material themselves.

Factors that affect the cost

Some of the most common factors that affect the cost of timber flooring installation are:

  • Type of wood used. Do you have a particular type of wood in mind? Locally grown Australian hardwoods are often cheaper and well suited to the Australian conditions.
  • Cost of finishing. Finishing work is required after the wood is installed so make sure that is included in the cost.
  • Labour cost. This may actually depend on the type of work and the area that has to be covered. Want to add some embellishments and designs you require.
  • Preparation costs. The cost of preparing your existing floor to have the wood layed over it. In days gone by wood was a stand alone flooring over joists but today most wood floors are a thinner lay of wood layed over your existing floor for new homes generally concrete.
  • Travel. If you are in a remote, rural or out of the way area you may have to pay travel and or accommodation costs for the floor installers.
  • Quality. Smaller job may incur extra freight or charges if the wood is not already in stock.

How much does a timber flooring cost?

As you can see there are many factors that go into the cost of your timber flooring so the best thing to do is get a free onsite quote, that way you will know the exact costs of your flooring before you start.

D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring offer free onsite quotes and we travel too.
Call us on 0409 081 679 to discuss all your flooring needs in Bunbury and surrounds.

 

Where to buy spotted gum timber floors in Bunbury?

spotted GumSearching for the best spotted gum timber floors in Bunbury? D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring is the place you are looking for.

Reasons to buy spotted gum timber floors from us:

  1. Good for Allergies
  2. Easy to clean
  3. Durable and long lasting
  4. Attractive and suits many styles of home
  5. Great for children

Good for Allergies

Say goodbye allergies as spotted gum timber flooring is an allergen proof floor. If you are asthmatic or allergy sufferer, this is perfect for you as timber doesn’t harbour dust mites, allergens or other bacteria that can cause health problems. Breathe in fresh air and it is easy to keep your floors clean.

Easy to clean

Sweep, mop or vacuum your timber floor then you’ll be done! It is that easy and you can be assured that your floor is dirt-free. You can go about your business immediately cleaning wood floors only takes minutes, saving you time and money.

Durable and long lasting

Made from strong timber, spotted gum has a high natural resistance to wear and tear with a few precautions your floor will have a gorgeous look all year round.

If properly polished, scratches and dents will not be present in the flooring. Spotted gum is a very hard wood flooring species and the perfect flooring choice for pets, children and your family home.

Attractive and suits many styles of home

Having a variety of colours, the heartwood ranges from gorgeous pale browns to deep red-brown while sapwood is white. Some may have a touch of orange tint making it look classy perfect for your lounge room.

Having the bark shed in patches, the specie looks spotted making it more attractive. The wavy grain creates a fabulous fiddleback figure.

Great for children

No need to put your kids to their playroom to make them comfortable. Let them play on the spotted gum timber flooring as it is cosy and hygienic, no need to worry of dust or dirt that cause irritations and such.

They will even love the ambience all the time whether it is winter or summer as timber is a great weather insulator. You can place rag to protect the flooring and make the most of it for longer years.

Where to buy spotted gum timber floors in Bunbury

Visit D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring.

For great floors and quality service, call us now on 0409 081 679 to discuss your needs. We offer affordable prices with full warranties for all our products. Ring us now for a free quote. D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring are locally owned and operated, we care about your flooring just as much as you do!

 

What is the energy efficiency of a wood floor?

KarriDo you want to live in a comfortable home?

Do you badly wish for a lower energy bills?

Are you desperate to insulate your home for better indoor living?

The answer to this is to install wood floor.

Wood floor for your comfort

Wood floors are beautiful and they enhance your home’s interior appeal. With wood floors, your home becomes unique, elegant, and stylish and has that distinctive appeal. Wood floors don’t just make a good floor because of their aesthetic appeal, but also because they are energy efficient.

Wood flooring options for every situation

Timber or wood flooring is your best option, especially if you want to lower your energy bills. What is the energy efficiency of a wood floor?Wood floors breathe so they can keep the heat in winter and are cool on hot summer day.

With wood floors, you will be far less reliant on external heating and cooling, no need to turn your air conditioner on except for the hottest of days and you will stay warm without having to wrap yourself with heavy clothes during winter. Wood floors make your indoor living comfortable by acting as a thermal collector and trapping in your hot or cold air for the right season.

Wood flooring, perfect for your home

You can never go wrong with wood flooring. Your home will be the object of envy of your friends. You will take pride in your floor know that it is not just beautiful, but also comfortable to walk on – even on a chilly winter night. The energy efficiency of a wood floor is guaranteed effective. You can be sure about that. With wood floors, you get the quality flooring that your money deserves.

Exact energy efficiency of a wood floor

To fit the exact energy efficiency of a particular type of wood flooring you are looking at contact DIY Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring, we have the exact specs for all our wood products.

For your wood flooring needs, contact DIY Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. You can call us and we’ll give you a fee estimate or you can drop by at our showroom for inspect of our products. We travel and offer free onsite quotes. Call D.I.Y. Parquetry today on 0409 081 679.

Is your timber floor ready for spring?

Warmer months are here! Is your floor ready?

Spring can make us all busy –entertaining guests and enjoying the lovely weather outside. Wait, don’t forget the indoors too! When the sun is too hot to enjoy the outdoors or it rains unexpectedly, ensure the inside of your home is also ready to entertain! It’s time for a spring clean – create some beauty.

Maintain your Timber Floors

We’re talking about the beauty of your natural wood flooring, of course! Spring offer the perfect weather to entertain. Your guests will surely enjoy staying inside as much as they do outside. You can start your spring cleaning from your timber floors up!

When cleaning your timber floor, be sure to be gentle.  Stay away from using harsh chemicals as they can damage your timber floor’s beauty in the process.

Use only gentle cleaning products on your floor or plain water. This will ensure your timber floor maintains its beautiful look, promoting the lifelong beauty of your timber floor. Remember, when it comes to your timber floor, no harsh chemicals ever.

Also remember to dry mop any excess water from your wood floor. Don’t forget to let your floor dry first before using it again! A beautiful floor can enhance your spring experience with family and friends.

Is your timber floor ready for spring?

Rejuvenate your timber floor and get ready for spring entertaining!

For your timber floor needs, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer lovely hardwood species that will suit your home perfectly – whether you want DIY or to have it fully installed. Bamboo although not actually a hardwood is another great option that behaves in a similar way to hardwood is sustainable and comes in a range of colours.

D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring has all your flooring needs cover, huge range of hardwoods, bamboo, cork and parquetry. For all your flooring needs ring us now for a free quote.

 

From the Forest to the Floor

We all connected to timber flooring everyday – whether it’s manufacturing, selling or installing, whether you sell timber, adhesive or finish – it all starts with a tree. We will trace the steps from the forest, sawmilling, drying, manufacturing through to the product being used on the floor.

INTO THE WOODS

History of forests in Australia

Australia has just over 147 million hectares of native forest and about 1.82 million hectares of plantations. With an estimated 4% of the global forest estate, Australia has the world’s sixth-largest forest area and the fourthlargest area of forest in nature conservation reserves.

Australia’s forests play an essential role in biodiversity conservation, the global carbon cycle, the supply of fresh water, and the maintenance of many cultural, social and environmental values. Forests also provide the resource base for economic activities that employ thousands of people across Australia, particularly in rural and regional areas.
The distribution of forests is broadly determined by climate and soil properties, although other factors such as fire regimes are also important. By far the most common forest in Australia is eucalypt forest, which comprises 78% of Australia’s total forest estate, followed by acacia, melaleuca, rainforest, casuarina, mangrove and callitris. Plantation forests comprise just over 1% of Australia’s forests and are mostly composed of eucalypts and nonnative pine species, especially radiata pine (Pinusradiata ).

16% of Australia’s forest is now formally protected in public nature conservation reserves. Multiple-use public forests, where timber harvesting is generally permitted, cover 9.43 million hectares, or about 6% of Australia’s total native forest estate.

A comprehensive legal, institutional and economic framework designed to achieve the conservation and sustainable management of forests is in place at the state, territory and national levels.

There has been rapid growth in forest certification as a means of verifying the quality of forest management and maintaining access to markets. In addition, most multipleuse public forests and some private forests are now managed in accordance with codes of forest practice and externally accredited environmental management systems, which provide a structured approach to the planning and implementation of measures to protect the environment.

MAKING LITTLE BITS OUT OF BIG BITS

Saw Milling – a very old industry

The Hierapolis sawmill, a Roman water-powered stone saw mill at Hierapolis, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) dating to the second half of the 3rd century AD is the earliest known sawmill. It is also the earliest known machine to incorporate a crank and connecting rod mechanism.

A sawmill’s basic operation is much like those of hundreds of years ago; a log enters on one end and dimensional timber exits on the other end.

Sawmills come in large variety of sizes, everything from portable plants that fit on a trailer to large softwood mills that take in a 100 semi trailer loads of logs every day.

Normally, sawmill size is measured in the volume (cubic metres) of logs that the mill will process in a year. Commercial hardwood sawmills that produce boards for flooring vary in size from around 7000m3 to 100,000m3.

Cutting Hardwood logs in dimensional timber also produces sawdust and waste products. The rule of thumb for recovery is a third of the log is produced into dimensional lumber, a third is produced into waste products like woodchip and pallets and the final third is sawdust.

 IT TAKES TIME TO DRY OUT

Immediately after the sawmill cuts the timber it has a high moisture content of between 40 – 70%, as it is unseasoned (or commonly referred to as “green”). This high moisture content needs to be reduced to 9 – 14% (the Australian standard for Flooring) to achieve an acceptable flooring product.

Green timber has two different type of moisture – “free” moisture, which is around the edges of the cells and “bound” moisture which is in the cell walls.

As timber dries, the free water evaporates first, and the effect produced is principally a loss of weight. As the bound water is removed, the properties of the timber become noticeably change, the most noticeable being the dimensional size reducing.

As the free moisture leaves the cell cavity, it will eventually become empty, leaving the cell wall still saturated. This is such an important stage in the drying that it is given a special name, and the term is “fibre saturation” point

Stripping timber

To provide efficient circulation of air to all parts of the timber being dried in the stack, the layers of boards are separated from each other by suitable small sections of timber called strips, or stickers.

Size of strips – In thickness, the strips vary from12 mm to 25 mm. The use of thinner strips results in slower drying which might be required for a refractory timber, but thicker strips are suitable for most thicknesses and species. Strips about 19 mm thickness are most commonly used.

The strips should be made from sound, seasoned timber, and should be all thicknesses uniformly to’ the required size, otherwise the use of different thicknesses of strips will cause the boards to bend, resulting in warping.

Air Drying

The air drying process reduces the moisture content of the timber to the “fiber saturation point” which typically is around 18 -22%. This is the point when all the “free moisture” has evaporated.

The stripped out stacks are put into a specially prepared drying yard for them to air dry. This process for 25mm thick boards normally takes between 6 to 12 months.

Kiln Drying

Once the “free moisture” has left the board the bound moisture must be reduced to achieve the desired moisture content of 9 – 14%. This “bound moisture” is a lot more difficult to remove and thus the stack of timber that has been through the air drying process is then place in a large kiln (or Oven) where temperature and humidity are controlled over a period of 5 – 7 days. During this period the kiln will reach temperatures of 60 degrees celsius and the humidity can get as low as 40%. By modifying these controls in the kiln the operator is able to achieve the finished moisture content of the board.

Once Kiln dried the boards are now ready for production into finished flooring.

Written By: Malcolm Johnston | ATFA Editor

 

Light vs dark wood flooring, which is best?

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Your floor might be right under your feet but floors play a big part in creating just the right look and feel inside your home. Often we forget to take the floor colour into consideration when we are designing the colour system of a room or your whole house.

Give importance to your floor

Having the right floor can allow you to set the right mood. You can go modern or traditional without spending too much on decor. The right flooring for your home can complement and bring out your home’s style in an instant. You want to have a beautiful home, so don’t neglect your flooring, it is an investment that can last a life time.

Hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring is stunning and is perfect for any type of home. The best thing about this type of flooring is that it comes in many types, designs and colours. With so many shades available, how do you decide between light and dark? Which is best? When choosing between light vs. dark wood flooring, here’s some tips to make the right choice.

  • Current décor or proposed décor
  • Style you want
  • Complementing vs. contrasting

Take a look at your current décor–If you don’t want to change your décor, make sure you choose a wood colour that complements your current décor and style. Also, keep in mind that lighter colours can make a room appear bigger and darker hue will create a more dramatic atmosphere, making your room appear smaller and cosy. Think about this when planning your new homes décor or when doing your renos.

Choose your style–There are many styles available. It’s up to you to choose – whether you’ll go with a contemporary look, modern and minimal, heritage or you’ll choose a more rustic appearance. Once you’ll figure this out, you can come up with the perfect style to give your home the character you are looking for. There are many different types of wood that will suit your choice and don’t discount bamboo flooring, not strictly a hardwood but has all hardwoods characteristics and more.

Complementing vs. contrasting–You need to create a unified look. Consider choosing a wood that complements the current accent woods. Choose your flooring carefully to match in with the wooden furniture you are planning for that room. On the other hand, contrasting colours help to create definition but be extra careful as improper use of colour can create colour riot.

You can always add colour with cushions, throw rugs or curtains. When thinking of flooring, go with something that you can live with for a very long time. Accessorise with furniture and window coverings and you will be able to have many styles for your home over the years so choose the right flooring that can give you many years of finding the perfect base to start your home décor from.

Light vs dark wood flooring, which is best?

Light vs dark wood flooring, which is best? That depends on your tastes and requirements for your room and the style of your home.

Want to get some more advice on which hardwood flooring to choose? Contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring, we are your hardwood flooring experts. We’ll be happy to help you bring your vision to life, phone us on 0409 081 679 to discuss your needs.

Timber floors, a perfect flooring for your home

Solid-WoodDo you dream of having a perfect kitchen?

A luxurious bedroom perhaps?

Or a beautiful study or craft room?

If so, you should make sure you choose the right flooring for your home. Great flooring helps to achieve the look and feel you want for your home. Remember, flooring is a background to your furniture. They can either make or break your décor.

Timber flooring, perfect for you!

Selecting the best flooring for your home can be a daunting task. There are certain factors that you need to consider first such as:

  • Room’s function
  • Traffic and location
  • Who will use the room
  • Budget

There are so many flooring options for you. Wood, Ceramic, Tiles, Vinyl. Which one is for you?

Most flooring options will suit some of your needs. Timber flooring is a great all round flooring option that will suit all your needs.

Timber floor perfect for all styles of home.

Timber flooring is one of the most beautiful flooring options there are. Timber can give your room an instant facelift. It can make your home rustic, elegant or modern. Timber flooring is so versatile it is an asset to your home no matter what style you have. Timber is even perfect on in areas with high traffic, especially if you have pets. Why do you think timber has been the flooring material or choose for hundreds of years?

Want to have carpet? No worries. You can add a rug or carpet square over your timber floors and then you can even take it outside to clean it and remove most of the problem that fixed carpets can cause. It’s like having the best of both worlds while enjoying its beauty – the comfort feeling of a carpet and the classic look of a wood. It’s amazing, isn’t it?

Worried about the scratch and the daily wear and tear?

Don’t be. Timber floors are strong and durable and with a little TLC, these problems can be avoided. Plus, if over time you find your flooring is not looking its best as it did 20 – 30 years ago, then you can have your wood flooring sand and refinished. Your quality wood floors will outlast you.

Timber floors, a perfect flooring for your home.

See, timber flooring really is the perfect option for your home. Everything you want, timber flooring has it all!

For timber flooring and bamboo flooring plus much more contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring  for all your flooring needs. We can offer different timbers of your needs as well as full installation services. Ring us now or visit our showroom at Station Complex Picton Rd, Bunbury to see what we can offer you.

 

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.