timber species

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)

Timber floor – The choice of grade influences the character it?

Parquetry by D.I.Y. Parquetry and Cork

Grading rules do not cover either colour or colour variation, but do significantly
influence the appearance of timber, with some grades including more of the
character of the trees history with larger gum veins, knots and other features
present. In other grades, the cleaner natural lines and figure of the timber will
dominate with fewer and smaller features present. When deciding on a timber
grade for flooring ensure that you consider the following:

• All trees contain features such as gum veins, knots and past borer activity
and such features for many, add to the character and charm of their floor.
Therefore when choosing a grade you are simply deciding on how much
feature you desire.

• The grade has no influence on a timber floor’s fitness for purpose in terms of its
manufactured moisture content range or machining tolerance. These aspects
are the same for each grade.

• All grades permit some feature and even though it may be named ‘Select
Grade’ some gum veins, knots and past borer activity is permitted.

• How the boards are mixed into the floor both in terms of colour and feature
is up to the installer, so if you have any specific views on this, you should
discuss it with your installer prior to installation.

• Because different features tend to dominate different species, two floors of
the same grade may appear quite different.

• There are grade names associated with Australian Standards grading rules.
In other instances, flooring manufacturers may have their own grades and
grade names. A manufacturer’s grade of timber may not be exactly the same
as that in an Australian Standard.

It is therefore important to realize that the overall colour or blend of colour in a
floor is dependent on the species or species mix chosen and the character of
the floor, in terms of the features present, such as gum veins, is determined by
the grade.

If choosing an alternative species from the one originally considered, not only
will the overall colour differ but the dominant type of feature may also change.
It is important to work closely with your supplier and installer so that they are
absolutely clear about the look that you desire.

D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring, have years of experience and are your flooring specialists call to discuss your needs on 0409 081 679.

Article courtesy of Australian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA)