Why a Timber or Similar Floor?

Why use Timber or Similar?


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.


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.

Wood floors, are they good for the environment?

Do you need to replace your floors or want some more flooring? Be sure to choose a material that is safe and good for the environment. For your floor replacement project and installation, install wood floors.

Beautiful wood flooring

Isn’t it nice to have wood flooring that is not only beautiful but can also contribute to the overall wellness of our environment? That’s what wood flooring can do!

Beautiful, elegant and unique; wood floors are perfect for your home because they are renewable and better for the environment plus, they are safe to use. An added bonus is wood floors last for years, so you are saving energy and the cost of having to have your floor replaced every 5 or 10 years.

Wood flooring, go for green!

The moment you choose wood flooring, you have not only owned a beautiful, well-crafted wood floor, but you are also making a positive impact on our environment. Helping our environment is something that we can and should do on a daily basis.

Are wood floors good for the environment?

Wood floors good for the environment, they:

  • Lowers the amount of carbon dioxide
  • Non-toxic and safe to use
  • Wood floors, your eco friendly flooring

Lowers the amount of carbon dioxide

No, wood floors doesn’t absorb carbon dioxide, but by using woods, you are literally walking on carbon. You are helping in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide, the first step towards decreasing the damage associated with climate change.

Non-toxic and safe to use

Wood floors are made from trees which means that they are not manufactured using dangerous materials. Woods are also a sustainable resource, making it a good choice for flooring in any style of home from heritage to modern.

Wood floors, your eco friendly flooring

If you need to replace your floors or add extra, choose something that is good for your health, your environment and your planet. All of these can be achieved if you install wood flooring. It is easy and cost effective to choose eco friendly floors when deciding on your flooring needs, whether you are thinking of a replacement, upgrading or extending.

For your flooring needs, contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We have different designs and timber flooring for all your wood floor requirements. Call us now and get your free quote today.