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What type of wood flooring is the best choice?

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Wood flooring is a great way to create a warm, natural environment in your home. They are beautiful and a classic option which convey eleganceas well as style for you home.

However, before buying and installing wooden flooring in your home, you have to choose what type of wood flooring you want.

Did you know there are 3 different styles of wood flooring?

  • Solid Wood
  • Engineered Flooring and
  • Laminate

What type of wood flooring is the best choice?

Let’s look at each type of wood flooring:

Whether you want the real thing in the form of “engineered flooring” or go for laminate flooring, which is quite affordable.

Solid wood flooring at its best

Solid flooring will create a natural and warm ambiance in your home – perfect especially during wintertime. They are also very durable and can last for a really long time. They can be sanded and refinished many times over making them look like new again.  With solid wood flooring, you have many choices of species, types and colours.

Engineered flooring

This type of flooring uses the latest technology in wood flooring. Engineered flooring is a floor board which is made using a layered construction of more than one piece of timber, where a thin layer of hardwood in glued on top of a softwood layered base. This top layer is glued in multiple directions to increase the strength and stability of the layer of solid timber and  is responsible for the reducing the movement of a wood floor.

Engineered wood floors are resistant to moisture and this makes them a durable and strong wood flooring option. Engineered flooring can look like a real solid wood flooring.

The downside of this type of flooring is it can be harder to clean and much harder to repair if damaged.

Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring doesn’t contain any real wood, but imitate the material through a printed pattern set. This type of flooring is easy to install. Laminate flooring is a great option for those on a budget yet looking for a classy and modern alternative to carpets or other flooring option.

Still not sure what type of wood flooring to choice?

Each type of wood flooring has its pros and cons. Set yourself a budget and then contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We can give you great advice on the flooring option which will suit your need.

Ring us now on 0409 081 679 and let us guide you with our expert advice!



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.

What type of flooring can be laid over a cement floor?  

Timber productsWant to have a hardwood flooring? Even if your home was built with a concrete floor, you can still enjoy the beauty and charm of hardwood floors. You can have it just the way you want it because most hardwood flooring can be laid over a cement floor.

Types of wood flooring

If you want your home to have that rich colour and warm feeling that only a hardwood flooring can give, you can have it. Here are the lists of flooring that you can consider installing:

  • Solid wood
  • Parquetry flooring
  • Bamboo flooring
  • Cork flooring
  • Wooden Inlays

Having a cement floor base

Relax. You can still install hardwood flooring of your own choice. Did you know that some homeowners are having a cement floor first as the base of their flooring before they laid it with another flooring? Having a cement floor base can present you with a number of unique challenges.

With dry concrete as your base flooring, you can protect your hardwood flooring against very wet conditions. Remember, cement flooring can withstand conditions like this making them just the right flooring base. With the right sub floor, solid hardwood floors can be installed. However, for cement flooring, they must be totally dry before installing hardwood flooring.

KarriTest it for dryness first

You are excited to install a flooring of your choice over your cement floor, but here’s the catch – especially for new cement floor: test it for moisture first. The new cement floor is heavy with moisture. This is an important part of quality control in the flooring installation process. Should you do the test, make sure you do it 30 days after you install your cement floors.

To ensure that you achieve excellent results, let the professionals do it. They know what to do. Contact one to get that amazing, gorgeous look for your home that only a solid wood floor can give.

Got a cement floor – you can still make it beautiful with wooden flooring over the top

For professional advice, contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We can give you advice on what to do with your cement floor and even give you recommendations. We also offer full installation services for cork, parquetry, bamboo and timber flooring. Ring us now on 0409 081 679 to get your free measure and quote.

How to choose a wooden floor for your home?

jarra flooringWooden floors, something for every style, every house, your home!

Wooden floors are:

  • Warm
  • Beautiful
  • Easy to clean
  • Hypoallergenic

Wood floors are unparalleled in their beauty, warmth and longevity. These and more are why we love the wood floors and you should too!

Why choose wood floors?

Wood flooring can last for more than a century. Wooden floors are the choice of many homeowners – you should too! They are comfortable, stylish and convenient. Simply spoken, they bring life to your home. With solid wood after years of use you can sand them and refinish to continue to give even longer life.

Choosing the best wooden floor

There are two types of wooden floors for your home – solid wood floors and engineered wood floors. These two are both wooden floors, but they differ in textures, styles and designs. You can choose between these two, just make sure you consider your own taste and needs. Your chosen wooden floors should:

  • Complement your home’s architectural style
  • Enhance your home’s interior design
  • Bring out your home’s natural beauty
  • Match your home’s décor and furniture
  • Makes you comfortable

hardwood floorMake your home beautiful

A good wooden floor will not just enhance your home’s interior, but bring out its inner beauty and make it more comfortable to live there. Wooden floors are great insulators, which keep you warm during winter and cooler during the summer heat plus suppress noise too. Amazing, isn’t it?

Your wooden floors aren’t just functional and decorative but can also make your life easier, give you extra comfort. What more can you ask for?

To see the whole range of wooden floor styles, types and finishes contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We are your flooring specialist. You can call us now for your free quote or drop by into our showrooms in Bunburyand see first hand our wonderful flooring options. Remember we travel so call today.

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?

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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.

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.