wooden floors

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.

Most common wood flooring installation mistakes

Timber productsHardwood floors are elegant and look very natural. These are just one of the many reasons why most homeowners are choosing this type of flooring for their homes. Its durability makes it a good long term investment. If fitted properly and in accordance with the installation process, it can make your home look more beautiful.

However, you have to know that when the installation process goes wrong, you may encounter more serious problems with your floor. You might not be aware of it but here are the most common wood flooring installation mistakes that you should know:

Installing it over the under floor heating system

Avoid this at all cost. All wood floors installed over the under floor heating system may bend, warp, split and shrink. If you want to enjoy your hardwood floor for longer, always keep this in mind.

Installing it over a newly laid concrete which hasn’t dried out yet

The humidity level of the sub floor should not exceed 6%. In such cases, when you decided to install your wood floor even before the concrete dries out and warms up, your floor will absorb the moisture thus making your wood floor expand, warp and can cause cupping.

Not leaving enough expansion space between the plank edges and the wall

As a natural product, wood floors are sensitive to moisture and any change in temperature. It is recommended to leave an expansion space of 1-2cm to allow the wood to expand or contract without creating any serious problem.

Most common wood flooring installation mistakes

To make sure you don’t make these mistakes, contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring.

We supply DIY flooring and will give advice on the best laying methods or we can do a supply and full installation service. At D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring  we can even do repairs, often replacing only the damaged section so well that you will never know.

Ring D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring today to get you’re a no hassle, no obligation quote or come down to our showroom for a closer look at our products and services.

How often should you clean your hardwood floor?

timber floorsHaving a hardwood floor is an investment. With proper care and maintenance, your hardwood floor can last for many years. For many homeowners, one thing they want to do is to keep their floor clean. This, among other things makes them wonder how often they should clean their floor.

Is it daily? Once a week or twice a month? Well, the answer depends on a few things. Actually, you can choose to clean your floor as often as you want. You may be a little time poor, or might just want to know when is the right time to clean your hardwood floor?

There is no definite answer to any of your questions but you might want to make cleaning a regular habit if:

  • You have small children at home. Children should not be exposed to a dirty floor where they may pick up germs.
  • You have pets. Your dog will enter in and out of your home regularly, tracking in dirt. It’s good to clean your floor to keep the dirt minimal.

If you said “yes”to any of the above mentioned, you might as well consider cleaning your floor on a daily basis.

Traffic flow matters too!

Is the area receiving high traffic every day or not? If yes, sweeping the area more often can get rid of the daily dirt and makes less work in the long run. For areas that receive less traffic, a weekly sweep and once a month mop is a good idea.

Don’t forget to have your floor cleaned promptly after parties and gatherings! Guests tend to leave spills behind and it’s always easier to clean before it sets into a sticky mess.

How often should you clean your hardwood floor?

Having a clean floor doesn’t just give your home a fresh look but it can also add more years to your floor. For your flooring needs, contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We can install any flooring of your choice – including parquetry, bamboo and cork floors. Ring your floor specialists today for a free quote.

3 holiday hazards to your floor you should know

christmasExcited for Christmas and the holiday season? You should be, it’s just a once in a year celebration but remember, the holidays and its accompanying festivities can take a heavy toll on your floors. This Christmas, make sure your hardwood floor is protected by knowing these holiday hazards.

Here are the lists of things to watch for in order to make sure your hardwood floor stays gorgeous all throughout the holiday season. Plus, wouldn’t it be great to welcome the New Year with a beautiful home? A beautiful home starts with a beautiful floor!

1. Christmas tree

If you have a real Christmas tree you need to be careful when watering it. Water is required to keep your tree fresh all throughout the season but remember, water is an enemy of your hardwood floor. It’s a great idea to place a sheet of plastic under the tree stand and then a mat over the plastic to prevent any water touching the floor. This way, if there is water spilt you will be able to mop it up before it will not reach your floor. Keep the mat and plastic regularly.

2. Pets

Pets are often inside your home all year round but at Christmas time there are more things that can be knocked or spilt by excited pets. Clean up any spills immediately with a piece of paper towel and make sure it is completely dry. If the spill was really bad you may need to mop with warm soapy water and then dry mop afterwards to remove any leftover moisture.

3. Partygoers

The extra traffic, spills and tracked in dirt can make your floor look less gorgeous. Protect your floor by putting mats in entryway and high traffic areas. If there are spills, make sure you wipe it immediately. You may need to sweep and vacuum more often. You can also do a dry mop which is an effective way to get rid of dirt. Remember to run dry mop with the boards, not against its grain.

3 holiday hazards to your floor you should know

This holiday season, keep your floor protected and looking lovely, so that you can enjoy them for more Christmas’ to come.

Does your floor need repair or do you want to replace your old floor? Contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your flooring needs. We offer full installation on your flooring and flooring repairs. Ring us now and discuss your needs with us before the holiday rush.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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


The value of flooring warranties

wooden_flooringWhen you are shopping for the right floor for your home, what do you look for? Colour? Style?Design? Well, all these are important as it comprised the quality of getting the perfect floor for your home. However, are you forgetting one thing? What about the floor’s value?

Floor value

When you say floor value, you are not just talking about the amount of money you will spend on neither the floor nor the cost of the installation but about value in the form of a warranty. Yes, a flooring warranty is very important thing to consider when choosing flooring for your home.

If you want a beautiful floor that holds up high traffic and looks good for years, then you need to choose a floor that offers years of warranties – or possible, a lifetime warranty. Remember, a beautiful and durable floor is a great investment plus it can be a future selling point of your home.

Trusted flooring warranty

Beautiful flooring needs some sort of protection. When it comes with a warranty, you can be secured and confident that your floors are protected every time, all the time. It’s not just about getting the right value for your money but it’s like protecting the asset you are investing in your home. The value of a flooring warranty means that you will have confidence knowing that, if the unthinkable happens and there is an issue with your floor, you can always ask for some assistance and know there is help available.

When you know you are protected under a warranty, you can have a peace of mind knowing that your beautiful floor can add value to your home in many years to come! In case trouble occurs, your flooring company will come to your rescue right away. Also remember if a company is guaranteeing their work and flooring they are confident it will last that long.

For trusted flooring warranties, great floors and quality installation contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer full warranties on any of our flooring products. We provide our customers with warranty that stands behind every product. We believed you deserved the best value for your money. For your concerns, call us now at 0409 081 679 to discuss your needs.

When to buy a new floor?

timber floor a wonderful healthy flooringThinking about a new floor but not sure what to do or whether you really need one? Sometimes, you stick with your old flooring for too long– maybe because you don’t have the budget yet or you love the look of your old floor. When your mind is torn between replacing and keeping your floor, there’s one thing you should do –list down reasons on why you should replace your floor.

Replacing old floors

When you think about replacing your floor, you need to feel motivated – otherwise, you won’t be able to bring yourself to make the decision of replacing your floor, let’s face it, it can be heartbreaking to say goodbye to your old floor, not to mention a large investment.

To get yourself motivated, here are the things that can help you:

  • You cannot hide the stain in your floor anymore no matter what you do
  • Your vinyl is just so wornout!
  • You have renovated and need to marry the old and new together
  • Your carpet triggers allergy in your family members
  • You are not planning to move any time soon
  • You want to update the look of your home
  • Your friend just installed a new floor and it look gorgeous

By listing these things and reading them from time to time, you will see whether you need to floor replacement. It’s a tough decision but you’ve got to do it .

Your timing couldn’t be better

A new floor can instantly refresh the look of your home and give you just the right canvass to make your dream interior design come to life.

Now to choose what type of flooring to have?

Contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your needs.

We offer flooring installation of hardwood and such products as parquetry, cork and bamboo flooring. We also offer custom made flooring to suit your exact needs, like parquet as a feature then cork in the kitchen, a mix of bamboo and cork, our range is endless and the choice is yours.

Just let us know what you want and we’ll go from there. All our quotes are free and we have years of experience and can show you samples to make sure you have the right flooring for your needs. Ring us now to discuss your flooring options.

Choosing the right finish for your hardwood floor

Getting a new floor for your home? Whether you are designing a new home or just want to bring back your floor back to life, choosing the right finish can do wonders to the overall appearance of your home’s interior. Hardwood floor are a beauty in its own right, adding the right finish can make it look more stunning!

The right finish for your floor

Is it your first time to choose a floor finish? Chances are you may not know what type of finish you are after. Generally, you’ll try to choose the one that looks attractive to you or perhaps, cost less? Before you choose, you need to know about the basics of choosing the right finish for your flooring.

Did you know that floor finish has two types? Penetrating or surface.

Penetrating finish

Penetrating finish includes oils which permeate the wood grain. From the word itself, you have an idea what it does – it penetrates into your wood floor. They are easily renewed but do require special care in waxing or polishing. Oils are good because they bring out the grain and texture of the natural wood.

Surface finish

Surface finishes on the other hand, includes varnished and polyurethane. They form a hard surface over the wood and can give your floor a strong protection against scratches and stains. They are easy to clean too which means them a popular choice. Think about the floor in your favourite fitness gym centre – plastic looking but super durable. Surfaces finishes can be removed but it may take so much time.

When choosing between these two types, consider your current situation and your circumstances. If you get a lot of foot traffic, choose surface finishes but for light use, consider oils. Also your choice will depend on the type of home you have and look you are trying to achieve.

If your floor needs a finish application, a replacement perhaps, or you need a new floor, contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer floor installation of different kinds such as cork, parquetry and hardwood floors. We also offer a floor repair service. Ring us now for free onsite inspection and quote. Ring D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your flooring needs.