Types of timber floors to choice from

marri blackbutt parquetryWhen choosing flooring there are several options, therefore it’s important that you speak with D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring, your flooring professional before making your choice to ensure the selection suits the application. Flooring is available in a range of timber products but other options such as cork, laminate and bamboo are also available.

Choose from

Solid strip timber flooring (tongue and groove) fixed to sheet sub-floors of particle board or plywood, over joists or battens or direct to a concrete slab, provide the traditional timber floor renowned for its strength, durability and character. As such, throughout its life, it can be rejuvenated to near new conditions by sanding and refinishing. It is ideal for new houses or to match existing floors in renovations and can be top (face) nailed, secretly fixed or glued to concrete slabs.

Engineered flooring is specifically manufactured with a decorative layer of timber bonded over layers of other timbers beneath. This not only provides additional stability but also maintains all the appearance characteristics associated with solid timber flooring. Some engineered floors are available pre-finished while others are designed to be sanded and finished after installation. Engineered floors may be laid as floating floors, glued to a sub-floor as an overlay and in some cases fixed as a structural floor.

Parquetry comes in two forms, block parquetry and the smaller finger parquetry sheet.

Parquetry provides many options of combining block orientation, size and species to transform your floor into an outstanding feature. They can be laid to various sub floors and similar to strip timber floors they can easily be rejuvenated throughout their life.

Cork tiles provide a different look to timber boards or parquetry utilising natural cork in tile form, which is then adhered directly to a sub-floor or level underlay. Cork, as with timber, is lightly sanded and finished to provide a natural looking highly durable surface that is softer underfoot.

Laminate flooring more often than not, is a timber look finish usually consisting of high density fibreboard, topped with a faux timber look film. Laminate floors can be laid over most surfaces utilising an underlay and in most instances can be quick to lie as a floating floor.

Bamboo is not a timber but a grass, is regarded for its feature looks and in many respects it acts similar to solid timber floors. Some flooring is manufactured to provide an even appearance while other products are of laminated construction and can provide a greater blend of colours. The flooring is usually pre-finished and is generally adhesive fixed to the sub-floor.


Speak with D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber and Cork Flooring, for all the options and advice on timber flooring.


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