Timber Flooring: Four Steps To Finding Your Perfect Fit

Posted on: 22 January 2018

Nothing communicates timeless quality like timber and, with a diverse range of timber decking and wood laminate flooring on the Australian market, choosing the right timber for your home can be overwhelming. If you long for the luxury of timber beneath your feet, follow these four steps to find the perfect fit for your home and budget.

1. Location

Do you live close to the sea, in a damp rainforest or a bushfire prone area? In a country as vast as Australia there is no one-size-fits-all solution to finding the perfect timber flooring. A timber supplier, such as Greenmount Timber & Building Supplies, will be able to advise you on the timber and wood laminate flooring options that are best suited to your area.

2. Cost and longevity

All timbers are not created equal, and if cost is a consideration for you, as it is for most people renovating or embarking on new builds, you'll want to take a close look at your options. While some laminate and timber floors may appear inexpensive, they may be far more labour intensive when it come to maintenance. In high traffic areas budget timbers and laminates may not stand the test of time at all. When choosing your timber supplies it is important to ask your building supplier about the durability of the materials you're considering and their suitability for your particular project. Useful questions include:

  • How long has each product been on the market?

  • Has this flooring won any awards, or can the timber supplier provide you with testimonials from past customers?

  • Does the flooring come with a warranty, and if so, what are the terms?

Once you have honed your options in terms of what is practical you can turn your attention to design.

3. Colour

Consider the overall design and colour scheme of your home. If your home has a coastal location or design, light timbers and laminates will complement the look and feel of your home best. If you prefer a modern aesthetic, dark timbers may suit you. Pay attention to the design as a whole, as well as to each individual room or outdoor area where you intend to instal timber decking. You may enjoy playing with contrasting colours or even using different timbers in individual areas of your home.

4. Grain

Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of timber flooring is the naturally occurring variations in the grain of each piece. While some timbers and laminates have exaggerated variations, others have an almost uniform appearance. Considering whether you'd like your flooring to form a feature in your room or to subtly augment the design will help you make this choice.

Whatever your location, design and budget there's a timber floor for your home. Take the time to find that perfect fit. It'll be well worth the wait.