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Factors To Consider While Choosing Timber Floors

Timber floors have character and natural beauty, and they also provide a comfortable, stylish, and warm atmosphere. Timber floors in North shore will last for a lifetime provided you care for them properly. 

Timber floors are also a smart choice for maintaining your home environment. Timber is a sustainable, renewable, and natural product that is carbon positive. It also has very high insulation properties and needs shallow energy levels for its production.  

Several factors need consideration when choosing timber floors. 

  • Colour 

The colour is primarily formed based on the timber species. You need to keep in mind that no two trees are the same, and you will always find some natural colour variation within the same timber species. Therefore, it is almost impossible to achieve an exact colour match. It is also possible for the depth of the colour to change slightly over time, especially when exposed to direct sunlight. You can minimize this colour variation by closing curtains and blinds whenever possible. 

A lighter shade of timber floor helps to make the room appear bigger or smaller.  Dark floors often tend to gather more dust than light floors. 

  • Grade or characteristics

Many timber species come in two or three grades. A higher-grade timber is more consistent and clearer in appearance and suits best in a modern and sleek environment. A lower grade timber will undoubtedly exhibit more natural characteristics like colour variation, gum vein, knots, and insect markings resulting in an old-world charm and rustic appearance. 

  • Board width

Groove and tongue flooring comes in various board widths that depend on the species. Wide boards are more susceptible to expansion or shrinkage, resulting in cupping across the board’s width or forming slightly more significant gaps between panels. In general, these conditions occur during dry weather days or can occur due to excessive air conditioners or heaters. They usually disappear with time. Such flooring is generally 19mm thick, allowing you to lay the boards directly on the battens, joists, or bearers. That makes them strong enough to withstand foot traffic immediately. 

  • Hardness 

Timber floors on the north shore with higher hardness levels are highly durable, showing minor wear and tear. Check the durability you require from your timber floor, especially if the floor has to withstand heavy traffic. You also need to keep in mind that the surface coating’s durability will influence the overall strength of the floor. 

  • Get the feel

Depending on the sub-floor system and the type of boards you use, there can be a difference in the timber floors’ sound and feel on the north shore when you walk. Generally, tongue and groove flooring that you lay over battens and joists will have more ‘spring.’ That means there will be more vertical movements at the edges of the boards when you walk through them. That might cause one board to move slightly against the edge of the other board leading to squeaks. These are often more common during dry weather due to the joints getting loose. 

To conclude, the above discussion has undoubtedly helped gain enough insight into timber floors in the north shore. You can hire a reputable contractor and proceed with the timber floor installation job.