Timber Flooring Melbourne: A Guide
Timber flooring is a generic term for any flooring that has timber elements or looks like timber. Real timber flooring has been a timeless feature of homes since man started to fell trees. Available abundantly and in many different varieties, timber flooring is the traditional choice for luxury flooring in Melbourne and indeed, the world. Authenticity never wears out and knowing that you have the best flooring that money can buy should make you feel proud of your home. There are 4 main types of timber or hardwood flooring available in Melbourne; engineered timber floors, solid timber floors, bamboo timber floors or laminate timber floors. The difference between these options is simple; solid timber floors are made purely out of one kind of timber, engineered timber floors are made up of various timber layers, bamboo timber flooring is made of bamboo plants, and laminate timber floors are made with at least one layer of real timber at its inner core. Engineered timber flooring, bamboo timber flooring and laminate timber flooring are also categorised as floating floors. Read on to discover what sets these timber floors apart. What follows is a basic breakdown of the different types of timber flooring available to you, click on each name to find an extensive guide on each product.
Laminate timber flooring has an inner core made up of timber. This wood is normally made of MDF. MDF is basically made up of sawdust and other timber leftovers from manufacturing processes that use timber. This leftover material is then placed into a mold and pressed with extremely high pressure and high temperatures until it is a firm material sharing similar characteristics with natural timber. Laminate timber flooring is the cheapest of the timber flooring products and costs from around $19 per square metre. With laminate timber flooring any design style is a possibility, meaning that your floor can look exactly how you want it to.
Bamboo timber flooring, although not technically made from timber, is generally the second least expensive option for your new timber flooring. Bamboo timber flooring is one of, if not the, most sustainable timber floors available. Bamboo plants grow very quickly and can reach full harvesting maturity within 5 years. This makes bamboo timber flooring the perfect choice if you have a green heart. Bamboo timber flooring costs from around $38 per square metre and one of the hardest floors you can buy. Bamboo floors last a long time so you are also buying peace of mind.
Engineered timber flooring is an affordable alternative to solid timber flooring. The top layer of engineered floors are made from authentic and durable timber, whilst below this layer there is generally 3 other layers of cheaper timber. The extra layers make engineered timber flooring very strong and unlike solid timber floors they are less susceptible to water damage as the other layers can be treated with resins to prevent water leaking through to the timber layer. Engineered timber flooring costs from around $59 per square metre.
Solid timber flooring is one of the most popular interior design products available. It is incredibly sought after all over the world and can be found decorating the most prestigious homes in each continent. Solid timber flooring is made from one piece of wood that is cut into floorboards. This is then nailed to the subfloor. There is an incredibly diverse amount of timbers from which your solid timber floor can be made which gives your room a sense of uniqueness. Solid timber flooring comes either prefinished or unfinished with oil or water based polishes. The cost of an unfinished solid timber floor starts at around $45 per square metre, but this means that you will have to have it finished after installation which will generally be quite expensive. A prefinished solid timber floor can cost from around $75 per square metre.
There are so many options available for timber flooring Melbourne that it is often hard to decide which floor best suits you. So we suggest going to a showroom so you can physically feel the timber flooring and get a better idea of how it will look in your home. Alternatively you can book a mobile showroom to bring the samples to your door and you can see them from the comfort of your own house.
If you choose to have an installation team come to your home to install your new timber floor for you, then you can get a quote from CQ Flooring here. Whilst timber flooring installation costs will vary between these products, you can expect to pay around $25 per square metre. This cost generally does not include extra materials, removal of existing flooring or installing a subfloor. A DIY timber floor installation is by far the cheapest way to install a new timber floor. If you decide to install a new Melbourne floor yourself then you can read our installation guides on our blog.
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