Timber flooring is rapidly becoming popular in all styles of homes. It gives a natural, warm and rustic feel in a modern-day setting. There are also vinyl and laminated timber flooring versions available, which can be a practical choice in any type of home.
Timber flooring has become much more advanced over the years. Apart from being strong and long lasting, it is easy to install. The easy installation process means that any avid DIY lover can install it easily.
Timber flooring is made to match any colour scheme and should be chosen at the beginning of any refurbishment project. The lightness or darkness of the timber flooring can have an impact on how the colour of wallpaper or paint appear. Even though timber flooring can be darkened or lightened by sanding down and re-varnishing, it is not a job that anyone will want to do very often.
Types of Timber Flooring
Solid wood timber flooring is suitable to be used as structural flooring without the need for a sub-floor underneath.
This flooring is produced by making an image of wood on top of a layer of plastic. They are available with a textured finish and are very solid and strong.
Reclaimed timber can be purchased in bundles or as complete flooring from flooring specialists.
Vinyl flooring is available with timber patterns. This can be a good option in kitchens and bathrooms, and they are much less costly than solid wood; however, it is advised to have this type of flooring laid by professionals.
Multi-layered or engineered wood
This flooring consists of a plywood or veneered base that is constructed from several layers of criss-crossed hard or softwood boards before being topped with a layer of named timber. This flooring is strong and stable and is a good alternative to solid-wood flooring.
Timber flooring can be noisy, so it is advised to use rugs to lesson the sound, especially from upstairs rooms.
Laminate flooring is suitable for living rooms and bedrooms. It is best to avoid using laminate flooring in rooms with water, as dampness can cause damage.
Vinyl flooring is better suited to kitchens and bathrooms.
It is better to lay solid or engineered timber flooring in living rooms, halls, bedrooms and dining rooms.
Reclaimed timber flooring is better suited to living areas, as it wears well. It is better to avoid this flooring in kitchens or bathrooms.