Floor Talk – part 1 – why choose timber?

Over time we are going to give you information on topics of interest related to timber floors. Topics such as; timber varieties, hardness, coatings and finish, staining, and timber floor construction, to name a few. Let us know if there is a topic you would like us to cover.

The question “do I go for carpet, tiles, vinyl, or timber?” is often asked.  So why choose timber?  More often than not it is a personal choice based on the impressive looks of timber.  But for those who need more reasons for choosing timber read on.

  • Timber Flooring is sometimes considered as the expensive option to other floor finishes but after considering the many benefits and lasting qualities of timber this is not the case over time.
  • Timber floors are more hygienic than carpets. Nearly 100,000 dust mites can live in one square meter of carpet with allergens adversely affecting asthmatics and other allergy sufferers. Carpets also trap unpleasant odors from animals and spilt food besides being unhygienic.
  • Timber floors are easier to clean than carpets.  A simple brush or mop keeps the floors looking pristine.  Over the same period of time carpets will typically show signs of wear and tear and a need for major cleaning or replacement.
  • Good quality timber floors will last for decades, in fact, a standard 19mm thick floor has an expected life of over 100 years. A quality carpet can be expected to last 15 to 20 years due to general wear and tear, stains, holes, and damage.
  • A timber floor will improve with age as the colour of the timber and grain becomes richer and more characterful.  Whilst alternative floor finishes, such as tiles and vinyl, have similar advantages as timber being hygienic, easy to clean and maintain, they do go in and out of fashion – just think what was around in the 70’s and 80’s.  Timber floors are timeless, have an enduring appeal that has lasted centuries and are more popular now than ever.  They fit comfortably with personal shifts in taste and furnishings, be they classic, retro or contemporary.
  • Timber floors also carry superior environmental credentials over the rest.

Timber actually stores carbon and will continue to do so for its life as a floor. Timber floors produce five times less carbon emissions than ceramic tiles.

Timber floors used to be considered as a high budget option but, due to cost effective production and improved installation techniques, they are now within reach of most budgets. It is a well-known fact that timber floors add value to your property and makes selling easier.

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