Choosing a timber floor is an exciting decision, but it can also be daunting. Your floor is the focal point of your home, so you want to choose wisely. But with so many styles, types and suppliers of timber, it can be tough to know where to start.
To make life a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of key factors to consider when choosing your timber floor. Follow these tips and you’re sure to choose the perfect floor that looks divine and lasts a lifetime.
1. Choose the right supplier
To ensure you get a genuine timber floor that stands the test of time, it’s essential to choose a reputable supplier. Look for a supplier who offers a wide range of styles and brands, supplier warranties, and helpful staff who are happy to answer questions.
2. Solid vs engineered
Once you’ve chosen a supplier, it’s time to decide between a solid or an engineered timber floor. Both styles look brilliant, but there are some key differences in style, composition and installation. Here’s what you need to know.
Solid flooring is milled from a single length of timber, and has natural variations in colour, length and grain. Solid flooring responds to changes in weather conditions and requires precise installation.
Solid floors are nailed or glued onto a subfloor using the ‘tongue and groove’ method, or laid directly onto the timber bearer and joists during new home construction.
Engineered flooring combines a layer of timber with multiple layers of stable plywood, which are stacked and bonded together to create a modern, natural look. Engineered floorboards are available in high quality factory finishes, and replicate all the same elements of solid timber flooring. This makes them a popular and affordable alternative to solid timber.
Engineered floorboards are fast and easy to install, using either the ‘tongue and groove’ method or a 5G locking system. The plywood subgrade prevents cupping or twisting, and they can be installed over any levelled surface.
3. Select your grade
Timber floors come in different grades. At Instyle Floors, we refer to these grades as ‘Select’, ‘Standard’ and ‘Feature’.
Select – the features in Select grade floors are few and small, and don’t dominate the overall appearance of the floor.
Standard – flooring in this grade features moderate characteristics such as gum veins, gum pockets, insect trails and burls.
Feature – feature grade flooring is heavily peppered with distinct natural characteristics, particularly large gum veins.
4. Pick the perfect colour
Now for the fun part! Instyle Floors have a rainbow of timber floor colours for you to choose from. The most common and versatile colour palettes are:
- Brown and dark brown
- Natural or neutral
Start by choosing a palette that fits the overall vision of your home, and work through the options from there. For example, limewash floors are a great choice for coastal homes, dark brown suits a traditional or modern look, and grey is the new neutral that goes with almost anything. Other factors to consider when choosing your colour are:
Size of room – warm or dark tones tend to make a room seem smaller and cosier, while light or cool colours create a feeling of space.
Light – will your floor be seen only in artificial light, or will you have natural light during the day? Lighter floors will brighten up a darker room, while dark floors create a stunning effect in spaces with lots of sunlight and windows.
Furniture – how you plan to furnish your home? Do you want a versatile neutral canvas, like oak grey? Or do you have statement furniture, like antiques and heavy drapes, that would work better with a decadent dark brown?
The final word
While its helpful to do your research online, the team at Instyle floors will be your most valuable source of information – so take advantage of our expertise! Visit our showroom, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. There are lots of big decisions to be made when choosing your timber floor, but we’ll guide you through every step of the process.
Over to you
Ready to shop for your new timber floor?
Visit our showroom at 944 Mount Alexander Road, Essendon to see the latest designs on display. Alternatively, you can send us an email enquiry online, or give us a call on (03) 9370 9666.