Way back in 2015 we produced this article providing some basic information on timber flooring and we thought it was high time we re-visited the topic to provide an update of what has changed in the last few years…
If you’ve seen very much timber flooring in Brisbane, chances are good that a lot of it came from us at Narangba Timbers. We have been providing timber flooring and other products to the Brisbane area since 1972. That has given us plenty of time to learn a lot about timber flooring.
Consequently, we carry only the best timber flooring products. We combine high quality with reasonable prices and enough different varieties to provide visual and tactile versatility. In addition, our knowledgeable staff can help you order the right quantity of the right timber for any timber flooring project.
But we thought it would be helpful to give you some basic information here.
Solid Timber Floors: the Basics
A solid timber floor is usually built of tongue and groove (T&G) hardwood. It is supported by bearers and joists. Solid timber floors are sometimes built upon concrete slabs, but it requires battens or some kind of ply sheeting.
We carry a wide variety of T&G hardwoods. Some of the varieties we carry:
- Blackbutt (versatile hardwood found primarily in Queensland and New South Wales)
- Australian Beech (Also known as Myrtle Beech or Tasmanian Myrtle it grows mainly in eastern Victoria and Tasmania.)
- Ironbark (a common name of a number of Eucalypt species with tough grey bark found throughout Australia)
- Spotted Gum (a dominant hardwood species in open forests in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria)
- Stringybark (can be any of the many Eucalyptus species which have thick, fibrous bark)
- Tasmanian Oak (refers to the hardwood produced by three types of Eucalyptus tree sourced from Tasmania.)
- Red Mahogany (a common eucalyptus tree which grows from Northern NSW though Queensland)
- Tallowwood (a Eucalypt species native to and common in New South Wales and Queensland)
- Turpentine (Australian Hardwood Species used for Timber Plank Flooring and Parquet)
Boards are 19mm wide and come in lengths of 85mm, 108mm and 130mm.
We carry one timber that isn’t classified as hardwood: Pine. Pine is a bit softer but still holds up well to being used as a floor, especially if there is a solid subfloor made of particleboard, which we also carry.
Hardwoods are rated by the Janka rating, with the highest number being the hardest timber. Ironbark and Spotted Gum are the hardest at 14 and 11 respectively. Blackbutt is rated at 9.1.
Really, though, any hardwood is quite hard and will stand up to all but extreme use.
Select Grade vs Standard Grade vs Rustic Grade
There are three grades of timber flooring based on the amount of visible natural features in the timber, such as knots, burls and veins. Select grade has the purest look; it has the fewest visible characteristics. Standard is next, with an average amount of visible characteristics. There is a third grade called rustic, but we don’t carry it. We have found that it can be unsatisfactory for working, usage and wear. It has too many flaws for us to consider it a high quality product.
All of our timber is harvested and grown pursuant to responsible and ethical forestry guidelines.
It has a negative carbon footprint because the timber you see is actually carbon that came from the atmosphere and was converted to timber fibres. When a tree is harvested at the right age, it is replaced by seeding immediately.
The mature tree is at a point where its conversion of carbon to timber slows down. Meanwhile, a young tree is at its peak of converting carbon to timber.
Choosing your Timber Flooring
You will want to choose your timber flooring according to what you have to work with and what you want it to look like.
If you have children, for example, blackbutt with a urethane coating may be your best bet.
If you don’t need it to be heavy duty or are placing it on top of a subfloor, pine can be a great choice because of its economy and its workability.
For a finish, you can use an oil based finish, a penetrating oil or polyurethane. Polyurethane is the strongest and most resistant to marring. It provides a high gloss but still lets the natural appearance of your timber show through.
It can be easily “patched” and recoated.
Call Narangba Timbers Today
If you are interested in timber flooring, call Narangba Timbers today. We carry a wide variety of timber and are a storehouse of information to help your DIY timber floor look like it was professionally installed. Professional installers like us because they know they are always going to get a high quality product delivered in a timely manner.
Find out for yourself why so many of your Brisbane neighbours have chosen Narangba Timbers as their “go to” place for timber flooring. Call (07) 3888 1293 today.