What should I know about different timber grades, colours and sizes?
One of the great things about a timber floor is that every installation will be unique in some form. Given that, it’s important to consider different aspects of how your floor will present. The main considerations of a timber floor presentation include;
•Colour - Photos and samples generally provide a good representation of colour or grade but it’s important to realise that floors of the same species can differ markedly in both colour and appearance. Grading rules don’t apply to timber colour or variation of colour within boards so it is important that you are not relying on a single sample for an absolute guarantee of specific colour in your timber floor.
•Grade - Grading significantly influences the appearance of the floor, higher grades such as “select” or “standard & better” grades minimise the amount of appearance blemishes in the timber, whereas lower grades such as “standard” or “feature” grades allow a greater proportion and larger sizes of the appearance faults. Defects included in the grading rules are gum veins, surface checking (cracks), insect marks, knots and other similar appearance blemishes.
•Board Width – Typically, solid timber floor boards are available in 3 main widths 80-85mm, 105-110mm, and 125-130mm. The wider boards are growing in popularity as they help to create a more open feel to a space. However it is important to remember that wider boards are more susceptible to having noticeable shrinkage when conditions in the home environment are dry. Bosch timber floors make every effort to reduce this potential however in some conditions shrinkage of timber cannot be completely prevented.
•Coating System - Different coating systems change the appearance of a timber floor dramatically. Some individual systems are more suitable than others for home environments. At Bosch Timber floors we can show and explain the differences between, solvent based polyurethanes, waterborne polyurethanes, mixed coating systems and oil modified systems to ensure that the coating system you choose provides the right look and functionality.
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