Having a timber floor enhances the value in your home, looks fantastic and feels great under your feet, but it is important to understand more about timber floors to ensure you are aware of their characteristics so that when you purchase your timber floor you get the best value for money.
What are the different types of timber floor styles?
There are a number of different types of floors that people often refer to as a “timber floor” which can become confusing. The main categories for timber flooring are;
Solid Timber Flooring – traditionally known as a timber floor. Solid timber floors can be installed directly to concrete (generally 10 to 14mm in thickness) or on battens and joists (where the timber must be 19mm thickness). Solid timber floors are installed onto a floor in a raw state and then sanded and coated to a finish in line with the preference of the customer. Parquetry flooring also sits in this category but with much smaller pieces of timber which are installed to create patterns on the floor.
Engineered Timber Flooring – uses real timber in a more sustainable way to achieve a solid timber floor appearance. Engineered timber is manufactured using a plywood type of construction where a number layers of timber (called lamellas) are pressed together and then cut into board lengths similar to solid timber boards. In most cases engineered timber floors are coated in factories prior to installation. This makes the installation process quicker but removes the option for the customer to choose their preferred type of coating.
Bamboo Flooring – is an innovative way to use the bamboo plant and manufacture it into a board that has a similar appearance to a timber floor. Bamboo has its own distinct look but is often compared to and considered part of the timber flooring group of products.
Laminate Flooring - is an alternative to timber when wanting to achieve a timber look in your home but without the high cost of real timber. It is a composite product of a high density fibreboard substrate with a resin impregnated paper with a realistic wood design, and a hardwearing top layer that provides excellent wear resistance.
Vinyl Plank Flooring - is an outstanding reproduction of the timber look with the benefits of great function at a more affordable cost. It is supplied in dimensions similar to laminate flooring of approximately 1.2 to 1.5 metre lengths. Vinyl Plank Flooring has some great benefits over other timber flooring options, - it is very very quiet and softer underfoot, it has greater resistance to liquid spills (making it suitable for installation in bathrooms), and it is well priced compared to other timber flooring options.
How much does a timber floor cost?
There are a wide range of prices for a timber floor across many type of timber floor products. In determining the price, it is important to understand that any comparison made is "apples for apples". The full price of a timber floor will generally include;
Preparation of the sub floor so that it is suitable to install a timber floor on the timber product
Supply & application of the moisture barrier
Installation of the flooring including adhesive
Supply and installation of the skirting or beading
Sanding and coating of the floor
and where required: installation, sanding and coating of steps
Not all types of timber floor products require all of the steps above. To get an accurate idea of the cost it is best to consult with a flooring professional. As a guide, the approximate cost you would expect to pay for different types of timber flooring products are;
Laminate timber flooring – from $50 m2 to $95 m2 (commonly around $60m2)
Vinyl Plank timber flooring – from $60 m2 to $95 m2 (commonly around $85m2)
Bamboo Flooring – from $90 m2 to $140 m2 (commonly around $100m2)
Engineered timber flooring - from $100 m2 to $180 m2 (commonly around $120 to $140 m2)
Solid timber flooring - from $140 m2 to $230 m2 (Commonly around $160 to $180m2)
How do I work out the square metres of the area for my timber floor?
Bosch timber floors are happy to come and measure your space for you, however we think it is important for your piece of mind to know how measurement is completed so that you can check our numbers or if you just want to get an idea when planning your budget. Your area is calculated by breaking up the room in to rectangles & triangles as follows;
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