Timber is a strong and sturdy material that can withstand heavy foot traffic and resist damage from scratches, dents, and spills. It is also a natural and renewable resource, making it a more sustainable option than other types of flooring materials.

Have a question? Learn more in our FAQs below.

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European Oak

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why use timber flooring?

Timber is a strong and sturdy material that can withstand heavy foot traffic and resist damage from scratches, dents, and spills. It is also a natural and renewable resource, making it a more sustainable option than other types of flooring materials.

In addition to its durability and sustainability, timber flooring adds a touch of natural beauty to any space. It comes in a variety of colours and grain patterns, so you can choose the one that best suits your personal style and decor.

Installing timber flooring can also add value to your home. Its timeless beauty and durability make it a popular choice among homeowners and potential buyers alike. When properly cared for, timber flooring can last for decades, making it a worthwhile investment for your home.

Choose timber flooring for a durable, natural, and beautiful flooring option that will add value to your home. Contact a reputable company to learn more and to have it installed properly.

What style or aesthetic do I want to achieve with my flooring? Do I want a classic, contemporary, or rustic look?

When choosing a style or aesthetic for your timber flooring, it's important to consider the overall style of your home and your personal preferences. Here are some things to consider:

  • Classic: If you want a classic look, consider traditional timber species such as Soft Natural. Choose a natural finish to highlight the timber's grain and texture.
  • Contemporary: If you prefer a contemporary look, consider lighter timber species such Cristallo or Blackbutt. You may also want to choose a wider board size and a matte or gloss finish for a modern, sleek look.
  • Rustic: If you want a more rustic look, consider timber species with more natural features such as knots and grain patterns such as Supreme Oak - Aztec. A distressed or hand-scraped finish can also enhance the rustic feel.
  • Eclectic: If you prefer an eclectic look, you can mix and match different timber species and finishes to create a unique and personalized style. Just be sure to choose a cohesive colour scheme and balance the different elements to avoid a cluttered look.

Ultimately, the style and aesthetic you choose will depend on your personal taste and the overall style of your home. It's a good idea to visit a local Solomons Flooring store for inspiration and to consult with a flooring specialist.

Why is timber flooring such a popular option in Australian homes?

Timber flooring is a popular choice for many homeowners for several reasons:

  • Aesthetic appeal: Timber flooring adds a warm and natural feel to any room. It comes in a variety of colours, textures, and finishes, so you can choose the perfect option to complement your decor.
  • Durability: Timber flooring is incredibly durable and can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. It can withstand heavy foot traffic, pets, and other common household wear and tear.
  • Increased home value: Timber flooring is a desirable feature for many homebuyers, which can increase the resale value of your home.
  • Easy to clean: Timber flooring is easy to clean and maintain. It can be swept, vacuumed, or mopped to keep it looking its best.
  • Improved indoor air quality: Timber flooring does not trap dust, pollen, or other allergens, which can improve the indoor air quality of your home.
  • Sustainable option: All of the Solomons Flooring timber flooring ranges are produced from sustainable forestry, making them an environmentally friendly choice.

Overall, timber flooring is a versatile, durable, and aesthetically pleasing option for many homeowners. With proper care and maintenance, it can last for many years and add value and warmth to any home.

Is the level of foot traffic in the area where the timber flooring will be installed important?

The level of foot traffic in the area where the timber flooring will be installed is an important consideration when choosing timber flooring. High traffic areas such as hallways, living rooms, and entryways will require a harder, more durable timber species to withstand wear and tear. Here are some things to consider

  • Janka hardness rating: The Janka hardness rating is a measure of a timber species' resistance to wear and tear. The higher the rating, the harder and more durable the timber. Choose a timber species with a high Janka rating for high traffic areas.
  • Engineered vs solid timber: Engineered timber flooring is made up of multiple layers of timber that are glued together, providing greater strength and stability than solid timber flooring. Consider the Solomons Flooring range of engineered timber flooring for high traffic areas as it is less likely to warp or cup over time.
  • Finish: A durable finish can also help protect timber flooring from wear and tear. All of our timber flooring collections have highly-durable finishes and come with a long-term wear warranty.
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance such as sweeping and mopping can also help prolong the life of your timber flooring in high traffic areas.

It's also a good idea to consult with a flooring specialist. Find a Solomons Flooring store near you.

How do I maintain my beautiful timber flooring?

Timber flooring requires regular maintenance to keep it looking its best and to protect it from wear and tear. Here are some maintenance tips for timber flooring:

  • Regular cleaning: Sweep or vacuum your timber flooring regularly to remove dirt and debris that can scratch the surface. Use a not too damp mop with a mild detergent to clean the flooring, but avoid using excess water or harsh cleaning products
  • Prevent scratches: Use felt pads under furniture legs and avoid wearing high heels or shoes with sharp heels on the flooring. Place a mat at the entryway to catch dirt and debris from outside.
  • Refinish when necessary: Timber flooring can be refinished when it starts to show signs of wear and tear. Refinishing involves sanding the surface to remove scratches and then applying a new coat of finish.
  • Manage humidity: Timber flooring can expand and contract with changes in humidity, so it's important to maintain a consistent level of humidity in your home. Use a dehumidifier in humid weather and a humidifier in dry weather.
  • Fix spills and stains immediately: Clean up spills and stains immediately to prevent them from setting into the timber. Use a damp cloth and a mild detergent to clean up spills, and avoid using excess water.
  • Limit the amount of direct sunlight shining onto the timber flooring to avoid UV damage. The use of blinds, curtains, shutters, tinted windows etc will assist.

By following these maintenance tips, you can keep your timber flooring looking its best for many years to come.

Why choose engineering timber flooring over solid timber flooring?

There are several reasons why one may choose engineered timber flooring over solid timber flooring:

  • Stability: Engineered timber flooring is constructed with a top layer of real timber that is bonded to a stable, multi-layered plywood base. This structure makes it more resistant to expansion and contraction caused by humidity and temperature changes, making it more stable than solid timber flooring.
  • Durability: Engineered timber flooring has a tough, scratch-resistant finish that makes it more durable than solid timber flooring. It is also less prone to warping or cracking, which can be a common issue with solid timber flooring.
  • Cost-effective: Engineered timber flooring is generally less expensive than solid timber flooring. While the top layer of timber is real wood, the plywood base is less expensive than solid timber, making it a cost-effective alternative.
  • Versatility: Engineered timber flooring can be installed in a wide range of environments. It can also be installed over concrete or existing flooring, making it a versatile option for renovations.
  • Sustainability: Engineered timber flooring is an eco-friendly choice because it requires less wood to produce than solid timber flooring. Additionally, the plywood base of engineered timber flooring is often made from sustainable, fast-growing wood species.

Talk to a flooring expert at your local Solomons Flooring store for advice on selecting the ideal flooring for your home or business.

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