The perfect blend of natural beauty and strength, wood flooring has long been a hallmark of modern home designs. Over the last 75 years we’ve been in this business, we’ve seen flooring trends come in and out of style. But wood flooring has stood the ultimate test of time. Why?
Discover the design versatility, practicality, and sense of character that wooden floors can bring to your living space, elevating any decorative style. We’ll explore the main benefits of wood flooring, including hardwood and engineered timber flooring.
Hardwood flooring is known for its solid wood construction. Often cut straight from the tree trunk, solid timber flooring comes in a variety of wood species, including Oak, Blackbutt, Grey Ironbark, and Merbau, each with unique colouring, grain patterns, and hardness levels. These are their most sought-after qualities:
Longevity and timeless looks
Resistant to the stresses of everyday home life, hardwood floors are prized for their durability and long-lasting looks. The strength of the wood will hold up under heavy use and, with a little care and maintenance, can last up to 50 years. That’s longer than any other flooring type. As well as being resistant to wear and tear, each plank brings a sense of rich colouring, warmth, and character, which just gets better and more pronounced with age.
Hardwood flooring comes in a range of different species, textures, styles, and finishes. From the rustic feel of exposed Jarrah to the polished look of pre-finished Oak, solid timber flooring can fit seamlessly into any design theme, whether it’s classic or more contemporary. Play around with the plank width, length, and layout, or create a parquetry pattern; the configurations are endless. Then, when you want to change up the look, wood floors can be sanded down and refinished multiple times.
In Australia, there’s a growing demand for eco-friendly and health-conscious flooring options which can be sourced locally. Choosing sustainably sourced wood from carefully managed forests and low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) finishes can be another part of your customisation process. By nature, wood is a sustainable material that can be recycled, reused, and remodelled into something new.
Healthy and hygienic
Unlike tiles or carpets, hardwood floors don’t have grout lines or fibres that trap dirt, dust, or allergens, making them easier to clean and maintain. Regular sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping is all it takes. As well as improving the air quality in your home, wood floors provide natural insulation and humidity regulation, which makes for a more comfortable indoor climate, especially in areas prone to dampness or dry air.
Property value and investment
Because of all the benefits we’ve mentioned, many homebuyers are willing to pay extra for a house with hardwood floors, seeing it as a luxury feature. So, while installing hardwood floors can be initially more expensive, it’s definitely a long-term investment.
Engineered wood flooring is a modern innovation, combining layers of plywood with a hardwood layer on top. This structure offers enhanced stability and some of the same durability and design qualities as hardwood but without the expensive price tag. These are the main benefits of using engineered wood flooring:
Budget and eco-friendly
Engineered wood provides the look and feel of solid hardwood floors but at a lower price point. Using less expensive core materials under a real hardwood veneer makes it the more budget-friendly option. It’s also an environmentally friendly option because the core makes the most of the damaged or blemished wood that can’t be used for hardwood floors. While still offering that wood flooring aesthetic appeal.
Strength and stability
Because the planks are laminated together, engineered wood planks can be made into bigger sizes. Perfect for larger rooms. Although it’s not as long-lasting as solid wood, the layered structure of engineered flooring makes it more stable and less prone to damage or warping, especially in environments exposed to moisture. That means it can be used in areas where you wouldn’t normally find a hardwood floor, like bathrooms and basements. It also handles changing temperatures, so you can safely install underfloor heating.
Ease of installation
Engineered wood is much lighter and easier to install than hardwood. It sits right on top of your existing floor, whether it’s concrete or plywood, so there’s no need for extensive subfloor preparation or levelling. Then, it can be installed in several ways, including floating, glueing, or nailing it down. Each method of installation is flexible and well-suited to different environments. You can also choose from pre-finished options, meaning the surface has already been sanded, treated, and sealed, making the overall installation quicker and cleaner.
Ready to experience the transformation that wood flooring can bring to your home? Reach out to the team at Market Timbers for bespoke advice and premium wood flooring solutions. Get in touch today to take the first step in realising the warm, rich homeliness of natural wood floors.
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