When you are choosing the kind of floor you would like to have, you should definitely consider timber. Timber is one of the most classic and attractive flooring options; it is great the day it is installed. However, it only looks better the longer you have it. The patina that it develops over the years can darken and enrich the colour of the timber. It will pick up more of the character that makes it a great flooring material. Some might suggest other materials that will cost less, but they will not last as long. You will have to repair or replace them more often than timber, and that will quickly eliminate any cost savings. So, after you decide on a timber floor, you need to consider a few options.
Timber on a Budget
It’s no secret that timber flooring is not cheap. It’s not cheap because it requires a lot of labour to get the wood to your floor. The timber has to be sourced from a living tree or from some kind of reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood looks incredible, but it is even more rare than simple timber. Once the wood is sourced, it has to be harvested and shipped to a processing plant. Then it has to be processed and shipped to the flooring manufacturer. The flooring manufacturer will cut it into proper floorboards. All of this takes time and effort, contributing to the price of timber. However, it does last much longer when properly taken care of.
There is another option as well. Timber floors are typically made of hardwoods; hardwoods are about twice as dense as softwoods, so they make for the best possible flooring. However, that only applies to the surface. It is not necessary that the entire floor have the same quality of wood. If you want to save some money, you can invest in engineered boards. These are timber boards that are made by gluing several very thin layers of wood together. The top layer will be the dense, beautiful hardwood you want your floor to be, and the underlying layers will be made of wood engineered to create the best possible floor.
Caring for Timber
When you are choosing between engineered boards and natural timber, there is no real difference in the necessary maintenance routines. You need to make sure you are sweeping your wood floors as often as they get dirty. This keeps dirt from being ground into the crevices or scratching the floor. You will also need to mop it with a mild soap and a soft mop to clean up any ground-in dirt. Finally, you’ll need to wax it occasionally. The floor needs to have a layer of sealant to protect the timber from moisture and dirt.
A specially-designed wax or sealant will be your best option. You can choose which kind of wax is best for your floor when you consult with an expert in timber flooring. There are many different options to keep your floor looking great.
That’s all it takes to choose a timber floor. You can also choose different kinds of wood when you consult with a professional.