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Bamboo Flooring Perth

Strand woven bamboo is an increasingly popular flooring material. It is an environmentally sound option that is fast growing and has proved a worth replacement for hardwood timber.

Bamboo can be processed during manufacture to change its colour. Many realistic timber colours are possible, as well as unorthodox colours for different synthetic décor options.

Early bamboo flooring had a reputation for scratching. Even as the main flooring material was very durable the very top surface would easily scratch. This issue has been rectified with latter bamboo flooring material which has been given a strong anti-scratch lacquer coating. Modern bamboos materials are durable and now also resist wear.

Custom Bamboo Flooring Perth.

The versatility of bamboo makes it ideal for customization. It can often be processed to match other flooring materials, or to match many synthetic colours.

If you have an unorthodox flooring idea, or if you want to copy an idea you admired elsewhere, then our company can copy of flooring example or even a photo and produce a bamboo with a matching colour and finish. We produce a test sample for your approval, and only start the manufacturing when you have approved. There is a minimum order size of 100 square meters.

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Wood Grain Finish

Wood grain painting has gained a certain amount of popularity. Craftsmen and DIY people of both genders will give wooden item like cabinets, Hi-Fi speakers, shelves, or musical instruments an imitation woodgrain finish with an appropriate tool because they prefer this look to plain colours.

Woodgrain finish often appears in synthetic building materials. Many laminates, floor tiles or synthetic surfaces for tabletops imitate the look of woodgrain. Wood veneer follows the same principle, with fine looking woodgrain over strong but plain looking base material.

Woodgrain appeals to two sides of our sense of aesthetic appreciation. It is a pattern, but it is not too regular or ‘perfect’. Our visual sense like to see order in what it perceives, but if that order is too regular it quickly finds this to be sterile, and tunes it out. Things that are too neat and regular are like a ticking clock that quickly becomes part of the background. Woodgrain is appealing because it combines order and randomness to give a result that is slightly regular. Our senses find this appealing.

Tiles Flooring Perth

Many floor tiles are synthetic, and either imitate the patterns of woodgrain or the similar patterns of natural stone. Sometimes this is a visual pattern under a smooth glossy surface, at other times the tile has the texture of woodgrain as well as the appearance. Talk to us about the options. There are many types of floor tile Perth has to offer.

Bamboo flooring Perth

Bamboo is a fast growing type of grass. It can be used to create flooring material that is environmentally sound. Bamboo can be processed to look like hardwood timber, which includes the woodgrain appearance.

Laminate Flooring Perth

Laminate can imitate the look of any material. Its surface is a printed image, protected by a hard transparent coating. Often laminate will imitate woodgrain or natural stone. Laminate flooring is quite inexpensive, but is lasts quite well and can look great if the colours and surrounding décor are chosen to match.

Timber Flooring Perth

Natural Hardwood timber is one of the classic flooring materials. It is highly durable, lasts for decades, and its natural woodgrain appearance is so appealing that other flooring materials imitate its look.

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Janka Hard Wood Measurement

Hardwood Timber Flooring Perth

All the timber sold for flooring is quality hardwood, capable of withstanding normal foot traffic for many years. In order to suitable for flooring the species of timber must rank high on the Janka hardness scale.

Janka Hardness Test.

Then Janka hardness test looks at the force required to press an 11.28mm Steel ball into the surface of a piece of wood. The force required to press the ball 5.6 mm (half its diameter) into the wood is the Janka rating.

In Australia the Janka rating is usually given in kilo Newtons (kN). A timber rating of 6kN to 10kN is considered quite satisfactory and reliable for timber flooring. Some less common species of timber have Janka ratings of up to 16kN.

The Janka rating does measure the hardness of wood, and is a good indication of its durability and resistance to damage. But this is different to the strength and bendability of wood. It is possible for some wood to have a hard surface yet be prone to flexing under some conditions. Timber sold for hardwood flooring will have a fairly high strength rating as well as a reasonably high Janka hardness rating.

Some harder woods are preferable for outdoor decking and other garden structures.

• Jarrah 8.5kN Janka

• Blackbutt 9.1kN

• Spotted Gum 11kN

• Merbau (Asian wood) 8.56kN

• Stringybark 8.1kN

• Sydney Blue Gum 9.0kN

• Turpentine 12.0kN

• Ironbark              14kN The hardest and most durable option.                 

The Janka test does not apply to other flooring materials like bamboo. Older style bamboo flooring had a high Janka rating but was prone to superficial surface scratching. More modern bamboo flooring is grown for longer and processed differently, given a more durable surface.

Timber Flooring Perth

All modern timber flooring will be sufficiently hard, able to withstand normal conditions in most homes. It can be re-sanded to give a new surface if required.

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Timber Floor Finishes

Clean finishes will preserve the woodgrain pattern of timber while providing a protective coating. If desired, the finish can alter the timber’s colour, turning light timber a pleasant light brown.

Water Polyurethane

This is highly transparent clean finish, preserving the natural wood colour.

It is quick drying, allowing floors to be recoated in two hours. Usually a floor will require about four coats, which can be applied in one day at two hour intervals.

These are moderately priced.

Oil Based Polyurethane

This is a clear but tinted finish, which will give the timber a slightly Amber hue. They will slowly darken over time in Sunlight

These oil based finishes are thicker than the water based varieties, so the floor will only two or three coats. The downside is that they take much longer to dry. Allow 12 hours between coats.

These are less expensive than water polyurethane.

Both types of polyurethane are fairly hard, provide good protective surfaces, and will tend to bond the timber boards together.

Tung Oil (AKA China Wood Oil)

This finish gives the classic old look of rich amber brown timber, the colour of a violin. It penetrates the timber, and gives a natural matt finish surface finish. It is ideal for waxing or burnishing, though the Tung oil floor should be left to cure for four weeks before any polishing or other treatments are applied.

Tung oil can be reapplied over timber previously treated with Tung Oil without sanding the floor. Polyurethane floors should be re-sanded.

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Hardwood floors remain a classic option for housing. With minimal maintenance they will last for decades. And can be re-sanded and re-finished for a new appearance.

Mixing Wood

Of course we cannot decorate a room with just one colour. Décor is about combining differences in a coherent way. This is not too difficult if we plan the final look in advance. But it can be a problem if the various elements of the room are accumulated over the course of time. Nonetheless if we plan an overall style for a room we can buy additional items in accordance with that look.

Wood tones need not be identical, but they should complement each other. Look to see if the colour of the wood is warm or cool; and see if their undertones match. Dark furniture on a light colour floor can work well.

Similar wood grains in wood can help the different wooden elements fit together. Larger grains often look quite casual; fine grain looks more formal.

If two wooden items really are dissimilar the clash can be downplayed with a buffer. A rug or carpet acts as a buffer to smooth the transition between a wooden floor and dissimilar wooden table. Experiment (at least mentally) with different colour buffers.

Having a certain style of wood appearing more than once in the room can create a natural looking pattern. Chairs can match a table, shelves match another furniture item. Best to limit this to no more than three timber types per room.

White surfaces work with many types of wood. Using white is a fairly safe bet.

Timber Flooring Perth

Good wooden flooring goes with many décor styles. And laminate, tiles and bamboo also work well with wooden furniture. There are many options to choose from.

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BAMBOO MISCONCEPTIONS

Swelling, Cupping and Moisture Problems.

Good quality bamboo is quite good at resisting moisture and is not really inclined to buckle. Bamboo that is 6 – 7 years old is very stable and far less likely to bend with moisture. Bamboo made from multiple layers of wood is also more stable than cheap building materials, akin to engineered wood.

Bamboo being scratched.

This is a problem with many floor surfaces. But the scratching is not very deep, not harming the material itself. It is only the surface finish being taken off. If the surface finish, stain or colour, is reapplied the problems is solved.

As with any decent quality flooring it is important to take measures that prevent scratches. Put furniture on coasters, have all people remove shoes.

Environment and Bamboo

Bamboo is a fast growing grass rather than a tree. It can be harvested after 7 years, leaving the roots to produce more bamboo. This is much faster than timber which takes several decades to grow and which can only be obtained by killing the tree. 

Bamboo is a fairly good produce environmentally.

Fading Bamboo Flooring Perth

Timber flooring will often darken in sunlight; many other flooring materials will tend to fade. Bamboo is like many other floors in that it tend to fade to a lighter colour when exposed to the Sun over the course of many years. Furniture often suffers the same fate. It is best to take precautions against this.

Putting UV glass in windows will prevent fading in floors and furniture. Curtains or blinds will also achieve this when closed, though they will block the sunlight as well.

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Consider bamboo for flooring in almost any room in your house.

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Wide Plank Timber flooring Perth,

Some Growing Trends in 2018

Industry information and customer preference is always showing us a few new ideas for home flooring. Some of the recent ideas include:

Wide Plank Timber flooring Perth,

People who like the natural look of woodgrain, or natural patterns and the occasional knot, often prefer wider planks for flooring. These wide planks include more of the wood’s organic timber pattern. Many feel this adds character and definition to a room.

Grey flooring

Neutral colours have always had their place with floors and walls. The neutral look allows other elements of the room décor to be prominent. It also allows for many different styles of décor that don’t require a change of floor or wall colour. The neutral floor gives a clean backdrop for many different décor styles.

Grey is a neutral colour that has become popular with home flooring over the past few years. It is more modern looking than white or crème, and works well with bright décor or a more subdued look.

Parquet

This uses wooden tiles to create intricate geometric patterns. Parquet was popular in dancefloor, churches and reception area a few generations ago. It became popular again when people realized that there was no limit to the patterns that could be made.

Cork and Bamboo flooring Perth

We are glad these are becoming popular as they are both environmentally sustainable choices. Cork is a bark that can be harvested from a tree that continues to grow. Bamboo is a grass that grown to maturity in only seven years (hardwood takes decades). These are steadily rivalling hardwood for home flooring.

Cork help make a room warm and quiet, it is a natural insulator and is soft underfoot. The disadvantage is that the soft surface will suffer damage from furniture, high heels or any sharp objects.

Bamboo is a hard flooring option that lasts for decades. Some bamboo is prone to scratching, but fully mature bamboo (seven years growth) that is well processes will resist this.

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Bamboo and Timber Flooring Perth

Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring Perth

Strand woven bamboo is a very hard flooring material. It utilises a woven structure to increase its strength and durability, making it harder than most hardwoods.

One of the few weaknesses of early bamboo flooring was the tendency to scratch under some circumstances. This was often glossed over in specifications because the hardness measurement designed to test timber floors does not work in the same way for bamboo. Bamboo could be strong, durable and long lasting yet still be prone to surface scratching. This issue has changed with newer technology.

Good strand woven bamboo is given an anti-scratch lacquer coating. This gives a flooring material that is strong, because of the bamboo, and scratch resistant, because of the surface coating.

Of course bamboo flooring can be processed to have many different colours. It can look like light or dark traditional timber, of have one of many synthetic colours.

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Tiles have often be used to create floor patterns. These geometric patterns or murals have a history going back many centuries.

Wooden shapes have also be used to create patterns on floors. These are called parquet floors, and are more commonly seen in church buildings, dance halls, ballroom and fancy hotels. Some grand traditional homes have parquet timber tiles in dining rooms or hallways.

Bamboo can also be used to create Parquet floor patterns. Bamboo can be processed in many colours. Two or three tone bamboo can make very creative and expressive floor patterns.

Bamboo and Timber Flooring Perth

Timber and Bamboo both make long lasting and reliable flooring materials. These materials can also be used creatively. Flooring colours can uniformly suit the décor, or colours can be mixed to create patterns. Home décor options are endless.

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Mid-Century Modern

As the name says this is a throwback to the 1950s and 60s. It is retro and minimalist at the same time. It’s functional without fuss or clutter.

Mid-century uses natural organic colours, easy-to-use contemporary designs and simple fabrications.

Mid-century is especially good for rooms that open to the outdoors. It seamlessly transitions from the interior to the exterior.

Mid and Lighter coloured Timber floors that look natural, but with a protective finish, will work well for Mid-century.

Scandinavian

Another design that works with simplicity, this time based on the Nordic countries. It is open with neat straight lines, with maybe a single curvy item.

This uses Scandinavian furniture which can feel like a work of art – influenced by sculpture. It is simple and understated; yet is it surprising what can be bought across with so little.

The overall colour scheme is white, with form pressed wood, bright plastic and enameled metal. The might be some colour in the natural fibre rugs or a wall hanging. The room design tends to make use of natural lighting; it looks like a bright sunny day.

Scandinavian can work well with lime washed timber floors, or lighter coloured wood.

Traditional

This is European in origin. Unlike the Scandinavian countries this uses a lot of accessories with a great amount of detail.

European uses dark, ornamented wood and rich colour designs. There is a great use of different textures, patterns and curved lines. Rooms have depth and layers.

Traditional décor works well with deeply coloured wooden floors, like vanished oak.

Transitional

This mixes traditional and modern into something that balances both styles without being too much of either.

Tis transitional aesthetic might use slick material like metal and tempered glass and mix them with textured fabrics and plush materials. Colours tend to be fairly neutral.

This combination of styles give a pleasant feeling of calm and warm, while also being stylish and sleek. 

Timber flooring Perth

Timbers floors suit almost all design trends, with only the floor finish being changed between designs.

Tiles Flooring Perth

Some tile designs will suit different decors, both on floor and occasionally on walls. Tiles are fairly permanent, so choose the tile in advance to suit the intended décor

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Tiles Flooring Perth

Design Trends

Modern

Anything with clean crisp lines and a simple colour palette. It can use metal, glass or steel as well as fabrics.

Modern is uncluttered. It is simple and sleek.

Tiles and wooden floors are common in modern homes.

Contemporary

This is similar to modern, open and uncluttered, but it will incorporate some other fashions. For instance it may use wavy lines of patterns where modern design uses only straight lines.

Patterned tile might work in a contemporary setting, as will patterned rugs on a wooden floor.

Minimalist

This is a more extreme version of modern, with a lot of empty space and an airy feel. Colours tend to be neutral and there are no patterns, merely clean lines.

Light coloured timber or plain tiles may work for minimalism.

Industrial

This look has a raw feel, unfinished. It may include exposed brickwork and ducting.

These will have high ceilings, old timber and metal fixtures.

Timber floors are popular with industrial.

Timber Flooring Perth

Timber works in many décor design trends. It even allows for the rest of the room to be decorated as you can keep the same floor material.

Tiles Flooring Perth

Different tile designs will suit different decors. Tiles are fairly permanent, so choose the tile in advance to suit the intended décor.

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Laying Floor Tiles

Laying Floor Tiles 

Tips for Tiles Flooring Perth

  • If you have tiles from different batches / boxes you will need to sort them or mix them together. No two batches of tiles are exactly alike, there will be colour variations. Either make this variation random, or perhaps a smooth transition over the floor space.
  • Know where to lay the first tile. Mark the centre of the floor into a grid pattern and use this as a guide.
  • Apply glue or adhesive correctly. Glue should cover 90% of the tile back.
  • Use the marked line on the floor as a guide to keep the tiles straight. Do not put tiles or glue over the guidelines. Draw extra parallel lines if necessary.
  • Scrape up excess glue as it dries.
  • Use spacers to keep the gaps between tiles consistent. 3mm gap is standard for indoor tiling.

Tips for Timber Flooring Perth,   

  • Store the delivered wood in a dry place.
  • Solid / re-milled timber needs to be acclimatized to the temperature and humidity of your home before being installed. It is acclimatizes after installation it probably will bend, shrink or buckle.
  • Engineered floor boards do not really need acclimatization.
  • Make sure any flooring (concrete in modern buildings) under the wood is immaculately clean and dry.
  • Engineered timber will lock together with the tongue and grooves on each side of the wood. No nail or glue is necessary.
  • Look at the way light enters the room. Then start laying the timber on the opposite side of the room and work towards the light.

There are many flooring options for modern homes. Look at our range an find what suit you and your home.

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Cleaning a Tiled Floor

Correct Installation Tiles Flooring Perth

Tiles must be installed correctly. They are fairly easy to maintain, and they are the best choice for bathrooms and wet areas of the house. But if the installation is inadequate there can be issues.

Occasionally a home owner finds that a tiled floor won’t stay clean. This is most often due to one of two different problems. The first of these problems is an installation issue.

Surface Grout.

Grout is the cement like substance that holds tiles together on the floor surface. It is a strong material that lasts many years.  But if there is grout left on the surface of the tiled floor there will be cleaning problems.

Grout on the floor surface will give the tiles a slightly dull look, and will attract and retain dirt and grime. Home owners with grout on their tiled floors will find the tiles perpetually unclean. Dirt will stick to the floor.

If the tiles are given a heavy duty polish and clean the surface grout can be removed. Heavy duty grout remover is one possibility here. But the original installer should have removed any surface grout after the tiled floor was originally installed.

Soap Scum and Detergent Tiles Perth

Tiles can also suffer cleaning issues if there is detergent of soap scum on the floor. Ironically this detergent and soap keeps the floor perpetually dirty, their stickiness attracting and retaining dust, dirt and grime.

If scrubbing the floor with a small amount of plain water creates lather or soap bubbles then the floor has detergent or soap scum on the surface.

Often the detergent and soap scum on the surface of the tiled floor can be removed with a combination of vinegar and bi-Carb of Soda. Use this solution on the floor, and after 15 minutes scrub with a soft bristle brush or green jiffy pad. Then mop with water.

Sometime stubborn detergent and soap scum must be removed with heavy duty grout remover.

Tiles Perth

Tiles are a good option for kitchens and laundries, and by far the best option for bathrooms. Proper installation, including the removal of grout is essential. After this the tiled floor only requires basic vacuuming and cleaning.

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