Read our Frequently Asked Questions below to find out about the benefits of timber, its longevity, methods of treating and more. If you have a question you can’t find the answer to below, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Why choose timber flooring?
Timber flooring is probably the most aesthetically pleasing choice for your home. It possesses a natural warmth and character which cannot be replicated by other styles, while still remaining incredibly hardwearing and durable. If any damage does occur over the years, all you need to do is quickly sand it down and refinish. A versatile material, you can control the shade, density, and colouring to meet your chosen design, and this sought-after material is one of the easiest ways to add value to a property.
It should be noted that solid timber flooring is often referred to as ‘structural’ to distinguish it from floating timber floors. These attach a thin layer of real timber over high density fibreboard to replicate the appearance of traditional flooring.
Why is timber treated?
Essentially, timber is treated to add an extra layer of durability, enhancing its suitability for purpose and extending its service life. These treatments permeate wood cells, creating a resistance against decay, pests, weather, fire, or general day to day use.
The exact type of treatment will vary according to purpose. Timber used for flooring will need to be given a strong protective layer to help keep it from being marked by either scuffing or spilled liquids, while externally used timber will need a coating to protect against weathering. Most timber will be treated against boring insects and decay, both of which can substantially reduce its structural integrity.
Is timber long-lasting?
Timber has been used in construction for millennia due to its longevity and durability. In fact, it can hold a load up to 14 times heavier than steel. Properly designed structures can last for decades without needing any maintenance beyond an occasional coat of paint or varnish. Complementing its natural strength, timber is extremely flexible, meaning that movement over time generally fails to cause damage.