Just Hardwood Floors - Our Products

By: Just Hardwood Floors  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Timber, Flooring, Floor

Solid timber flooring is usually 12mm (overlay) or 19mm thick with varying widths from a 65mm wide board to 180mm wide. Solid timber is available in tongue & groove (long run) or parquet block.

Tongue & Groove flooring is installed as long boards over concrete or timber subfloors and over joists. The width of a T&G floor will vary depending upon the desired effect and the thickness of the timber. 12mm flooring timber is most stable in 65mm wide or at most 85mm wide boards, but 19mm flooring can be layed in boards of up to 180mm wide. Depending on the profile, between 1/3 to 1/4 of the thicknes of the timber is safely available for resanding but taken to its limit it could be up to 1/2. Therefore, a 19mm T&G floor may have 6mm safely available but can be taken back by up to 8mm, although the strength of the floor will be seriously compromised at this level.

Depending upon the type of installation and the size and floor area, Solid timber floors can take from 3 days to a week or more to install and finish. A typical 30m2 floor will have the surface prepared on day 1, the flooring installed on day 2, the floor sanded and 1 coat applied on day 3, and 2 futher coats applied in days 4 and 5. On day 6 the floor can be safely walked on in socks but heavy furniture should not be placed until at least day 7 as the polyurethane takes 5-7 days to fully harden.

During the installation process there'll be noise and dust and during the sanding process there'll be more noise and dust. It's a fairly long and sometimes messy process but results in a solid, beautiful, durable and repairable floor for many years to come.

Solid timber floors are the 'long term' option, usually preferred for:

  • Long term family homes
  • Heavy Traffic areas (eg: shopping centres, sports floors, hallways)
  • Home more prone to damage (eg: beach houses & those with young families)
  • new, quality and architecturally designed homes

When a solid timber floor has become discoloured over the years due to UV light or it's been scratched, dented or worn, through heavy traffic it can be sanded or disced and recoated. This process may use up anything from zero to 2mm of the timber depending on the depth of the damage being repaired. The average NZ timber floor has a disc and coat every 5-8 years when only the poly is sanded off (no timber) and a sand & coat when the poly and a layer of timber is sanded over every 10-15 years, depending upon the coat and dirt on the surface of the floor.

Polyurethaned solid timber floors are maintained by regular sweeping, vacuuming and cleaning with a polyurethane floor cleaner such as 'Duracoat'. Dry mopping is best, using a spray bottle containing diluted cleaner and wiping over with a dry mop. Over-wetting during cleaning can damage the polyurethane coating and eventually the timber underneath. It's important to avoid moisture being on the floor for any length of time, ie: puddles, damp clothing or pot plants with ceramic bases which leak.

Keywords: Floor, Flooring, Polyurethane, Solid Timber, Timber, Timber Flooring, Timber Floors