Solid Timber Plank flooring have always been a popular choice in flooring, These days most homes are built with concrete sub floors, to reach the same effect, "Direct Stick" was introduced. They have a tongue and groove and are generally 12-14mm thick.
They can be laid directly onto structural surfaces such as concrete, particleboard & plywood, [it can sometimes be laid onto old timber floors if they are flat it is 12\14mm thick compared to the traditional 19mm, it offers the same depth of wear and can be sanded and refinished. "Direct stick" timber is generally a 12\14mm thick, by 80mm wide, some variations go up to 88mm wide they are all Tongue and Grooved planks, they come in random lengths. It is available in most Australian Hardwoods, and gives a modern plank-flooring look.
Solid timber on Batten/Joist Batten floors are installed using 19\32 mm hardwood battens anchored your existing sub floor. Floorboards are glued and nailed to the batten/Joist. It can also be - Nailed to plywood over concrete or timber joists or - Nailed to old timber strip flooring over joists .
The timber is 19mm thick and you have a choice of 80 - 130mm wide. [different at time - check availability] It can be either Selected or Natural grade timber. Flooring is then sanded and polished using your choice of coating. It is important to acclimatise you timber in its new environment [this is only helpful when the area concerned is at a living temperature - i.e. you have the heating on in winter that you would normally have on - leaving it onsite at other times is not true acclimatisation].
Solid Timber Floors, Timber Floor Sanding and Polishing in Adelaide
The beauty of this system is that it can handle traffic as soon as it is laid, allowing for other trades to finish their jobs before a final sanding and application of the finish. For optimum performance, timber flooring should be installed when the area it is going into has reached its long term equilibrium moisture content. This will help minimise any movement in the boards.
All of these floors will require sanding after they have been laid in your home. We use efficient dust bags to control nearly all of the dust that is sanded off. We recommend covering book shelves and other small items.
There are a number of finishes available. We use and oil modified urethane or water based coatings to finish your floor with gloss levels available. We recommend that every 5-10 years you have an extra top coat put on depending on the amount of wear that your floor has. [in area's that the traffic is not so high, that may be longer] This will keep you floor in peak condition. The colour difference is noticeable from water based polyurethane to that of oil modified urethane and worth checking before you make that decision. If you are having your existing floor sanded, the old finishes are sanded back and the finish of your choice is then put on to give you a new floor again.
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