When new customers come to our Showroom, they often ask to see ‘floating floors’. When we ask them what kind of floating floor they are interested in, the answer is usually ‘timber ’or ‘hardwood’, not laminate, vinyl or bamboo. Everyone still loves a timber floor .
Floating timber is also called engineered timber. What this means, is that you have a floorboard with 4-6mm of graded timber on top – usually European oak, but also local species like Blackbutt, Spotted Gum, Jarrah, or Sydney Blue Gum – fixed to a plyboard backing. The boards join together either by a click system or ‘tongue-in-groove’ & are installed on an underlay. Because the boards are only 15-21mm thick, they can be installed almost anywhere inside your home & are usually no higher than most carpets, which means no major modifications to doors, wardrobes, or full-length windows.
Engineered timber flooring can be installed over a concrete slab, ceramic tiles, or a pre-existing solid timber floor. Whatever the surface is, it’s important that it’s smooth & level, as the floorboards don’t bend! If the subfloor isn’t level, your new floor will move too much, which results in noises, joins giving way & an uneven surface. None of which are great things in a new floor… So, sometimes a little subfloor levelling work is needed
At Sydney Art Flooring, our staff are trained in, not only the wide range of engineered flooring we sell, but also installation, measuring, estimating & on-site inspections. Our Australian suppliers – Quickstep, Preference, Wonderwood, Terra Mater, Plank & Signature – have a huge range of different timber colours & styles available for either a small renovation, complete overhaul, or a brand new house or apartment. From the moment you walk in our door, to the first step on your new floor, we’re here to help you make the right choice for your home.