Apartments now has become a major consideration and made up a huge market in Sydney property market. More and more owners are now replacing their carpet with different types of timber floors. This article will mainly highlight the features, advantages and disadvantages of five types of timber floors, laminate, bamboo, engineered floor (3mm/6mm) and slid woods that are available in the market.
1. Reasonable yet reliable floor: Laminate
Laminate is considered to be the easiest to install, the cheapest and the most reliable. Laminate can easily be installed in both concrete and timber surfaces as long as the surface is even. An experience installer can install up to 50 m2 per day with a cost of $40-60/m2. Moreover, the surface of laminate has a layer of aluminium oxide which is 9 times scratch resistance than a solid timber with a 4500 rotation. However, like all of the timber floors, laminate is sensitive to water and thus has a lower level of water resistant. Secondly, laminate is not ecofriendly as it emits formaldehyde due to the adhesive use in its core layer which is toxic after inhaling a certain amount of it. But, all of the laminate floor that are being sold in market meets the European safety standard. Laminate is now a popular choice around the property owners due to its low price and high reliability.
2. A matter of taste: Bamboo
Bamboo floor is becoming a popular choice in timber floor with its low price yet a high level of hardness and its sustainability. Bamboo is harder than most of the solid timber with a hardness rating of 13-14 whereas the hardness of solid wood spotted gum is only 11. The consolidated bamboo uses the same locking system as a laminate which makes it easy to install. Moreover, it is a sustainable source for timber floor as it can be harvest within 5 to 7 years whereas the solid wood will normally need a decade to harvest, and unlike solid wood, bamboo can grow right on top of where it was cut which makes it a popular choice for those who are looking for a natural feeling of solid woods yet with a reasonable price, $70-80/m2 and being more environmentally friendly. Additionally, bamboo can be sanded and polished several times. However, bamboo has a lower level of tolerance to heat and moisture. Bamboo shrinks when being constantly exposed to directly sunlight with a room temperature of 40。C. Also, swelling can happen with a high humidity or a leakage. Bamboo is gaining popularities within all of the timber floors for its great features yet also being criticised for its low level of tolerance towards heat and moisture.
3. The quality choice: Engineered wood (3mm)
Engineered wood is considered to be the best choice for unit and apartment as it is highly water resistance and can easily adjust to the uneven surface. Moreover, it can be stained and polished for certain amount of times and it has the natural pattern as a solid wood. Last but no least, it does not have the formaldehyde problem. With all these up-side, engineered wood can be considered as the ideal choice for timber floor except for its expensive price. With good quality always comes the good price and engineered wood is no exception to this, with an average cost of $142/m2 which makes it as expensive as a solid wood but more reliable and easier to install than a solid wood.
4. A touch of the nature: Solid wood
Solid wood is a most seek after timber floors for those who have a decent amount of money and are looking to decorate their home unlike no other. With the natural pattern of it, solid wood adds a unique feeling toward a house and makes it a home. The main advantage of solid wood is that it can be sanded, polished or stained throughout its life times and make it long lasting than the other woods. On the other hand, with all of the labour-intensive processes mean a higher cost to maintain. Moreover, solid wood is sensitive to both heat and moisture which needs to be careful in use. With the unique pattern and the raw feeling, solid wood is another option for those who have extra cash in hand and looking for a more luxurious decoration.
5. The innovative choice: Engineered Wood (6mm)
This new type of engineered wood has been researched and developed by OZWOOD’s specially for unit and apartment that are looking for quality floor. This OZWOOD’s fifth generation engineered floor is being manufactured with state of the art technology in engineered wood. The different between this new engineered wood is that the foundation (core) layer of it is using the same material as its top layer and increase the density and stability of the floor. Unlike the ordinary one which uses a different material in its foundation which might be unstable in the long run. Moreover, the top layer of this new engineered wood has 6mm of solid timber rather than a 3mm as the conventional. The thicker layer provides a more natural feeling and create nearly the same feeling as solid timber while providing a higher water resistance level. The thicker top layer means it can be sanded and polished for several times more than the ordinary engineered floor. With the same pattern and feeling as the solid wood and still providing a better water resistance level and stability than the solid wood, OZWOOD’s fifth generation engineered wood is the ultimate floor choice for unit and apartment.