How to Choose Timber Flooring

Not all timber flooring is created equal. Austim guides you through the options.

 

Timber comes in many different species, tones and widths that there is certainly one that will suit your home. Putting aside primary aesthetic factors, there are many other points to consider before choosing a timber for flooring in your home.

 

Durability

 

When comparing your timber flooring options consider the foot traffic the timber floor will receive; areas around the front door, main hallway and kitchen tend to take the brunt of traffic.

Humidity

 

Timber is a natural product and will react to its environment. If a room has a high humidity level, it can cause the flooring to take up extra moisture. This should be discussed with your installer.

 

Heating and Cooling

 

If your home has underfloor heating, in-slab heating,  refrigerated or evaporative air conditioning, it may impact the performance of timber flooring in those particular rooms or throughout the house.

 

kitchen flooring

 

Subfloor

 

The build of your home will determine what preparation needs to occur before installation of the timber flooring products.

 

Sunlight

 

If your home has areas that are exposed to the sun for extended periods, it may cause unwanted  shrinkage,  cupping or dis-colouration in some timber flooring products.

 

Species

 

Many different species of timber can be used for flooring, providing a broad range of colours, textures, and patterns. When you are choosing a species, it’s important to note whether it is the species itself or the colour you find the most valuable trait. Colours can cross species, but often species are quite distinctive.

If the colour is the principal factor, make sure you understand the range of variation you may see within the species you have chosen. Depending on harvesting and milling, not all species are readily available so check with your supplier.

Check out our Flooring Gallery for the different kinds of timber flooring Austim carries.

 

Colour

 

Colours range from light wood like Victorian Ash, Light to medium like American white oak, Eastern States Blackbutt, and medium to dark like Jarrah and Marri.

Choose a colour that will match your room furnishing, fabrics, and accessories. Some modern timber flooring styles include products in lighter colours for contemporary settings like Victorian Ash, medium colours for traditional settings like American white oak, Eastern States Blackbutt and dark timbers like Jarrah and Marri which are classic and complement all styles.

 

Grade

 

Grade refers to the level of natural features in the timber flooring; you can use the following to see how Austim grades the timber:

  • Natural or feature grade—Eastern States blackbutt, jarrah, marri
  • Standard / better grade—Eastern States blackbutt, jarrah,
  • Select grade—American white oak, eastern states blackbutt, jarrah

All timbers contain natural features which add to the character of the floor and do not affect performance so, when choosing a grade, you are only deciding on how much character detail will be in your floor.

Grain

 

Timber also varies in its grain appearance:

  • Straight grain—Victorian ash
  • Mixed grain—American white oak, eastern states blackbutt, jarrah, marri.

 

Widths

 

In recent years wider profile products have increased in popularity, although standards widths of 80 to 85mm remain popular.

 

Eco-awareness

 

Although timber is regarded as a sound environmental building material choice, if you’re concerned, purchasing certified products is a great way of ensuring that they are sourced from responsibly managed forests.

Austim’s vision is clear: the world’s forests are precious—we need them preserved for future generations to enjoy.

View our Environmental Certifications

 


 

At Austim, we have all the answers when it comes to timber flooring. That’s because we’re specialists in solid timber flooring supply. Note we supply only, we can recommend trusted installers to help bring your project to life.

You’ll benefit from our attention to detail and quality control systems that ensure you’ll always get the very best timber for your project.

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Austim are a great partner and timber supplier. Our business is based on the East Coast of Australia and we partner with Austim for WA projects. We have had a long lasting and great working relationship with Austim for many years. Highly recommend them.
daniel wright
daniel wright
06:31 18 Jun 19
Austim is always the first place I try when I need timber and it’s rare that I can’t get what I need there. Stuart is a rare gem of a gent to deal with – quick to respond to any queries, full of good advice and goes out of his way to help get whatever project I’m working on happening to my schedule, even when all I need is a few sticks and a handful of fixings. Highly recommend Austim, the team and young Stuart.
Anni Lilford
Anni Lilford
00:51 16 Nov 18
Stuart went out of his way to make sure we got the product we wanted. He made suggestions on possible constructions and timbers suitable. Very knowledgeable friendly staff all around. Excellent experience, highly recommended.
Holger Butenschon
Holger Butenschon
05:14 22 May 18
Hi Ben,Just wanted to thankyou for your help and advice in our selection of the Millboard Vintage Oak decking also in you recommending Grant from Premier Hardwood Decking. Grant has just completed our decking and we couldn't have asked for a more professional, reliable and competent tradesman. The decking has been installed to a very high standard and the decking itself is stunning. Ian and Sue
susan smith
susan smith
06:27 08 Oct 18
I've used Austim on a few occasions for home projects like decking and pergola, etc and each time the response to my requests for price and delivery have been excellent, the deliveries took place as negotiated, the timber quality was great and value for money. The team at Austim do a great job and make dealing with Austim a breeze.
Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson
09:06 25 Oct 18
I have worked with Austim for around 8 years now and they are one of the best suppliers in perth to deal with. I would highly recommend to use them for any timber needs!!!
Art of Timber
Art of Timber
07:55 05 Mar 20
I had been looking for some cedar for my kayak project and had rung a couple of other places with no luck. When I contacted Austim they were very helpful, had the timber in stock and I was on my was in 20 minutes. The wood was very good quality and has really finished up beautifully. Thanks to Austim.
mark alderson
mark alderson
02:03 08 Apr 17
I"d like to thank Austim for there help in supplying me with material that firstly I thought I'd have trouble sourcing as it was marring up with originally 30 year old existing timber.My project was not a massive project but still needed the attention of an new build.The timber supplied by Austim was machined to size with absolute perfection, where I had to remove old pieces and replace with the new pieces they fitted perfectly.once the floors are re-sanded and varnished they will be back to there former glory. Thanks again to the staff at Austim.Regards Bob Heppenstall.I've just added a finished photo after the Floor Sanding was completed.Original timber was Tassie Oak, and the new is Vic Ash, as you can see there is only a slight variation in the final product.I hope this gives anyone thinking doing the same the confidence to proceed. Regards Bob Heppenstall.
Robert Heppenstall
Robert Heppenstall
10:05 12 Oct 18
Great service over phone and by email. Product supplied is high quality - no issues. Staff accommodating and friendly.
M F
M F
00:18 07 May 20
Good service with fair prices.
Colin Della Bosca
Colin Della Bosca
08:14 04 Jun 20

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