When it comes to flooring in our houses, we have multiple options from which to choose and making the right decision can be quite a tricky one. Naturally, if we live on a farm which is susceptible to having mud traipsed through continuously, carpet is not going to be a smart idea, while in the city it might be. One type of flooring which has been around for a very long time and seems set to stay popular for a long time more is natural timber. Given that it is definitely not the cheapest option on the market, why then does it remain a favourite choice in Australia, when there are so many other products to choose from?
Given that I have already pointed out that timber flooring is not the cheapest option on the market, some readers may be questioning why financial reasons are being touted as a benefit? The reason is quite simply that from a value for money perspective, nothing else really comes even remotely close. Pretty much every estate agent in the market will tell you that good timber flooring, will increase the resale value of your home, by considerably more than what it cost you to put down. Unlike a carpet, which needs to be replaced every 10 years or so, the timber floor will normally last as long as your house, with many actually at that point, being removed intact and re-laid again somewhere else. It is an investment that you will only need to make once.
Australia is very careful about its environment, with all timber harvested from properly managed forests and plantations, which ensures that there will always be an abundant supply and the practice has minimal effects on the surrounding flora and fauna. The timber industry is today, one of the chief participants in wildlife conservation and reforestation. The flooring lasts a very long time and is recyclable, making it one of the best green choices available.
Timber floors are far healthier than other options such as carpet, which can house dust, mould, mites and other substances that can exacerbate allergies and other health problems. Indoor air quality is one of our top health threats and the timber floor not only does not harbour things the way a carpet does, it is also far less likely to accumulate artificial substances such as pesticides, which have been found to build up on some floor coverings.
There is something intrinsically beautiful about a nice timber floor, which when properly fitted and sealed just shines. There are numerous different woods to choose from, each with its own unique colour and grain, so there is always going to be one that was almost made to be a part of your home. The great joy, is that the floor is very simple to clean and is going to retain that warm and natural hue for the duration of its life.
An Internet search can help you find timber floor suppliers in your area, who will be happy to show you the range of options available. When the floor is cleaner, healthier, longer lasting and better value than anything else, it really does make a lot of sense.