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Which Timber Floor is for you?

Timber Floor Finishing, Floating, Overlay and Parquetry Flooring

  • Solid Tongue and Groove Flooring
  • The original, and some would say, the BEST Kiln dried hardwood tongue and groove flooring has a structural quality, which means it can be laid directly to the floor joist, over concrete, plywood or battens. Also the end-matched board does not have to be nailed over a floor joist. It is available in secret nail or top nail profile and is available in a huge cross section of colours, price range and widths.
  • Parquetry Flooring
  • Using bigger blocks of timber creates block parquetry timber flooring. It is extremely effective when laid with contrasting coloured timber to create patterns and designs. Parquetry is precision milled and designed to be glued down over a solid, flat sub floor such as concrete, plywood or particle board.
  • Timber Floating Flooring
    A man made product pre-coated natural timber laminated boards resting on a thin foam underlay which can be laid on virtually any base. The boards are extremely stable.
  • Overlay Timber Flooring
    Floor Solid timber overlay is REAL WOOD; in fact it is essentially traditional tongue and groove timber flooring only thinner.
    Timber engineered floor is constructed in a special cross-ply configuration making it extremely stable. 
    The overlay floor has a full 3.6mm solid timber wear layer, which is laid up on 11mm structural plywood. The extra thick wear layer means you can sand and re-coat for many years.
    Overlay flooring can be installed directly over concrete
    As pre-finished in most case an average sized room can be completed within one day.
  • Decking
    For long life, timber decks should be built from a naturally durable such as Ironbark, Tallowwood, Spotted Gum, Jarrah and Blackbutt, and either sealed with water repellent or oiled with decking oil or preservative. Available in cross section of colours and widths with pencil round profile.

    DOES THE PRICE OF YOUR TIMBER AFFECT QUALITY?

  • No, Nash Timbers prices are very competitive due to our buying capacity and our long time experience in the new and recycled timber industry. We pride ourselves in providing quality timber form sustainable managed Australian forests.

    ARE YOU ABLE TO SUPPLY ECO SELECT TIMBER?

  • Nash Timbers is a member of THE ECO SELECT TIMBER BRAND launched by The Australian Hardwood Network

    WHY ECO SELECT TIMBER?

  • The ecoSelect brand empowers you to choose natural hardwoods from Australia’s sustainable managed forests. It is better to ‘work the forest’ than ‘lock it away’. 
    “ CARBON DIOXIDE “ absorbed by growing forest. “CARBON DIOXIDE “ omitted by decaying forest.
  • Environmental Certification on request

WHAT COLOUR IS FOR YOU?

  • Colour of the timber will be determined by the species, natural variations can and do occur. Timber is a natural product providing a broad range of colour variations across the 3 main spectrums of creams, browns and reds. When choosing Nash Timbers encourage our client’s to see the true colour variation in each species. 
    CREAM - Blackbutt, American White oak, Victoria Ash, Tallowood, Tassie Oak, Northern Beech
    RED - Jarrah, Sydney Blue Gum, Queensland Ironbark, Red Mahogany, Rose Gum, Flooded Gum
    RED to BROWN – QLD Spotted Gum, Brushbox, Turpentine
    CREAM to RED to BROWN - Grey Ironbark, NSW North Coast Spotted Gum, Grey Box

    DO BOARD WIDTHS AND THICKNESS VARY?

  • Large variations in sizes are available for our clients. Wide floorboards starting at 240mm down to narrow 60mm and 19mm to 30mm in depth depending on the requirements of each individualized site.
    The wider the timber board, the greater the natural shrinkage and expansion across the face of the board, it is highly recommend that a wide board be loosely laid up to four weeks. 
    As a general rule, Timber Flooring laid along a room will make it look longer, while boards laid across a room will make it look wider.

    WHAT LENGTHS DO FLOORBOARDS COME IN?

  • New timber flooring is supplied in random lengths packs where individual timbers range between 0.9m to 5m….and no, you cannot select or specify long lengths only!

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT DIFFERENT TIMBER GRADES?
  • Grade refers to the amount of feature visible in the timber; knots, insects, and fire & gum veins cause features. Gum vein is formed as protective response to some injury to the tree and is bridged at close intervals by woody tissue
    Select Grade (Exhibits minimum features, so it allows a sleek minimalist flooring)
    Standard and better grade (Rule of thumb 80% Select Grade & 20% Standard Grade)
    Standard (Exhibits a mixture of boards that have more features visible, you will get a varying select looking timber,
    Feature (Exhibits a high level of natural characteristics)

    WHICH TIMBER IS MORE RESISTANT TO FIRE?

  • Fire Resistance measures whether a timber ignites within 10 minutes of being exposed to a designated heat level & the level of heat it radiates over a period of 10 minutes after being exposed
    Best performing timber is Blackbutt, Spotted Gum, Ironbark, Grey Box, Merbau (Kwila), River Red Gum, Silver Top Ash and Turpentine

    HOW DOES THE HARDNESS OF THE TIMBER AFFECT MY DECISION?

  • For general domestic purposes, hardness is negligible. The timber hardness rating (expressed in Janka) refers the flooring’s resistance to abrasion or indentation. Hardwood timbers are also considerably harder to work with in terms of sawing, planing and drilling.
    In high traffic areas, such as restaurants and foyers woods with Janka ratings 5.0 and above are recommended (Durability Classes 1 and 2).
    Structural timber is best if devoid of knots, large gum veins and sloping grain. Strength is measured in terms of "stress grades". Both Janka and Durability Classes should also be observed.

    DO TIMBER FLOORBOARDS NEED TO BE ACCLIMATIZED?

  • Most certainly. Timber is a natural product. It will breathe, take in moisture and dry out throughout its life. 
    Most experienced floor layers use a moisture metre to check what they are doing. While the moisture content in a floor is moving it is not safe to glue and nail down. It is a basic and sensible precaution to measure the moisture content in a floor when it is first taken onsite and to again measure it after it has acclimatised for a few days / weeks 
    Drying, shrinkage and moisture expansion are the most significant issues that impact on floor laying and floor laying environments. They have to be carefully managed in order to successfully lay a floor. The simple rules are (a) never lay a floor during weather extremes; (b) make sure your new floor is fully acclimatised before it is glued and nailed; and (c) ensure your floor can be kept dry. 
    Floors can only be laid when the roof is on and all wet trades have been completed. 
    Floors need to be properly acclimatised.. This is best achieved by laying the floor in position (not glued or nailed) until such time as it has acclimatised. If it is not possible to do the floor should at least be 'stripped' out and stacked in the same room where it will be laid. 
    We deliver floors with approximate 12% moisture content. For every 1% change in the moisture content of the timber, over a width of 1 metre a timber floor will expand or contract by 2½mm. Therefore when dealing with floors several metres wide this movement can cause very significant issues that may result in floors 'doming' if the boards have no where to go or gaps appearing between the floor boards. To manage this expansion and shrinkage, timber floors have to be acclimatised to the local environment. (NB: the movement is mostly evident across the width of a board rather than the length). 
    Concrete:- every 25mm of concrete slab requires approximately 1 month to dry before a timber floor can be laid - i.e. timber can only be laid on a 150mm slab after 6 months. Slabs must be moisture tested before laying down timbers (below 5.5%). There are moisture membrane products available to restrict the concrete from sweating. (Laying plastic down on the slab does help but does not overcome the issue of moisture expansion and contraction).

    CAN I SECRET NAIL A TIMBER FLOORBOARD WIDER THAN 80MM?

  • No, the accepted practice that you should not secret nail a floorboard if it is wider than 80mm.

    CAN I STOP THE GAPS APPEARING BETWEEN MY FLOORBOARDS?

  • Not really, timber responds to seasonal variations in temperature and humidity absorbing moisture or drying out, thereby effectively swelling or shrinking with seasonal changes. Wide gaps or irregularly spaced wide gaps generally indicate the recommended acclimatising procedure has not been followed.

    DO I NEED EXPANSION JOINTS?

  • Yes, every 6mts with 10mm gap. With a wide board over 130mm cover a 13mm gap is required at the perimeter. This allows for floorboard expansion.

    WHY DO YOU ALLOW FOR TIMBER WASTAGE?

  • Allow for wastage for loss through cutting at walls, doorways and nooks etc…If the floorboard is end matched allow five-percentage wastage. If floorboard plain-end allow ten-percentage wastage.

    IS NASH TIMBERS ARE TO INSTALL MY FLOOR?

  • Yes, we supply fix and finish within a package.

    HOW MUCH DOES A FLOORBOARD COST?

  • That depends on the type and grade $33sqm up to $149sqm
    As a guideline, here is some indicative price range supply only
    80 x19mm T&G E/M Select - $49 to $73sqm Standard - $42- $63sqm
    130 x 19mm T&G EM Select - $48 to $75sqm Standard - $42- $64sqm
    180 x 22mm T&G EM Select - $86 to $112sqm Standard - $58- $68sqm
    200 x 22mm to 240mm x 22mm T&G EM Select - $110-$149 
    90 x 14mm Floating floor $62 to $79sqm
    135 x 14mm Floating Floor $60 to $78sqm
    80 to 85mm x 10 to13mm Overlay Floor Select - $41 to $59 Standard - $41 to $58
    Parquetry Block $45 to $60sqm
    60 to 88mm x 19mm Decking $2.00 to $4.44 lm (Kiln Dried)

    HOW MUCH TO INSTALL, SAND AND FINISH A TIMBER FLOOR?

  • As a guideline, here is some indicative price ranges
    80 x 19mm to 130 x 19mm $55 sqm upwards
  • Floating Floor $50sqm upwards
    Overlay Floor $60sqm upwards
    Parquetry Block flooring $100 + sqm (varies on pattern)
    Decking $55sqm upwards

    CAN NASH TIMBERS HELP WITH SOUND PROOFING MY TIMBER FLOOR?

  • The two types of sound that acoustically needs to be focused on when it comes to floor.
    Low frequency sounds, impact vibration such as footsteps and airborne sounds such as voices and music.
    Acoustic Isolation involves limiting the amount of sound that is heard by using a sound absorption material combined with modern batten systems and the use of plywood. By using these acoustic systems we reduce the transmission of impact noise and meet the acoustical requirements of residential living.

    WHAT FINISHES I ASK?

  • The overall appearance of a timber floor is enhanced by the manner in which the flooring is finished. Coating choices are very distinctive so it is important to select the right system for a predetermined look and feel.
    Always test a surface before you apply the final finish (oily woods – such as tallowwood and spotted gum which feel ‘waxy’, are notorious for rejecting certain preservative finishes). If a finish is rejected restart the process with an oil sealer.
    Nash Timbers recommend:
    Synteko Solid Oil (Matt Finish, 1 application, easy maintenance, excellent wear resistance, approximately 90% solids) 
    Synteko Classic (Gloss Finish, three gloss levels, High solids approximately 50% -fast drying, excellent chemical and scruff resistance)
    Other available finishes for clients:
    Stains (Timber stains come in a variety of colours and depending on the base timber is able to modify the natural colour of the timber. You are unable to revert to the natural colour of the timber once it has been stained. Certain species are used in certain situations such as, spotted gum achieves the best result for a brown colour.)
    Tung oil 
    Polyurethane (Gloss Finish, Satin Finish, Matt Finish)
    Decking Timber use a penetrating oil for best preservation.

    WILL I GET VALUE WHEN DEALING DIRECT WITH NASH TIMBERS?

  • Nash Timbers prices are very competitive and they are supported with a consultative approach from the sales team
  • As such we feel that we can match your existing suppliers prices and services and our business focuses on building a solid customer and supplier relationship.

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