How to Buy a Timber Floor That Has the Potential to Last 100 Years

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

You are in love with the wood floors in old homes, and inspired, you also want a floor that can last 100 years. It may be easier than you think to get a timber floor that has the potential to be around in 100 years. To achieve that goal, just keep these ideas in mind as you shop for your floor:

1. Choose a solid timber floor

Many people are opting away from timber and choosing laminate flooring. They like its convenience, the way it resists humidity and its affordable price tag. However, it is built with obsolescence in mind – it cannot last 100 years like a true wood floor. If longevity is your aim, choose a solid wood floor milled from thick hardwood.

In addition to being durable, it is also repairable. One of the reasons so many hardwood floors have survived one hundred years is because they are repairable.

2. Use a top nail profile

Traditionally, timber floors are nailed through the top of the floor boards, and the nails can be seen. However, a new trend is emerging where boards are nailed through their tongue and groove.

Although this approach has stylistic advantages as the nail heads are not visible, it can make long term repairs more challenging. Thus, if you want a floor that can be repaired, choose a top nail profile.  

3. Choose tongue-and-groove timber boards

Although you don’t want to hide your nails in your grooves, you do want timber flooring with the tongue-and-groove style. It ensures your floors can hold ample amounts of weight.

4. Pay attention to the width and depth of your boards

For the greatest level of floor strength, you also need boards that are thick enough to withstand the test of time. Look for boards that are thick enough to be finished and refinished multiple times through generations of people. Keep in mind – although you want the depth of the board to be thick, you want the width of the board to be relatively thin.

Wide timber boards can be susceptible to natural shrinkage and expansion (based on humidity levels), and this process can cause bowing across the width of the board. Thinner boards do not have this issue and are not prone to buckling.

5. Look for timber with high hardness levels

When you opt to buy a timber floor, you can choose between a range of types of wood. Talk with your flooring representative about buying timber that has a high hardness rating. The harder it is, the more footsteps it can withstand.

To learn more, contact a company like 55 Floorz.