Common Misconceptions About Timber Flooring Debunked

Timber flooring myths

Timber flooring is one of the most popular flooring options for homeowners, thanks to its durability, versatility, and timeless beauty. But, despite its many benefits, there are some common myths and misconceptions about timber flooring that prevent people from making an informed decision about whether it’s the right choice for their homes. In this article, we’ll be debunking some of these myths and setting the record straight about timber flooring.

Myth #1: Timber flooring is high maintenance

Many people shy away from timber flooring because they think it requires a lot of maintenance. There is a belief that hardwood floors are delicate and need constant pampering. The truth, however, is that timber flooring is quite durable and surprisingly low maintenance.

Vacuuming or sweeping daily is enough to keep it clean, and occasional mopping with a damp (not wet) mop is all that’s needed to keep it looking as good as new. Plus, unlike carpets, timber flooring doesn’t trap dust, pollen or allergens, making it a great choice for people with allergies. And there is no need to pay for expensive professional steam cleaning.

sweeping timber floor

Myth #2: Timber flooring is expensive

While it’s true that the initial cost of timber flooring is higher than many other flooring options, the long-term benefits offset the higher costs. Timber flooring has a long lifespan, and with proper care and maintenance, it can last for generations. Plus, if you decide to sell your home, timber flooring can increase your home’s resale value.

luxurious wooden floor

Myth #3: Timber flooring is not suitable for humid climates

Some people assume that timber flooring is not a good choice for homes in tropical or humid climates, as they fear it will warp or shrink. However, modern timber flooring, and most specifically engineered timber flooring, is designed to withstand exposure to humidity and temperature changes. Plus, proper installation and site preparation can ensure that the flooring stays stable and free of issues.

Myth 3 Timber flooring is not suitable for humid climates

Myth #5: Timber floors are not suitable for kitchens

Another misconception is that timber floors and kitchens don’t mix due to the risk of water damage. However, if properly sealed and maintained, timber can be a viable option for kitchens. Some engineered timber flooring is designed to be more resistant to humidity and can be used in a kitchen area. Remember to clean up spills immediately to prevent your floorboards from warping.

If you’re worried about spills on your kitchen floor, consider a water-proof hybrid floor with a woodgrain appearance. Speak to the professionals at Back to Timber about flooring options for your kitchen.

Timber floor in kitchen

Myth #6: Engineered timber flooring isn’t real wood

Engineered timber flooring is a type of flooring made up of multiple layers of wood, rather than a solid plank of hardwood. The top layer, is a veneer of real timber, while the lower unseen layers are typically made of high-quality plywood or other wooden materials. This construction gives engineered timber stability and prevents it from warping due to changes in humidity.

Myth 6 Engineered timber flooring isn't real wood

Now that we have debunked some of the common myths about timber flooring, we hope that you have a better understanding of its many benefits and why it’s such a popular choice among homeowners. Not only is timber flooring durable, long-lasting, and easy to maintain, but it’s also eco-friendly, safe, and versatile, making it a perfect fit for almost any home.

If you’re considering timber flooring for your home, be sure to consult with a professional installer who can help you choose the right product and ensure that it’s installed correctly. Visit the Back to Timber team at one of the Sydney showrooms or get in touch via the contact page.

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