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Why every home should have timber floors

If you're like many other Queensland homeowners looking at your aging flooring, you might be considering whether it's worthwhile having timber floors. This is most likely to be the case if you're looking at the stains and worn spots in your carpet, and considering whether it's worth the effort to replace them. But if you already have timber floors and they're looking a bit lacklustre, you're probably wondering the same thing.

The answer in both situations is the same: timber floors are definitely worthwhile. But there's more than one re ason why, and with just a bit of attention, you'll be falling in love with yours all over again.

They're durable

The average lifespan of household carpet is a mere 5 years. Of course, the more you pay, the longer it'll last, with some top-of-the-range varieties averaging more like 10-15 years. But that's also dependent on the lifestyle of the occupants, and carpeted homes are always under threat from wine stains, mud tracks, and animal dander that simply can't be avoided. Tiles and laminate floors may last a little longer, but they're prone to premature aging in terms of style, and when they're damaged in one part it's often expensive and very conspicuous to repair them.

Timber floors are a lifelong investment. Generally speaking, their lifespan is the same as your home's - except that they'll outlast it, too.

It's often the case that even when a home is being demolished, the hardwood timber floors are still in such good condition that they can be pulled up and given a new lease on life in a new home. It does depend on the variety of the timber, but generally, there's no ongoing cost of replacement with timber floors. While they might cost more to lay initially, they'll certainly save you money in the long run.

They're more attractive

Few people could deny that timber floors look better than other floor coverings. Wide expanses of polished timber bring even the most modest of homes some level of sophistication and beauty. Timber's effortless ability to inject style and luxury into any space is just one of the reasons that it's a consistent feature in many high-end and architecturally designed homes on the market.

But timber flooring isn't just attractive because of its striking visual features. It's also much easier to clean, texturally more pleasant underfoot, and a far healthier option for people suffering from allergies.

  • Unlike carpet, timber floors don't trap dust and microscopic creatures like dust mites, so they're more suitable for people with asthma, allergies, and respiratory problems. And while we're on the topic of health: timber is a natural substance, which won't emit the same volatile organic compounds as synthetic materials (like carpet fibres) do.

They're suitable for many décor styles

Timber floors are available in many varieties of timber, which offer many different colour palettes to work with when you're styling your home. Some homeowners will be attracted to the red, pink, and red-brown saturations of Mahogany, Brush box, Rose Gum, and Kempas, which work well with traditional interior styles. Those favouring a more minimalist, modern, or Scandinavian décor will likely appreciate Teak, Tasmanian Oak, Blackbutt, or even Pine flooring. But generally speaking, most timber colours will work with many different decorating styles, giving the homeowner an elegant aesthetic to build on.

But the beauty of timber flooring really lies with just how versatile it is. It's possible to change the hues of your timber floors, with some professional sanding, and by staining with the right coloured finishing product for the timber.

The finished appearance will be limited by the natural variations in the timber, but depending on the sanding, any pre-treatments, and the finishing products, it's possible to achieve colour variations to match your taste.

They add value to your home

Besides holding their value, timber floors will actually add value to your home in attractiveness. It's easier to market homes with timber floors, for several different reasons.

Timber floors work well in rental properties. Even when they suffer the same wear and tear as carpet, they don't need to be replaced: they can be sanded and restored back to health, instead of being thrown away.

But they're also easier to clean, so they're also more attractive to tenants, who likely appreciate the fact that there's no trace of the previous occupants—probably as much as they appreciate the natural beauty and neutral aesthetic of the timber flooring.

For homes on the market, timber floors are always a unique selling point. Buyers are often attracted to hardwood floors simply because they're testimony to the sound structural integrity of the home: they're a good indicator that the home was thoughtfully constructed, and that the foundations and frames are in good condition. Many will see timber floors as a renovation opportunity, adding more value to their new property by restoring floors that might be looking a bit neglected. Regardless of the reason, statistics in real estate consistently support the fact that homes with timber floors are easier and faster to sell, and sell at higher prices than those with other floor coverings.

They're better for the environment

Besides holding their value, timber floors will actually add value to your home in attractiveness. It's easier to market homes with timber floors, for several different reasons.There are heaps of reasons to choose wood flooring in your home, but one of the biggest is its capacity for carbon storage. It might come as a surprise, but in choosing timber flooring, you can help in the fight against climate change.

Wood sequesters, or stores, carbon. As part of their life cycle, live trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it, so that they emit oxygen (for us to breathe) and store the carbon. The carbon remains stored within the wood for the life of the timber, and it's only released when the wood rots, decays or is burnt—which means that timber, as well as our native forests and plantations, is useful in the absorption of greenhouse gases.

  • Carbon sequestration in live trees, combined with the long-term storage of carbon in timber products, is an important way that we can reduce our overall greenhouse gas emissions. Using natural timber products in construction doesn't just deliver a gorgeous finished product to enjoy over the long term: it's one of the ways we can support sustainable industries - like plantation timber - and live comfortably while we support our environment.

They're easy to maintain

Perhaps the best reason to install or keep your timber floors is just how forgiving they really are. Timber floors can suffer decades of neglect, and still have the potential to be restored back to their original state of natural beauty.

Timber floors get harder over time, becoming more resilient to staining and damage with daily wear and tear. Vacuuming and gentle mopping is mostly enough to maintain the look and feel of your timber floors, but over time they'll likely need just a little more help, with a good sand and polish.

It's possible to extend the life of wood floors with a simple maintenance coat, which takes just one day to complete, but adds many more years of use to your investment.

The floors need to be in a reasonable condition to do a rejuvenation coat, with just a bit of wear and tear in the way of minor scratches and a dull overall appearance. But if they're quit neglected and damaged, they can still be brought back to life, with a full re-sand and a few coats of professionally applied polish.

D.R. Main Floors are your floor sanding specialists. We’re famous for using only the best materials, machinery and techniques to restore your timber floors back to their former glory, delivering the highest quality finishes to reveal the natural beauty of your unique timber varieties. Contact us anytime for obligation-free advice, and we’ll be happy to show you why your home is better with timber floors.

 

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What our clients say about us...
  • DR Main Floors are fantastic. They have done our whole family's floors for a number of years now and they always do an excellent and professional job and we couldn't be happier. We recently had our old pine floors polished and they look so gorgeous I wish we'd done them earlier.
    Nat Treasure
  • Thanks to Alison and Glyn for such a beautiful finish to our timber floors. We have used DR Main floors three time in the past 15 years and have always been very happy with the results.
    Callan Bennett
  • DR Main Floors were friendly, efficient and professional. Our decks look amazing!
    Caroline Milford
  • A very professional and friendly team - Alison with her product advice and Glyn with his workmanship.  We are very happy with our beautiful floors and we highly recommend this business. Lesley and Mark.
    Mark Thornton
  • I'm not normally one to leave reviews but we had such a positive experience using D R Main that I'm happily writing one now. From the get go Alison and Glyn were helpful, informed and reliable. We had a slightly unusual situation because I was pregnant at the time of our floor polishing and so safety and speed were of high priority to us. Alison and Glyn delivered on safety and speed without compromising on quality. They really did their very best for us and the final look of the floors exceeded our expectations. We couldn't be happier with the results.
    Annabelle Winkler
  • We've had our floors done twice with DR Main - once a full "sand and coat" one re-coat following further renovations. Honestly could not speak highly enough of Glyn's work - he is an absolute master of his craft.
    Ben Humphries
  • Alison and Glyn provided exceptional customer service and an absolutely fantastic result on our recent kitchen & dining renovation. We would happily recommend them and the floors have come up so beautifully we want to polish the whole house! Fantastic company.
    Kate Griffiths
  • Everything went according to plan. Fantastic result,  professional and quite reasonable cost. Will have them do our deck next.
    Patricia Byrne
  • Glyn and Alison provide wonderful service and high quality work. Used them in my own home and now looking to use them again
    Pete W
  • D R Main Floors did an amazing job sanding, filling and polishing our floors. We removed a mix of carpet, tiles, and cork flooring to reveal hardwood Brushbox timber underneath. Alison and Glyn were supportive throughout the whole process, very patient (we had a lot of delays in our renovation) and did a fantastic job. We will definitely use them in the future if we ever need floor polishing completed again.
    Jonathan Midgley
  • D R Main were great to deal with from the start.  Alison came over and explained everything while quoting and bought samples of finishings with her.  Glyn started the work on the day he was booked and finished when he said he would.  The floors look spectacular - I had no idea they could look that good from their former state.  I would happily recommend D R Main floors to anyone looking for quality workmanship.
    Phil Cadell
  • Alison came round and talked us through the options and the best way of sanding and polishing our 100 year old timber home full of furniture. Very helpful and reasonably priced. She easily persuaded me to get the two decks oiled. Glynn turned up when he said he would and worked for as long as he predicted. His advice on closing doors and windows, and how to treat the new surfaces, was clear and sensible. The finished work was perfect. The wooden floors gleam and the decks look better than ever. I have hesitation in recommending them.
    Nick Brooking
  • We have just had our floor boards restored by Glynn and his team and whilst I was really dreading the whole experience, I have to say, not only do the floors look absolutely amazing (having been neglected for 20 + years) but the mess was minimal.  Glynn completely explained the costings, the process, time line etc and everything was well above our expectations.  I have heard so many horror stories from friends about their experiences with timber floors being restored but we'd have no hesitation giving the DR Main Floors the highest recommendation.  Thank you so much. Great service - and no wonder you've been around so long.
    Sandy Fuller
  • After 30 years of living with carpet, starting from the staircase through to all the upstairs of our home, it was a huge decision to rip it all up and restore the original timber floorboards. Glyn, Alison and the team were very obliging and professional during the whole process, which caused very little distribution to our lives. Nothing was too hard or too inconvenient for them and end result was absolutely amazing, we will never have carpet again. My wife and I would highly recommend these guys to anyone!!
    Ellis Green
  • Part of our decking is undercover and the other part is out in the weather around a pool. It was looking really bad after years of us basically doing nothing to maintain it. We were recommended to DR Main Floors on a local Facebook page and are so greatful to have found them. Alison came out to quote and we accepted straight away. Her knowledge was fantastic (not just there to measure) she actually showed me why it needed sanding back / nails would need punching down etc and what the best product would be to use. Glyn then came out and completed the job. Whilst the weather did not help, Glyn would still turn up every day to check / give it a go if possible. Within a week they had completed the job and it looks amazing. They also offer a reminder service to remind us and come out and maintain it as required, we will definitely leave it to Alison and Glyn now to keep it maintained!
    Kellie Mikelsons
  • DR Main floors polished the entry hall and master bedroom in our 100+ year old Queenslander back in 1997. That job still looks like the day it was done. We recently asked them to do the remaining floors and two verandas. Done to perfection again. Glyn always turns up when he says he will and only the weather will stop him doing outside oiling. Alison is always eager to help with quotes and choices of floor finishes. Thank you!
    Henk van Roy
  • Excellent to deal with, prompt service and a great finish on my back deck.
    Ben O
  • Very Professional and Efficient!
    Kim Johnson