Timber floors have very wide appeal, particularly in living areas — they’re also a strong home selling point.
Timber flooring is found in two types :
Floor Boards (Structural)
FLOOR BOARDS (STRUCTURAL)
Floor Boards are the traditional form of timber flooring, where the timber boards are laid on bearers or joists. Floor boards generally come in two sizes, 100 and 150mm widths. Boards can be ordered up to 30 mm thick; 19 mm is a fairly standard thickness. Floor boards can be installed in the traditional nail to wood style, or using various click-together tongue and groove designs.
Popular species include brush box, blackbutt, spotted gum and jarrah.
Structural timber typically varies in cost depending on grade, thickness and species.
The cheapest around $40/m2
The average cost $50–$70/m2
The most expensive $60–$100/m2
Floating floors are laid over existing solid floors, making them different to floor boards. They can be fitted over tiles, concrete, timber floorboards, plywood, particle
board and cork. They’re usually installed on underlay, which provides good noise insulation. Floating floors can be made out of real timber or laminated 'faux' timber.
Floating floors vary in cost according to the thickness and species of the timber. Prices start from around $40/m2 up to $100/m2 (which may or may not include underlay — around $5–$10/m2).