Floor Covering

Introduction

Whether you are building from new or if you are renovating there are heaps of options when it comes to covering your floors.

The floor covering that you choose can change a feel of a room. Depending on what you choose they can add brightness and warmth they can give a feeling of coolness and can give the room a general lift or give a feeling of calm.

It does not matter what you choose only that you choose wisely taking some important considerations into the decision process. You really want to pick some good quality coverings as they will last longer which will make them cheaper in the long run.

 Quick Reference

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Tiles

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Carpet

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Timber

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Cork

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Painting

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Natural Floor Covering

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Melamine and Laminate

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Timber Laminate

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Tiles

Tiles have many benefits that can make them a smart choice as your preferred floor covering. They come in many varieties, colours and styles. They can also imitate granite, marble, terracotta, slate ad natural stone.

Another advantage of tiles is that they are heat and water resistant. They are easy to keep clean when compared to some other floor coverings.

As they can be slippery it is wise to use non slip tiles in your bathroom.

They will tolerate lots of traffic but it is best to ask a professional what tiles would be best suited to certain rooms.

Prices - Tiles can be purchased from as little as $15 per square metre plus your installation costs. The price of your tiles will depend upon what type you have gone for. Some will be in excess of $50 per square metre.


Carpet

Carpet also comes in a wide variety of styles and varieties. The most important thing to do is to make sure that the carpet you select will be able to support the level of traffic it will get.

Wool carpet - this type will wear well and will also wear well. It's pile is resilient, has good flame resistance and produces no static electricity.

Wool/Synthetic - this type of carpet is soft but it is not as soft as pure wool and accordingly is slightly cheaper

Nylon - is very durable and can be treated for stains which is great for those with kids. There are bright colours available with this type.

Polypropylene - is relatively cheap and is also durable. It has good resistance to soiling however it is not flame resistant. For this type loop pile construction is recommended.

Prices - All carpet is sold by the 3.66m wide broadloom metre.

If you do want to buy a cheaper carpet make sure that it has a minimum heavy duty rating


Timber Floor Coverings

Timber is the choice of many people as it has a timeless quality and is hard wearing. It can also be laid on a concrete floor. There are several types of timber to choose from so you can get the look that you want.

Hardwood - this type of timber can offer a large range of locally grown products that come in many hues. You can have a dark timber such as a jarrah or a lighter timber like Messmate. It depends upon what you want to achieve with the look of your room.

Recycled Timber - is a popular these days with people wanting to do the right thing by the environment as well as getting something a little different to the norm.

Prices - Timber Flooring will start at around $30 per square metre. For timber that is in greater demand the price be higher. You will have to add the price of polishing and finishing your timber floors as well. This will add a few hundred dollars to the price of the job.


Cork Floors

Cork flooring is a type of covering that people do not immediately think of when it comes to choosing a floor covering but is a good choice. It has good wearing characteristics and is low in maintenance. Cork also is suitable for both the wet and dry areas of your home. It is warm underneath your feet and and is good for suppressing noise. As it needs a flat surface you may have to lay masonite before you put your cork down.

Prices - Expect to pay around $60 -$65 per square metre for your cork floor to be supplied and layed. If you have to put Masonite down this price will go to about $75 per square metre


Painting

This is another type of floor covering that does not readily come to mind when considering your options. It can be a cheaper than the traditional types of fixed floor coverings. Paint can be applied to almost any surface. You can paint hard wearing finishes over different effects to achieve a look that is a bit out of the ordinary.

Prices - You should expect to pay about $20 - $25 for one litre. If you are after a heaving duty varnish then you will be looking at a price of about $30 for one litre.


Natural Flooring

You have a few choices here to consider. One is Sisal, which is made from the Sissal plant and possesses the desirable qualities of being long lasting, hard wearing and soft underfoot.

Another option is that of Coir which is made from coconut husks and tends to have a coarser, thicker weave. Sometimes cricket pitches were covered with coir matting!

A lesser none natural covering is Jute which comes from a vine and is the softest of all the natural floor coverings.

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Melamine and Laminate

This option comes is available in a wide range of timber effects that includes parquetry and can also mimic marble, cork and granite. It is made a strong and hard wearing melamine layer bonded to water resistant high density fibreboard.

It can be installed over many surfaces including concrete, timber, particleboard, vinyl and tiles. You do have to make sure that your floor is level, clean and dry to ensure a good installation. If the floor is prepared well you will have a long lasting floor.

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Timber Laminate

Timber laminate is hard wearing, reliable, good to look at and comes to you ready finished with six polyurethane coats. It is easy to install over any level floor. Your floor needs to have no variation of more than 3mm over one metre. You must allow 12 hours for the glue to dry. Another benefit of this type of flooring is that it can be resanded

Prices - For supply only, expect to pay about $40 - $45 per square metre.


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