A Quick Guide to Timber Flooring Types and Hardwood Species

Timber FlooringYou have planned to use timber flooring in your house. You are actually making a good decision because timber floors are not only durable and classy, but can also increase the resale value of your property.

There are many types of flooring styles and treatments — not to mention hardwood species — to choose from. A visit to any flooring contractor can be an overwhelming experience with the wide array of options. Know what you need for your home, so you will not have any trouble in choosing your flooring.

The Perth-based flooring company of ChelseaFlooring.com.au shares the available options for your careful deliberation:


Solid Timber

As one of the more traditional types of timber flooring, this uses solid wood planks interlocked through tongues and grooves. Also called hardwood tongue and groove flooring, solid timber planks are built upon joists and bearers. Nonetheless, you can also install the planks on top of concrete or existing wood floors. The result is a simple yet charming flooring finish.


This type of flooring uses wooden blocks or mosaic patterns arranged like a jigsaw puzzle. These blocks and patterns lay flat on concrete or a plywood substrate. You can get them as individual panels or as prearranged wooden tiles. If you want your parquetry to look more interesting, use different hardwood species.

Floating floors

Floating timber floors are also a popular choice among property owners, as these are easy to install and efficient in soundproofing. This floor has several layers, with wood veneer on the topmost part. You can install floating floors directly on concrete without sanding, lacquering or oiling.


It is also important to know the different timber species available. They come in different textures, colours and costs, so you must choose wisely. Here are some of the most common wood species commonly used for flooring solutions:

  • Australian Beech
  • Blackbutt
  • Cypress Pine
  • Rose Gum
  • French Oak
  • Ironbark
  • Jarrah
  • Karri
  • Messmate
  • New England Oak
  • Red Mahogany
  • Turpentine
  • White Oak
  • Tasmanian Oak
  • Spotted Gum

Consider your existing home interior design and budget to make the right choice when it comes to your home’s flooring.

3 Comments on A Quick Guide to Timber Flooring Types and Hardwood Species

  1. Aaron A. Dillingham // August 5, 2015 at 4:49 am // Reply

    I love timber floors! It’s very sophisticated and charming. I admit that I spent a lot of money changing our floors, but it was all worth it.

  2. Dolores J. Cline // August 5, 2015 at 5:56 am // Reply

    Solid hardwood flooring is a low-energy product and refinished or re-sanded to extent its service life. Maintenance is also minimal, so you can spend more time enjoying your home and family.

  3. David J. Mathews // August 5, 2015 at 6:51 am // Reply

    I am still using laminated wood floor, but I think I need to switch to timber flooring. I want a kiln-dried floor that is smooth and with low dust attracting properties. And this is not possible with laminate floors.

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