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For any owner builder or budding DIY professional, the thought of wooden floorboards often creates many legitimate questions on cost, installation difficulty and sustainability. Not to worry though! This guide introduces the many affordable DIY floorboarding methods available, while also suggesting a few easy and simple floorboarding styles.
Firstly, floating floorboards are your friend. Not only are floating floorboards easy to install, and often cheaper than solid boards, but they also look great and are easy to maintain. What are floating floorboards you ask? Well, traditional floorboards require the building of a foundation to lay them on. Traditional floorboards also often require nails, plenty of glue and a very high degree of precision.
Floating floorboards, however, do not require the construction of a wooden frame foundation. Instead, floating floorboards sit directly on the previous floor surface or on smooth concrete. There are no nails required, and floating floorboards often utilise the foolproof tongue and groove system.
For an even cheaper solution, consider Engineered Floorboards. Not only are these the cheapest solution, theyíre also easiest to install and the most environmentally friendly. Yes, with engineered floorboards, you can have the cake and eat it too. Engineered floorboards ingeniously use a thin facade of real wood on the flooring surface, so they look great, and donít require a large amount of valuable wood.
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In terms of styling, consider sustainably sourced Australian timber varieties. Species such as Blackbutt and Tasmanian Oak give a smooth tonality while also providing a pleasant texture to walk on and view.
To explore more Australian timber species, we recommend dropping into a showroom whereby experts will be able to give you some styling advice that meets your aesthetic needs, as well as your cost needs. Similarly, take a look at what Floorboards Online have on offer, as they specialise in creating beautiful timber floors using the engineered floorboards system.