How do I compare solid timber and floating timber floors?

Alpha Flooring offers both solid and floating timber flooring solutions and recognises the benefits of both. The key is to find out which options meet your needs best rather than one option being better than the other. Our consultants have years of experience buying and installing flooring and can give you the most up-to-date and honest advice followed by a value-for-money personalised quotation.

If you would like to compare solid and floating timber flooring, why not visit our brand new flooring showroom at 351 Docklands Drive, Docklands Victoria, Australia, 3008, or call us on 1300 666 966 for more advice.

Can I install floating timber flooring myself DIY?
Floating Timber Flooring can be installed DIY, but it is wise to spend some time planning before you start installing your new floor. The following should be considered in your planning phase.
The subfloor must dry, level and flat with a maximum of 2 mm variable over a running meter.
Alpha Floorings Universal flooring can be installed over underfloor heating systems that do not exceed surface heat of 28 degrees Celsius. The manufacturers heat-up protocol must be carried out before installation.
Perform all moisture tests according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If necessary, install moisture protection above your subfloor.
Allow your timber flooring to acclimate to the installation environment per the manufacturer’s recommendations. This usually means keeping a relative humidity of between 35%–65% for 48 hours within the room.
Consider the tools that will be required to complete the job.
Do all the cutting in another area to keep the installation area free from sawdust and wood chips.
If you would like some practical advice on installing timber flooring, why not visit Alpha Flooring Showroom at 351 Docklands Drive, Docklands Victoria, Australia, 3008 or Call 1300 666 966, and one of our experienced flooring specialists can assist you further
Can I sand back my timber flooring?
A timber floor from Alpha Flooring Group will last for years and years with proper care and maintenance.
Our engineered floating timber floors utilise a protective layer to improve scratch resistance. If your floor has extreme wear and tear, it may be sanded down only a few times; otherwise, the protective layer should hold up for many years.
Solid flooring, on the other hand, can be refinished over and over again. Proper sanding technique levels the floor and brings back the natural grain of your solid timber floor.
Several passes with the sanding tools will be required to achieve a smooth finish. Provide ventilation while sanding and staining. An open window with a fan is a good idea, especially since the door is sealed.
DIY sanding requires hiring large and noisy equipment, and it only takes a heavy hand to gouge the timber surface to damage your wood floor. In addition, sanding removes dirt and old staining creating a new level surface, so the work is dirty and slow.
Alpha Flooring highly recommends using one of our qualified timber floor finishers with references. If you would like some technical advice on sanding back your timber flooring, why not visit Alpha Flooring Showroom at 351 Docklands Drive, Docklands Victoria, Australia, 3008 or Call 1300 666 966, and one of our experienced flooring specialists can assist you further
Can I install timber flooring in the bathroom?
Timber Flooring should not be installed in bathrooms or laundries as they are considered wet areas. Moisture is the biggest threat to timber floors, and in excess, you can expect cupping, crowning or buckling of your timber floor.
In the bathroom, a build of water on the floor is inevitable when showering, drying off and simply washing hands. In addition, poor ventilation in a bathroom can lead to a build-up of steam which is moisture. Extra coats of finish will not protect against this amount of moisture daily, causing the timber floor to expand and contract.
There are water-resistant, proof flooring, which has done a great job replicating the look of hardwood timber floors in their vinyl ranges, making vinyl flooring the perfect alternative to timber flooring in the bathroom and laundry.
If you want some practical advice on installing timber flooring, why not visit Alpha Flooring Showroom at 351 Docklands Drive, Docklands Victoria, Australia, 3008 or Call 1300 666 966, and one of our experienced flooring specialists can assist you further
Which is better floating timber flooring or solid timber flooring?
Most people will give their personal opinion rather than considering the individual benefits of floating timber floors or solid timber floors. Alpha Flooring Group offers both floating engineered timber floors and solid timber floors. So which is better?
In both cases, the subfloor must be completely level-free from moisture.

Let’s look at engineered floating timber floors.
They are manufactured from hardwood timber and are considerably cheaper than solid timber floors. Engineered timber floors come prefinished and are ideal for most home renovations, particularly in apartments where sanding and polishing is not an option on site.
The advancement of underlay offers acoustic and moisture protection allowing installation to be completed quickly, allowing you to walk on it immediately.
Repairing a floating timber floor is easier than a solid one. Most customers will store several spare planks. It is relatively easy to pull up, assess and replace a couple of damaged floating planks that were installed using the click system.
Engineered timber floors can be installed on slabs, bearers and joists following manufacturers' installation instructions. Floating floors are less susceptible to moisture resulting in less timber expansion or contraction.

Let us Look at Solid timber floors.
Solid Timber floors have random lengths of boards that can change the look of the floor. Solid Timber floors are nailed or glued down and are more difficult to replace should you damage or replace if damaged beyond serviceability. Solid timber floors require sanding and finishing on-site, extending the time required for installation. Furthermore, there are noise, dust, smell and maintenance considerations to consider

Drop into one of our Alpha Flooring Group showrooms for a demonstration from our flooring consultants on the benefits and characteristics of both solid timber flooring and floating timber floors, or call us on 1300 666 966 for expert advice.
What is the difference between hardwood timber floors and solid timber floors?
Every timber floor sold at every Alpha Flooring Group store is manufactured using hardwoods. When researching which timber floors are best for your home, you will find many terms. Hardwood floors are manufactured from a hardwood.
The hardness of a wood is determined using a hardness test assessing a timber species' resistance to impact and wear. The Janka or Brinell tests are most commonly used. The term hardwood developed because of the difficulty in sawing through certain hardwoods compared to softwoods such as pine.
All floating and engineered timber floors are made from hardwood timber. A floating engineered floor is manufactured using three layers in cross-ply to each other. This reduces the natural movement within the wood. The top layer may be re-sanded like solid wood. The middle layer is made from a high-density fibreboard. Finally, the bottom layer is made from softwood-like pine. The floating timber floor literally floats on top of whatever you are laying on, such as a concrete slab or joists. Underneath the flooring is an acoustic underlay and moisture barrier.
Solid timber floors are solid timber all the way through. Solid timber floors are glued or nailed to the subfloor resulting in less movement. Alpha Flooring Group stocks a vast range of hardwood Flooring.

Drop into one of our Alpha Flooring Groups showrooms for a demonstration on the Janka or Brinell timber hardness test, or call us on 1300 666 966 for detailed advice.
How do I clean my timber flooring correctly?
Moisture is the enemy of all timber floors the Alpha Flooring Group specialists will offer you a list of tips on how to clean and maintain your timber floors.
Meticulous care and cleaning of your timber will maintain the natural beauty of your floors for generations. Maintaining the protective coatings and avoiding moisture or spillages is the key.
What will I need to clean my timber floors?
Broom with soft bristles Vacuum with a soft brush attachment Bucket with a quality lint-free sponge mop Alpha Flooring Group recommends putting some simple things into place to help make cleaning and maintenance of your timber flooring easier.
Place non-rubber protective pads beneath furniture or appliances. Carpet runners in hallways are great. Remove shoes in the home. High heel shoes easily damage timber floors with indentations.
A constant indoor humidity level of about 50 – 65 % relative air humidity is best to preserve the value of and to care for your floor.
Exposure to the sun and its UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of wood. This causes wood to change colour. Alpha Flooring Group recommends windows have blinds or shades applied to minimise the effects of the intense Australian sun.
Remember to rearrange rugs and furniture periodically so that the effects of sunlight allows floors to age evenly.
We highly recommend using door mats to prevent tracking abrasive grit and dirt into the home, which acts like sandpaper on your floor.

Evaporative coolers saturate the air with moisture. Manufacturers instruct and advise you to ensure you leave a window or door open when using. If operated without ventilation, excessive moisture may cause the timber flooring to cup, expand and swell, pushing planks out of place. Ventilation will help relative humidity to remain below 70%, minimising damage.

Drop into one of our Alpha Flooring Group showrooms for a demonstration from our flooring consultants on how to clean and maintain your timber floors or call us on1300 666 966 for detailed advice.
What warranty do I get when I buy engineered timber floating floors?
Alpha Flooring Group believes in the latest cross-linked construction of all Universal engineered floating timber floors, making them exceptionally stable. Universal engineered timber floors are generally backed by a 15-year manufacturer’s product warranty. A 15-year manufacturer’s product warranty is also offered on Universal solid timber floors.

All Alpha Flooring Group manufacturer warranties are subject to general warranty exclusions. Your Alpha Flooring Group flooring store will provide details of your warranty at the time of purchase.

If you want some further advice on timber flooring warranties, why not visit our showroom at 351 Docklands Drive, Docklands Victoria, Australia, 3008 or Call 1300 666 966, and one of our experienced flooring specialists can assist you further
Why are my floating timber floors noisy when I walk on them?
One of the most common questions asked about a floating timber floor is, “why do they squeak when I walk on them?

Squeaking or noisy timber floors are due to the movement of the timber. In most cases, this can be eliminated by following the correct installation methods.
Our installation teams have been asked to visit a home and fix noisy timber floors in many DIY installations. They have reported that most squeaks and noisy floors could have been avoided if the subfloor had been prepared correctly. A flat-level surface is required for the installation of all timber floor types. The use of acoustic underlay will minimise noise. Employing a qualified installer is always wise as they can assess the best installation method for your timber floor. If you want some practical advice on timber flooring, why not visit us at 351 Docklands Drive, Docklands Victoria, Australia, 3008 or Call 1300 666 966, and one of our experienced flooring specialists can assist you further
Can floating timber flooring be installed over underfloor heating?
Many Engineered and floating flooring systems can be installed over a heated slab, provided the slab temperature does not exceed 27C degrees. The slab should come to equilibrium 24 hours before timber floor installation. The manufacturer’s heat-up protocol must be followed, recorded and signed to ensure the warranty is observed, and the use of parquet glue is highly recommended. If you want some practical advice on timber flooring, why not visit us at 351 Docklands Drive, Docklands Victoria, Australia, 3008 or Call 1300 666 966, and one of our experienced flooring specialists can assist you further