Laying Solid Timber

The natural beauty and timeless style of solid timber floors has made it the premium flooring choice for many years. The modern yet classic look of timber floors will enhance any home and creates warmth and class next to none.

Solid timber floors are easy to maintain, with a simple sweeping and moping. Over time, applying a light sand and re-coating will restore the wear layer and enhance the appearance of your floor. After the floor is laid it is then sanded and coated with your choice of oil modified polyurethane or water based polyurethane.

Visit our showroom displaying the variety of timbers and coating choices available to you. We will certainly help you make the best selection to suit your needs. Some of the timbers available are Blackbutt, Jarrah, Karri, Brushbox, Spotted Gum, Sydney Blue Gum, Tasmanian Oak, Cypress, and Chestnut.

There are two options for laying timber floors over a concrete slab, depending on your structural requirements and personal preference. Both methods are a solid and reliable option and take into consideration the natural characteristics of the timber. We do not stick timber direct to concrete due to the numerous problems that may arise with this system. * (For more information on direct stick, see below)

Solid Timber Floorboards on Battens Over Concrete Slab

If you are building your dream home or an extension to your existing home and have a concrete slab but would like the warmth and feel of natural solid timber floors then solid timber floorboards on battens is the natural choice. This system is generally used on new homes and additions due to the fact that a set down (rebate) is required for the concrete slab to accommodate floor board and batten thickness.

Builder's plastic is first applied to the slab as a vapour barrier. Then 32mm thick hardwood battens are securely anchored to the concrete slab using the latest technology concrete fixing tool. 19mm thick floorboards of your choice are then secret nailed or top nailed and glued to the battens. Your floor will then be sanded and coated by our own team of skilled tradesmen.

If the extra height of 19mm floorboards plus battens cannot be accommodated see "Solid Timber floorboards on Plywood over Concrete" or "Timber Floating Floors."

Solid Timber Floorboards on Plywood Over Concrete Slab

If you are looking for the natural character of solid, natural, tough Australian hardwood timber but don't have the necessary height to accommodate a solid timber floor on battens, then solid timber on plywood over concrete allows customers the option to install a traditional timber floor due to the lower profile of the product and it can also be secretly nailed.

At A1 Flooring, The Timber Flooring Centre, we specialize in solid timber floor boards glued to directly to plywood, which has been securely fixed to the concrete slab with the latest technology specialized concrete fixing tool. This is a far more reliable and superior system than direct stick to concrete which can have numerous inherent problems. see below *

12 -14mm thick floorboards glued to a 12mm plywood underlay is commonly referred to as "Plank on Ply." Lab tests have shown that floor boards glued to a plywood substrate have a 3 times stronger bond than when glued direct to concrete.

*Problems with Direct Stick to Concrete

It is important to know that a concrete slab, new or old, can vary considerably. There are many different scenarios which can cause adhesion failure of a direct stick to concrete application e.g.

  • curing compounds
  • inconsistencies/unevenness which can occur in concrete slabs
  • excessive moisture content of concrete slab, or moisture ingression.
  • joins or cracks in concrete slab
  • the common problem of adhesion failure due to the inferior bond of timber direct to concrete compared with timber to plywood.
  • levelling compounds incorrectly applied
  • unknown contaminants
  • porosity/flaking surface
  • High humidity extremes causing failure due to timber movement

While the glue is setting to the concrete, concrete "T" nails are generally used to fix floorboards. These are then punched and filled leaving large unsightly nail holes in the timber. Concrete is also cold and unforgiving and this can effect the nature of the timber. Upon completion of the installation, some customers have become aware of how cold and hard the direct stick to concrete floor feels. In the future, any repairs or removal of the direct stick to concrete floor becomes an extremely difficult and costly process. These are some of the reasons we do not direct stick to concrete and advise our customers to stay clear of this method.