In keeping with tradition, native timbers are being specified more than ever before, Sam says, although they’re also becoming harder and harder to access. “Recycled native timber flooring is generally made from old joists or weatherboards, but all too often when old houses are demolished, the materials aren’t saved so it is really in demand at the moment.”
It’s a trend that follows on from Europe, as does the move towards embracing knots as a way to add warmth and accentuate the natural beauty of timber flooring. Polyurethane finishes are being pushed out to make way for more natural treatments, with the New Zealand market favouring oiled treatments. “The oils we use are scratch-resistant and extremely durable so they are a great way to add character as well as functionality to a space.”
Engineered over solid wood flooring is the clear favourite in the market at the moment, but as Jarrad points out, there are two vastly different options once you’ve decided on engineered timber flooring.
“Unfinished engineered timber has a clear advantage in that it is sanded flat, on site, which means the colour can be completely customised as opposed to installing pre-finished planks that are already sanded and coloured. Using an unfinished product also means if there are any slight irregularities in the floor, they can often be sanded out.”
Goodwood Timber Flooring works across the full scope of flooring projects from preparation to installation and finishing, and specialises in the restoration of existing timber floors.