Timber Flooring Adelaide

Timber Flooring Adelaide : Handypine Supplies in Adelaide S.A. is a flooring specialist that supplies a full range of timber flooring. Call (08) 8341 2095. 

From flooring ideas, species selection, easy maintenance hints and products, available finishes, installation details or supply and install, Handypine Supplies can offer it all!

In addition to its incomparable natural beauty, timber flooring also has many other advantages, from its low allergy products to its easy care maintenance.

Timber Flooring - Adelaide

“With a family of my own, concern to protect my children from asthma and other such respiratory ailments, made timber flooring Adelaide my first choice. It is hard wearing, easy to maintain and provides a safe, easy, cleanable playground for children, that is soft underfoot and has natural thermal properties”.

Our staff at Handypine are professional and experienced, keen to help and while we have an extensive range of timber flooring suitable for you to peruse, it is important to note that not all timber species are suitable for all applications.

Use our experience now to narrow down your options to timbers and flooring methods available for your specific application, or simply browse the species of timber on offer to formulate a general design concept.



Timber Flooring Adelaide – Specific Applications

Existing Coverings

Soft coverings such as carpet can go over the top of a timber floor but not under it! As the Boral ad says “whoever heard of anybody ripping up a lovely timber floor hoping to find a worn out piece of carpet!” Carpets etc should be removed prior to installation of any of our timber flooring methods on offer to ensure a firm sub-base exists for your beautiful timber floor.

Building under Construction

Many different options for installing timber floors are available depending on the stage of your building development. If your building is already existing, select the sub-floor method used. Note, it may be necessary to remove a small section of any floor covering to determine this, or alternatively give us a call.

Building at Design Stage

If your building or extension is still on the drawing boards, you may have a choice as to whether to use a concrete slab, dwarf walls and the type of construction for the second storey or higher. Each method has its own unique advantages from a flooring perspective.

The following information will help you to understand these issues from this perspective.

However, site factors and building techniques also impact heavily on the building construction cost of these alternatives, which must therefore be discussed with your architect, designer or builder as these other considerations may outweigh the flooring preferences..

 Concrete slabs are a common method of construction on level blocks. We offer three choices in applying a solid timber floor over concrete slabs. They differ in terms of the finished height of the floor versus adjoining areas, softness underfoot, width of boards it is possible to use, and cost.

Big cost savings can be made by reviewing these options.

 If the timber is fastened directly to the concrete, the floor may be hard. However, battens can be fastened to the concrete to make the floor softer to walk on and the spring in the floor can be adjusted by the spacing of the battens to create exactly the same feel as the traditional floor over dwarf walls and joists. Alternatively, Maxlon™ PSA underlay can be used under direct stick timbers to give a cushioned feel to the floor if desired..

Dwarf walls are small walls set on footings adjacent to and between the external and internal support walls. They may be the only option on a sloping block unless you want a lot of cut and filling prior to pouring a level slab.

 On very steep blocks, dwarf walls may be cost ineffective and reference should be made to the methods used for second storey construction. They may not be an option on certain soil types (e.g. sands).

The direction of the dwarf walls will determine the direction of your floorboards. Adequate underfloor ventilation must be designed into the walls beneath the floor level. Dwarf walls support joists that run at right angles across the dwarf walls and the end result is a “springy” softer floor you will have experienced with traditional timber floors which were normally laid using this method.

The amount of spring is determined by the distance between the joists. Traditionally, this was set at 500 mm in old Adelaide homes, but 450 mm is more typical in construction today.

Timber Flooring Adelaide – Second Storey Construction

A second storey may have a concrete slab floor or timber joists. If the floor is concrete, refer to the information for a concrete slab on the ground floor.

If the second storey has joists to support the floor, there are two major options; the floor can become a part of the structural design of the building or it can be laid over the existing or proposed ply or particle board flooring.

Structural Design

One of the benefits of this method is that there are cost savings from not using a ply or particle board floor in the first instance. Similarly, where desired, the floor can be used to form a feature ceiling, with exposed beams, for the room below, thus eliminating the cost of applying ceiling lining material.

If you elect to use this method, the following points should be considered in the design process:

  • The floor cannot be used as a platform during the first fix building stage because the timber may get wet, affected by direct sunlight, heat, moisture and even damaged by building work.
  • Even if the building has been taken to the lock up stage, prior to installing the timber floor, protection must be provided for the timber floor during the second fix stage. The best concept is to cover the boards with Fortecon™ plastic sheeting then 3 mm Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) or 3 mm Plywood to provide protection whilst the second fix work is in progress e.g. tiling, skirting, kitchen cabinets installation, etc
  • The joists are ideally at 450 mm centres. If the joists are laminated beams or I-beams, there must be sufficient surface depth in the beams to allow for secret nailing or top nailing. If the joists and bottom of the floor boards are to form an exposed ceiling, the joists must be chosen to fit in with the look and feel desired or provision should be made to box them in with suitable material which meets the aesthetic criteria. If steel beams are used, provision must be made for a suitable depth batten to go over the top of the beams to enable the floor to be nailed to them.

Overlay an Existing Platform

A platform of ply or particle board will generally be used where overall construction methods offer cost savings to do it this way, or construction method uses the first floor ceiling as an exposed platform during first fix construction.