Timbers of NZ, P O Box 17 627 Christchurch
Phone+64 3 365 3253 Fax +64 3 365 3252
We offer an attractive range of solid timber planks and patterned parquet flooring.
These can be laid over
concrete, particle board or joists. The authentic natural look and solid feel of
real timber brings warmth,
comfort and character into the interior. Solid timber performs very well as flooring
and bench tops. As with
antiques, the knocks and wear of living improves the appearance over time. We can
also install and finish the
floor for you. Supply and installation is nationwide.
We specialize in New Zealand grown timber and a few select imports. Our timber range
timbers such as Native Beech, Rimu, Miro, Matai, NZ hard oak, NZ hard ash, NZ grown
hardwoods (Blue gum, Ash eucalypt, Jarrah). We offer advice on the products that
perform best for a given
Timber is a natural product. It will exhibit a range of natural features such as
knots, cracks, and grain variation.
Our normal grade (OB- Ordinary Board Grade timber) will contain some of these features
but they do not impair performance
of the timber, only add to the character of your floor. In some timbers, a premium
can be paid for a dressing A
(DA) grade, which contains mostly clear wood.
Timber naturally absorbs moisture which swells its size. We kiln dry the timber so
that its moisture content is
similar to indoor humidity. However, it quickly reverts to the atmospheric humidity,
which swells or shrinks the
timber. Often timber shrinks a little over time as the humidity during building is
higher than when the house is
being lived in, with heating and closed doors. This is all part of the real timber
look. We try to avoid installing
floors in a damp environment by installing towards the end of the building process,
and also testing for moisture
levels in the substrate and if necessary, laying a moisture barrier between the concrete
pad and the floor. The
cost of this is specified in your quote.
Solid timber is a natural and healthy building material. In addition to polyurethane
finish you may wish to
consider either waterbased polyurethane or our range of flooring oils, varnishes
and waxes made from
natural ingredients. Please see our section on finishes for timber floors.
You receive a guarantee on the timber & workmanship. We follow NZ Standards Specifications
and timber flooring. We have had over 10 years successful experience with timber
and installing timber
floors. We often install into wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries. Besides
the many we have installed,
there are many earlier examples of solid T&G Flooring in good condition after decades
We usually direct stick to concrete or particle board. Solid timber floors have the
advantage over floating
floors of being firmly fixed to the substrate, which gives a solid feel which is
quiet to walk on. Over concrete
we fix the timber with a rubbery glue which provides a slight give. Most substrates
are not perfectly level and
there may be occasional hollow sounding areas where the timber bridges hollows or
bumps. Traditional floors
are hollow underneath between the joists which gives a slight spring in your step
and a more hollow sound.