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Alternative flooring options add the natural beauty of timber without the costs

High end timber flooring never goes out of fashion. For upmarket retail, office settings or homes, the warmth and beauty of timber is timeless and classic. However, advances in flooring technology can now provide alternatives without the cost and maintenance of natural timber flooring.

The luxury look of herringbone planks has now been replicated in an easy drop and lock multi-layer flooring in the Strata collection from Woodland Lifestyle. Design options abound as the lightweight herringbone planks in four oak colours can be laid in single or double patterns or used as borders with diagonal inserts. The planks incorporate an award winning Isocore Technology® layer which is highly engineered and stable over expansive areas offering continuous flooring throughout open plan fit outs.  An added bonus is the planks are 100% waterproof so the flooring can continue into wet areas and makes for easy maintenance.

Timber floors have traditionally been noisy however this six-layer flooring incorporates sound mitigating underlay reducing both the reflected and transmitted sound.  This improves the interior environment particularly for apartment complexes and busy cafes and restaurants. Staff also benefit with the softness, comfort, and warmth underfoot.

Durability is further enhanced by a ceramic bead overlay and Ultra- fresh™ finish, giving warranties of seven years for commercial applications and lifetime for residential.

If seeking a more subdued timber plank flooring but retaining high end looks, the Balterio Grande Wide in extra-large 2m long planks offers a reproduction which is unparalleled. The European superior printing process has achieved an ultra-high-definition timber look plank which is indecipherable from the eight natural colours of oak. A 10 square metre pattern repeat also gives a more genuine plank look.

Extra-large planks give an impression of luxury and the parquet bevel edging also adds to its charm. Large or small interiors benefit from the 240mm x 2.05m planks which if laid on an angle enhance the perception of space.

Team this with a 1mm thickness build for extra scratch and wear resistance and a water repellent Hydro Shield finish then you have a versatile timber flooring for all interior spaces. Forget, any of the ongoing maintenance associated with natural timber flooring, which is stained or polished. The Balterio Grande is easy to maintain and warranted for 12 years in commercial spaces and 25 years for residential.

Commercial interiors can now include the luxury of timber without the costs, labour and maintenance once associated with natural timbers and engineered timber flooring.


Words L M Powell

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