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Chelsea Flooring Floorboards

Chelsea Flooring gives you full control over your home and office construction or beautification project. We provide recommendations when necessary, but we always allow our clients to choose their timber floorboards in Perth. We will give you the opportunity to weigh your options so you can make the right choice.

Choosing the right timber floorboards is important to achieve the look you want for your property. There are many types of timber on the market today. As such, selecting the right one can be challenging. With the help of our team, you can easily identify which floorboards will work best for your home or office.

We Provide Information and Assistance

At Chelsea Flooring, we aim to help you make informed decisions for your flooring installation project. You can choose from a range of timber products sourced from trusted local and international mills. We provide complete information about our floorboards and give you an idea on how they will look like once installed in your property. We know you might need help from a professional, so we send one of our flooring specialists to your premises for a consultation and assessment.

How To Choose Your Perfect Timber Floor

There are many considerations and decisions to make when choosing the right floorboards for your situation. Whether it’s for residential or commercial use, selecting the right timber grade, colour and finish can make a dramatic difference to the overall aesthetic of your timber floor. We provide the tools and assistance you need to make the process easier. Our guide below is designed to help simplify your decision as to the best timber floor for your circumstances.

  • 1. Colour Choice
    • colour choice browns
    • colour choic creams
    • colour choice reds

    It’s much easier to choose the colour group preferred before deciding on a specific timber. Generally, timber can be categorised into three different colour groups: Browns, Creams and Reds. Consider which colour is best going to suit the surrounding colours and furniture.
    You can view installed examples of different timber types, here !

  • 2. Grade Choice
    • grade choice character
    • grade choice select
    • grade choice standard

    The grade of timber chosen can have as dramatic effect as the colour selection. There are three main grades of timber, all graded to Australian standards.

    Character or feature grade

    Similar to standard grade but with features more frequent and dominant. Feature grade has knots, gum veins, branch markings and insect trails displaying all the natural appeal of the timber.

    Select grade

    The features that are present are relatively small and few in numbers. Irrespective of the species the features although visible do not dominate the appearance of the floor creating a sleek and “unblemished” look.

    Standard Grade

    This grade contains moderate feature levels. A “subtle” showcase of the timbers natural features.

    You can view installed examples of different timber types, here !

  • 3. Board Sizes

    There are different board sizes for different looks and applications. Chelsea Flooring has a vast choice of wood flooring with planks of differing thicknesses and widths for various flooring conditions.


    The thickness of the timber is usually determined by the subfloor requirements. If the timber is being directly fixed to a concrete slab, plywood, existing timber or particleboard, this is known as overlay flooring and the thickness of your timber will need to range from 10 – 14mm. If the sub floor is the traditional bearers and joists then this requires structural flooring, which starts at 19mm in thickness.


    The width of the planks will also have a profound effect on the timber floor’s appearance. The standard width board is considered between 80 – 90mm whilst a wider board is considered anything above 105mm, however, the width can be increased to as much as 220mm with some timber species. When using a standard width board the floor is given the appearance of more colour and grain variation throughout due to the number of boards that are laid compared to a wider board.

    The wider the board the more consistency and free flowing appearance is achieved. This will also vary from species to species as some timbers naturally have more colour and grain variation and others have a more even colour tone.

  • 4. Timber Hardness and Density


    The Janka hardness scale is the industry standard for judging the ability of various species to withstand denting and wear – The higher the Janka, the harder the wood.

    You will only need to avoid the softer woods (those with a Janka rating of less than 5.5), such as the oaks, if you are anticipating particularly heavy use of your wood floor. For most residential applications, all wood types are suitable.

  • 5. Solid Timber Flooring vs Engineered Flooring

    There are 2 main types of timber floors available today, their differences and pros and cons are explained below.

    Solid Timber Flooring

    Solid timber floors are made 100% of the one timber variety and can be machined in various thicknesses and widths to suit your situation.

    Solid timber floors provide a more natural, traditional look when compared with engineered floors; however, they are generally more expensive.

    Engineered Flooring

    Engineered floors are a layered plank composed using a thick top layer of hardwood, glued to a resistant multi-layered core of plywood. The hardwood top layer is what gives the plank its aesthetic qualities and the multi layered core is equally important acting as a strong sub-structure which balances the natural tension of the plank and gives the flooring its stability, elasticity and resistance to twisting and compression.

    The stability of engineered floors will often make it a better choice for extreme environments, such as a large windowed room where the floor will be exposed to considerable sunlight. Engineered Floors can be installed pre-finished in a wide range of coating finishes. This eliminates the need for the sanding & polishing and is ideal when there is a limited timeframe for installation or for convenience if trying to renovate whilst living in the premises.

    As a general rule, they are less expensive than the solid timber floors.

  • 6. The Finishes
    It is important to remember that the different choices in coatings can affect the finished appearance of the floor.

    Chelsea Flooring has two tried and tested finishes that we offer being two pack polyurethane and water base finishes.

    Solvent based Polyurethane Coatings – Matt, Semi and High Gloss

    Using a solvent based coating will help to bring the deep colour and vibrancy out of the wood grain and provides a high level of coating build (coating thickness) across the floor. Solvent-based coatings tend to darken and yellow with age, which will tend to darken the appearance of the floor with time. Some people don’t like this quality of the solvent based coatings.

    Solvent base coatings are less expensive than the water based coatings.

    Water Based Polyurethane Coatings – Naturalle, Matt, Satin and Gloss

    Water based coatings provides a more natural finish that will help keep the true colour and tone of the timber for longer (they don’t darken and yellow with age like the solvent based coatings). Despite being a more expensive finish, today, approximately 75% of customers opt for the water-based finish.

    Hopefully, the above has guided you in your selection of timber type and finish, so that you can create a stunning area for your home or business. To help you further we would recommend you visit our large display in our showroom and speak to our experienced staff. With our guidance, we will help you find that dream floor you have seen in a display home or the homes magazines.

    Make Chelsea Flooring your premier supplier and installer of high quality timber floor boards in Perth. Contact us today to book an initial consultation with one of our team members.