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National Wood Flooring Association of Australia

3 Technical Specifications - Wood Floors

A guide to selecting and specifying attributes which you desire to incorporate in your Wood Floor System.

This guide seeks to provide guidance to Architects, Engineers, Designers, Builders Specifiers and Home Owners in the choices which are available when selecting and specifying a Wood Floor System.

This guide seeks to highlight a combination of elements, from which a selection is made, in designing a Wood Floor “System” for Parquet and Tongue and Grooved Timber Floors and Pre-Finished Engineered Plank Floors that are designed to meet your needs.


This guide also seeks to answer many of the most frequently asked questions about Wood Floors and highlight those matters, which should be given specific consideration when making choices about type and style of your Wood Floor system.

3.01 Wood Floors are Manufactured From Natural Timber

* TIMBER is a RENEWABLE RESOURCE... read more> > >

3.02 What is a Wood Flooring System

* Wood Floors come in many different systems and include the following... read more>>>

3.03 Pattern & Design of Your Wood Floor

* Locations close to a large body of water will be subject to more movement... read more> > > 

3.04 Client Expectations

Problems occur in any industry when client expectations are not met.

In crafting this guide, it is intended that designer and client alike shall give due consideration to and acquire a balanced understanding of, those aspects of good floor design that can achieve the most rewarding satisfaction for each and every client.

* 3.04a HOME DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS read more> > >
* 3.04b TRANSPORT & ON-SITE STORAGE read more> > >

3.05 Construction Methods


* 3.05a PIER AND BEAM CONSTRUCTION read more> > >
* 3.05b CONCRETE SLAB CONSTRUCTION read more> > >

3.06 Pattern & Design of Your Wood Floor

* 3.06 SUB FLOOR VENTILATION &   3.06a SITE DRAINAGE read more> > >

3.07 Natural Movement

* As indicated earlier, being hygroscopic, timber continues to move... read more> > >

3.08 How Do I Choose A Timber

As Timber is very often selected because of its color.

As the range of timber species from which you may make a selection is now so extensive, the following information may be of assistance in coming to a decision. However, please consult with, and discuss these matters with your NWFAA “specialist” wood floor contractor.

* 3.08a COLOUR IN WOOD read more> > >
* 3.08b GRADING

3.09 Board Width & Method of Fixing

* Tongue and grooved flooring is most regularly supplied in ... read more> > >

3.10 Parquet Sizes

* The patterns &   designs available in parquet flooring are almost limitless ... read more> > >


3.11 Choosing A Timber Finish

The following information will assist you to understand the alternatives and help you to ask the right questions when discussing the various options with your flooring supplier.

* 3.11 COLOUR, FEATURES & BOARD WIDTH... read more> > >
* 3.11a TUNG OIL... read more> > >
* 3.11b POLYURETHANE... read more> > >
* 3.11c LINING & 3.11d STAINING.... read more> > >

3.12 Caring For your Timber Floor

* A little sensible care will keep your timber floor a pleasure forever... read more> > > 

3.13 Parquet Sizes

* Timber Flooring Checklist... read more> > >