There is a growing interest in the restoration of block flooring and a demand for timber flooring.

The Flooring Connection has noted an increase in the restoration of existing block flooring, the use of reclaimed old block floors as well as the demand for timber flooring manufactured from alien trees by industry professionals in both the commercial and domestic markets.

This increased interest has been sparked by the company’s ability to supply and install timber flooring to the market at very competitive prices when compared to alternate types of floor coverings.

This interest is further enhanced by the fact that the industry has the necessary technology to restore the existing, old parquet block flooring in which teak, mahogany, oak, chamfuti, kiaat and an assortment of eucalyptus timbers have been used. This new demand for oiled and waxed floors simplifies the maintenance of timber and alleviates the need for future sanding, thereby enhancing the restoration process even more.

The availability of installation materials has also played a positive role, as it has made the process of installing timber so much easier and as a result, cleaner and quicker. These installation methods range from using traditional bitumen when restoring old floor blocks to using InstaLay/Eco-Lay, which provides excellent acoustic, thermal and cushioning performance for the solid timber floors. The InstaFloor cradle system also enables a floating installation, resulting in the easy levelling of traditional solid timber flooring. This system plays a major role in ensuring that the installation of traditional timber flooring is quick and easy.

According to The Flooring Connection, there are also several green benefits related to using locally sourced alien trees as they pose no threat to the local and imported hardwood timber forests. “This provides us with beautiful hardwood timbers in the form of Cedar, Red ironbark, grey ironbark, numerous other species of eucalyptus as well as African teak that are SFC certified,” the company concludes.