Whether you are building a new home or renovating your current one, architects and interior designers alike often recommend spotted gum flooring. It is a highly attractive choice that is sure to last a lifetime – no wonder it’s such a favourite amongst builders of Australia! If you are wondering whether this timber is an appropriate choice for your home, we have outlined some of its main benefits to help you reach a decision.
▪ Aesthetic Appeal
One of the main reasons that this timber is so popular is that it is a highly attractive option. It can be stained and polished to really bring out its natural colouring and grain, providing your space with a real natural appearance. It is also known to generate less dust throughout the home, which ensures that you don’t need to clean as often. Less dust will also provide asthma sufferers with some relief.
Another of the great things about spotted gum is that it is an extremely durable timber, so you can rest assured it will last a lifetime. When compared with other species and even other materials, you will see a distinct difference in the expected lifetimes. This provides homeowners with the peace of mind that their flooring won’t be subjected to decay or termite infestation, which are highly damaging.
▪ Fire Resistance
In this day and age, the use of fire resistant materials (particularly in the bushfire prone areas of Australia) is becoming paramount. The great thing about this particular timber species is that it is fire resistant, so you will have one less thing to worry about during bushfire season. In saying this, it is important to remember that wood will burn – this one, once treated, will just be a lot harder to ignite.
Whilst this point does link with the one above regarding durability, we also wanted to point out that spotted gum flooring is hardwearing. This means that it is perfect for those high traffic areas of the home and it won’t sustain any noticeable damage. Feel free to walk around in stiletto heels, to let your kids play cars and to let your pets run free – none of these activities will dent or gouge the floor!
▪ Two Varieties
Here in Australia, we are fortunate enough to have access to two varieties of this timber – one from New South Wales and the other from Queensland. Whilst there aren’t too many differences between the two – they are both of the same high quality – the main ones tend to be depth of colour and grain (it is said that the Queensland one offers this). No matter which variety you choose, it will look great!
And we have only scraped the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all of the benefits and features that spotted gum flooring will offer your home. On top of this, it is also available in a number of sizes, ensuring that your floorboards will be the perfect width for your home. If you are having trouble choosing a flooring material or still have questions about this gorgeous timber, ensure that you speak with a professional.