Selection Process

Selecting the right timber floor for your new home or renovation with all the style, timber and colour choices can sometimes seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. At NS Timber Flooring we take the confusion out of the selection process and help you make the right choice. Along with all types of timber flooring products, we offer a complete timber flooring solution, supporting you from concept through to completion and beyond.


The simple selection process below can be used to guide to to the right flooring choice. If you aren't sure on any of the options, our friendly consultants are available to assist you.



What are you applying your floor to:

Over concrete

  • Direct to concrete - the direct fixing method of gluing solid timber, engineered timber and other forms of timber flooring products to concrete invovles using specially formulated adhesives to glue the product directly to the concrete subfloor. It is important to note that many species of solid timber products are not suited to this form of installation as the movement in timber can be too strong - we can assist in selecting a species that suits this method.
  • Plywood over concrete - using this method, a plywood sheet floor is fixed to the concrete slab over a .200um polythene moisture barrier. The floorboards are then fixed to the plywood base by secret nailing. This method has a total profile depth of about 34mm for the 19mm thick flooring.
  • Battens over concrete - this method is a series of timber battens fixed with masonry anchors to the concrete slab, over polythene sheeting at a spacing to suit the particular flooring product used. Solid timber tongue and grooved floorboards are then fixed to the battens. One method has a total profile depth of 54mm wide boards, 19mm thick. Another is a cost efficient 19mm batten for a total floor height of 38mm. A sill may be required at the junction between the boards and lower profile flooring products (Carpet/Ceramic Tiles) used in the building. In a new building this difference can be more easily accommodated through a set down in the concrete.

Over a sheet floor

  • Similar to Plywood Over Concrete, sheet floors are essentially a floor with a plywood surface that allows for he floorboards are then fixed to the plywood base by secret nailing. This method has a total profile depth of about 34mm for the 19mm thick flooring.

Over existing timber floor

  • If you have an existing timber floor, the new floor can be installed directly over the top.






Do you want to be able to sand, re-sand or change stain colour in the future:

Having the ability to re-sand and polish a timber floor provides the option to change the look of your entire home without replacing your floor. There are two options when it comes to this:

  • Raw Timber - A timber flooring product that can be sanded, re-sanded and stained
  • Pre-finished Timber - A timber flooring product that is factory finished and stained. Excluding some exceptions, these products can generally not be re-sanded or polished.






What grade (surface appearance) of timber are you wanting:

The Grade of a timber floor is not a reflection of quality, but a reflection of the surface appearance of the timber boards. Standard Australian Grading is defined under three names.

  • Select - a fine surface with minimal natural variations of the timber
  • Standard - a beautiful appearance showcasing variations in grain structure and patterning, as well as natural features present in the timber such as gum veins and insect trails
  • Rustic - the most natural appearance of the timbers diverse gain structure and patterning, as well as other strong characteristics in the timber





What width of the timber boards are you wanting:

The width of the individual timber boards can have a dramatic impact on the overall appearance of the floor. The choice of width comes down to a personal preference, with board widths commonly falling into three different sizes as detailed below.

  • Standard Width - board widths ranging from 75mm to 99mm
  • Wideboard - board widths ranging from 100mm to 150mm
  • Extra Wideboard - board widths greater than 150mm





What timber colour tones are you wanting:

The colour of a timber floor is most likely going to be the most important part of the selection process. The colour is what has the greatest impact on your floors appearance. A floor's colour can be anything you like thanks to timbers natural ability to take stains and paints, however you may find that if you are for example wanting a deep red floor that selecting a naturally red timber will give the best outcome.

Colour options for timber floors range from:

  • Reds
  • Browns
  • Blondes
  • Mixed
  • And of course any other colour thanks to stains, waxes and paints.





Our recommendation

Based you your answers we recommend you look at the following products - if you would like one of our consultants to assist you further, please contact us by clicking here.

No suggested products based on your answers, contact our team to see what they suggest


  • Big River - Blue Gum (138mm wide) more information or view images

  • Big River - Flooded Gum (138mm wide) more information or view images

  • There are no recommended products that match your answers, however if you are happy to change the Grade from 'Rustic' to 'Select' then the following products match your other answers.

    There are no recommended products that match your answers, however if you are happy to change the Grade from 'Rustic' to 'Select' then the following products match your other answers.

    There are no recommended products that match your answers, however if you are happy to change the Board Width from 'Standard Width' to 'Wideboard' or 'Extra Wideboard' then the following products match your other answers.

    There are no recommended products that match your answers, however if you are happy to change the Grade from 'Standard' to 'Select' then the following products match your other answers.

    There are no recommended products that match your answers, however if you are happy to change the Grade from 'Standard' to 'Select' then the following products match your other answers.

    There are no recommended products that match your answers, however if you are happy to change the Board Width from 'Standard Width' to 'Wideboard' or 'Extra Wideboard' and the Grade to 'Select' then the following products match your other answers.



    Stains, waxes and finishes

    Stains, waxes and finishes are what give that final touch of character to your new timber floor. Whether you are changing the colour of your timber's surface or simply adding a glossy shine these products are an important part to any timber floor, new or old. These products also help to seal the floor, providing long term protect against many unwanted accidents.

    When choosing how to finish your floor it is important to select a quality product that provides the best results and long term performance. For the more information on the best products currently available please contact a NS Timber Flooring Design Consultant on (07) 3881 1158 or by clicking here



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