What you should know!
When considering where to buy your flooring there are some questions you need to ask.
- Where does it come from?
- Is it kiln dried?
- Is it end matched?
The quality of cypress does vary depending on where it is found. This is due to the climatic conditions where the trees grow. For example, cypress harvested from the South West towards the Victorian border is much heavier in knots and usually contains a fair percentage of casement knots (casement knots are those that frequently will fall out). Cypress harvested from the Piliga region of New South Wales has far less knots. Timber from this region has a high percentage of inter grown knots that form part of the timber and therefore will not fall out. Piliga cypress (north western New South Wales) is considerably richer in colour than that harvested in some other areas and parts of Queensland.
Cypress is usually kiln dried but sometimes air dried. The advantage of kiln drying cypress is that it speeds up the drying time and at the same time reduces the incidence of excessive variations in the moisture content of individual boards. When purchasing cypress or hardwood flooring it must be dried to the Australian standard of 10-15% moisture content. A period for local acclimatization to local atmospheric conditions is recommended.
The end matching of timber flooring is not new. End matching has been available for some years now but some cypress sawmillers still do not provide this service. End matching means there's a tongue and grooved joint on the ends of each floor board as well as on the edges. This means the boards can be joined anywhere on the floor even if not over a joist. End matching saves you 5% in timber as there's considerably less offcut. It also saves time in laying your floor as you no longer have to square cut the ends of the boards on the job.
We stock a full range of cypress flooring. When ordering we speak in terms of coverage. Coverage is what you see when the floor is laid, this being the width of each board not including the tongue. Stock sizes are - 62mm, 75mm, 85mm, 98mm, 100mm and 135mm.
This popular flooring often displays several colours from light straw to variegated browns in a single piece. It has highly decorative grain with termite resistance and many qualities not present in many other flooring species.
A range of the skirting profiles available