Timber flooring brings the natural living environment from outside and into the comfort of our homes. Timber, for its look, its durability, and the tactile pleasantness it offers, makes for a very popular flooring solution.
Among the many select Australian timber flooring options, jarrah remains particularly popular, especially in Australia.
The Jarrah Tree - Australian in Every Way
Jarrah is a sort of eucalyptus tree, part of the myrtle family, that ranges in colour from deep reds and tinted browns to pale yellows and soft oranges. They grow on the iron-rich plains of Western Australia, east of Perth down to Albany. The name itself, jarrah, couldn't be any more Australian as it comes from the Aboriginal language of Nyungar.
Due to its durability and abundance back in the 1920s and '30s, jarrah was commonly used as parquet in pre-war buildings and throughout homes built in those decades.
Today Jarrah timber flooring is a popular choice that can give your home a classic, elegant touch in homage to Australia's history and to the beauty of our landscape.
The Many Uses of Jarrah
Jarrah is highly resistant to weather, rot, and insects (notably termites) making it particularly attractive for a range of outdoor uses - decks, outdoor furniture, hot tubs. The high density of jarrah also renders it more fire-resistant than other timbers, making it useful in bridge construction and railway sleepers.
The timber boasts rich reddish-brown colour and an attractive grain, giving it the decorative qualities that make it a coveted choice for furniture and parquetry.
Additionally, jarrah is also used in the crafting of musical instruments from percussion to guitar inlays.READ MORE...
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What is jarrah flooring?
Jarrah is a unique Australian hardwood widely celebrated by industry experts for its strength and durability. It is widely sought-after by homeowners who want to add a touch of classic elegance.
The Janka Hardness Test
The Janka hardness test is conducted by the timber flooring industry to compare the hardness of different materials. It consists of pushing a steel ball into wood fibre until it submerges half of the diameter of the ball. The force exerted is measured in kN (kilonewton) and serves as the basis for the Janka rating.
Jarrah has a high Janka rating of 8.5. Comparatively, balsa wood – the weakest wood – has a Janka rating of .98, while the hardest wood – Australian Buloke – has a ranking of 22.5.
The Australian Timber Flooring Association (AFTA) Hardness Scale
The AFTA proposes a different, simpler type of rating. They have created a table grouping woods into four categories – Soft, Moderately Hard, Hard, and Very Hard. In this table, jarrah is classified as Hard.
What patterns and styles does jarrah flooring come in?
Jarrah is celebrated for its deep and robust reds and typically darkens over time with long exposure to natural light. Its texture varies but is, in general, moderately coarse with a grain pattern that is sometimes interlocking.
Jarrah is a popular choice for indoor use, such as flooring and cabinets, and for outdoor use, notably in decks and outdoor furniture.
Integra Direct’s Gold Coast showrooms display one of Australia’s largest range of timber planks, including jarrah. Come in and give our range of planks a thorough inspection.
What are the Pros and Cons of jarrah flooring?
This Australian dark red wood is primarily associated with classic elegance and is known to industry experts as very durable and resistant to insect infestations and rot. Naturally, its principal advantages lie in the warm stylish sophistication it brings to any room and its reputation for being long-lasting.
On the other hand, as a consequence of its well-earned reputation for elegance and durability, the price of jarrah flooring is higher than other timber solutions for the floor.
Jarrah Flooring Gets Better With Age
All natural timbers, as they are living materials, change in appearance over time. As they are exposed to sunlight, they tend to soften in colour and lighten in hue. However, jarrah shows its age in a near opposite fashion, darkening with exposure to natural light, becoming richer with a deeper hue.
Like a good Australian wine, jarrah flooring gets better with age.
Jarrah Flooring Is Tough And Durable
Jarrah is known for being incredibly tough and durable, making it a stylish option appropriate for all rooms in your home, even those that receive high levels of foot traffic.
Jarrah is resistant to insect infestation, such as those that might be caused by termites. In Queensland, where there is a reported 10 to 40 percent chance of termite infestation, jarrah is a particularly appealing flooring solution.
Jarrah is resistant to rot brought on by exposure to water. This makes jarrah also practical for the kitchen.
Jarrah Flooring is Rich in Natural Beauty
The grain found in jarrah timber has an interlocked, almost way texture to it, which, along with the deep red of the wood, helps give the flooring a warm classically elegant touch. Unique naturally-occurring defects in jarrah, such as streaks or occasional gum pockets, further contribute to its warm and natural appearance.
While this type of look is highly sought after in Australia, it may clash with a hyper-minimalist, ultra-sleek interior design concept where any variation in texture or colour is undesirable.
What areas of my home is jarrah flooring suited for?
Jarrah is quite versatile. Because it is a dense timber, it is extremely durable and highly resistant to insects. This means that jarrah is suitable for both outdoor and indoor use, including the kitchen and areas of high foot traffic.
Its natural beauty helps add warmth and elegance to any room of the home. And the relatively low maintenance it requires means that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style.
What subfloors can jarrah flooring be laid over?
Almost every type of domestic subfloor can have solid timber flooring, such as jarrah, laid over it.
Installers should ensure that any subfloor is smooth, flat and use a straight edge to locate undulations greater than 3mm over 2m, which must be attended to. Some grinding or sanding may be required where edges and lipping occur in tiled or particle-board floors may.
Let Integra Direct’s experienced experts inspect your home and advise you on the best approach to take.
Integra Direct can also guide DIYers with the necessary information and products that will give their projects a professional finish.
What if I damage my new jarrah flooring?
All floors run the risk of incurring damage. However, as jarrah flooring is especially tough and resistant, this Australian timber is more likely to withstand the rigours of day-to-day life.
Dragging heavy fridges or furniture without protective pads may cause surface marks. In some cases, a single plank can be removed and substituted for by a new undamaged plank.
Call Integra Direct for a service call by one of our professional installers.
How long will jarrah flooring last?
Solid timber flooring typically lasts between 25 and 35 years. However, you can expect jarrah to fare better. Not only will it last longer than other types of timber, but jarrah has the reputation of increasing its beauty over time.
Jarrah flooring exposed to sunlight may eventually show a change in colour. Depending on your interior design choice, this change may be favourable, as it typically brings about a darkening of the wood and a deepening of the grains’ colour.
Jarrah is beautiful Australian wood, famous for its durability, which makes jarrah flooring an ideal choice for rooms of high foot traffic, rooms prone to moisture and homes susceptible to termite infestation.
Jarrah is a rich decorative timber whose natural beauty adds warmth and elegance to any room of the home.
Visit Integra Direct’s Gold Coast showrooms and see for yourself.