Specialty Floor Types
Repair & Care Of Floors
Hardwood Flooring Species - Australian Cypress
From Our Readers:
Finish Peeling On Australian Cypress Floor
Question: We had a new Aus Cypress floor installed and finished three weeks ago here in Steamboat Springs. The problem is the finish is beginning to look like it's wearing too fast.
Reply: Considering Australian Cypress is an oily wood chances are the floor was not finished immediately after the final sanding process. It is recommended not to let the floor acclimate before coating. What may have happened is the oil could have risen to the surface causing adhesion problems.
Floor Boards Showing Cracks
Question: We bought some Australian Cypress and began to cull out some of the bad stuff. What really surprises me are the large number of cracked boards. Should I complain and send it back to Lumber Liquidators?
Reply: What you are witnessing is common with the species itself. The product can be quite brittle with surface cracks (checking) are common place. For larger cracks or knots simply cut out the bad areas and use the rest.
What Kind Of Finish With Australian Cypress?
Reply: Water based finishes are suggested for the species because the oils in the hardwood itself can react with oil based floor finishes. Some manufacturers include Basic Coatings and Bona Kemi.
Tongues Split While Installing
Question: I'm having a devilish time nailing down this knotty hardwood my wife likes. The stuff is cracking at the tongues when I use the flooring tool. Is this stuff like this all the time?
Reply: Common with this hardwood because it is brittle before installing. Options to reduce tongue splitting include adjusting the angle in which the flooring nails enter the tongue area. You really have to play with it to get it to work without splits. Some guys have simply added a few pieces of duct tape to the bottom of the nailer.