If you’re in the process of choosing a timber for your home’s flooring, you’ve probably realised that there are a lot of different species available and that narrowing your options down can be quite the challenge. Blackbutt timber flooring is one that has been growing in popularity over the years – part of the reason for this is that it’s an incredibly attractive and durable hardwood that will stand the test of time in any Australian home.

But how does its beauty and durability benefit you? We have outlined just some of the main benefits in the list below, all of which combine to give this hardwood the beauty and durability it is known for.

• Colour

Believe it or not, blackbutt is actually available in a range of different colours. It generally ranges from cream to pale brown but sometimes has a tinge of pink. The colour you receive will depend on where the hardwood has been grown –nutrients in the soil, the climate and a wealth of other factors go into determining its colour. It means that you will have some nice variations in the floorboards.


• Stains & Oils

Most people who install blackbutt timber flooring in their homes like to stain or oil the surface to really bring out the colour and natural grain (as well as to offer it some protection against wear and tear). The great thing about this hardwood is that it takes stains and oils quite well, resulting in rich colours that are sure to be the envy of your friends and family. A range of colours and consistencies can be used.


• Fire Resistance

Did you know that blackbutt is one of the least flammable eucalypts in existence? In fact, it usually survives most moderate size bushfires. It is one of only seven timber species that has been found suitable by the Building Commission of Victoria for use in bushfire prone areas. If you live in one of these areas or just have a general awareness of fires in the home, this hardwood could be just the solution.


• Toughness

The strength and durability of blackbutt means that it is suitable for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications, besides the traditional flooring. This means that the same timber can be used for multiple elements around your home, creating a sense of cohesiveness that is really quite attractive. This also means that you can walk all over the hardwood without fear of damage, even in high heels!


• Versatility

Thanks to its neutral colouring, even texture and typically straight grain, you’ll find that blackbutt actually complements a wide variety of decors (from contemporary through to antique). Some timbers are distinctly better suited to one style of décor over another, but this one is incredibly versatile and can be used in pretty much every Australian home with ease. It will look as if it has always been there.


We hope that this article has encouraged you to consider blackbutt timber flooring for your home. As well as being an incredibly attractive hardwood that will work well in any home, it’s a very durable material that will stand up to wear and tear quite well. If you have any questions or concerns about using blackbutt around your home, be sure to contact a timber expert. They will be able to make recommendations based on your needs.