Can you help me if my floor is too damaged to be sanded?
The condition of some old floors can be worse than it look. The floor having layers of old paint and varnish are protected underneath. Once the process of sanding begins you can see the beauty of the natural wood coming through quickly. Once the main sanding is completed anyfixing work like repairing of cracks dents or spot-sanding is carried out.
Is the sanding process through machine dust free?
There will be some dust in sanding process as it is unavoidable but our professional sanding machines are 98% dust free. If there is an uneven floor there will be higher percentage of dust as compare to normal evened floor. We also have high–powered dust-extracting machines for those clients for who low-dust is priority.Moreover we tape up doors and cupboards and if working on stairs we also isolate the stairwell with plastic sheets so dust does not blowout throughout the house.
How long does floor sanding process take?
Mostly it takes a single day to sand an average-sized room (bedroom, lounge or hallway for instance) and an extra day isneeded to hand finish and varnish/wax or oil. However unexpectedconditionslike repairs to the main body of the floor or replacement of some boards will take an extra-long than the desired time. In addition to that some additional time will be required for the varnish, wax or oil finish cure fully and at the time of which floor should not be walked on. Our experts will let you know how long it will take depending on the floor finish chosen.
Why should I opt for wooden floor?
One of the biggest advantages of wooden floor is that they’re warm in winter and cool in summer.
Apart from that they arehypoallergenic,hygienic, don’t harbour parasites or odours and they are easy to clean and maintain and most importantly they look really, really good.
Is filling the gaps between my floorboards a good idea?
If you are keen to in order to eliminate draughts gaps filling between floorboards is a good idea. Most of the houses have airbricks at ground floor level which constituently results in airflow beneath the floor. When the old fitted floor cover is removed draughts is created. Gap filling will stop these draughts and also give aesthetic appeal as the gap-filled floor creates a seamless visual appearance.
What’s the process for gap filling?
In order to fill the gaps we use narrow wood strips which are then glued between the floorboards and then sanded down to in order to bring them in level to boards. Moreover if the gaps are very small we will use filler.
Will the colour of floor change after sanding?
It simply depends on the wood used on your floor. For natural hardwoods floors like oak, mahogany and maple the colour tends to be darker and in case of softwood pine it can vary from a pale honey colour to a dark, golden brown. However you can stain, bleached, waxed or oiled all most all woodfloors to whatever colour you’d like them to be.
Should we use varnish, wax or oil?
In case of wax or varnish finishes periodic re-coating will be required. The protective barriers created by wax or varnish on the floor will eventually wear through and a new coat will need to be applied again. If it does wear through to the bare wood dust and dirt will quickly be trodden in to the wood grain. Re sanding of floor will be required in order to remove this dirt
In case of oiled floors it does not create any protective barrier above the wood, instead the wood absorbs allthe oil i.e. it can repel liquid and dirt. The key benefit of using oiling on the floor is that local repairs can be carried out to damage areas.But re-oiling will need to be carried out more frequently than varnishing.
What all are the maintenance options for each finish?
In case of varnished or waxed floors good clean door mats are required as they trap any grit and dirt, sweep and vacuum regularly and watch for any signs of wear and tear. The key here is maintenance – if you keep grit, dirt off your floor it’s unlikely you’ll need to carry out re-varnishing or re-waxing.
On the other hand oiled floors need to be re-nourished periodically as daily floor usage gradually removes the oil impregnated in the wood. For a domestic condition re-oiling should ideally be carried out in every 18 to 36 months. Daily cleaning should be with a vacuum or dry ‘dust-catching’ mop. Damp wiping can also be carried out with the help of correct floor cleaner.
What’s the need to use stain and a varnish? Why not use a coloured varnish?
Varnish is offered in different colours like teak or oak. The advantage of using this is basically time and convenience during application. The disadvantage of using it is that with each coat you apply the colour changes and darkens more. As a coloured varnish wears with time and traffic, the colour starts to be affected immediately. With our process, the seal is protecting both the wood and the colour stain, ensuring that the stain remains consistent for a longer time.
How long will my new floor last?
Regular use of floor increases the wear. In an average family home of two adults, two children maybe a medium sized dog, the hallways which will receive most traffic in the house. The floor will last for 4-5 yearswithout a quality mat and with very minimal maintenance.Whereas,regular cleaning and with sensible precautions the floor can last much longer.
How can I contact you?
You can contact us via phone or email or click the call-back button on our website and we’ll phone you. A brief chat about what you want to achieve with your floor and if we can help than we can arrange an appointment for a site visit.
Who will the work progress or carried out?
In response to your enquiry, our managers will attend the site visit at your home or office to discuss you requirements. We can talk about the entire process and explain everything you need to know. We will then prepare an estimate which will be forwarded to you within 3-4 working days. We’re always available to answer further questions should you have any.
Once you commission with us, our fully-trained sanding team will arrive at the pre-arranged time. The team will work on your flooring project until it’s complete and you will be fully satisfied with the result.
When should decoration be done in case of sanding?
It should be carried out before as it is easier to wipe a small amount of dust off new wallpaper than it is to remove gloss paint from a newly-varnished floor. We would suggest that the only thing you leave until after the sanding is completed is a final coat of paint on your skirting boards.