Why choose a timber floor?
The natural beauty of wood, the warm colours and distinctive grains are not the only reasons for choosing a timber floor, there are many other advantages;
Makes a room look larger
Hard wearing with minimal maintenance
Impressive and adds value to a property
Healthier than carpets particularly for people with allergies or asthmatics – carpets can harbour dust, mites, parasites, chemicals, and nasties and dirt from pets and shoes.
Are there different timber flooring systems?
Yes and your choice will depend on personal preference, environment, usage, and budget;
Plank on ply solid timber floors
Direct stick solid timber floor
Batten/joist solid timber floors
Floating timber floors
Floating laminate floors
What about laminate floors?
Laminate floating floors are not natural timber but have a photographic timber grain image superimposed on the top hard plastic layer. Whilst they are cheaper to initially install they do have some disadvantages over solid timber floors and can, therefore, be expensive in the long term;
Can fade, be damaged and scratched but cannot be resanded and coated.
Can permanently expand with humidity and moisture leaving the floor uneven.
Floating laminate floors tend to sound hollow.
However, as an affordable alternative to solid timber floors, laminate floating floors are worthy of consideration.
Will the colour change over time?
All timber can darken over time and can give a quite desirable deeper and richer appearance.
What is the difference between solvent and water based coatings?
We offer both solvent and water based polyurethane finishes.
Solvent based is available in a high gloss finish which may be the finish you desire. It is also available in a semi gloss and satin finish. Solvent based will tend to darken the timber.
Water based is non toxic, environmentally friendly, and will give the timber a lighter and more natural appearance.
What about gaps and nail holes?
On suspended floors nail holes are spot filled.
On floors glued on ply or concrete nail holes and gaps are filled by flood filling with sawdust and sealer.
What about the dust?
Our sanding process uses the most up to date sanding machines with dust extraction. However, there will still be some dust and therefore, we recommend that doors be kept closed and furniture covered where possible. Kitchen cupboards and built in robes should be considered when necessary.
Does the furniture need moving?
Yes, we recommend that you clear the working area of all furniture and items before we commence work.
What about the existing floor covering?
We suggest you take up any existing floor covering such as carpet and vinyls. We can quote you for this work if you prefer.
What about the rubbish?
We will tidy up and remove the rubbish from your property.
How long before we can use the floor?
This will depend on drying conditions but usually you can walk on the floor within 1 day for water based and 2 days for solvent. Avoid moving furniture back for at least 5 days.
How long will it all take?
All jobs are different but as a guide you can allow 35 square metres a day for sanding and coating.
Do we need to vacate the house?
When using the solvent based finish we recommend you vacate the house as the product gives off a toxic vapour that can take a few days to clear.
How long before the floor needs re-coating?
If the floors are looked after properly they shouldn’t need recoating for over 7 years.
When building or renovating when are the floors done?
For the best finish we recommend that work is carried out in a specific order;
- undercoating of skirting can be done prior to floor sanding
- all tiling to be completed prior to laying timber floor
- final coat on skirting etc to be done with care after curing time of floor
- carpets should be laid after curing time of floors
Still have questions? Contact us today for all your timber sanding needs here in Perth and country areas.