Sanding and polishing
We sand every day a variety of solid timber floors, floating floor, particleboard, and parquetry. We also sand old existing floors after we remove the previous coverings and we often find a suitable wood hiding beneath the old coverings. Floor sanding usually involves three stages: Preparation, sanding, and coating with desired product.
All our sanding jobs are completed with specialized sanding machines, tools and equipment which allows us to work clean and without dust. By this process the majority of material is removed. The areas where we can't reach with large machines such as, edges, corners, and stairs we sand with a smaller machine called an edger. A finishing machine is then used for the final sanding.
We punch all nails in which are protruding above the boards. Otherwise the nails can severely damage our sanding machine. We remove the staples or tacks which were once used to fasten previous (if any) coverings and so we reduce the possibility of damage. Some brands or types of adhesives which have been used to secure coverings may need to be removed, otherwise they would clog papers and running gear of the machines used. Some of these adhesives while present make sanding impossible.
As soon as we finished with preparation we can start with sanding.
The first cut is done with course grit papers to remove old products and to make the floor flat. Through that we reduce the differences in height between the boards. The large sanders are used across the grain of the timber. The areas which cannot be reached by the large sanders are sanded by an edger, as the same grit paper as the rest of the floor. If filling of holes or boards is desired this is the stage where this is usually done.
We offer and work with many companies to make sure we find the best and the most suitable finish that will work for your household.
When it comes to coating the floors many things need to be taken into consideration and thats when we come to help. Together with our clients we can help with choosing the right product.
We have an expertise in all wood species and what products they work the best with so can advise on terms of durability, maintenance and looks achieved.
There are many options:
These days there are many products on the market to choose from. You can do so based on colours, environment or durability.
We work with the best products on the market.
Clients have the option of water-base, oil base, hybrids, natural, raw tinted coloured and many more...
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF DIFFERENT COATING SYSTEMS
- durability and flexibilty
- abrasion resistance ability
- performance in extreme weather
- low maintenance
- toxic fumes
- longer drying time
- no option of rejuvenation
- yellows timber over time
Water based products
- doesnt change timber colour
- not toxic
- quicker drying comparing to poly
- option of rejuvenating with maintenance
- requires more maintenance
- bit less durable than poly
- might peel and crack if not applied properly
- penetrates into the wood deeper
- based on natural ingredients
- lowest VOCs
- can be rejuvenated to make it longer lasting
- enhances timber colour
- requires more maintenance
- needs to be reapplied
- natural oil sensitive to harsh chemicals ( can peel or crack)
There are other hybrid products that combine strengths of 2 different coating systems..
like Osmo oils combination of oil and wax to create protective film resistant to water and other liquids
or Loba Hybrid that is combination of Oil and water.