A beautiful floor will make your house and other living spaces stand out. The effort required to sand and polish timber flooring will make a difference in whether it looks great or not.
Timber flooring is a hallmark of luxurious homes, whether modern or vintage. You should choose a floor sanding & polishing floorboards service carefully as any mistake could ruin the look of your floor and cause disappointment.
What should you look for when choosing a timber floor sanding service?
Timber flooring, as we have already mentioned, is integral to bringing out the right look for your home. It isn’t easy to rework and adjust once the floor has been sanded.
We see a lot of mistakes made by providers of floor-sanding services, which are very common. To make the right choice and avoid pitfalls, it is essential to know the basics of floor sanding.
It is imperative to have the right amount of sands and the right varnish!
The number of sands used to sand a timber floor directly impacts the final result. If done properly, the sanding process can be quite time-consuming and lengthy. A floor must be sanded using a coarse grit (approximately 24 grit). This removes any varnish, stains and scratches and levels out any steps between the timber floorboards. The floor will look great to the naked eye once sanded. Coating the timber at this stage will only highlight the indentations created by the rough sanding papers and make it look like it has claw marks.
To remove scratch/claw marks, the floor must be sanded using a higher grit paper to smoothen the surface. It would be a mistake to jump straight to a 100grit paper. The 24 grit leaves deep marks that can’t be removed with the finer grit papers. This would make the floor look patchy with visible scratches. You should gradually increase the amount of grit paper used until the floor is smooth and ready for coating. Depending on age and condition, the floor should be sanded between 4 and 6 times. You will notice darker or rougher areas on the floor if you don’t sand it regularly. It is important that the floor sander can properly use the large sanding machines to achieve a beautiful smooth finish. Otherwise, you may end up with ugly drum marks (dints) in some places on the timber floor.
Many people don’t realize that a floor sanded too little will cause the coating to wear faster and make the floor less durable. You might be wondering why? A rough-finished timber floor has a higher porosity, which means more varnish will be absorbed in the grain of timber rather than sitting over it if it were more smooth and porous. This means that less varnish is protecting and coating the timber. It will also mean that it will wear faster, leading to higher long-term costs.
It is also important to consider the type of varnish you use. There are many types on the market, each with a different price and durability. Many types of varnishes include oil-based, solvent-based, waxed, and oil-based. Each has its pros and cons. Different floor products will have different final colors. Water-based finishes, for example, make the floor look lighter than those made from solvent-based materials. A professional floor sander can help you decide which product is best for your lifestyle and needs.