pine floor after restoration

Is it worth restoring your pine floor?

Have you discovered floorboards under your carpet? Perhaps you’re wondering if it’s worth having them sanded and restored to make them your flooring of choice? Here we discuss the factors to consider when deciding is it worth restoring your pine floor? There are a few things to consider, we hope this short guide will help you make the right choice.

It may seem obvious but before you do anything ask yourself which type of floor covering you would prefer, soft or hard? Don’t make a decision based on price, we often find that a full restoration can often be cheaper to complete than buying and fitting a mid-range carpet. After all, you have to live in your home so you must have what you want!

Have a professional look at the condition of the floor. On the odd occasion, we have come across floors that are ‘too far gone’ to restore. This may be due to plumbers and electricians cutting and breaking boards, woodworm or dampness. We have also seen floors which are unsafe due to the beams underneath being weak, this causes much more expense and needs to be taken into consideration.

pine floor boards before sanding

 

Boards can be replaced with reclaimed timber, these can look different to the original boards when sanded because they will have come from a different tree, from a different forest in a different country.  Having a professional inspect the floor will help your decision on if it’s worth having your pine floor sanded and restored.

 

The likelihood is your pine floor is in good enough condition to be sanded and restored. We would always recommend having a professional do the work; in our experience, the result will be far better. However, if that is not an option for you talk to your local Ultimate Floor Sanding Company floor sanding expert about how to do it, he may be able to hire a machine to you if you fancy having a go yourself.

Is it worth restoring your pine floor? – Gaps in the Floor

Would you like to have the gaps between the boards filled? There are several advantages to this one being done. It will help to insulate the room from drafts, the other advantage is it makes the floor look much nicer as you are effectively turning the floor into a solid wood floor.

Restoring a Pine Floor – Choosing a Finish

pine floorboards after restoration

 

The type of finish to use is also important. There are basically two types of wood floor finish, polyurethane (varnishes) and oils. Polyurethane is a ‘topical finish’, that is it sits on the top of the wood like any paint providing a resilient clear protective layer which is easy to maintain. Oil is a ‘penetrating finish’, it flows into the pores of the wood protecting it from the inside. If it’s a quality wood floor oil like the Pallmann Magic Oil that we use, it will also form a cross-linking layer on the surface for extra protection.

Both of these finishes can be applied over a colour to give you floor even more character.

Whichever way you decide to go, DIY or hiring an expert, get a professional in first. Most offer free quotes and advice and after all, the more information you have the better.

About the Author

commercial pine floor restorationThis blog post was written by Adrian Cunnington our floor sanding expert in Taunton. Adrian also covers the areas around Bristol and Bath.

If you would like to arrange for Adrian to provide you with a free no obligation quote and advice please call Freephone 0333 93 901 93

Visit Adrian’s page on our website Floor Sanders in Bristol

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Parquet floor restoration Bath

Parquet Floor Restoration in Bath – Beware the Builder

Beware of the builder who says I can do that for you! I’ve said it before and it’s true. Anyone can sand a timber floor and get a result. But to get that professional finish takes training, experience, and the correct equipment, as I saw again recently with a parquet floor restoration in Bath.

As a timber floor sanding professional I see many cases of DIY timber floor sanding that have gone wrong. In most cases, it’s the sanding that people find difficult because they may not understand how to sand a floor or how to use the hired equipment properly to get an acceptable finish. That’s understandable though because most people have no DIY experience, let alone sanding an entire wood floor. But if your builder said to you “I can restore your parquet floor”, you would probably say “ok go ahead”, after all, he’s a builder and should know all there is to know about timber floor sanding right?

No, not always.

Parquet Floor Restoration in Bath – Beware the Builder

We were called by a family in Bath to look at a timber floor in their small hall. They had been doing some renovation work at the house and the builder had done a fantastic job of the kitchen. Unfortunately, he then had a go at sanding the parquet floor with his small belt sander. This created a lot of dust and left scratch marks on the wood floor. He then finished the floor with a product from a local DIY shop. As he is not an expert he didn’t realise it was not suitable for the species of timber and did nothing accept accentuate the poor sanding (see photo).

 

Paquest floor restoration Bath - before

Parquet floor restoration Bath – before

When the owner returned from their holiday they were less than impressed with the results, so they called us to complete this parquet floor restoration in Bath.

Parquet Floor Restoration in Bath – What we did

We sanded the floor back to bare timber, removing all of the finish the builder had applied. This gave us a platform from which we could work. Then using our dust free floor sanding machines we finely sanded the floor to make it ready for the application of oil. The customer is very conscious of the environment so the hard wearing Pallmann Magic Oil was a great choice as it is a natural product that also looks fantastic. It accentuates all of the characteristics of the parquet floor while protecting the surface at the same time. The work was finished on time and the customer was very happy with the finished result. We even fitted a new complimentary door matt! What do you think of the final result?

 

parquet floor restoration Bath - afterFloor sanding is a skill. Using the machines correctly and understanding how different finishes work takes years and even the most experienced professional will learn something new every day.

If you have discovered a timber floor and are interested in having it restored by a professional FREEPHONE us today on 0333 93 901 93 to arrange your free survey and quotation.

This blog was written by Adrian at Floor Blimey.  To find out more about out professional floor sanding services in Bath visit his floor sander provider page on this website or check out Floor Blimey website.

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