Many a time, people believe that when their floor is starting to look tired that they should replace it entirely however that’s what floor restoration is here for.
Now when we talk floor restoration, the words sanding, refinishing and restoring are often confused amongst each other so below, we’ve outlined the differences between them and the process of a full floor restoration.
Floor sanding, or floor refinishing as it’s sometimes known, involves using abrasive materials to strip the protective coating on top of your wooden floor that may have become tired looking. The protective coating is what is referred to as your ‘floor finish’ and once this is removed, the wood underneath it will be left bare and unblemished, allowing a new protective coating to be added.
Whilst you may believe that floor sanding itself is classed as restoration, floor restoration can actually be a different process completed with a different outcome. When we complete floor restoration projects, we are doing exactly what the process states: restoring a floor. Floor sanding is often completed for cosmetic purposes, to give a floor an aesthetic refresh and stop it from looking so tired however a floor restoration will completely transform the practicality of your floor and give it a new lease of life entirely. This could include fixing uneven subfloor, repairing or replacing missing or damaged floorboards or filling large gaps.
Before anything else begins during the restoration, the floor must first be clear of any dirt or debris that could get in the way. Then, the condition of the floorboards can be determined to see whether any repairs are required however it’s uncommon to find floorboard that are totally beyond repair, most of the time they can be secured, or cracks can be filled.
The boards themselves will then undergo a restoration through sanding either rough, medium or fine depending on their condition and type of flooring. Rough sanding removes the old finish and levels the boards, medium sands slower and smooths out any imperfections and fine sanding makes the floorboards even and prepared for the next stage.
When it comes to gap filling, many believe that this is done for cosmetic purposes. Whilst this is true, gaps in floors are also filled as a way to prevent draughts too and avoid rising heating bills, and to prevent the floor being a trip hazard.
Once the floors are filled, they are then stained and finished which allows for the floor to change colour should it be required, and a protective coat to be added to guard the floor against any possible damage that could occur.
As experts in the commercial flooring industry, we know all there is to know about restoring floors. Should you wish to know more, you can get in touch with us today.