REPAIRING YOUR WOODEN FLOORS
We assess your floors to see whether they require major or minor repairs.
Removal / Replacement of Damaged Boards
We fix any loose boards, remove any old tacks and nails – and hammer protruding nails flat.
If any boards are damaged beyond repair, we will replace them using reclaimed timber – of the same age and quality, wherever possible.
The even look of a gap-filled floor is pleasing to the eye but not always necessary. Filling gaps does prevent both draughts and the build up of dust. The floor is also tightened – so movement of timber is prevented.
Traditional methods of gap filling include:
* resin - mostly used on parquet and mosaic floors with lots of fine gaps. Dust from the floor is mixed with a resin and applied to the gaps with a filling knife.
* wooden strips - solid fillets of reclaimed pine and other timbers are glued, forced into the gaps, and chiselled back before sanding flat.
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Stains enhance the wood grain and alter the colour of wood (eg: darkening a pine floor). Applied by hand or roller, stains take at least eight hours to dry.
Although coloured varnishes are available, we advise staining and varnishing in two distinct stages. This makes it easier to maintain control over the colour and enhances the durability of the sealant. The varnish or sealant will wear away, but the underlying coloured stain will remain unaffected.
You can also paint your floor or use a coloured wax (such as lime wax) for a soft tinting effect on the visible wood grain.
Coloured wax provides some quick colour to match your home interior. It gives you an affordable – yet completely different – new floor. It’s a good choice for floors with dull, washed colours.
Traditional stains are solvent and oil-based, but the modern water-based stains are odour-free and a boon in the home and food serving area... The colours range from traditional wood colours to contemporary pigmenting: eg white, red, blue or even pink!
If you want an unusual colour or a specific colour, we can mix and match. Our record is mixing 75 different pigments to match the floor colour in an ancient castle!
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WOOD FLOOR SEALING – VARNISHING
Varnish or lacquer
These products are more durable and easier to maintain than oil sealants. They are
typically used for areas of mid to heavy traffic.
Modern lacquers no longer produce the old-fashioned ‘plastic’ look. They offer a silky sheen in a matt, satin or high gloss finish.
We recommend a polyurethane lacquer for general use - highly resistant to wear but which may create some discoloration to the floor beneath.
As it is not a natural material, it can restrict the breathability of your wooden floor.
For areas with lighter usage, you could choose a part polyurethane/part acrylic floor varnish. This has the advantage of not yellowing or darkening the wood in any way.
Lacquers work best with three applications, left for 24 hours for full strength sealing.
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WOOD FLOORS – WAXING
Wax is the traditional and completely natural floor finish: safe for you, your family, your home and the environment.
It allows your floor to breathe - under the softest and most mellow of finishes.
Wax finishes require two applications.
Hard Wax Oil
This increasingly popular product is based on natural vegetable oils and waxes. Like natural oil, it brings out the inherent colour in the timber and emphasises the natural grain. It provides a good balance between natural oil and lacquer – as you get a natural look and feel with improved durability.
It is micro-porous and does not crack, flake, peel or blister. As it is slower to dry out than natural oil, it can be used in areas of high humidity.
Protection of the floor surface is easy to maintain: simply apply more coats of hardwax oil or a thinned down ‘revive coat’.
Contact us for a free assessment so that we can help you find the most appropriate finish for your particular floor.
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WOOD FLOOR OILING
Oil is a popular organic finish – offering the natural look with ease of
maintenance. It has good water-repellent characteristics as well as abrasion and scuff resistance.
Although natural oil is prone to drying out in humid conditions, it can easily be maintained. Simply apply more coats to top-up the finish and cover minor damage.
Coming in matt or satin finishes, each oil coat can take up to 24 hrs to dry.
Ask us for a comparison of the properties of oils and the various other sealants.
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Decking is an attractive garden feature but is vulnerable to sun damage and severe
weathering – leaving it dirty and scratched. We sand the entire surface to remove the top layer of old, weakened wood fibres.
‘Like-new’ wood fibres are revealed just beneath the surface, waiting for decking oil or stain to create a new finish.
Stairs are often neglected - and covered by carpeting or layers of paint for generations. Stripping is a painstaking process, but the results are well worth all the hard work.
The entire tread and risers are stripped, sanded and coated in a clear natural or stained finish. Or for a striking feature, you can have the riser finished in white paint – leaving the tread in clear or stained sealant.
We usually only treat these parts of the stairs and don't tackle banisters.
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