We can carry out any type of wooden or laminate floor installation to meet your needs. There are 2 main ways of fitting a wooden floor; bonded or floating. A bonded floor is whereby the flooring is glued down with adhesive to give a more solid and sturdy feel underfoot. Other benefits of this method include significant noise reduction to beneath rooms and noise feedback from the floor itself when walking in shoes. Any wooden floor can be bonded from a plank floor to parquet or panels. This is the premium way to install a floor, however the process is slower and this is reflected in the labour costs throughout the industry.
A floating floor is exactly that. Instead of being bonded to the subfloor, the flooring is glued together creating a plate which floats on underlay. Domestically, this is a more common approach due to the cost saving aspects, but there are less benefits than you would get from a fully bonded floor as described above. Worth noting however is that a good underlay can enhance the noise cancelling attributes of the floor and can also enhance the general feel underfoot if installed correctly. A floating floor takes less time to install and thus saves on labour costs and also time spent having a room or rooms out of commission during works.
A full floor restoration is broken down into several different stages for the best finish to your floor.
Firstly the floor is sanded down to remove the existing finish or oil/lacquer and expose the raw wood. We carry out all of our sanding processes using dustless sanding equipment which have their own built in dust extractors. This minimizes dust in the customers home and allows for a better, cleaner living environment for the duration of the works.
The floor is sanded a further 2 times to smooth the surface of the floor before the first of either 2 or 3 coats of your choosen finish
Finish application varies according to the manufacturers reccomendation.
For floors with damage or wear and tear we can apply local filler to damaged areas or we can apply 2 coats of filler to the entire floor to fill any gaps and or pin holes. This is often the best method for parquet floors as there are many joints to fill and pin holes from the installation stage.
Finally, before the final coat of finish is applied, the floor is 'de nibbed' which involves a very fine sand by hand to the previous coat of finish to ensure a silky smooth feel to the floor. Application of any oil or lacquer raises the grain of the wood and a de nib simply removes the grain that is sitting up.
We offer various floor maintenance packages to commercial clients. Wood flooring in the commercial sector takes on high volumes of shoe
wearing traffic and, as such, needs consistent care and maintenance. This can range from a fine re-sand and oil twice per year to a weekly
deep cleanse and wax. A good floor maintenance schedule can increase the life of a floor by 50% before requiring a complete re-sand and finish.
For domestic customers we recommend professional maintenance of a wooden floor be undertaken at least once a year to keep it in top condition.
Finally we offer a much underrated service of installing felt pads to all moveable furniture such as sofas, tables or bar stools. We also reccommend breathable fibre matting under rugs or entrance mats and we are happy to fit these for you also.