Restoration & Repair
Does your wood flooring look dull, faded, dirty or discoloured? Does it have too many scratches and marks? You might even be considering replacing it. Before you do, call us to see if what it actually needs is restoring and/or refinishing.
Our expert craftsmen breathe new life into wooden floors at affordable prices. View individual projects below (all with ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos), or READ MORE to learn about our restoration and repair services.
There are normally three stages in the restoration of a wood floor: preparation; sanding (and sometimes filling gaps); and finishing or re-sealing the surface.
This would involve making sure that there are no loose planks (or blocks for a parquet floor). So we either have to nail or glue parts of the floor down to its sub-floor, or to the joists in some cases.
Sometimes certain planks or blocks will need replacing altogether. We keep a selection of off-cuts and other pieces of wood in our showroom for just this eventuality. And, because all our own floors are made to order (we have no stock), custom replacements usually present no problems whatsoever.
Do we need to sand?
Sometimes we don’t, if we are restoring an oiled floor. The planks or blocks can be buffed to ‘open the grain’ (by which we mean we just return them to the surface properties of a fresh piece of wood) and we can then apply one coat (or more) of hard wax oil. This is sometimes possible even after a considerable number of years have passed since the last maintenance was carried out.
Varnished / Lacquered Floors
Unfortunately buffing alone is not possible for a floor finished with lacquer / varnish. The floor needs to be sanded down completely to remove all traces of the lacquer (which is usually hiding the real colour of the wood), and then we can use hard wax oil to seal the floor.
Our Sanding Equipment
We use top of the range Bona sanding machines (a selection of of belt sanders for large areas, then edgers and hand-held tools for awkward areas, and buffers). None of these produce dust: we guarantee no cleaning for the customer, and no inconvenience.
We use either rollers or cloths to apply the hard wax oil we use. All finishes are applied by hand. Many different looks are possible and you can read about them here.