We’ve put together some information about what to expect and what not to expect when considering timber flooring. If you would like a free quote on timber flooring repairs, timber flooring installations or timber flooring sanding and polishing give us call at Millennium Floors PTY LTD Gold Coast and we’ll be happy to help. We operate on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and northern NSW.
What you can expect when your timber floors are professionally coated
Sanding and finishing a beautiful timber floor is an acquired skill. Bear in mind that, as all the work is done by hand controlled machines and applicators, there will be evidence of this in the floor. Further as you live on the floor it will gain character and a feel that is unique to your home. This is all part of the beauty of owning a timber floor.
Preparation for Sanding & Coating
If building or renovating, the start date for sanding and coating floors is critical particularly in relation to other trades.
What not to expect
A complete dust free environment. Modern sanding machinery is fitted with dust collecting equipment and sanders will endeavour to clean dust away by vacuuming and wiping down surfaces. It is virtually impossible however to totally eliminate dust from the job which has a couple of consequences:
*Removal of deep cuts or gouges in the boards such as those left from carpet trimming knives.
*Removal of stains within the boards and around nail holes such as animal urine and water marks.
Filling of gaps between boards. These are not filled to allow for subsequent shrinkage and expansion of the boards.
Do not expect any putty filled areas to have the same feel as the timber after the application of the coatings or boards damaged by borer to have the same gloss level as those in good condition
Things you should be aware of
Any silicone on a floor will cause rejection of subsequent coats of polyurethane. Silicone based products include Fabulon, hair spray, fly spray etc.
12 volt down lights produce a cobweb effect on the coatings.
Black Japan or stain around the perimeter of some old timber may produce a two tone effect.
You are likely to get some variation in colour and grain between new and old boards.
It is recommended to leave painting of skirtings until after floors are finished as you may get slight markings from contact with the Edger.
Preparation for your timber flooring hints for the home owner