FAQ

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.

1.

What you can expect when your floors are professionally coated

  • Explanation of the work to be carried out.
  • Expert sanding and coating.
  • Nails Punched, nail holes and knot holes to be filled with appropriate filler.
  • A coating that will provide many years of beauty, providing it is properly maintained.

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.

2.

Preparation for Sanding & Coating

If building or renovating, the start date for sanding and coating floors is critical particularly in relation to other trades.

  • Carpentry, electrical, plastering, and glazing should be completed before work on the floor is started.
  • Any silicone or silicone based product which comes into contact with the floor after sanding but prior to coating will cause rejection of the coating.
  • If painting prior to sanding it is recommended that the final coat on skirting boards to be applied after completion of the floors.
  • Unless specifically agreed to and quoted for, all furniture should be removed together with all floor coverings including staples, tacks etc.
  • Gas and electrical appliances are to be disconnected by qualified personnel and removed. All pilot lights must be turned off.
  • Adequate lighting and power to be available.
  • Arrangements made for clear and safe access to the site.
3.

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:

  • There will always be some dust particles that settle on the newly finished surface.
  • There will be a small amount of dust throughout the rest of the house.
4.

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

5.

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.

6.

Preparation Hints for the Home Owner

  • Cover light fittings and all non-movable furnishings using plastic or drop sheets to prevent dust from gathering on them.
  • Remove or fold curtains into garbage bags and seal at top.
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