Frequently Asked Questions



1. What Coatings Should You Use

Solvent Based:
Solvent based coatings are the most commonly used interior floor finishings in Australia today. In general terms these coats offer superior resistance to day-to-day wear and tear and provide a low maintenance finish that is available in gloss, semi-gloss, satin or matte sheen levels. Solvent based coatings have a high level of odour during drying process and usually require you to vacate your premises during this time (especially pregnant women and people with respiratory problems such as asthma). All pets and plants are to be moved well away from area to avoid potential illnesses.

Water Based:
In years gone by water based coatings have been regarded as inferior or lack lustre alternatives to traditional solvent based products. As technology has improved water based products are now accounting for a significant part of the market. Improved resistance to wear, scratches and staining has seen water based coatings used on many more residential and commercial timber floors. Low toxicity and faster drying times are key advantages of water based coatings. They usually don't require you to vacate your premises. Gloss levels are much more subdued compared to solvent based products.

Oil Based:
Oil based coatings generally offer a very pleasing aesthetic appearance, although they do require more maintenance than solvent or water based coatings. Regular maintenance using polishes or spirit based waxes often mean oil based coatings are likely to be used more in commercial applications than a typical domestic setting.

 

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Do you dispose of waste/rubbish?

YES. All dust and left over coatings are removed from premises. The home owner is responsible for the disposal of floor coverings, e.g. carpet/vinyl, unless arranged prior.

 

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Do we need to remove furniture in areas to be sanded?

YES. Furniture removal is the responsibility of the home owner. Workers compensation insurance limits our ability to remove furniture prior to sanding.

 

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Do we need all power on?

YES. Power must be available inside premises connected to several different circuits.

 

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Do you do repair work?

YES. Minor/moderate floor repairs can be undertaken.

 

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How long until we can use the floor?

We generally recommend 48 hrs after floor is finished, before walking on in socks. 7-10 days after completion, furniture can be lifted and placed (water based coatings may allow for furniture the to be moved back into premises slightly sooner).