Maintenance and Wear
Floor Sanding and Polishing Expectations
Floors are subject to different wear patterns depending on their use, traffic, density, traffic paths and the purposes for which the premises or rooms are used. It is therefore difficult to generalise in predicting the time when a maintenance coat is desirable.
It is important, however, to ensure a floor is recoated before it has worn excessively to avoid the additional expense of totally re-sanding and coating the floor with a number of coats.
In most cases, a regular maintenance coat after a few years will eliminate the need for more costly repairs.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
- Quality sanding and coating.
- A coating that will provide many years of beauty providing it is properly maintained.
- Visible nails punched and filled using appropriate colour putty.
- Some variation in colour and grain between new and old boards.
- Black Japanning or stain around perimeter of some older floors may produce a finished floor with a two tone effect.
- Movement in timber floors. All timber floors will expand and contract according to the environment. This is quite normal and to be expected.
- Some lighting, particularly down lights will produce a visible, fine, circular, scratched effect in the finished floor. High gloss finishes will tend to accentuate this effect. It often reduces over time.
WHAT YOU CANNOT EXPECT
- A completely dust free finish. It is impossible to have a totally dust free environment, so there will always be some dust particles in the air that may settle on the wet coating. These small dust particles that appear in the finished floor surface will walk off quite quickly in traffic areas.
- Removal of deep cuts or gouges in boards. The deep cuts and gouges will often appear darker after sanding and coating.
- Removal of all stains by the sanding process. Animal urine stains and water stains within the boards and around nail holes are often difficult to successfully sand out. They will appear black after coating.
- Filling of gaps between the boards. Unless specifically quoted for, gaps between boards are not filled because subsequent shrinkage and timber movement may cause imperfections.