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Timber floors offer durability, ease of maintenance and stylish appearance; they can be installed in a wide variety of locations, including offices, shops, hotels, restaurants, and sports floors.
There are two main types of timber floors: Multi-Layer and Solid.
Multi-layer products are a three or four-layer construction and are generally installed as a floating floor. The boards lock into each other and are otherwise not connected to any part of the subfloor, this is to allow for expansion movement. This is installed over an underlay which ‘cushions’ the wood and softens impact noise from the surface.
All the Multi-Layered ‘Engineered Boards’ are pre-finished in either lacquer or oil and can be sanded and resealed up to 4 times.
Solid floors are tongue and grooved and are either glued or secret nailed to affix the timber onto 3/4 inch battens, the overall thickness of the timber boards is usually 20 mm, with the wear layer normally between 6-8mm.
When installing a timber floor an expansion gap is required at the perimeter of the room, to allow for movement within the floor. In order to cloak this gap skirting boards should be removed prior to installation, or a beading can be installed to existing skirtings.
Sanding and Resealing Timber Floors
Existing hardwood floors can be restored to their natural beauty by sanding. Once the floor has been sanded a clear 100% polyurethane lacquer is applied.
The current floor should be of very sound nature as using the sanding machine causes low-level vibration working any loose blocks free.
This is a lengthy process which creates a high level of dust so all areas should be sealed by the client prior to us commencing work.
Once sanding is completed the floor is then primed and sanded once more, this is then ready to take the lacquer.
The lacquer is applied over a period of days, depending on how many coats are required as each coat is applied and left for 24hours. Once the last coat is applied we recommend that the floor isn’t heavily trafficked and that heavy furniture is not applied until 7days after the last coat.