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Timber Floor Refinishing – Not For The Amateur

timber ready for processing

If you have hardwood timber floor or timber floors, the time will come when you need to get them refinished. Before you hire a contractor to redo your hardwood floors, it is good to know a bit about timber floor refinishing.  Always get at least three quotes from contractors, complete with exactly how they plan to perform the floor sanding and polishing on your timber floor. Different contractors may have different techniques and provide a range of clean up, so it is important to know how the project will be done before you hire someone to work on your hardwood flooring. Here are a few issues you should be aware of:

Floor Sanding Is Dusty

Even if the contractor says that they will use dustless flooring, you will still have dust.  Advances in technology have drastically reduced the amount of dust created during floor sanding, but you will still have dust.

There Is No Need For A Maintenance Plan

Some contractors will try and sell you a long-term maintenance or follow-up plan which provides for refinishing or recoating your timber floors every few years.  There is really no need to enter into this type of agreement. If your floors are sanded and polished correctly, the finish will last for many years. There is no need for a contractor to perform maintenance on them to keep them looking good. In fact, you should only have to do floor sanding or floor polishing every 10 to 20 years.

The Type of Timber Flooring Will Determine How Long It Lasts.

Some types of wood flooring are simply more durable than others.  One way to get the most out of your timber flooring is to ensure the contractor applies the right amount of coats. They should also allow sufficient drying time between coats and always buffs the flooring between coats. They should also not combine the wrong finishes and staining  

The Right Stains And Finishes Will Make Your Floors Last Longer

One of the most common mistakes made by contractors and do-it-yourselfers alike is applying water-based finishes over oil-based stains and the two not being compatible. The stain must also be allowed to completely dry – at least 24 hours – before the finish is applied. If the stain is not completely dry or the stain and finish are not compatible, your finish will peel off and you will find yourself having to do the floor sanding and floor polishing again.

Floor Sanding Is Not For Cowards

One of the best reasons to hire a contractor to professionally sand and finish your timber floors is that floor sanding can be dangerous. If it is not done correctly, it is possible to create sparks and set fire to your home.  It is critically important that you, if you are doing the floor sanding and polishing yourself, or your contractor uses a properly connected sander.  It is also very important that all sanding tool bags are emptied periodically and properly disposed of.  There should be absolutely no smoking anywhere around the floor project. It is also a good idea to turn off the water heater pilot during the project.

Timber floor refinishing is a big project and it is a good idea to hire a professional to complete the job.  Now that you know the facts, you can ask the right questions before you hire a contractor.