Re-finishing Wooden Floors
With the summer looming, many people are taking the time to consider the possibility of making changes to their homes and make the most of the warmer months. One feature that has become increasingly popular in recent years is wooden flooring. However, rather than lay engineered laminate flooring, many are pulling up their carpets and making the most of their existing hardwood boards. But if you want to do it, what options are available to you?
The most common, and often most appropriate option is to sand your floor. In years gone by this work was almost exclusively done by paid professionals, but it has never been easier to hire the machinery yourself and undertake the work on your home. This process essentially involves using industrial machinery to remove a layer from the wood so you can start afresh. There are a variety of different types of sander available, and what is the best tool for the job will depend on your individual needs, so it is always best to speak to a floor sanding professional to get an idea of what will yield the best results for sanding your floor.
However, if sanding sounds a little too abrasive, then a less hard-core option can be found in the form of screening. A floor polishing buffer is used in conjunction with very fine grit sanding discs in order to remove just the finish from the surface of the wood. This is generally more appropriate for a scenario where a polyurethane finish has been previously applied and has perhaps lost its lustre, but the wood underneath is still in good condition. One of the downsides of sanding a floor is that it permanently removes a layer from the wood, and each time it’s sanded this weakens the floorboards. SO if your floor is structurally sound, screening may be a less drastic, more appropriate option.
Of course one of the most effective aspects of a re-finished wooden floor is the finish. There are numerous different types of finish that are available, including the possibility of staining your floor to change the colouring of the wood. The most commonly used finish is the aforementioned polyurethane, giving a varnish like sheen to the floor, although other finishes such as wax can provide a different look. It is worth bearing in mind, that the polyurethane is the only finish that is appropriate for screening in the future, so you should bear this in mind if that is an option you want to pursue in the future. Also, not all stains are compatible with all finishes, so it is once again worth consulting a professional in order to ascertain which the best option for your needs is.
There are a multitude of different ways that you can breathe new life into your wooden floor, and which method you use will depend on what your particular situation entails. However, all of these options will yield excellent results and reinvigorate your floor if done correctly, and all for an excellent price.