Sanded Hardwood Flooring – What are the Main Advantages?
There are a number of features in your home that can add value to your property, be it a fireplace, the décor, or the layout of the room. However, one feature that many people forget is the sanded wooden floor. Hiding beneath that 70s style shag pile carpet, engineered bulk buy laminate floor, or gaudy linoleum could be the ticket to adding anything up to 15% to the price of your home. I know what you’re thinking, that must call for some heavy investment? Not necessarily, and it’s cheaper than you might think.
Already in your home
One of the major advantages of wooden flooring is that it is makes use of something that is already in your home, just improving its condition and maximising its potential. Of course you need to ensure that before you even consider renovating your floor that you check the quality of the floor boards you plan to use. If the boards are damaged or showing any sign of rot, then these will need to be replaced before starting the sanding process. Sanding a damaged floor is very much a fool’s errand, as you will only be creating more work for yourself down the line when you have to replace them eventually anyway.
Another huge upside to sanding your wooden floor is how convenient and simple it can be to do so. Hiring the machinery you require to undertake the work is relatively simple, and does not take a huge amount of time to master. Of course in order to decide what machines best suit your specific needs, it is always a good idea to speak to a professional, especially if you’ve never operated heavy duty sanding equipment before. The professionals at the hire shop will also be able to advise on the availability of the machines you need, as they will not be available in high volume, requiring advanced booking.
Doing the work
The actual process once you have the sanders is relatively simple, and with a bit of elbow grease can be done in a fairly short period of time. While the drum sander, the most frequently used heavy duty sander, can be difficult to manoeuvre it is very effective, and provided you have a good gradient of sandpaper grits, will show results in no time at all. The edge sander, which is smaller and more nimble, is perfect for getting those hard to reach borders and edges sanded so they match up with the texture of the main area of the floor. I’m also a big advocate of the vibrating sander as a third machine, just as a way of tidying up any gouges or imperfections that might have been created while doing the work.
Once you’ve stripped back a layer from the wood, you have numerous options available, be it to stain or varnish the wood, or to paint it, and what option you choose will be directly linked to what you want your finished floor to look like. Whatever you choose, it will be difficult to ignore the transformation it makes to your home, and how easy it was to reinvigorate a unique and valuable feature in your home.