Floor Sanding &
Sanding Your Floor
Getting a beautiful finish to your floor starts with getting the floor perfectly sanded. Fine Finish Floor Sanding has years of experience and the finest quality products at their disposal. This ensures your floor is smooth and perfect for the finishing process.
The Sanding Process
Our sanding process has been improved upon and practiced until it is perfect. Depending on the condition of your floor, we will start with a coarse abrasive. Typically, this is a 36 grit but with old floors that are badly stained, discoloured or covered in paint, we will break out the big guns, the 24 grit.
This will usually clean most of the paint and stains but it leaves the floor with a fairly rough finish. It is important to work through the different sandpaper grits in order to get a perfectly sanded floor. We will gradually work our way up from 36 to 50 and finally to the 80 grit paper. In between each change of grit size, we clean the floor in order to prevent any scratches.
We know that a 36 grit granule caught underneath a 50 grit belt can cause some serious damage to the floor.
Once we go through all of these coarse sanding stages, we will be ready to move onto the finish-sanding step. This is where we take the rough look of the floor and give it a nice smooth, sanded finish.
Our sanding process is 95-98% dust-free. Small amounts of dust will be produced. Where we have to use hand sanding or make repairs.
The Best Sanding Equipment
Using the best equipment to sand your floor is crucial in ensuring an even, smooth texture. This is why we only use the highest quality Italian made “Kunzle & Tasin” and Swedish designed “Bona” for our wood floor sanding projects. A superior sanding machine in the hands of a trained sanding professionals is a deadly combination. As a result, your floor will come out smooth, even and ready for the best finish you have ever witnessed. This is our specialty, so will not cut any corners. We will make sure we remove any nails or staples prior to sanding and use only the right sanding paper. At the end of the day, fine finish floor sanding will get you the results you have only dreamed about.
Wood Floor Maintenance
Sometimes it doesn’t need a total Sand off or Restoration, sometimes a little T.L.C from our team can get it looking Beautiful in no time.
Some of the Finishes we can provide are:
Buffing & Coating with a Oil or Lacquer
Freshening up with a coat of Wood Floor Polish
Wood Floor Polishing
Choose A Colour
This may be the best part of the entire wood floor restoration process. This is the part where you get to choose exactly how your new floors are going to look. As fun as this step is though, it is a very important part of the process so choose wisely. No pressure! Here are a few things to remember when choosing the perfect colour for your home.
Your floor stain will look different depending on the light source in the room. For example, an incandescent light bulb tends to be more yellow and warmer than a fluorescent light bulb.
Another thing to consider is the amount of daylight the room gets. Natural light from the window can also impact the colour of the stain.
Choosing a colour is tricky for so many reasons. The fact that it looks completely different once it is dry is one of those reasons. To combat against this, we will put a small sample of your stain on a board in your room
Wait until this sample is fully dried and see if you are still in love with the colour. If you are then we will keep staining. If you are not, then it is back to the drawing (or painting) board.
Method #1: Dust & Resin Mix
The easiest and most common method for filling in flooring gaps is through the use of a dust and resin mix. This method requires the use of dust created during the wood floor sanding process mixed with a resin, which forms a paste. Much like you would when you are grouting tiles, you would work this dust and resin mix in between the floorboards. Once this mix is dry, we will sand the mixture down to make it look natural. This method is only recommended on gaps that are no more than 3 mm wide. It is important to note that there will be a loss of this resin mix over time as your floor moves. This is one of the reasons why we consider this method to be one of the least effective gap filling methods, however, it is the most cost effective.
Important notes on resin gap filling. The method most widely in use is a resin filler mixed with wood dust creating a thick paste that is applied with a flat edge filling tool. This method only used if clients aren’t too worried about how long they want this filler to last. All resin eventually shrinks and with boards, your filler either ends up in the vacuum cleaner dust bag or falls through into the space below the boards, leaving you once again with unsightly black gaps and a lot of draught
Method #2: Acrylic Filler
Another popular method for filling those unsightly gaps in your wooden floor is to use acrylic mastic filler. As you begin putting this filler in the gaps, you will quickly notice that a little bit of acrylic filler will go a long way, so don’t go crazy with it. When you’ve finished filling the gaps, it is important to clean up the excess filler with wood filler cleaner. This process is cost effective and quite easy to implement.
Fire Hearth Removal Process
Do you have an old fireplace hearth sitting in the middle of your room that you wish was gone? Is that old hearth creating an eyesore and preventing you from enjoying your room to its fullest? Not a problem! Over the years, we have gained a lot of experience in removing these old fireplace hearths. We are wood flooring experts that can completely change the look of your room by removing this old hearth and replacing the floorboards underneath it.
The first step is to go in and chase out the concrete hearth. Once this is completed we will be able to lift the floorboards surrounding your old fireplace. The excess concrete will be demolished and we will bridge any gaps in the flooring by installing new joists. This will allow us to provide some support for the new floorboards that will be going in.
Find Reclaimed Floorboards
Enjoy The Look To Your Room
Next we will go treasure hunting. This part is definitely a little exciting for us. We will scavenge the reclamation yards trying to find the perfect reclaimed floorboards that will look great in your home. We will use these new boards to fill in the void that the fireplace hearth left. Of course, our floor restoration experts will stagger the boards so they blend in nicely with your existing floor.
Remember that we have been doing this for years, so while having a fireplace hearth in your room adds a little extra work, it doesn’t take too much to remove it. In no time at all our floor re-finishing professionals will have the hearth removed and a brand new floor that blends in perfectly with rest of the room will rest in its place. You will be surprised how different your room looks once the hearth is gone and you can enjoy the extra space
Add The Finishing Touches
By now, your fireplace hearth is gone, floor joists have been installed and we have new floorboards in place. All that is left is to professionally sand the boards, add in a new piece of skirting and apply the finish. By the time our floor restoration team is done with your fireplace, you will be trying to figure out if you even had a hearth there to begin with.