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Renovation Trends and Floor Sanding

Renovation Trends and Floor Sanding

Some aspects of home design and building remain constant, while other things change due to technological advances and design trends. Sometimes the old technology is still used, but in a different way, because of new factors that are added to the home.
Hardwood floors remain a popular option, at least partly because they are so long lasting. But we might vary the design and use of hardwood floors in light of other advancements in home and building technology.

Sustainability and Floor Sanding Sydney
We are more aware of environmental concerns than previous generations. We know we have an impact on the ecosystem. This creates a preference for either building materials that lost longer, or for other materials that cause minimal environmental impact.
Hardwood timber floors last for a century or more. This means they don’t need to be replace in a single lifetime, so they cause less environmental damage than we might expect.
If we continually replant trees to replace the harvested timber we actually help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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We might decide to have a lighter or darker floor to suit a change in décor. If we re-sand the floor then we can re-stain it a lighter or darker colour. A dark coloured wood can be given a lighter finish with lime washing. Any wood can be stained to a darker colour.

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It is now more common to have dimmable lights, or light that change from ‘daylight’ to ‘candle’, or late night settings. We find many homeowners will want décor that suits these different mood lights. This includes timber floors that might be finishes to look good under many different lighting conditions.

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Modern devices like vacuum robots make it easy to clean a hard timber floor. This prevent damage to the floor surface, removing dirt and grime that would otherwise cause scratching.
Even simple innovations like microfiber cloths make cleaning much easier on hardwood floors.

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Timber floors are a permanent part of your home. But you can change their appearance, or simple give them a facelift, with re-sanding, re-finishing and re-polishing.
Think of the décor options possible with a re-sanded floor.

Why Buildings use Wood ?

There are many modern building materials, both natural and synthetic. But architects and designers often still use wood. There are several reason for this:

Aesthetics and Appearance

People find wood of all sorts attractive. And there are many sorts of wood to choose from.

Wood affects all our senses. It has texture and colour and a sense of depth. Artificial substances often try to mimic the look of wood.

Wood has a natural grain that people find attractive. Natural grain is a semi-random pattern that is never sterile or chaotic. When this is combined with neat, organized lines the combination or order and semi-randomness is pleasing.

Versatility

There are many types of timber from many different types of tree. Most of these timbers are quite strong. All of these can be altered in appearance with staining. This means there is almost always a suitable timber for any building situation.

Insulation

Wood will act as an insulator, resisting temperature changes between surfaces. So a wooden floor will not be as cold as the ground or air beneath it. Metal and some other substances cannot do this.

Environmental

Trees will absorb greenhouses gasses while they are growing. Timber from trees will store these greenhouse gasses. If we are constantly planting new trees whilst using mature trees for building material then we are constantly helping to remove greenhouses gases from the environment.

Longevity

Timber, especially if used indoors, will last for decades under reasonable conditions, if not centuries. One of the few things that will threaten timber is flooding, but this is a threat to almost all building materials. Timber is very durable and long lasting.

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An advantage of hardwood floors is that they can be re-sanded to restore their new appearance. This saves us from replacing the floor.

Cuts of Grain

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Part of the attraction of timber is the woodgrain pattern. This is a natural pattern that is similar but never identical across multiple pieces of timber. Stains and other treatments can enhance the look of natural grain.

The way a piece of wood is cut from the tree trunk will significantly affect the appearance of the grain. Wood that will be used for decorative purposes, that will have the grain on display, will be cut in a way that optimizes the grain even as it wastes some wood material. Other cheaper cuts of wood, which will be painted or covered by carpet, are cut from the tree in a more economical way because the woodgrain finish is less important.

Quarter Saw

This cuts a tree trunk from the outer rim towards the centre.

This gets a consistent and attractive grain pattern from each plank. But some wood is between the planks is wasted.

These planks will be of optimal strength or this type of timber.

Plain Saw

This cuts a tree trunk in parallel planks from top to bottom.

This type of cut will waste very little wood, but the grain pattern will vary in shape and quality. Any plank cut through the centre of the tree will have good grain pattern.

These planks will vary a little in strength, depending if the cut was made through the centre of the tree or along the top or bottom.

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You can have your timber floors re-sanded, and have them looking like new.

Acoustic Underlay

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Some homeowners like to install a subfloor over the main floor, with acoustic underlay between these two floor layers.

Acoustic underlay has several advantages. As the name implies it will dampen noise inside a room. The sound of people walking on the floor is greatly reduced. It will also greatly reduce any sound traveling to adjacent rooms, especially rooms below the floor. Acoustic underlay is ideal for apartments and strata as people downstairs will not be disturbed by the people in the rooms upstairs. Acoustic underlay absorbs most vibration and noise.

Acoustic underlay also provides a soft walking experience. This is not the same as carpets or rugs, but it is much softer than conventional wooden flooring. This reduces the impact when walking. If you find you get sore feet or sore leg joints from constant walking on concrete, tiles or hardwood floors then acoustic underlay will help alleviate the problem.

An advantageous side effect of acoustic insulation is that it also works as thermal insulation. Some people install thermal underlay for insulation to help keep temperatures stable in a room. Acoustic underlay will also provide quite good thermal insulation. This means the room stays warm when you use heating, and the room stays cool when you use air conditioning, all with less energy and effort. These is far less heat transfer to the outside environment.

Underlay of all types, including acoustic underlay, greatly reduces dust from getting into the room.

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Floor sanding will restore a hardwood floor to its original new appearance.

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Some homeowners like to install a subfloor over the main floor, with acoustic underlay between these two floor layers.

Acoustic underlay has several advantages. As the name implies it will dampen noise inside a room. The sound of people walking on the floor is greatly reduced. It will also greatly reduce any sound traveling to adjacent rooms, especially rooms below the floor. Acoustic underlay is ideal for apartments and strata as people downstairs will not be disturbed by the people in the rooms upstairs. Acoustic underlay absorbs most vibration and noise.

Acoustic underlay also provides a soft walking experience. This is not the same as carpets or rugs, but it is much softer than conventional wooden flooring. This reduces the impact when walking. If you find you get sore feet or sore leg joints from constant walking on concrete, tiles or hardwood floors then acoustic underlay will help alleviate the problem.

An advantageous side effect of acoustic insulation is that it also works as thermal insulation. Some people install thermal underlay for insulation to help keep temperatures stable in a room. Acoustic underlay will also provide quite good thermal insulation. This means the room stays warm when you use heating, and the room stays cool when you use air conditioning, all with less energy and effort. These is far less heat transfer to the outside environment.

Underlay of all types, including acoustic underlay, greatly reduces dust from getting into the room.

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Floor sanding will restore a hardwood floor to its original new appearance.

UnderFloor Heating

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Some homes are heated with electrical wiring or water pipes beneath the floor boards.

This principle of hydronic heating (hot water pipe) under the floor is quite old. The Romans used it centuries ago, and it has remained popular in Korea and some parts of upper Europe. In Australia it has only recently started to appear.

Underfloor heating has some advantages over other heating methods. It is fairly efficient because little of the rising heat is lost through the roof. It also feels quite natural to the occupants of the building, as if it is simply warmer weather.

Unlike air conditioning hydronic heating does not move air. So there are no drafts and there is no noise. The lack of drafts reduces the spread of germs.

Perhaps the best advantage of underfloor heating is the lack of hot surfaces, which means there is no chance of anybody burning themselves. The heat is evenly spread through the room.

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Solid timber and engineered floors are quite well suited to underfloor heating. The Floorboards will not contract or expand much with the changing temperatures. As long as conditions have stable humidity the floorboards should be fine.

Harwood timber floors that have suffered surface scratching can be re-sanded, giving them a new top surface. This can be re-stained, polished or lime washed to provide the right look for your new floor.

Advise the re-sanding group if there is a heating system under the floor.

Durable Hardwood

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Floor Sanders Sydney wide are often concerned with the durability of the flooring material.  Of course hardwood is always one of the most durable options, but as well as the variation between different species of timber these are other factors that affect the durability of the floor.

Hardness:

The hardness of the specific type of timber is measured by the Janka Number. This is a measure of how much force (in Kilo Newtons) in needed to dent the wood. A Janka number of 6 Kilo Newtons is reasonable. 12 kilo Newtons is very good. 16 is extremely hard wood.

Colour:

The floor colour is usually chosen to suit the design décor. But lighter floors tend to hide shallow scratches a little better than dark wood. Floors that do not have a surface stain will not suffer obvious marks if that surface stain is scratched off. But a scratch on a stained floor can often be covered up by applying more of the original stain.

Finish:

A protective finish is good for protecting a floor against surface damage. Water based polyurethane is popular for this – it is water resistant, flame retardant and quite hard wearing.

Polyurethane providing a protective finish over a timber with a high Janka number is probably the most resilient type of flooring.

Sheen:

A glossy floor tends to show any imperfections, including scratches. By contrast a matt finish reflects less light, so imperfections are less obvious.

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Hard timber floors last for decades. If they suffer surface wear they can be re-sanded, effectively giving them a new appearance.

Talk to us about restoring your hardwood timber floors with re-sanding and polishing.

Protective Polyurethane

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A good quality protective coating can help the surface of a wooden floor last many years. This can both protect the surface from scratching, and provides a fair degree of water resistance.

Polyurethanes were developed in Germany in the late 1930s, but did not become commercial available till the late 1950s. As well as being the basis for many hard plastic products and foam polyurethane proved a very resilient coatings for wooden surfaces.

Polyurethane coatings provide a hard glossy surface for wooden floors. There are two main variations for polyurethane, water-based and solvent-based.

Water Based Polyurethane

This is an absolutely clear finish. It is hard to see the difference between the coated and uncoated timber surface, but the texture changes and the coating provided protection to the wood.

Water based polyurethane is very fast drying, needing only 2 hours for a re-coat. This means a floor can be given4 coatings in a day, which is the recommended number for this type of floor finish.

Water based polyurethane is low odour and moderately priced. Brushed and equipment can be cleaned with water as long as the finish hasn’t dried.

Solvent Based Polyurethane

This has a slightly tinted, slightly amber look. Many find this tint looks very appealing on timber floors. Over the space of several years the coating will darken slightly, especially in strong light. This will not affect the strength of the finish.

Solvent based polyurethane is slower drying than water based equivalents. It takes about 5 hours before the floor can be recoated. But floors generally only need 2 or 3 coats.

Equipment used with Solvent based polyurethane must be cleaned with turps / spirits.

Wooden floors last for decades, but their surfaces are prone to scratching and superficial damage. Protective finishes on the floor surface can significantly reduce the amount of damage sustained and allow preserve the appearance for many years.

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If your timber floors do show signs of surface damage they can be bought to virtually new appearance with floor sanding. Other wooden damage can also be repaired.

Questions For Wooden Floor Sanders Sydney

To make sure you are getting the most out of a service you should know the right questions to ask.

What sort of environmentally friendly coatings do you use?

One great advantage of hardwood (or Bamboo) is the reduced impact on the environment. As long as we are growing more wood (as trees) we are pulling some CO2 out of the atmosphere.

But chemicals used to treat the wood, or to provide protective coatings, is another matter. These stains and protective coatings may contain volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs), and these can either be bad for the environment or bad for our health.

Ask for VOC free products.

Computer Modeling the Finished Result

There can be a difference between the expectation and the actual finished product. Accurate computer modelling can give a good impression of what to expect, and you might want to make a few adjustments in light of this information.

Soundproofing

Do you live on the second floor? Are the people downstairs going to be bothered whenever you walk on the wooden floor?

Consider a subfloor and floating floor.

Pets and Claws

Pets can scratch floors because of their hard claws. Trimming the claws is one solution. Else, floors can be given a protective coating. Laminate floors can be rated AC4 or AC5 for harder protective finishes.

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If you need floor sanding Sydney wide then talk to us. Restore your hardwood floors, and look at protective coatings, wood stains and finishes. Ask us for advice. 

Floor Trim

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Homeowners may decide to renovate their house and property at some point. This can entail many alterations. Wall painting is probably the most common task, but furniture, kick-knacks, carpeting and many other elements of a home may also be changed.

Wooden floors can be re-sanded as part of home renovations. Re-sanding of the floor basically returns it to a new appearance. Only a thin layer of surface wood is removed. The resulting floor is bare timber than can be re-stained and re-finished in many different manners. The floor can have the original look restored, or be coloured in a completely different way.

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Many clients will include a repainting of the trim (skirting boards) when the floor is re-sanded. Some instruction on this can proves useful.

  1. Use blue painters tape to mask of the edges of the wall where they join to the trim
  2. Put plastic and / or cloth groundsheets on the floor, to avoid any dripping paint.
  3. Use painters tape along the floor where the floor meets the trim, to avoid any paint getting on the floor.
  4. Stir the paint thoroughly
  5. Use a 2 inch ANGLED paint brush to apply paint to the trim
  6. Only dip the paint brush to one third of its bristle length into the paint
  7. Remove excess paint from the brush, and Tap the brush on the inside of the can
  8. Hold a paint guard against the wall above the area where you will paint the trim
  9. Paint with your dominant hand (usually right) and hold the guard with the other hand
  10. Apply paint lightly with strokes in one direction.
  11. Start painting a dry area and work towards an area already painted.
  12. Keep painted areas in a zig zag or random pattern; straight lines are too easy to see.
  13. A short, stubby brush might help in tight areas like corners.
  14. If the paint is too thin in any an area, wait till it has dried, sand lightly, clean, and repaint

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Good hardwood can last for over a century. Hardwood timber floors can re-sanded to restore their ‘just installed’ look.

If you are renovating, or if you just want the hardwood floors to look like new, consider having the floors re-sanded.