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