My floor looks a mess I think it may be too bad.
The majority of floors are bad, most have been covered and neglegted for years. Sanding a floor strips away layers of wood to reveal a clean surface. It will come up good.
If you have floorboards they may need some repairs or replacement boards. In the past boards were lifted to lay pipes or power cables leaving a floor that usually needs attention before sanding can commence. Block or strip floors are usually ok, any loose blocks can easily be stuck down.
How long will it take?
An average size room say 12 by 12ft or 4m by 4m will take a couple of days, depending on the amount of repairs that need attention.
What are the benefits of a sanded floor?
Sanded floors are hygienic, practical, sleek, they do not harbour parasites like carpets. They are low maintenance and easy to clean.. Cool in the summer, warm in the winter, they have a character all of their own.
And the drawbacks?
They can be noisy, especially in kids rooms. Sanded stairs can be slippery, consider a runner if you have children. Apart from that, there are not many drawbacks.
Will furniture need to be moved out completely before sanding ?
Ideally yes, although I know sometimes that isn't possible. If you have a sofa that you can't get out I can work round it. If you have a through room, all of the furniture can go at one end of the room and a sheet dropped down the dividing wall to seal off the two spaces.
What about filling gaps between the boards ?
Gap filling is an extremely effective way of cutting down on draughts. When you pull up a carpet air will rise through any gaps, filling them stops the cold air coming into the room making it warmer than it would if the gaps had not been filled.
How are they filled?
Large gaps are filled with strips of wood that are glued in place. Small gaps, holes and cracks are filled with a specialist resin mixed with the actual floors sanding dust to form very good colour matched filler.
What colour will the floor be when it's sanded?
Old pine floorboards have a nice glow to them, sometimes they are a reddish brown. Block or strip floors are usually oak, beech, ash, maple, cedar, or dark hardwoods. If you have a particular colour in mind I can stain the floor to match your ideas.
What varnish do I use?
I use a professional matt silk varnish made by Bonakemi called Sprectra. It's water based, has very little odour and gives a wonderful hard wearing finish.
How long will the room be out of action ?
An average room with floorboards without gaps takes a couple of days. As the varnish is quick drying you can walk on the floor about 4 hours after its dry. However it takes an extra couple of days for the varnish to fully cure before placing furniture.
How long will it last.
The general rule is the more traffic the greater the wear. In a house with adults a couple of children and maybe a dog, a hall floor which receives most traffic in a house, without regular vacuuming or washing might last 4-5 years. A bedroom, 9 years or more, sitting room 6-7 years. The floor will last longer with regular cleaning as the dust and grit from outside wears down the varnish, felt pads on chairs, castors on sofas also helps.
How much does it cost?
Prices start at £15 per sq Metre for sanding floorboards or a block floor with no repairs to do. To sand the floorboards and seal with three coats of varnish is currently £19.50 per sq Metre. Gap filling is charged at £5 per sq Metre.
Who does the work?
I will come and do the estimates which are free of charge and turn up on the day to start the work myself. Occasionally a trained operative may help me, if there's a lot to do in a short space of time. I do not subcontract the work out.
Is it dusty?
It can be but the machines have effective vacuums on them; If there are wardrobes or cupboards I mask up the gaps, in a hall I'll put a sheet up around the stairwell to stop dust spreading. Where possible, I work with windows open to draw out the dust.
I want a sanded floor what happens next?
Call or email with the dimensions of the room/s. I can give you an idea of cost based on your measurements. If the price quoted seems reasonable I will make an appointment, usually in the evening, to see the floor. I will then prepare and send you an estimate. The estimate will outline what work will be needed and the cost. All prices include labour and materials.