Having your floorboards sanded and polished or painted – what’s actually involved?

Whilst this has the advantage of saving thousands of pounds, it is not a decision to be taken lightly because it potentially impacts on the energy efficiency of your home and is a very dirty job. Fortunately, you do not have to worry about the second part of this because when our experienced handymen strip your boards, we do it right.

The machines used for sanding floorboards are like heavy lawnmowers and whilst they use sand-paper rather than blades, it is astounding how much mess is created, which is why we fully seal the whole room with plastic sheeting and tape because if this is not done literally every part your home will be covered in a film or wood dust. Before we do this though, we need to secure any loose boards, but whereas most people with simply re-nail the loose boards, STT takes the time and effort to screw loos boards in place because almost invariable the reason they have become loose is because they get a lot of foot traffic, so if they are not properly secured they will simply come loose again.

Once secured and sanded, the next step is draught proofing. Various options exist from the expensive – lifting the boards and laying any of numerous insulation options underneath – to simply filling any gaps and knot-holes with a filler that both matches your boards and will not stand out when the floor is treated with your choice of oils, waxes or varnish – plus wood stain if you wish.

Whilst Danish oil has a warm appearance, unless you want your floor painted – white gloss is actually very popular in rooms with low natural light because it can make a vast difference as well as saving you the cost and Inconvenience of having your floor sanded – we recommend yacht varnish for natural floorboards as this offers greater protection and durability in numerous ways that we will discuss with you when you get in touch; but for a quick overview, click here.

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