Saturday, August 3, 2013

Recoating Solid Wood Floors in London Homes

London homeowners who understand the importance of regular maintenance and the recoating of solid wood floors are rewarded with many years of service from their flooring. With many London terraces uncovering a wealth of original wood flooring sanding, it is no wonder the astute homeowner with an eye on the prize invests both time and money into restoring these assets to their pristine best.

However there will come a time when even the best maintained floor will require a spruce up. Whether that takes the form of a complete refurbishment or a simple recoating process depends entirely on the current state of the floor and the type of usage the room receives.

London homeowners who have previously refinished a floor may well find that a recoating is all that is needed to return the floor to its naturally beautiful state.

The recoating process

Recoating a floor involves minimal removal of existing veneer and the application of a fresh coat of finishing. This process is possible if a floor has been varnished or has a polyurethane-based finishing. Waxed flooring cannot as a rule be recoated and homeowners with floors with a wax finish will have to re-sand and apply and entirely new finishing.

The first stage in the recoating process is therefore to know what type of finishing is on the floor. Plain varnished floors can be screened, which means lightly scraping off the outer skin of the finish. This process removes only a fraction of the finishing compared to that which would be removed by sanding. Once the screening has been completed best results are obtained by applying the same type of finishing as was originally used.

Alternative choices

If you are unsure as to what type of finishing you have or even if your floor is suitable for this type of treatment, you can obtain a no-obligation floor survey and quotation from a London floor sanding specialist company. They can help you get the best from your floor - and your money!

Although less intensive that a full re-sanding, recoating is not a secondary job and should be given just as much importance. A timely recoating can save money on refurbishment in years to come with less stress and upheaval.

Recoating solid wood removes ingrained dirt, small scratches, dents and scores allowing that burnished charm to shine through so that you fall in love with your floor all over again.

If all you want to do is to change the colour of an otherwise flaw-free floor then screening and recoating is ideal. Recoating can also be used to change a matt to a satin finish or vice versa.
The buffing machine used to remove the thinnest layer of finishing from your floor sanding can be hired from any tool or plant hire shop. If you have never used a machine like this before then ask the counter staff any questions you may have and do not try to use the machine until you feel confident in its operation. It is always a good idea to start screening in an area that is normally covered by furniture, or even the inside of a walk-in cupboard to allow yourself time to get used to the process and work with certainty.

If the recoating process is tried and does not yield the results you are looking for then do not despair; your floor can be refurbished after the event with no detrimental effect. When the refurbishment has been completed though it is a good idea to take note of the date, what was done and the materials used so that you will be in a more knowledgeable position the next time your floor requires some maintenance.

Screening and recoating is only suitable for solid wood flooring. Do not attempt this procedure on engineered or laminate floors.

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