- If building or renovating, the start date for sanding and coating floors is critical particularly in relation to other trades.
- Carpentry, electrical, plastering, plumbing and glazing must be completed before work on the floor can start.
- Any silicone or silicone based product which comes into contact with the floor after sanding but prior to any of the 3 coats will cause rejection of the coating. Silicone is often found on the footwear of plumbers and glaziers.
- It is recommended that all painting except the final coat on skirting boards be completed. The final coat can be applied to the skirtings after completion of the floors.
- Carpets should be laid after the floors are finished.
- All furniture should be removed together with all floor covering including staples, tacks etc.
- Gas and electrical appliances are to be disconnected by qualified personnel and removed. All pilot lights (including hot water system) are to be turned off.
- Adequate lighting and power to be available.
- Arrangements made for clear and safe access to the site.
- In many instances arrangements should be made for alternative accommodation, bearing in mind the wet floor areas which cannot be walked on in the likelihood of strong fumes if choosing toxic based coatings.
Preparation hints for the home owner
- Seal any access areas such as fireplaces and vents that could allow dust to enter the room - use masking tape and paper.
- Cover light fittings to prevent dust from gathering on them.
- Fold curtains into green garbage bags and seal at the top.
- Cover all non-moveable furnishing using paper, drop sheets or plastic (using masking tape to secure).
What to expect
Sanding and finishing a beautiful timber floor is a skill acquired over many years. Bear in mind that, as all the work is done be hand controlled machines and applicators; there will be evidence of this in the floor. Further as you live on the floor it will gain a character and fell that is unique to your home. This is all part of the beauty of owning a timber floor.
- You can expect:
- A thorough explanation of the work to be carried out at the time of the quote.
- A comprehensive quote detailing all work to be carried out.
- Expert sanding and coating.
- Nails punched.
- Nail hoes, knot holes and gaps at the end of boards to be filled with the appropriate filler.
- A coating that will provide many years of beauty providing it is property maintained. (Refer to maintenance instructions)
What not to expect
- A completely dust free environment. Modern sanding machinery is fitted with dust collecting equipment and sanders will endeavour to clean dust away by vacuuming and wiping down surfaces. It is virtually impossible however to totally eliminate dust from the job which has a couple of consequences:
- there will always be some dust particles that settle on the newly finished surface.
- there will be an amount of dust through the rest of the house.
Things to be aware of
- Any silicone on a floor will cause rejection of subsequent coats if using a solvent based polyurethane coating. Silicone or silicone based products also include Fabulon, hair spray, fly spray etc.
- 12volt down lights produces a cobweb effect on the coatings.
- You may get slight markings on skirting boards from contact with the Edger. That is why it is recommended to leaving painting on skirtings until after the floor is finished.
- Black Japan or stain around the perimeter of some older timber may produce a two tone effect.
- You are likely to get some variation in colour and grain between new and old boards.