Reading Floor Sanding (RG1): If you have wooden floorboards in your home or office in Reading, you might be wondering about having them sanded down and used as the primary floor surface, replacing your current carpeting with a beautiful and hard wearing floor, free from dust, mites and allergens. This can be achieved with both hardwood and softwood floorboards and might even add extra value to your property.
If you do elect to forge ahead and get those wooden floorboards sanded down you'll need to find the best tradesmen to accomplish it. A swift search on the internet or in the local Reading classifieds section will turn up several possibilities. Conversely, you could ask friends or family to recommend somebody. Doing floor sanding yourself is perhaps not an option unless you're an accomplished DIYer, and even if you are you'll need to hire some pretty substantial equipment which could be costly.
Your first thought could well be that this process is gonna create an awful lot of mess and dust, however that is actually not the case. Your floor sanding company won't be using small hand held sanders like those you may have employed for sanding down some paintwork or a door. They'll appear on your doorstep with some rather hefty equipment which includes a powerful extraction system that sucks up all the dust as the sanding progresses.
Needless to say it's not only the experts who have got the benefit of the finest floor sanders, and you could easily hire the necessary machinery if you're really determined to tackle the work by yourself. Some of the most common brands of floor sanders include: Bona, Pallmann, Lagler and Hummer. You are going to require an edging sander and a drum sander, along with some additional equipment, and instead of getting into all the details here you can ask the local tool hire shop and they will provide you with the things you need.
Before any sanding work begins the rooms in question will need to be completely cleared of furniture. Carpeting and related materials will need to be taken out, as will any nails or screws which are sticking up from the floor. The sanding device has to be swung around the room, so it's better if there aren't any obstructions in the way.
To achieve the sort of professional finish that you're seeking it will probably be necessary to do more than just sand down your floorboards and give them a layer of varnish. There are bound to be some minor blemishes for example screw holes, nail holes, splits and cracks, and there could even be some larger repairs needed, where sections of flooring are missing or damaged. These should all be repaired to the best possible standard, filled with wood filler and then given a final sanding. Any wood filler used should match the colour of the floorboards, test an area before the final filling.
The last phase of this process will be sealing and finishing your floorboards. These days not everyone uses sealant on hardwood flooring since the modern day varnishes are claimed to accomplish the task of finishing and sealing your newly sanded surface. Our own opinion is that it is far better to give your floor a good coat of sealant first, because this reveals the natural colour of the wood, offers extra protection against discoloration and scratching, and gives an excellent base for the final varnish coating. For varnishing use a good quality polyurethane product such as Ronseal Diamond Hard Floor Varnish and give it two or three coats.
Because, the first thing you think about when considering the prospect of sanding down your flooring is all of the disruption, dust and effort, you may begin to ask yourself whether it is actually worthwhile. If you find that you are having doubts about having this done, it may be a good idea to run through the advantages and disadvantages of the floor sanding process, to see if this persuades you one way or another. We've already outlined the negatives - floor sanding can involve a lot of disruption, hard work and dust. But how about the pros?
- Makes Your Floor Look New Again: If your existing wooden floor is starting to look worn and tired, a thorough sanding and finishing is sure to make it look like new once more.
- Polished Floors Are Easier to Clean: Once a timber floor has been sanded, sealed and polished it will be a lot easier to clean since all the cracks and crevices will have been eliminated or filled and the newly finished surface won't attract so much dust and dirt.
- Reduces the Number of Bugs: Although wooden flooring doesn't necessarily harbour as many pests and bugs as a carpet, these pesky insects still love to hide in any available splits and crevices that they are able to find between floorboards. A sanded and sealed floor should leave the pests with few places to hide.
Floor sanding can be carried out in Reading and also in nearby places like: Caversham, Purley on Thames, Calcot, Norcot, Whitley, Shinfield, Chazey Heath, Pangbourne, Tilehurst, Caversham Heights, Dunsden Green, Emmer Green, Pingewood, Sonning, Earley, Englefield, Mapledurham, West Reading, Lower Earley, Woodley, Play Hatch, Sulham, Theale, Tidmarsh, Southcote, together with these postcodes RG1 1LY, RG1 2HF, RG1 2PD, RG1 1PZ, RG1 1DG, RG1 1EU, RG1 1EQ, RG1 2PN, RG1 2HN, RG1 2LZ. Local Reading flooring specialists will probably have the postcode RG1 and the telephone code 0118.
Floor Sanding Machines Reading
When refurbishing a timber floor in Reading the principal piece of equipment that is needed is a good quality floor sanding machine. That's not the full picture however, as in order to do a proper job, at least three different sorts of floor sanding machine will be needed. In order of use, the machines that will be needed are a belt sander, an edging sander and a buffing machine. Experts frequently also use use staircase sanders, corner sanders and orbital sanders, during the restoration process.
There are a number of companies who specialise in floor sanding machines, and the best known ones are Bona, Pallmann, Lagler and Hummer. Most home and business owners in Reading will only carry out this procedure once or twice, therefore the expense of purchasing these machines would be substantial, so hiring is the answer. While the cost of renting floor sanding machinery is quite reasonable, the expenditure can be pushed up significantly by the essential add-ons like abrasives. When you've looked at all the possibilities, you might well deduce that the best option is just to use an experienced floor sanding company in Reading.
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People who live in the following areas and streets have recently enquired about floor sanding and restoration - Squirrels Way, Belle Avenue, Armstrong Way, Selborne Court, Sibson, The Grove, Barnwood Close, Baldasarre, Seaton Gardens, Tofrek Terrace, Dunt Avenue, Spring Lane, Ainsdale Crescent, Sheraton Drive, Addington Road, Cedarwood Crescent, Spring Close, Ashlee Walk, Cardigan Gardens, Abbey Street, Blackberry Close, Baldons Close, Baughurst Road, Amblecote Road, Denby Way, Saunders Court, Thames Side, Church Hill, Dark Lane, Devils Highway, as well as these Reading area postcodes: RG1 1LY, RG1 2HF, RG1 2PD, RG1 1PZ, RG1 1DG, RG1 1EU, RG1 1EQ, RG1 2PN, RG1 2HN, RG1 2LZ.
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