Floor sanding is one of the excellent characteristics of real wood flooring. It can be carried out to almost every real wood flooring type such as solid wood flooring or engineered wood floors. Only engineered floors with at least 1.5mm of wear layer are recommended for sanding. A thicker real wood top layer can withstand more intense sanding.
There are many various reasons why you may wish to sand an existing wooden floor, such as :
- refresh a tired appearance
- remove existing finish
- sand out the existing stain
- refurbish a damaged or scratched surface
- spot repairs
The benefits are many, although there are also some downsides. Let's take a look at both sides to help decide if it is for you.
Floor Sanding Benefits
Sanding a wood floor can remove years of unsightly wear and tear. Wood is a soft material and will naturally scratch and discolour after prolonged use. A good quality sanding can strip the floor down to its original form, enabling you to refinish it with fresh lacquer, colour stains or oils. You will be able to choose various levels of shine and texture. You can also use sanding to make spot repairs on individual flooring planks.
The Down Side!
While refurbishing an existing floor can be fantastic, there are a few points to be aware of. It's not an easy job, and we recommend using professionals such as these Dublin floor sanding experts. It is certainly possible to carry out DIY, but if you want the best possible finish, a professional sanding service will be required. Of course, there is a floor sanding cost attached. Expect to pay between £15-25 per sqm for complete sand and refinish. In some cases, a new floor can work out a similar price, but then you may lose out on some of that character embedded into an existing floor. And don't forget the dust. There will be a lot, so ensure that you or your contractor is using quality equipment that will extract the fine sawdust.
For more information, contact our technical team who are always happy to help.