Timber Sanding & Refinishing

Full Refinished Timber Floor



Full Pre-Restoration Assessment

Before we start working on your floor we will provide you with a full assessment of the work we will be carrying out. This will include discussions and decisions made with you to ensure your floor will be restored to how you would like to see it!

Comprehensive Service

We only use the best lacquers and oils on the market. We are confident in the materials we use and the training we have received to know that we are giving THE BEST service that we are able to!

Lacquer or hard wax oil?

When restoring your timber floor there are two options...

Lacquer or Hard Wax Oil?


One of the features of wood flooring that people often leave unconsidered until just before ordering is the finish they’ll choose for their restored floor.  While it is possible to leave this decision pretty much to the last minute, it’s well worth knowing the options that are open to you.  In this article, we’ll give you a clear and quick overview of the two most commonly selected and most popular wood flooring finishes; lacquered and oiled. 


Lacquer

 

What is it?

A lacquer is a bit like a modern day varnish and is applied to a wood floor as a way of protecting the floor and often giving it a shine.  Lacquer effectively sits on the top of the wood and doesn’t sink in like oil does.


When should you choose it?

A lacquer finish is ideal in a room where you anticipate either high or heavy footfall.


 

Ease of care


The good thing about a lacquered finish on your floor is that it becomes somewhat water resistant.  That said, it’s never a good idea to splash lots of water about on any wood floor.  The one downside of a lacquered wood floor is that it has a tendency to show scratches more easily than an oiled floor.  Because of this, when the floor finally ends up looking tired and worn, the best course of action is normally a re-sand and re-finish.


Protection level


The protection offered by lacquered wood finish is arguably the toughest of all and this is probably why, in the good old days, gyms and dance halls were finished in this way, rather than simply waxed or oiled.  That said, because lacquer sits on top of the wood, when it is worn away with wear and tear, the bare wood is left exposed and susceptible to damage.


Visual effect


Lacquer comes in gloss and matt finishes.  All of that said, even a matt finish tends to have a bit of a shine to it.  So when you’re choosing a lacquered finish for your floor, it’s important to be aware of the shine that you’ll get.


Advantages and disadvantages


One of the best things about is that spills, if they’re wiped up reasonably quickly, won’t seep into the body of your floor.  The main downside when you choose a lacquer is that it tends to scuff and scratch more easily than an oiled finish, so it’s doubly important to invest in really great doormats and follow the ABSOLUTELY Aftercare System.


Hardwax Oil

 

What is it?

Oil is the modern day equivalent to the old fashioned; ‘on your hands and knees’ wax option that our grandparents had to put up with.  Now typically involving a hardwax oil, oiled finish wood flooring provides both a surface protection and a deep penetrating protection.

When should you choose it?

An oiled finish is the perfect solution when you’re looking for a natural looking finish for your wood floor.  Generally speaking, this solution will give you a nice natural look.


Ease of care


Although oiled wood flooring is slightly higher maintenance on an ongoing basis than lacquered wood flooring, it tends to need fewer major interventions because the protection goes deeper than the surface.  Unlike lacquered finish, when the top layer of oil finish gets worn away, there is still a level of protection underneath.  And like any wooden floor, if you protect it with good doormats and our Aftercare System, it’ll stand the test of time nicely.


Protection level


The good thing about oiled wood flooring finish is that it goes deep into the heart of the wood and provides not only protection on the surface, but into the core too, which means that your wood is protected to the max.


Visual effect


Oiled wood flooring has a really natural look and enables the colour of the wood to deepen over the years.


Advantages and disadvantages


The great thing about oiled finishes is that your floor looks as if it has no protection applied whatsoever.  What’s more, there really are no disadvantages of this type of finish.

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149 West Auckland Road, Darlington

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