FLOOR POLISHING BRISBANE
How We Prepare
We take care of every aspect of the preparation work that culminates in the final product: your gorgeous timber floor. Firstly, all furniture needs to be removed from the floor area. If there are floor coverings present (such as linoleum or carpet) we can arrange to take them out, along with any left-over nails or staples. Next, we punch down any nails that are fixing boards to joists, thus eliminating any troublesome creaks that may have been bothering you. This procedure also prevents future movement of the floor boards.
Occasionally removal of the carpet or lino will also reveal damaged flooring that may have previously gone unnoticed. This is not a problem, we will take care of damaged floor boards using carefully selected replacement boards from timber salvage yards. We are adept in sourcing boards that are of a comparable era and style to seamlessly match your existing flooring.
Sanding the Floors
With the preparation taken care of, we are now ready to start the floor sanding pro-cess. Dependent on the condition that the floors are in, we will often start by using a rough-graded sand paper to sand on a 45-degree angle. The purpose of this is to create lateral flatness. We then repeatedly sand the floor (this is done working with the wood grain) progressively using a finer grade of sandpaper each time. Finally, we finish sanding by using a rotary sander, expertly buffing away any fine sanding marks to produce a flawless final finish. By now your floor is superbly smooth and we are ready to apply the coatings. Your home is important and making the best choice when seeking floor polishing Brisbane may feel overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. At A-Custom Floors we will be there every step of the way to take the stress out of the decision-making process.
Solvent based Polyurethane
A popular and tried-and-tested choice for floor coating has always been solvent based polyurethane. This is a well-established option that many people still favour and if a high gloss finish is the goal, then you can’t go wrong given the depth of finish it can achieve. That been said, with skill and experience a good quality solvent-based polyurethane can also be used to produce very warm and modern results using the Matt, Semi-gloss and Satin finishes.
Water based Polyurethane
Water based Polyurethanes can be an excellent option to consider to achieve a superior, furniture-like finish for your floors. The traditional solvent based polyurethanes are the tried and tested first choice when a high gloss finish is desired, however when it comes to achieving a low sheen finish, you can’t go past using a high quality water based polyurethane. Its advantages include that it is low odour, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. It produces a very consistent sheen and because it is so fast drying, dust issues are less of a factor for the final finish.
Which Brand of Coatings Do We Use?
At A Custom Floor we use only the highest quality coatings available. Our brand of choice when it comes to solvent based polyurethanes is POLYCURE & FEAST WATSON. For our water based coatings, we choose LOBA DUO & BONA TRAF-FIC
We are staining specialists. To finish off their floor polishing in Brisbane, many home owners will choose to have their timber floor stained. An expertly applied stain can transform an average low-cost timber into an exquisite piece of craftsmanship. When it comes to Staining, there are two primary options. If you are looking for a moderately darkened finish, or you just want to subtly change the tone of your timber flooring, we would use a tinted stain coat. Tinting requires a high level of skill to attain a consist finish across the entire floor. For darker options such as a black japan or walnut finish, we would recommend staining the timber directly. This is more of a lengthy process, but the results are remarkable. Perhaps the most critical step to achieving the perfect stain that you envisage for your home, is starting off with a quality consultation. This is an area that we pride ourselves in. Before we apply even a drop of stain to the floor, we will first demonstrate what tones and colours are achievable until we have established and agreed upon exactly what it is that you have in mind for your floors. It’s your vision, we are here to bring it to life. So, get in touch today to book a complimentary appraisal for your timber floors! At A Custom Floor polishing Brisbane, we are qualified to help you every step of the way, until you are walking across your very own gorgeous timber floors that are both functional and beautiful.