Engineered Wood Flooring
eSTABLISHED IN 1995
We set up our business in 1995. We are Members of The Guild of Master Craftsmen and take pride in our work. These days we take extra care when it comes to health and safety.
Our specialist teams, have an impressive breadth of experience, offering you the most professional service in our industry.
We draw on over 30 years of Floor Sanding experience, successfully managing and expanding our business as well as our customer base for the repeat business.
To deliver a 1st class service that remains highly competitive, we know we must constantly evolve and develop our products and services to stay ahead of our competitors.
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We have qualified and experienced estimators that cover the south east of England. Our services teams work from our head office in London.
Because we are part of the “FLOOR SANDER HIRE GROUP”, our buying power and insight to the latest up to date machinery is what keeps us apart from our competitors. We boast more professional machinery than any other company in the UK.
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Engineered Wood Floor sanding & installation Services London & Home Counties
Most engineered wood floors can be sanded. What is central in the case of sanding engineered wood floors is how thick the surface layer is. This affects how deeply the floor can be sanded. Discover our floor sanding process.
We have been serving customers since 1995 in London and the Home Counties. We offer Engineered Wood Flooring services and will come to your home or premises to do a free consultation.
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Engineered Wood Flooring faqs
Yes, definitely. It is almost always the best choice to sand and refinish engineered wood flooring. This is because engineered wood flooring is so long lasting. In fact, an engineered wood flooring floor can be sanded and refinished up to ten times before it needs to be replaced.
One of the primary benefits of engineered wood flooring is that it can be sanded after scratches and dents appear. Engineered flooring is costly, but it provides excellent long-term value. Some engineered wood floors can be installed without the use of glue, staples, or nails, much like a floating floor. Because of its heat stability, engineered wood is a good choice for installing radiant heating under your floor.
When sanding engineered wood flooring, the amount of wood that is removed is directly related with the coarseness of the sandpaper used. With high-level coarse sandpaper that is used by professionals, about one sixth of an inch of wood is removed.
We want your varnish to give your floors year and years of protection. We do not use any of the varnishes found in D.I.Y shops or stores. We use only high-quality professional varnish produced by Leading supplier Bonakemi. It is water-based has very little odour and gives a beautiful hard-wearing finish. This varnish is sold exclusively to us direct from Bonakemi
The simple answer to that question is to decorate first. What we would ask is that the last coat of paint to go on the skirting board be applied after we have done the floor.
By the way, we also have a team of professional decorators if you would like to paint the room before sanding or installation.
What is Engineered Wood Flooring?
Engineered wood flooring consists of a hardwood veneer secured onto a multilayer substrate. The authentic wood veneer is fixed onto the base layer at a right angle using high heat and pressure conditions.
This intelligent design provides dimensional stability to the overall board. The real wood veneer can be made from a variety of wood species, such as oak or mahogany, and can range in thickness from 2.5-6mm. A thicker wood layer will extend the lifespan of the engineered wood as it can be sanded and refinished to restore its original appearance.
The remaining portion of the engineered wood plank is known as the base or core layer. The base layer can be made from several layers of plywood or high-density fibreboard to provide structural support to the overall plank. At Floor Sanding, our experienced technicians can guide and support you through the process of selecting the most suitable engineered wood planks to the stains and finish.
Our 25+ years of experience, allows us to provide expert advice and services so we can achieve the best results for your home.
Plywood vs High-Density Fibreboard Flooring?
Plywood substrates can be manufactured as multi-ply or 3-ply engineered floorboards. The two largely differ in their total thickness, which ranges from 13-20mm for multi-ply and 12-18mm for 3-ply. The width of the board is subject to the thickness, whereby multi-ply engineered floorboards can go up to 350mm whereas 3-ply can only reach 200mm. High density fibreboard is composed of densely compressed wood fibre pulp and chips. This is a great option to consider due to its simple click fitting installation system as well as its innately sturdy nature.
Why Engineered Wood Flooring?
Engineered wood flooring is highly versatile and can be manufactured in virtually any wood specie, offering a greater choice of style. The presence of the hardwood veneer also allows for sanding and refinishing to restore the authentic appearance of the wood. Unlike solid hardwood flooring, engineered wood has a greater resilience to heat and moisture fluctuations. Owing to its intelligent multilayer design, shrinkage and expansion of the plank occurs at each individual layer. Subsequently, the flooring is less prone to becoming warped and disfigured. As such, engineered hardwood flooring can be installed in bathrooms, basements and any area with underfloor heating. In terms of cost, engineered wood can start from £19 per square meter and offers the high-quality elegant look of a solid wood floor finish.
Although engineered wood flooring can withstand varying heat and moisture conditions, it is important to remember that it is not waterproof. Care must be taken to prevent the floorboards from becoming saturated with water during cleaning or in the event of spillages. Another factor to keep in mind, is that not all engineered wood flooring is capable of being sanded and refinished. Cheap, poor quality engineered floorboards do not have a thick enough hardwood veneer thus sanding will only result in exposing the core layer of the plank.
Engineered wood floorboards can be fitted using a number of methods. Primarily, these are: click fitting, tongue and groove, nails and glue. The easiest installation process is the click and fit system. This involves locking a board into its opposing board by angling it and applying a downward pressure. An area is completed by fitting the boards row by row over any type of sub-flooring. Tongue and groove installation is similar in that the floorboards interlock to create a seamless finish. Nail and glue installations are slightly more technical and require professional handling. For an in-depth guide, refer to our Floorboard Fitting Guide.
Maintenance and Cleaning
In order to uphold the luxury, authentic appearance of engineered wood flooring, adequate cleaning and maintenance is required. A general rule of thumb is to avoid excessive moisture when cleaning. Gentle brushing, hoovering and mopping is acceptable. It is advisable to use a well-drained microfibre cloth/mop to minimise water saturation. For oil-based finishes, an appropriate oil wood floor soap is required to prevent the oil coating from wearing away. Lacquered finishes, on the other hand, can be cleaned using a regular wood floor cleaning detergent.
It is recommended to provide temperature conditions of 16-28°C and a relative air humidity of between 40-65%. Moreover, it is important to protect the flooring from abrasive materials and substances e.g., scouring pads, gravel and sand. Adding felt pads on furnishings, using an external doormat and ensuring items are not dragged against the floor, are a few ways of preventing scuffs and scratches. Fortunately, as mentioned above, good-quality engineered floorboards can be sanded and refinished with oil or lacquer.
Oiled flooring must be replenished with oil every 6-24 months to bolster the protection of the hardwood veneer. In the event of staining, a touch-up oil in the appropriate colour may be used to create a seamless finish. Lacquered finishes harden over time and this provide greater protection. As such, refinishing can be considered if and when the coating has worn off.
Our experienced friendly team are always happy to help. Be sure to contact us with any questions.