REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE
Scratches can be easily removed from your timber flooring without having to sand the entire area back to bare timber. Sometimes the scratches and other markings can be easily removed with a special sanding tool, by micro sanding and then coating of the individual floorboard or parquetry pieces without leaving any coating lap marks or evidence of the repair. This process can be quick and very cost effective.
Moisture/water damage is the number one cause of problems for timber flooring, and if there ever to be a problem, moisture will normally be the cause. Once the cause has been detected we can use moisture barrier coatings or a lining to ensure the water damage does not occur again and go about with the repair of replacement of the damaged timber.
Sun damage to floor coatings can happen if the direct sunlight through a window continually occurs on a section of flooring. Direct sunlight on timber flooring will overtime discolour the coatings and slowly blister the coatings and possibly damage timber. Sun damage will require sanding the floor back to bare timber over a larger area to ensure a consistent colour is produced when repolished.
During renovations walls and kitchen bench tops are often removed or new rooms added leaving an area that is missing timber or cork flooring. If this happens we can normally source or customise a match to produce a seamless floor that blends in with the old areas.
Recoating a timber or cork floor is a totally dustless process and in most cases floors can be used again within 24 hours or less. Depending on the amount of foot traffic on a polished floor and the amount of dirt that is scuffed across it, the average timber and cork floor should be repolished every eight to thirteen years (recoated by buffing, cleaning and normally applying another coat of polyurethane finish) to ensure the wear does not become a problem and end up exposing the bare timber. If all the original polish wears off a section of your floor it may require sanding back to bare timber on a section or the whole flooring area. This full sanding process takes a lot longer, is more expensive, makes dust and creates more hassles so if in doubt call me out.
Older building stumps can sink lower and create dips in the flooring level over time. In some cases the joists can come loose from the bearers or stumps and cause a bouncy effect across sections of flooring as it is walked on. By jacking up sections of flooring and filling the area with new timber these problems can be reduced and in most cases totally fixed.
If you find that the floorboards are creaking or making noise as they are walked on, the problem would have almost always have occurred from moisture at some point of time. If timber is exposed to moisture it will expand and can pull loose from its subflooring or base. The reverse can also occur as the flooring dries out after being exposed to moisture it will shrink and cup.
This problem can normally be fixed or dramatically reduced by eliminating the movement between the pieces of flooring by ensuring expansion areas are created and refix timber with glue and sometimes nails or screws if necessary. Gaps and holes can normally be easily disguised with specially coloured material that can handle movement.
It’s no secret how much termites love timber and if found a registered pest controller should be contacted immediately. Modern pest control professionals on the Gold Coast have special equipment to see the heat trails of these tiny monsters to ensure they are no longer present. Once the “all clear” has been given the repair process can begin.
Renovation and “Do it yourself” television shows have given many Queensland home owners the confidence to attempt their own home renovation work. Unfortunately the flooring often ends up looking very average and does nothing to enhance the look of the house.
I don’t think it’s wise to think that you should be a master at everything in life. Another problem that occurs for the DIY home renovator is to actually find the motivation and time to properly focus on completing a job once it’s begun as we all need time out to relax and we can sometimes get side tracked with more important things happening in life.
If this sounds familiar call me to get things back on track and save the project, or if you are on a tight budget we may still be able to work together on an hourly rate to move the project along by providing you with a “consultation and advice service” or “hands on DIY assistance service” using the correct tools and tricks of the trade.