First of all we need to establish few things. Do you like your floors? Would you like it to last for many years? Do you care about your family health? Would you like to have floor sanding done every year?
Floor sanding is not a trade that you can just learn as you go. Sanding a quality wood floor with a powerful 50 kg floor sanding machine is not a job for most people. One wrong move and you will manage to dig a nice hole in the middle of your floor. When you hire a cheap floor sanding specialists, you expose your floors to the same risks. Proper floor sanding specialists take up to 5 years to learn how to master the craft. Understanding the wood is the first step in the trade. There are softer woods where little pressure is required and there are hard woods where a lot of pressure is required to remove the existing finish. By using a lot of pressure on a softy wood, you will remove way too much wood from the floor and you will make the floor uneven or by using little pressure on a hard wood, you will work much more than needed for little results. Only people with experience can notice the difference between the types of woods and the types of finishes.
How do you think the floor sanding happens? Just get a floor sanding machine and sand the floor would be the most commune answer. In fact, a floor needs to be sanded 3-5 times with different grit sand paper and it has to be re-sanded even after the first coat of floor varnish was done. Floors that were painted before or floors that have glue on it, it will have to be sanded with 24-40 grit sand paper, then with 60 grit sand paper, then with 100 grit sand paper, then it has to be sealed, then it has to be sanded with 120-150 grit sand paper to remove all the small spikes that got hard in contact with the sealant.
Sanding the floor is the easy part. Finishing the floor is the hard part. When you hire a cheap floor sanding contractor, you take a bit risk. First of all, to achieve that gloss smooth finish, top of the range tools and equipment need to be used. A floor sanding machine can cost 500 or 5000 euro. The quality of the varnish applicator can also decide the quality of the final finish. Floor sanding contractors that charge little money per square meter, it can`t afford to buy quality products or tools.
The floor was sanded and it is ready for finishing. 5 litre of floor vanish can cost 19.99 euro or 120 euro. What is the difference? About 8 to 10 years of wear. When a floor is freshly done, it all looks more or less the same. You will start noticing the difference within 6 months. Quality water based floor varnishes like Tover Uniqua or Bona Traffic HD will get better in time and it will build up a natural look and a cool shine while cheap varnishes will wash away. Also, quality varnishes will bond with the floor, it won`t change the colour when washed and it will not scratch that easy. What you save when you hire a cheap floor sanding contractor, you will pay later when you will have too refinish your floor every year.
How much does floor sanding costs? Well if you ask for a quotation for floor sanding, you will receive expensive quotes & cheap quotes. Here is how much floor sanding costs:
1 standard living room – 20 square meter. A fair price for this job would be 400 euro. In this price you will end up with quality work and long lasting results. But some companies charge 200 euro for the same job.
To do a 20 sq meter job we will need:
5 L of high traffic varnish (80 to 100 euro plus VAT)
20 euro worth of sand paper
1 day work for a sanding specialist (150 euro)
10 euro diesel
Up to now the costs add up to 300 euro for sanding and finishing your floor. Extra costs:
Let`s add all this and make the final cost price 320 euro for the contractor. In 400 euro there is 47 euro VAT. So even if you charge 400 euro for this living room, after you deduct all the costs, you will realise that a professional floor sanding company doesn`t make that much money.
Then you receive the quote for 200 euro for the same job. How is that possible? Here is how:
19.99 euro varnish – guaranteed to last 3-6 months
Floor sanding equipment that generate tones of dust
Like in anything else, you will get what you pay floor. Floor sanding is not window cleaning. When is done, is done and it can`t be done again for a while. Semi solid wood floors can only be sanded 1 to 3 times, depending on the type of floor and the type of floor sanding contractor. Professional floor sanding companies know how much to remove from your floor to make sure that you get 3 sandings from a floor. But ac man paid with 60 euro per day, won`t care that much.
Dublin Floor Sanding repairs a pile of jobs after it was damaged by un-professionals. If you love your floors, pay the fair price for floor sanding.
***cheap floor varnishes are full of harmful chemicals***
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