Most people associate floor sanding with a lot of hassle, dangerous fumes, a lot of dust and a lot of money. For a long time it was cheaper and easier to replace old floor boards instead of sanding the existing ones. But over the past 20 years the floor sanding industry has changed and things have improved greatly.
Floor Sanding Is Cheaper Than You Think
You have to put yourself in the shoes of a floor sanding contractor. Let`s say you have to sand 20 square meters of floors and you plan to charge 20 euro per square meter but you have to work for 3 days. Can you see the problem? The maximum you can charge is 400 euro but you, and one helper, have to work for 3 days in a row to finish the job because the oil based floor varnishes used to take 24 hours to dry, the old models of floor sanding equipment were slow and very dusty and so on. For these reasons, most floor sanding contractors had to charge 40 euro per square meter to make some sort of profit.
But then dustless floor sanding technology and water based floor finishes were invented. A 20 square meter floor can now be sanded and varnished with 3 coats of varnish in less than 8 hours. This is a huge improvement. Prices have dropped by 50% and the work speed has increased by 300%. People don`t have to move out of their homes for a few days anymore just to have their floors fully sanded and restored.
2. Water Based Floor Finishes Are Fume Free
Most people are very worried about dangerous fumes generated by oiled or solvent based floor finishes. People who have kids or old relatives are even more concerned. Any floor sanding company will tell you that the first question asked by most customers is “ are you using solvent or water based floor finishes” ? Well, over the past few years most floor sanding contractors have switched from solvent floor finishes to water based floor finishes. Initially, when water based floor finishes were new to the market, they could not compete with solvent finishes. Solvent finishes were much more durable. But over the past few years many floor finish brands have created outstanding water based floor finishes that do the same or even better job than solvent based floor finishes. Here are few of the most durable water based floor finishes ever made:
A floor finished with a water based floor finish will dry in less than 2 hours, it will look 100% natural and it will create no fumes as all. Safe for the people applying it and safe for the customers. There is no good reason not to use a water based floor finish.
3. Floor Sanding Can Prevent Illnesses. How?
How do you clean your wood floors? Probably, like most people, you mop the floor thinking that a bit of water won`t affect the wood. Well, it does. Most people use general floor cleaners to mop their floors daily. What most people don`t know is the fact that most floorboards are only sealed over the top and not on the sides. Tiny amounts of water will leak between your floorboards each time you clean it and this liquid will create the black water damage that you can see on a lot of wood floors. Over time, the water damage will get worst, it will expand the gaps between the floorboards and the floor will start moving. Annoying noises will be heard all over the floor.
Now, from here the health issues start. The wet rotten wood will provide a great habitat for different types of bad bacteria and mould. As you breathe the wet air that stays constantly damp you could develop breathing problems.
By hiring a floor sanding company to remove the top coat of your floor and get rid of all the water damage you are solving a huge problem. The varnish will absorb into all the gaps and will not allow water to damage your floor anymore. You should definitely look into a flat mopping system and quality wood floor cleaners ( Bona Wood Floor Spray Mop is the ideal floor cleaning tool).
4. Floor Sanding & Refinishing Can Increase The Value Of Your Home
The housing market is gaining pace and more and more people are buying and selling houses. Imagine yourself going to see a potential new home. You walk into this great looking house only to notice that all the wood floors are wet, water damaged and in need of restoration. You will be put off pretty fast. First you will be worried about the amount of work and cost required to restore it, you will be worried about the fact that the floors might not be fit for restoration and you will be worried about the whole process. Now imagine this. You walk into this nice house where all the wood floors are newly varnished and fully restored. The whole house feels healthy and in good shape. Not a hard decision, is it?
1000 euro spent on restoring a wood floor before a sale can add up to 10% extra to the value of your home. Fully restored floors will attract more potential buyers from the pictures on the website. It is a no brain decision to hire a floor sanding company before advertising your home.
5. You Can Reclaim Your Money For From Restoration From The State
The state offers grants to help you renovate your home. A wide range of renovation jobs are included in the tax back program. Home Renovation Incentive will refund you the VAT paid for the renovation project. In Ireland, all floor sanding contractors charge13.5% vat on work. If you pay 2000 euro for a big floor sanding project, you can claim back 270 euro. It will not make you rich but it will help you out with other expenses. Most people are unaware that they qualify for this tax back scheme.
The best advice you will be given if you have wood floors is to hire a qualified floor sanding company and have your floors refinished once every 5 years. Clean and maintain your wood floors with proper specialist wood floor cleaning products and avoid mopping your floors.