- Floor sanding; of course
Sanding is one of the most important steps in floor restoration. It involves stripping old polish and paint from wood, laminate or even ceramic flooring. This is all done in preparation for subsequent restoration practices including surface smoothing, staining and application of finishes. Floor sanding is also done as a way to eliminate flaws and blemishes on the floor surface. These may be in any form including dents, scratch marks or even surface elevations. This leaves you with an even and perfect floor. Here, the professionals inspect and determine the sanding equipment to use in order to get the very best results.
- Floor coating and polishing
Another one of the most important services offered by professionals in the floor restoration industry is floor coating and polishing. In this case, the flooring material is covered with a finishing material. It may either be water-based or oil-based. There are two main purposes to this service. The first is for aesthetics. The polish products give the floor a clean and glossy appearance that is great for aesthetics. The look you are going for will determine what finishing product you settle for with the water-based being mild and clear while the oil-based give a glossier orange look. The other major reason why this service is so important is the fact that it protects the surface onto which it is applied. This ensures that they maintain their pristine beauty and perfection long after the restoration project.
Recoating refers to application of additional layers of polish years after floor restoration. It is sort of like a touch up meant to give the floor and the polish itself a few more years of greatness. This is usually done every 5-20 years depending on the type of polish used and how much wear and tear forces the floor has been exposed to. Unlike initial coating, recoating does not always require the floor to be sanded afresh.
- Full floor unit installation
Some floor sanding and restoration businesses also offer full unit installation. In this case, the businesses specialize not only in restoration but all matters related to flooring solutions. This comes in handy with new homes or commercial buildings where the flooring unit needs to be set up. However, the services may also come in hand yin restoration projects where simple sanding and replacement are not sufficient.
- Replacement of faulty flooring units
This is for solid wood panels, engineered flooring, and laminate blocks where the damage is beyond the saving power of the sander and polish. The faulty units are completely removed and replaced with new ones. Once this is done, the rest of the restoration project can carry on as planned. This is an especially important step as these damaged units stick out like sore thumbs. Ignoring them will negate all the progress made with restoration of the rest of the floor.
- Water damage repair
Floor sanding and restoration businesses also offer water damage repair services. However, as with the full unit installation, this service is only provided by businesses with professionals specializing in more than floor sanding. More often than not, water damage repair involves complete removal and replacement of the affected parts of the floor. It is therefore very important to work with skilled and experienced crews in order to ensure that you get full value for your money.