Restoring Floorboards in Sussex

In this blog, we look at rejuvenating and restoring floorboards.

Before commencing work on floorboards, you need to identify what floorboards you have.

Generally, there are three types of floorboards, those being:

  • Square-edged floorboards – these are primarily found in period properties.
  • Parquet floorboards – this flooring is again found in period homes but has also seen a resurgence in recent years; they are hardwood blocks that lay in geometric patterns.
  • Tongue and groove floorboards – feature a slot on one side (this is the groove) and a ridge (the tongue) on the other.

Preserving and maintaining your floor

Firstly, preserving and maintaining the floor is crucial since wooden floorboards are prone to scratching, and softwood boards can easily dent. Therefore, daily or weekly processes, such as vacuuming, sweeping and washing, are the main tasks.

To ensure the upkeep of the wooden floorboards, the floorboards should be maintained yearly, too; this includes possibly sanding them back and treating the surface with oil, wax or a stain.

Consider changing the look of your floorboards by applying a different finish to the one you currently have.

Then, the trickier task is checking the floor for severe problems, such as dampness, rot and woodworm. Should woodworm be detected, it is challenging to consolidate and will damage the surface character of the floorboards. Therefore, should you discover woodworm, we recommend employing a professional floor restoration company to deal with the problem efficiently.

Other elements to consider in the long-term upkeep of your floorboards are the products you wash, sand and wax with; it is advisable to test a small area first, ideally somewhere you can hide under a rug or behind some furniture etc. Although products for revitalising floorboards may say that they are ideal, it is better to be safe than ruin a complete floor with a product that may react to the floorboards.

Place felt pads on chairs to prevent furnishings from damaging the floor when it is moved.

Should you encounter an obvious problem that can not be resolved, consider that existing floorboards should be repaired whenever feasible instead of replaced. Should this be an easy repair, there are many simple steps to allow this.

If you need to replace boards, this is usually done by a professional installation company, such as Sussex Floor Restoration.

Squeaky or loose floorboards? If possible, secure the floorboard back into place, ensuring the area does not have cables or pipes underneath, should you use nails. Read our recent blog on how to repair a hardwood floor for helpful advice.

A small amount of ‘springiness’ is not usually a problem in timber floors, but a more significant issue is sometimes lurking below. Springiness could be due to weak joists underneath the main boards, down to rotten boards, or simply down to slight bowing in the boards that can be repaired by splicing some wood in between.

If it is not a simple case of splicing some wood, it is advisable to get a professional in to see if there is a problem with the joists or the integrity of the board itself.

It might be possible to retain and cover old boards beyond repair, but a replacement will be required where this is unrealistic. New floorboards may be needed where earlier floorboards have been substituted with less quality material.

Replacement boards should comprise seasoned timber of a suitable species, dimension and finish. Use cut floorboard nails to lay the boards. Butt them as closely as possible beforehand with temporary wedges to reduce gaps.

restoring floorboards | Sussex Floor Restoration team

Sussex Floor Restoration – Restoring Floorboards

In conclusion, there are many ways for restoring floorboards, and we are here to help!

We provide floor restoration services to various audiences, including schools and other commercial buildings. We also work with domestic clients to improve the look of flooring in your home.

Best Process: We only use the highest quality dustless floor sanding machines and abrasives. We will come to you to discuss the best options for you and your floor.

Best Treatments: We can guarantee a world-beating finish every time using modern, efficient methods and high-tech machinery. Find out more about our process here.

Best Service: At Sussex Floor Restoration, we are committed to going above and beyond for our clients, a d we take every care to ensure you get the outcome you deserve. Working with us is as smooth as our finishes.

Contact Adam and his team today at 01444 810505 or fill out our form here.

Related posts