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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Solid Timber floor and Engineered timber floor?
The main difference from solid timber is that engineered floorboards are composed of two or more layers of wood bonded together under heat and pressure. The top layer is the one that’s visible and generally comes pre-finished but can come Raw as well.
A Solid Tongue and Groove Timber floor is 1 piece of timber that has been milled to size , which needs to be glued and fixed to a ply subfloor and will need to be sanded and finished.
What’s the difference between a Solvent based Polyurethane finish and a 2 Pak water-based finish?
The main difference between the two types of finishes is the 2 Pak Commercial grade Waterbase will leave a more lighter natural finish on the floor, where as the Solvent Based Polyurethane will leave a more enhanced colour tone and highlight the different grain in the timber.
Will my floors be lighter in colour when they have been sanded back?
Yes, when the floor is re-sanded and coated it will become lighter and can also be different in colour due to the yellowing effect some coatings exhibit over time. When applied directly to the floor, it will tend to highlight the grain and this can appear quite different to the existing floor.
Can you remove and replace our furniture on completion?
Yes Millennium floors can organise this at a additional charge.
What stage during a renovation should I begin restoration of my floors?
If you’re restoring your floors as part of a larger renovartion project, you should ensure that any carpentry, electrical, plastering, and glazing are completed before work on the floor begins to ensure they are not damaged with any other ongoing work.
Should my floors be completed before or after painting walls and skirting boards?
If painting prior to sanding your floors it’s recommended that the final coat on skirting boards to be applied after completion of the floors.
Do I need to empty a room in order to have my floors sanded and polished?
Unless specifically agreed to and quoted for, all furniture should be removed together with all floor coverings including staples, tacks etc.
Do I need to prepare my appliances before the floor restoration process?
Due to the flammable nature of coatings used during the polishing/finishing process, gas and electrical appliances are to be disconnected by qualified personnel and removed. All pilot lights must be also turned off.
How do I prepare the rest of my home for the floor sanding process?
Cover light fittings and all non-movable furnishings using plastic or drop sheets to prevent dust from gathering on them.
Remove or fold curtains into garbage bags and seal at top.