*All new, old and parquetry timber floors Sanded & Polished
* Commercial and industrial works
*Sports floors, shopping centres, restaurants, dance floors etc.
*Recoat & refurbish existing polished floors, floating and prefinished floors.
*Deckings resanded and oiled, high pressure cleaned and re oiled.
Floor Finish types
Timber floor finishes can be grouped into four broad categories. These are the oil based finishes, composite finishes (mixes of oil and solvent based polyurethane finishes), solvent based polyurethane finishes and water based finishes.
Oil Based finishes:
Oil based finishes (alkyd/oleoresins) are the more traditional types of finish manufactured by reacting a natural oil,( e.g. linseed and tung) with another chemical varnishes and the traditional tung oils fall within this category and are associated with the polished and waxed timber floors of the past. These types of finishes are still available and require greater regular maintenance than the other finishes, however with the use of acrylic floor polishes, they have become easier to maintain. These finishes will darken with time. They are unlikely to edge bond boards.
Composite Oil based/ solvent borne finishes:
Finishes containing oil based alkyds with the addition of urethanes provide a finish with reasonably good abrasion resistance. Oil modified urethanes, which are one of the predominant floor finishes used in the USA and many of the tung oil based finishes are of this type. The odour during application is very strong but dissipates as the finish dries. These finishes provide a subdued, satin to semi-gloss appearance and are unlikely to edge bond boards. They darken with time and require more frequent maintenance particularly in high traffic areas. Acrylic floor polishes may be used to protect the finish.
Solvent borne Polyurethane finishes:
Solvent based polyurethane (one pack and two pack) provide a harder finish, generally with limited flexibility but much greater abrasion resistance. Consequently, this greatly reduces the level of routine maintenance. They currently provide some of the hardest finishes available today with gloss levels from matt through to a very high gloss. These finishes, as with the oil based finishes will generally darken with time, the odour during application is very strong with these products but dissipates as the finish dries. Due to their high strength and generally limited flexibility, edge bonding of boards can occur.
Water Borne finishes:
Some water based polyurethane /acrylic mixes of moderate durability are available but straight one and two pack water based polyurethane with very good wear resistance are gaining popularity. Matt through to gloss finishes are available and these finishes generally darken little with time. During application there is low odour associated with water based finishes.