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Wood Floor Renovation

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We have very experienced staff here at Artisan Timber & Flooring in Aylesbury that are highly skilled at undertaking the floor restoration process, which can transform an old or damaged floor almost back to its original condition.
After years of neglect, wooden floorboards or parquet blocks can become heavily worn, scratched or punctured by gripper rods or obscured by layers of wax and polish. Complete re-sanding and coating of timber floors is often required when they are accidently scratched by careless tradesmen and delivery men.

Finally, do you just want to change the look of your floor? We can stain your floor to one of a range of standard colours prior to oiling or varnish.

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Whatever your unique requirements

Artisan Timber and Flooring will undertake your entire floor restoration project using the following procedures
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Survey & Estimate Preparation.

The first step is to calculate the length of time and materials needed. Please email or phone us with measurements of the rooms to be restored so that we can give you a provisional estimate. If you are happy with our initial quote we will come out and survey your floor to see if extra materials and work are required. For instance Items such as missing or loose blocks and cork strip will increase the price and some floors may be deemed irreparable. Following a detailed survey we will confirm a final price to you.
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Getting ready for Sanding.

All furniture and fabrics should be removed from the rooms being restored. Although our machines generate very minimal dust, cupboards and doors should be taped up and existing floor coverings need to be uplifted then removed. After this we punch down any raised nails and fixings then fix down or replace any loose or broken planks, blocks or cork strip. We are now ready to begin the floor sanding operation using our top of the range Lagler belt sander for large areas and an edge sander in borders and corners. We start using a coarse grit to remove the worst marks from the floor then gradually work our way down through medium and fine grit sanding belts. During the sanding stage, sanding dust is mixed with a resin filler to fill any cracks and holes in the floor resulting in a high quality smooth finish in the newly sanded floor. Once the sanding stage has been completed, the floor is swept, vacuumed and dry-mopped prior to the application of any stains selected by the client.
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Finishes and Seals.

Finishes and Seals.
After the wooden floor has been sanded, it needs to be protected with a wood floor seal. The two most popular types of finish are lacquers and hardwax oils. Some people might call lacquer floor varnish, but in professional terms, varnish is only one type of wood floor seal. The quality of the seal that goes onto your floor is perhaps the most important part of the entire sanding process and commercial seals will be far more durable than those used in the domestic environment. Artisan Timber & Flooring only use top quality lacquers to protect the finished wood, offering a stain resistant durable finish that should, with the correct maintenance, last years. Hardwax oils provide a more traditional floor finish that retain the natural character of the wood whilst increasing its’ durability as well as water and dirt resistance. Floor oils are available in matt, satin-matt or semi-matt finishes, with the main advantage being that the floors coated can be patch repaired when damaged as opposed to lacquered floors that need entirely re-sanding and finishing. Generally two coats are applied and a range of coloured oils are available of which the lime effect is the most popular.

Project Gallery

Please feel free to look through some ofour projects that we have worked on by clicking the thumbnails listed below.

Our Guarantee

Here at Artisan we take great pride in our reputation so we fully guarantee our workmanship for a year. Our fitters are all highly skilled craftsmen trained to reject any faulty boards from the outset of any installation and we only work with reputable suppliers many of whom offer product guarantees and quality control their products.

You can be sure of peace of mind when you select Artisan Timber and Flooring for your wood floor installation , and we have hundreds of happy customers.Click on our project gallery above for samples of our workmanship or study some of our testimonials.

Methods of Wood Floor Installation

Floating

In this type of wood floor installation the new floor is fitted over an underlay without being fixed to the subfloor. Popular with engineered wood flooring and laminate floorings, the floors planks are glued together with PVA adhesive or click together directly . This fitting method allows installation of specific types of underlay and Damp Proof Membranes for sound insulation and damp insulation.

Fully Bonding to Subfloor

Here the wooden floor is stuck directly onto concrete, chipboard or plywood Special adhesives with immense bonding strength remain flexible indefinitely allowing the wood to expand and contract seasonally without damaging the structure of the timber . For parquet block and mosaic floors rigid adhesives are used to fully bond the floor to prevent excessive movement of the individual blocks.

Liquid Batten System

This is a partial bond system where semi-rigid triangular beads of glue are spaced 300mm apart at 90 degrees to the floor. It is used mainly to compensate minor subfloor unevenness and is an elastic, sound-dampening adhesive which reduces vibrations.. A similar system is used in conjunction with an acoustic mat to reduce noise transmission.

Nailing Down

The commonest method of nailing floors down is by using a special floor nailer(portanailer) to drive a barbed steel cleat through the tongue of the new floorboard at 45 degrees leaving the floor surface nail-free. Nails are driven into underlying kiln dried timber battens , plywood or chipboard . For boards above 160mm the boards may need to be surface nailed using cut clasp or similar nails.

Clip System

This type of installation is typical for Junckers solid hardwood floors . It uses a metal clip system to join the boards to each other as a floated floor reducing labour costs and seasonal movement.

Additional Services

Subfloor Preparation

You can never underestimate the importance of sub-floor preparation as part of the installation process so we offer the following services:
  • Levelling floors by application of levelling compounds
  • Fitting plywood to uneven / loose floorboards
  • Application of liquid DPM’s where floor moisture levels exceed 3%
  • Fitting of polythene or building paper as moisture barrier
  • Fitting of timber battens where required

Other Services Include:

  • Supply and fit of a variety of skirting boards
  • Move furniture where space is tight
  • Uplift and disposal of existing floor coverings
  • Creation of sunken matwells
  • Trimming of doors where necessary
  • Minor repairs of damaged boards
  • Protection of newly-laid flooring
  • Cladding of stairs to match the flooring

CONTACT US NOW FOR A FREE SURVEY AND DETAILED QUOTATION!

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General Advice for Self-Builders: Fitting & Finishing

About our Solid Timber Flooring.

All our timbers have been kiln dried to have moisture content of between 7-10% (BS8201)

Our new timber flooring has been accurately machined to T & G and in many cases; ends matched which allows for easier fitting and minimum wastage.

Site Conditions:

  • All under floor concrete slabs should be dried to 2-4% moisture content (BS8201) and this may take at least 1 month per 25mm thickness of slab. Concrete sub floors must be clean, dry and flat (use a self-levelling compound to correct any errors, again ensuring that it is completely dry).
  • Existing flooring, plywood, flooring grade chipboard or MDF sub floors should be in good structural condition, level and free from rot and fungus. New timber joists, battens and supporting timber should be kiln dried to 15% and under.
  • Ambient conditions should be within the ranges of Temperature of 15°c to 27° (BS8201) and relative Humidity of 35% -65% (BS8201).
  • Timber should be acclimatized in the room where it is to be laid at the conditions expected for at least a week if not longer.
  • Expansion gaps should be left around the perimeter of the floor and occasionally at intervals across the width of the floor of between 10mm and 20mm depending on the size of the room, i.e. 10-12mm for spans up to 8m and 15-20mm for spans in excess of 8m.
Site Conditions are extremely important and can make all the difference to a timber floor. The overall fabric (walls, floors, timber etc.) of the building should be thoroughly dried out so that there are no visible signs of moisture or condensation. All wet work (concrete, plastering etc.) must be completed and dry before you think of having the flooring delivered.

What Our Customers Say About Us

  • review rating 5  Artisan Timber & Flooring service was top class, from start to finish. They genuinely wanted me to be happy, down to the fine details. When Kevin came to survey the work –wooden flooring to replace a carpet in a very large bedroom—he really seemed interested in helping me choose a type of plank that was not just suitable but transformed the room. His quote for Ted Todd wood flooring along with installation was competitive and turned out to be excellent value for money. He also followed up every step of the way. For example, when the wood supplier mixed up scheduling of my delivery, Kevin persuaded them to make it up to me by sending the order by courier that same evening. The wood arrived soon after 6 p.m., and as a bonus, without prompting or complaint, the driver carried 8 heavy boxes of wood up two flights of stairs to my flat. The fitter was professional, pleasant, and meticulous, his installation did justice to the quality of the wood. Additionally, all the Artisan staff I spoke with on the phone were pleasant and helpful. It may sound corny, but this was one of the best “retail experiences” I have had, easily comparable to the high standards of Harrods when I ordered living and dining room furniture years ago.

    thumb john kohut
    10/11/2018
  • review rating 5  An extremely high quality service with a fantastic result. They took on the job of extending an existing parquet floor which needed extending and renovating. The final result was stunning. Zero mess and excellent staff who went above and beyond to sort any issues. Classic case of you get what you pay for!

    thumb Ben Holmes
    10/29/2019
  • review rating 5  Great company to do business with. I used to be in the trade many years ago so I know good when I see it. Customer service from Joe was exceptional. Second time I have used them this year and will do so in the future. Give them a try, carpets or wooden flooring in my case, they won’t be beaten on price. Price is important but the overall service is to be admired. Thank you guys 👍

    thumb Simon Lailey
    1/18/2019
  • review rating 5  Artisan flooring has been great in helping me choosing the right floor and fitting it.The follow through has been great and customer service excellent

    thumb Sumit Ganju
    11/04/2019
  • review rating 5  All I can say is brilliant, the entire service provided by artisan timber is fantastic. This is everything from the range of natural oak floor types they have on offer, all the way to the completed installation. The communication and survey was quick and helpful, quotation was fair and most importantly my new living room floor looks fantastic. ( I was so impressed I've decided to get my entire downstairs re-done) Would highly recommend!!

    thumb Nick Kent
    12/30/2018
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