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I am apprentice trained joiner, NVQ lvl 3, I have been running a successful business for 2 years and aim for the highest standards in all aspects of my work. I undertake all aspects of joinery, fencing, property maintenance, painting and decorating, garden maintenance, patio laying.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Flat roof- installation / repair, Floor Sanding & Finishing

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Reviewed by C on 23/5/2018

Top job at a good price

Trades serviced: Carpet fitters, Door / Window painting, Electric underfloor heating, External Tiling, Floor Sanding & Finishing

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Reviewed by mandy on 23/5/2018

Good communication and excellent service. Turned up as discussed and got the job done in an hour. Tidy, pleasant and good service. Definitely will use again and recommend.

HC Interiors offer redecoration services, installs kitchens, bathrooms & flooring. As a member of Dulux Select, it benefits from their guarantee with respect to all painting & decorating jobs. See my website for examples of previous work & references.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke kitchens, Carpet fitters

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Reviewed by jordan on 23/5/2018

Hugo did the impossible: high quality work, for a good price, on time. He didn't go over budget, was clean, always professional and kept me in the loop about everything. Highly recommend him.

our team is dedicated to provide very good service and professionalism. We deliver a full range of service and product solutions to businesses, commercial or residential jobs. let us assist you for design, installation, maintenance and building services.

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Varun on 23/5/2018

Seby and his team were very professional. They worked diligently, carefully and tidly. Seby was not short of ideas and I did make full use of his expertise. I would definitely use them again for future projects.

Bluefox Developments & Decorating contractors cover all aspects of building works we are a family run company, fully insured and are very competitive on prices.. web address bluefoxdevelopments

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Ricky on 22/5/2018

Gary got in contact within about 10 minutes of me posting the job to have my house painted. He turned up on time to give me a quote and was on time to complete the job within 3 days. The price was slightly higher than the quoted due to my wall type needing a special paint, however, the work has been completed to a very high standard (no spills on the floor and smudges between the charcoal grey & ivory colours we chose), so no complaints from me. Several of my neighbours have said how nice my house looks!

I am a fully qualified painter & decorator with over 18 years experiance and built a good reputation with customers over the years and aim to maintain that good reputation for many years to come.

Trades serviced: Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Floor Sanding & Finishing, Floor Tiling, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe

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Reviewed by Wendy on 22/5/2018

Amazing finish on the walls, would recommend to people to use. Clean and tidy.

Hello I am matt. I do carpentry and joinery I have been doing this now for just over 6 years I have done many different aspects of carpentry and joinery and have experience. The work that I do will be to a high quality and will make sure you are happy with the work carried out. I will try to talk you through what to expect from me and the different steps for the work to be completed Types of jobs that I do: -Fitting door frames and door linings -Hanging doors and all door ironmongery/accessories (Internal & external) -Adjusting doors -Building wardrobes and other storage areas -Boxing in pipes and cables -Decking -Stud walls -Window sills -Fitting shelf’s -Skirting, dado rails and picture rails -Facia and soffits -Kitchens (including minor adjustments) -Laminate flooring -Engineer wood flooring -Flat pack -Bespoke joinery in alcoves and under stairs and in other areas

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Floor Sanding & Finishing

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Reviewed by Ellena on 22/5/2018

Matt done a great job on my flooring. arrived on time and tidy up afterwards. Really friendly guy.

Powell home improvements pride their self's on top quality workmanship at fair reasonable prices which we won't be beaten.We have experienced tradesmen that are very polite and go the extra mile for our customers.No job to big or small...Thank you

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, External Rendering, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes

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Reviewed by Leigh on 22/5/2018

Perfect tradesmen I would completely recommend him ??

Welcome to Jr roofing we have been going for over ten years we are new to this website. We would love to come to your home and work. We offer a very high standard of work St very competitive prices.look at my profile to some of our work

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Brick / Block Paving, Carpet fitters, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by mark on 22/5/2018

New flat roof did not work. Water entered my property and has ruined decoration. I had to employ another roofer at even more expense to repair an incorrect fitted roof and I have photos to prove what had failed. It was not another part of the roof as he may state. I tried to contact Dave endlessly without joy. I'm still waiting for my guarantee and even an invoice. Happy for him to contact me to discuss way forward.

property maintenance,carpentry,Fencing,Decking,Painting&decorating,bathroom & kitchen fiiting,Plumbing.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick / Block Paving, Carpet fitters

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Reviewed by Chris on 22/5/2018

Price as quoted. Punctual and the finished job was far better than I thought could be achieved. Highly recommended

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Floor Sanding & Finishing specialists - what you need to know

Floor sanding is where the top layer of wooden flooring is removed - this restores and refines how it looks, by removing stains, marks, and dents that have built up over time. Alternatively, you might have remove a carpet to find an old wooden floor – sanding would be one of the first things you would do to restore it. Once it’s sanded, it can be varnished, waxed, or oiled to produce a fresh new look. You can sand all types of wood flooring: parquet and boards, solid and engineered.

Sanding typically involves removing under a mm of the top layer, so it can be done up to around ten times, although it depends on:

  • The depth of the damage.
  • The thickness of your floorboards.

One of the big benefits of wooden flooring is that it’s easy to clean, hypoallergenic, and durable. Wood floors are also warm in winter and cool in summer, along with giving your home an earthy feel to it. Floorboards that are currently exposed may have been treated with a varnish in the past, and may need more attention to restore them to their original state.

It’s the paper-thin top layer of the wood that a professional floor sander will pay most attention to. Invariably, along with old varnish, there are scuffs and scratches that have developed on the floor through wear and tear. For instance, high heels can easily create indentations wooden floors. Dragging furniture such as chairs or tables can scuff or mark floors, or there might simply be parts of your home – like the hallway – that get constant use. An expert floor sander will consider the depth at which the floorboards need to be sanded down to get the best possible result, removing all scrapes and scratches in the process.

The sanding process removes the debris and dirt, pits and dents that currently exist on the floor, and reveal the unblemished wood beneath. Often with exposed floorboards, you’ll find that draughts and squeaks make themselves known, but an expert floor sander can address this for you. They’ll make sure the floor is free from imperfection by carefully filling small gaps, or installing wooden strips or slivers for larger gaps. These restorative steps are necessary to prolong the life and durability of your floor.

There are a variety of finishes that can be applied to your wooden floor to protect it against its future use, and to suit your interior design scheme. These include:

  • Varnish.
  • Wax.
  • Oil.

Should I choose a varnish, wax or oil finish?

It depends on how meticulous you’re going to be in maintaining your wooden floor. Wax or varnish finishes will need periodic recoating. Varnish can last up to 5 years, whereas wax needs recoating twice in the first year, and annually thereafter. This is because the protective barrier of both wax and varnish will eventually diminish, and a new application will need to be applied before this happens. If the bare wood is exposed to dust and dirt again, the whole floor will need to be resanded.

Oil is absorbed by the wood, and though it lacks the protective barrier of wax and varnish, it repels liquids and dirt. To maintain your wooden floor with oil, you’ll need to re-oil it every couple of years, but you can administer it to specific areas as needs must, rather than having to do the whole floor. Ask your professional floor fitter for advice.

Dust-free technology

Another big advantage of hiring a professional is that they’re more likely to have high end sanding equipment that basically combines the sander with a vacuum cleaner. That means no dust, and completing the job in record time as it’s such an easy clean-up operation for the tradesperson.

Cost of floor sanding work

Prices are usually quoted in m², depending on the size of the floor, the level of restoration that’s required, and the finishes that you choose. Basic costs can range from £10 to £20 per m², along with flat fees for carpet removal.

How do I keep my wooden floors looking good?

The elements that damage wooden flooring most are grit and debris that are brought inside from outside. Make sure that you have doormats for people to wipe their shoes before they come in. This is true for maintaining carpets too. Get into the habit of sweeping or vacuuming your wooden floor daily in areas of high traffic, and dry mopping them to catch any dust. Use a specialist wooden floor cleaner to damp-wipe the floor, but remember not to soak it to avoid warping the wood. Keep stilettos away from your wooden floor, they cause damage that can go deep into the wood due to the pointed heels. The options for removing a dent made by stiletto would be to sand it out, or to fill a dent if it’s more than half an inch think. Both options can be tricky to perform yourself, or pricey if you decide to get a professional in.

The use of chemicals during floor sanding

To quickly remove the finish that is currently on the floorboards, some tradespeople use chemical or solvent strippers to clean the wood prior to sanding. These contain ingredients that can carry health risks if they are not handled with care. You should consult your floor sander is you’re concerned about such products being brought into your home.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

There are currently no formal qualifications that are required by law in the UK for floor sanding. Your floor sanding professional may be a member of the British Wood Flooring Association (BWFA).

Planning permission for floor sanding jobs

While you don’t need planning permission for sanding your wooden floor, if your house is listed you may have to adhere to certain regulations, in which case, you should contact your Local Planning Authority. If you live in a building of multiple occupancy such as within a block of flats, you may be restricted as to whether you can have exposed wooden floors due to the increase in noise that they can generate. If you’re a tenant, it’s worth your time checking your tenancy agreement to see if you can change the flooring. For more information on planning permission, head to the government’s planning portal.

Insurance for floor sanding work

All reputable tradespeople should have public liability insurance, and it’s worth checking they do before any work has begun.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • Do they have a portfolio of their work?
  • Do they have previous customers you can contact as references?
  • Are they members of any trade associations or accreditation schemes? For example, a member of the British Wood Flooring Association?
  • Do they use dust-free technology?
  • What chemicals do they use? What are the known side-effects?
  • What guarantees do they provide?

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