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Your home is not only your castle it is your investment. We specialize in residential alterations that not only enhance the beauty but also raise the value of your home. Our services include home expansion, Tailored bathrooms & kitchens, interior design.

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Reviewed by Stephen on 7/1/2020

I don’t often leave feedback but I wanted to for Maurice as the work done was to an exceptional standard, not only the finishing but the attention to every detail, and The most important thing to me, being part of a busy house with dogs and kids is that Maurice took on jobs and fixed the odd small hurdle without quibbling, where others would have scratched there heads and found several reasons not to find a solution, Maurice is a good, clean and reliable tradesmen, welcome back anytime. Steve & Dee Berks

JJ Walker property development”We have successfully undertaken and completed a number of projects.We have over 10 years building and demolition experience.With a work force of fully qualified tradesmen.

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Reviewed by Mairi on 1/3/2021

We had missing slates, leaking chimney and attic insulation repairs required. Job completed in 1 week to a great spec. Competitively priced compare to other quotes we obtained. John and his team we so professional, efficient and responsive to all questions and details about the job. They were on site to assess and quote promptly with realistic start date and kept us informed of progress throughout. I cannot recommend these guys enough, any jobs in the future we will be using Johnand his team. Top guys.

Carpentry Avenues is a family business. I am a carpenter with over 25 years of experience in every aspect of carpentry. I am focusing especially on the kitchen assembler, various suppliers and DIY kitchens. floors of all kinds, herringbone and stright lines. I offer the highest quality of service and finish, because my job is my passion and customer satisfaction is the best reputation. I invite you .

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Reviewed by Ron on 25/11/2020

Raff is an excellent carpenter who fitted my kitchen to the highest standard. He is very knowledgeable and gave good advice. I would not hesitate to recommend Raff of Carpentry Avenues.

We have 45 years experience in the building industry, our surveyor has full certified qualifications in the preservation industry CTIS and CRDS we specialise in the restoration and refurbishment of period properties We can convert damp basements into habitable living areas issuing 30year protected Guarantees approved by Building societies We have plumbers, electricians, tilers plasterers/ cornice repairs stone repair masons, roofers Bespoke work - Bathrooms, Kitchens, Sunrooms Garage conversions, attic conversions

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Reviewed by Ron on 17/2/2021

Time waster.

PAINTER AND DECORATOR WITH 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE TRADE - UK & EUROPE. GENERAL BUILDING MAINTENANCE. ALL ROOFING COVERED - SPECIALISING IN SLATE ROOFS. CITY & GUILDS REGISTERED

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Reviewed by Val on 23/2/2021

Stay safe. This person has no regard for life

In business over 30 years Free estimates no job to large or small fully insured

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Reviewed by gwen on 31/3/2021

Extremely pleased, clean, tidy, very efficient. I do not hesitate recommending Mr Gill, very pleasant, and friendly person. Certainly keeping his details, for any future work.

Hello , I am Michael . Fully qualified time served plasterer of 10+ years, customer satisfaction a top priority. Work is always carried out to a high standard with a friendly service, many trade and domestic work references, competitive quotes provided

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Reviewed by Scott on 26/11/2020

We can not express our thanks and recommendation enough for Michael, he was excellent. Everything you would want from a tradesman. He turn up exactly on time, worked so hard all day, covered up everything possible and cleaned up at the end of everyday. He took so much care to get the job perfect for us, great guy highly recommend.

Is a small Family business!

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Reviewed by shaun on 27/7/2018

excellent daniel came around on friday and gave me a fabulous quote and by sunday the job was complete ,very neat and tidy

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Reviewed by ian on 16/12/2010

Very happy with the work Mosaic did. They did 2 bathroom makeovers, they were let down by a tile supplier which delayed our timetable but in general the team were good to work with, focussed, and listened to what we wanted. Also very helpful on design, selection of materials, and adjusting for problems discovered when ripping out the old bathrooms. I would be happy to recommend and use them again.

Hi My name is David, we are builders and we want to help you to make your dream come true.

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Reviewed by Adam on 15/10/2020

Hard working team, quality rebuild of our garden wall. Really pleased.

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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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