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Our experienced team is trying to deliver quality in all kind of jobs we do. We cover all the joinery and carpentering works plus plumbing, bathroom installations and decorating.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Adilah on 24/2/2018

Shahin fitted frame a doors to an open area. He came on time agreed the work was very satifactory.

I am a sole trader with over 12 years experience in painting, decorating and carpentry. I am a hard worker and take pride in being reliable, trustworthy, and providing work of high quality.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Door / Window painting, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Vicky on 24/2/2018

Damon and his team have been fantastic. They are reliable, finished on time, carry out their work to a high standard, at a competitive rate and are super courteous. I would definitely use Damon’s services again.

20 yers old like Handyman

Trades serviced: Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Carpet fitters

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Reviewed by Lee on 24/2/2018

Paint brush marks left on side off fire surround. Rather than moving the wires from plugs near fire surround wall he decided to paint over them.. Avoid!!

I am a fully qualified kitchen and bathroom fitter with 15 years experience.I have been doing and I do work mainly kitchen fittings for the biggest builders in UK,like Barrat Homes,Barkeleys and Redrow all around London.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Amalia on 24/2/2018

Genti recently completed a total ensuite refurbishment for us. He provided an excellent and very professional service, including welcomed suggestions to work finishings.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Margaret on 24/2/2018

John done an amazing job fixing my roof after I had someone else in and made a mess of it. I would definitely recommend him.

We are very competitive and replace Windows and doors with a great price on composite doors.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Burglar Repairs, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Door Replacement

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Reviewed by Tom on 24/2/2018

Glen was very throughly and offered and very personally experience to myself , he was very knowledgable and sorted out a price, measured up sourced the door and fitted it to a high standard.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning

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Reviewed by peter on 24/2/2018

I would use new forest Joinery again. They came and did everything really quickly and the job was done really well.

We are professionals that take great pride in the work we do. "Do it right do it once"

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by Charlotte on 23/2/2018

Slander is false reporting. Having saved the messages I can prove I have done no such thing.

We take great pride in providing a reliable, efficient and cost effective service that delivers great value for our clients.We'll refurbish your house, or change a light bulb - and everything in between! Our job is to respond to your property maintenance

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by Linda on 23/2/2018

Dawid did a superb job in all respects. He arrived punctually, cleaned up and removed all the rubbish before he left and was very helpful. Cannot recommend too highly.

JK Complete Building Solutions specialise in all aspects of the building trade from small maintenance work to complete renovations.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Richard on 23/2/2018

good job, and good at communicating too

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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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