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We are a wood flooring company with over 10 years of experience in sanding, renovation and finishing of all types of wooden floors. Our qualified staff and up to date sanding equipment deliver a first class wood floor sanding, restoration, and finishing services to residential and industrial client. The service is designed to offer advice, meet the clients' specific requirements and provide service of the highest quality. Wood Floor Sanding, Restoration and Renovation Specialists Fully insured and hold CSCS We provide a highly professional floor sanding and restoration service for all wood floor types, including parquet floors, hardwood floors and pine floorboards. You can take advantage of our services throughout the London area . FLOOR SANDING,BUFFING FLOOR RESTORATION FLOOR RENOVATION FLOOR STAINING REPAIRS & REPLACEMENT(FLOORBOARDS,BLOCKS,JOIST REPAIRS) GAP FILLING sawdust+resin/pine slivers/flexible gap master SCHOOL FLOOR SANDING CARPET REMOVAL & DISPOSAL FIREBASE RE-STITCH SUB FLOORING FREE ADVICE & ESTIMATES Our team of dedicated professionals will be there with you, every step of the way, from the initial assessment all the way through to the final product. In fact, once the work is done, we will still be here to answer any questions that you may have. We are passionate about your flooring and will not settle for anything less than PERFECTION! Still hesitating should you contact us? Please have a look at our gallery to see for yourself how breathtaking your old floor could be! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Reviewed by Jo on 10/10/2020

Excellent job Would highly recomend and use again Many Thanks

Dust free floor sanding and finishing colour options available

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Reviewed by Ben on 16/8/2020

Tony came and sanded and re sealed our living room floor. He was professional, polite and friendly. He did a sterling job and we are delighted with his work! Definitely would recommend him without hesitation. Five stars all around

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Reviewed by Lee on 22/5/2020

Had our dinning room sanded & polished very friendly & did an excellent job will definitely use again & would highly recommend

Griggs Builders will cover all types of building work - bricklaying - carpentry - drylining - groundwork - plastering We take pride in the work we do and work at fair prices.

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Reviewed by Duraid on 23/9/2020

Danny and his partner did a wonderful job He transformed my first floor into lovely looking laminate flooring He was very cooperative and approachable and completed the job in time and was very reasonable in pricing the job I would use him again and highly recommend him to other people

Tradesman with a general building background with preference in painting and decoration, carpentry including laminate and engineered wooden flooring.

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Reviewed by Owen on 25/9/2020

David was a great help. Very happy to recommend.

I am a fully qualified Painter and Decorator with over 23 years of experience in the building trade, and I’m also very competent in other areas of the construction industry. I have a full Multi trade/Property Maintenance business that covers all aspects of the building trade, from small jobs to full house renovations. We specialise in kitchen and bathroom fit outs, with my team of very competent and experienced tradesmen and have recently went into the building side doing loft Conversions and extensions.

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Reviewed by Gerry on 27/10/2020

Prompt courteous honest and effective

Hi we are a small general building company covering most of Oxfordshire we have over 25 years experience in a long list of trades. We tend to manage full refits from new kitchens and bathrooms redecoration right though to new flooring. We are new to Rated people but can provide endless reference.

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Reviewed by Raymond on 3/9/2020

We are selling our flat so we had George in to freshen up all the walls and woodwork,which they made a lovely job of. Would thoroughly recommend them

We specialise in painting,decorating and building services for commercial as well as residential buildings. We are known for providing excellent quality painting,decorating and building services and with years of experience, we aim to use our extensive knowledge and brilliant craftsmanship to serve our customers. Being professionals, we ensure that we provide quality materials, clean and tidy place once we are done with our job and respect the client's deadlines.

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Reviewed by Denise on 1/10/2020

They came and did a great job of painting my hallway.Very pleased with the work they carried out very reliable and clean hard working men and tidy at all timesI .Would recommend these guys for there attention to detail in there work.Thankyou.

I'm David. and I am at your disposal to help you with the best I can

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Reviewed by Reuben on 24/10/2020

Amazing work, clean job,tidied up after he had finished, even arrived earlier then expected. Would highly recommend. Thank You David!

No job too big or small... From the ordinary to the extraordinary

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Reviewed by Joyce on 14/6/2017

Matt gave me a reasonable quote for the job, turned up on time and completed the work more quickly and efficiently than anticipated, which was very convenient. He was polite, friendly, gave helpful advice and left the kitchen very clean and tidy. I would be happy to recommend him to anyone needing building work.

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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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