Restoring your Hardwood Floor

Restoring your hardwood floor. Is there a better reveal than peeling back old carpet only to discover hidden hardwood flooring? Or perhaps, you’ve already got a hardwood floor. Either way, there’s a tendency to think hardwood floors cost money.

“It’s cheaper just to carpet over the floor.” That couldn’t be more wrong.

Not only is a hardwood floor a beautiful addition to any home. It also can save you a lot of money in the long run. How? Well, that’s what we’re here to discuss.

So, if you’ve got an old hardwood floor: here’s why restoring it may be the best option for your bottom line.

The hardwood floor is already down

There’s a substantial benefit to discovering a hardwood floor. It’s already been laid. No pricey fitting is required. No new materials. The upfront investment cost is wholly unnecessary. In that sense, you’ve saved money from the moment you find the hardwood floor.

Now, it’s just a matter of restoring it to its former glory.

The alternative is to cover it up with carpet or another flooring. That’s pricey, but it also hides one of your property chief assets.

Adds value to the property

Have you heard the old saying: you’ve got to spend money to make money? The logic is simple: by investing in your property, you raise the property value.

That’s no truer than for hardwood floors.

Highly desirable these days, a hardwood floor can raise a room to the next level. It can give your property a more substantial, high-value feel. All it takes is a little investment to get the boards looking as fresh as the day they were laid.

The longer you leave it…

…the worse the damage gets. Restoring your hardwood floor now is the safest option. Over time, under the carpet, the hardwood floor may continue to degrade. Sooner or later – if you’re staying in the property – you’re going to want to fix up the floors. Why not now?

That way, you’ll get to enjoy your hardwood floors while still saving money long-term.

Hardwood floors last

Carpets need to be replaced once every few years. That’s without any stains or expensive carpet cleaning. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are built to last. When carefully sanded, coated, stained, and refinished, a hardwood floor will last years: decades even.

That’s the ultimate cost-saver.

Not only do you add value to your property, but you also reduce any annual costs. You can simply sit back, relax, and admire your stunning restored hardwood floor.

Did you catch our latest article ” What to Expect When Investing in a Good Quality Hardwood Floor“?

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There’s nothing like a good quality hardwood floor to reinvigorate a room. You can buy the finest furniture; invest in the most beautiful ornaments, but without a solid wood floor, it’s incomplete.

Quality wood flooring is the canvas upon which to build your room.

That’s why it’s critical to see a hard wooden floor as an investment. One that lasts for decades to come.

But what can you expect when you invest in quality wood flooring?

Variation in the grain

Hardwood floors are rightfully seen as the finest available. Why? Because each board is unique. No pattern repeats; no texture is symmetrical. There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world.

That may sound jarring. But, with its natural beauty, the variation in grain pattern, colour shifts, and mineral streaks add a warm and lifting quality to any room.

Colour changes

Exposure to light will gradually lighten or darken your hardwood floor over time. That all depends on the species, however. Oak and Maple shift colour slowly, year by year; while Brazilian cherry quickly darkens.

There’s a beauty to the colour change, reflective of the natural seasons. Just be careful not to leave a rug in one place too long, or you’ll find a pale patch amongst a sea of darkened boards.

Expansion and contraction

Wood was once a living material. Based on the humidity of your home, it will therefore absorb or emit moisture. That changes its shape; meaning boards will routinely expand and shrink.

Don’t worry, though.

Installation takes account of this natural flux. While you may notice small gaps between the planks, installers leave such gaps to allow for natural shifts, preventing buckling, crowning, or cupping.

If you’re especially conscious, you can use a humidifier in winter or a dehumidifier in summer.

Wear and tear

Like any newly laid floor, quality wood flooring is still susceptible to the usual wearing. Expect scratches, dents, and surface abrasions. Of course, that depends on the wood type and level of use. Harder woods will dent less easily. Meanwhile, kids and dogs increase the risk of damage.

Still, given wood flooring’s natural variation, these marks are often hidden.

But, if you want, certain manufacturers finish their boards with strengthening additives. That makes them more durable long term. Or you can re-sand the floor to give it a fresh look.

Maintenance

While hardwood floors are durable, they still require careful maintenance. It would help if you didn’t use any basic cleaner. Rather, use the cleaner specified and recommended by the hardwood manufacturer. That will prevent any discolouration or damage, preventing the need for further refinishing later.

Conclusion

If you want to transform your home with a beautiful quality hardwood floor, look through our wood flooring specialist’s brochure. It details all the types of wood floors we offer. Or send us an email or give us a call on 07496726278,

With our passion and experience for quality wood flooring, we know we can deliver outstanding results.

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Keeping your wood floor clean.

Suppose you’ve spent the money to get a pristine hardwood floor as a staple feature for your home. In that case, you will inevitably want to keep it clean and here at Wood Floor Specialist maintaining our wood flooring installations is one of our priorities.

One of the most popular reasons for installing a hardwood floor is that they are easy to keep clean. Being able to mop up any spills rather than have the carpet cleaned is a real benefit of getting this type of flooring installed. However, it is essential to make sure that you are using the right products not to ruin the top layer of the flooring. Using the right products is particularly important if your hardwood flooring has been finished using one of our recommended oils and lacquers.

Our top 3 tips:

– Clean all spills up as quick as possible. Preferably using a mop to ensure the entirety of the spillage is absorbed and not spread around.

– Clean your wood flooring regularly. Once a week, the minimum is advised to keep your floors looking fresh and ensuring that no spillages become hard to remove stains.

– Use products that are suitable for your flooring. Most products suitable for wooden floors are diluting mixtures that need to be mixed with a certain amount of water not to overpower or ruin the flooring. It is crucial to choose a suitable product and read the instructions carefully.

Sweeping your wood floor to remove debris is a great way to help prevent your wood floor from getting scratched. Debris is easy to move around, and not clearing it away is a prime example of how wooden floors can deteriorate. It is important to sweep up any debris before mopping.

As mentioned above, it is recommended to use an excellent mop to clean your wooden flooring; this should be done at least once a week. When mopping, ensure that the mop is damp and not soaking wet; it is important to wring your mop out as much as possible.

What not to do:

It would be best if you did not hoover your wooden floor unless you have a lightweight hoover to prevent scratching it.

We have always said that having a wooden floor installed is a good investment due to their durability and how easy they are to be refreshed, but being durable does not always equate to being hardwearing. It can be just as easy to damage this type as flooring, so it’s essential to stay away from harsh chemicals, cleaning products that contain ammonia and machinery such as steam cleaners.

Using a steam cleaner is best for tiled flooring in bathrooms and kitchens; using one on your wooden floor could cause the wood to collect moisture and therefore cause a significant level of damage that would be hard to repair.

We offer a high-quality standard of flooring here at Wood Floor Specialist, and we pride ourselves on creating floorings that are precise to the tastes of our consumers. We offer restoration services where we can restore your hardwood floors to their former glory. Keeping your flooring well cleaned and maintained will prevent the need for restoration to happen on multiple occasions.

If you’re still undecided on what wood flooring you want, why not read our 4 Wood flooring styles perfect for you article.

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Wood flooring installation.

If you have been scouring websites and social media for some wood flooring installation work but are worried about the process of installation, then look no further than the services we offer here at Wood Floor Specialist. We pride ourselves on our bespoke joinery skills and standard floor laying to ensure customers have made the right decision.

Deciding to install a new wooden floor can be difficult as maintaining and caring for a wooden floor can be an effort, especially if you want it to look slightly vintage. We cater to all your wood flooring needs and create your wood flooring here in the UK, based entirely on your taste. We have created a process that allows you to choose how you would like your wood flooring to appear once it is installed.

The WFS process.

We have created a simple process that allows you to customise your wood floor installation. To be consumer-friendly, we have broken this process down into four main steps.

  1. Design: choose your flooring design/texture/material from our listings.
  2. Dimensions: choose the dimensions of the wood to create the pattern or typeof flooring that you desire.
  3. Grade: choose the type of grading you would like to determine the woodflooring finish at any boundaries, such as skirting boards.
  4. Finishes – choose the texture and treatment style you would like for yourflooring.

Wood flooring does not all look the same, and many different textures and patterns are available to create the look you desire. We have a lab that we use for all your colour matching needs. It would help if you took your time to look through all the colouring, textures, and treatments we offer. Ask us any questions and help us with your dream flooring in action!

Why choose us for your installation.

When choosing to have a wood floor installed, we understand that it could be a daunting process as removing the previous flooring for new could cause disruptions to your home. We pride ourselves on having a well trained and experienced team that can install your wood flooring, not only in a professional manner but at a reasonable cost.

The team is well equipped to lay your new wood flooring quickly and efficiently not to cause too much disruption, whilst checking with you that the process is smooth and professional at all times.

To ensure longevity as well as maximum protection for your new wood flooring, we add your choice of oil, lacquer, stains or varnish by hand. You also have the option to leave the wood unfinished for a more natural look.

How you want your wood flooring to look is entirely up to you, and we work professionally to ensure that you are happy with the result.

Please take a look at our previous blog “Wood Flooring Styles” or download our wood-flooring-specialists-brochure for more details on the types of floor we offer.

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If your wood flooring is starting to look a bit dated, worse for wear or damaged, then a complete wood flooring restoration project could be what you need. With our floor restoration services, it is possible to put some life back into your dull or damaged hardwood floors that will make them more aesthetically pleasing.

It is also essential to consider how the restoration or refreshing of hardwood flooring within your home can impact the value of your house. Refurbishing or restoring your old wooden floors to brighten them up whilst keeping the original features could significantly increase how much your home is worth. So, when considering floor restoration, it is important to remember that it can be deemed a long-term investment if done well.

Floor restoration will allow for the combination of saving time and money that a flooring refit or replacement would cost. With a great deal of experience in floor installation and restoration, we can reinstate your hardwood flooring confidently and efficiently to its former glory.

The method of wood flooring restoration.

Floor restoration works by sanding the hardwood floors to take off the damaged layer and providing the layer beneath remains untouched; a fresh grain will be exposed. This grain makes the flooring more absorbent to varnish, and oils that are once absorbed and polished will make the floors look fresher and smoother. This process will highlight the woods’ natural qualities and ensure that it is protected from everyday wear and tear.

By carefully removing the top layer of the wood, the grain can be preserved for a high- quality finish, guaranteed to be sustainable for many years, whilst also revealing an aged grain that its previous covering would have preserved.

However, hardwood flooring does not always need to be fully restored to improve its appearance; by adding just a good level of polish, we can clean up your wooden floors to give it an upgrade.

The benefits of wood flooring restoration.

As well as the overall result of restoring your hardwood floor to a high standard for both being aesthetically pleasing and increasing the value of the home, wood flooring restoration can also:

– Improve the grains ability to absorb varnish and oils, which will keep them looking fresher for longer. This is based on the usage of high-quality materials.

– Make the wood flooring easier to clean, as the process of levelling out the surface by sanding and polishing will prevent the build-up of dirt and dust.

– Keep the wood grain in good condition for longer, so less work is required in the future.

The amount of flooring that you restore is optional; here at WFS, we can refurbish minor scratches and imperfections to large dents that need to be removed. Follow our Instagram page to see our latest wood flooring restoration projects.

Unlocking the beauty of your hardwood flooring is not something to be compromised over, and our team here at WFS work to the highest standard possible to allow you to get the most from our competitive prices. We tailor all jobs to meet your needs and guarantee a service that gives your room the upgrade it deserves.

If you’ve not yet had wood flooring installed and you just came to read about how it can be restored in the future, you might find our blog 10 benefits of wood flooring useful.

You can get in touch here for your wood flooring quotation.

Understanding the benefits of wood flooring may help your decision making.

We understand that choosing the right flooring for your home or commercial building can be challenging, so we thought we would help you out by offering the benefits of wood flooring.

1. Good quality and properly fitted wooden floors last for decades – Whereas many people find themselves replacing carpet every 5 years, due to stains, holes, or shabbiness from everyday wear and tear, you will find that with a minimal maintenance program, these floors actually look better as the years go by.

2. Wood floors are easier to clean than carpets. The reasons for this are fairly obvious. A simple brush or light vacuum keeps your wooden floors looking great. If dogs or children have dragged mud through the house a damp mop removes this muck with ease. Carpet owners at this stage would be screaming.

3. Wood flooring is more hygienic than carpets. There are some fairly horrifying reports out there detailing the parasites that carpets can harbour. If you were to read these reports you would not go anywhere near a carpet. These allergen producing, dust mites, fleas or dust play havoc with allergy sufferers, a floor from wood eliminates this saving you money and extreme discomfort. This is particularly relevant to dog and cat owner’s.

4. Not only are wooden floors more hygienic, but carpets also trap in unpleasant odours from animals or things that have been spilt. The aroma of a polished wooden floor is a delight and will make your home more inviting.

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5. Wood provides a great medium to install under floor heating, which these days is considered by far the most efficient way to heat your house.

6. If after a few years your wood floor has been scratched or is a bit damaged due to heavy wear and tear. A simple sand and seal will bring it back to new again. This is a lot less costly than refitting a new carpet.

7. One of the most important advantages of a hardwood floor, that many people tend to overlook is the timeless appeal that wood has. Carpet, linoleum and tile patterns and colours definitely go in and out of fashion – think of what we had in the 70’s. Wood’s appeal has lasted centuries and in my belief that is not about to change infact wood is more popular now than ever.

8. Wood was always considered only available to the very wealthy. Modern production methods have now meant that some types of flooring can be produced cheaply making wood floors available to all budgets.

9. Stone and tile floors although as hygienic and easy to maintain as wood, don’t have the same warmth and feel that timber floors have.

10. Estate agents state that houses with wooden floors sell twice as easily compared to houses with other floor finishes. And there is no doubt that the value of your home does directly increase as a result of fitting a wooden floor.

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