Wood is one of the most popular types of flooring, from parquet to straight boards, it’s often used in homes, schools, restaurants, offices, and more properties across Liverpool. It’s easy to clean, durable, looks fantastic and offers a long-lasting floor if well looked after. One of the benefits of commercial wood flooring is that even significant levels of damage can be restored, to leave you with a floor that’s as good as new. If you’ve decided you could benefit from commercial wood floor restoration Liverpool, here’s everything you need to know about whether your floor may be a good candidate.
What is wood floor restoration?
Restoration is different to simple repairs. It’s often used when the damage is more severe and cannot be fixed just by sanding or refinishing the floor. You may need whole new individual floor boards or some of the boards may have become loose and need securing down. It’s quite common during restoration projects to swap boards out and replace them entirely. One thing’s for certain with wood floor restoration, it’s all about transforming tired looking damaged flooring and bringing it back to its former glory.
How to know if your floor can be restored
Unfortunately, not every type of damaged wooden floor can be restored. There is such thing as too much damage, even for a professional flooring contractor with years of experience. Severely rotten wood, vast amounts of missing or damaged boards which need replacing or significant water damage can all make it more likely a candidate for replacement. However, there are many types of damage and wear and tear which can be restored. Here’s a round-up of those cases:
One common reason for requiring restoration work on a wooden floor is because you’ve been lucky enough to find an old wooden floor, hid beneath a carpet or vinyl. Parquet flooring in particular was extremely popular in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but many people opted to cover over them as the trend for carpets and other types of flooring emerged. Often in good quality condition, but in need of a little TLC, these types of floors are perfect candidates for restoration.
What is the restoration process?
Restoration isn’t a one size fits all approach. Every job is different and needs a slightly different technique to achieve quality results. Restoration jobs usually require removing boards and replacing them, sanding down old boards, and then refinishing the whole floor to help create a uniform approach.
Refinishing is one of the most important parts of restoration as it makes sure that your brand new looking floor stays in good quality condition. The finish acts as a layer of protection for the floor, creating a barrier between the wood and feet, furniture and other objects which may pass over it. It helps to avoid scratches and scuff marks as well as other types of damage like stains.
How much does commercial floor restoration cost?
It’s difficult to give a ballpark estimate as there are a number of variables which will affect the overall cost of wood floor restoration. This includes the level of damage which needs restoring, as the more damage, the longer it will take the contractor to complete works and it’s more likely that specialist tools will be required to complete the job. The size of the area will also impact the total cost as the more floor space that needs restoring, the more expensive the project will be.
However, although restoration can be costly, it is almost always cheaper and more cost effective to restore a wooden floor, than to replace it entirely. A professional contractor will be able to provide a specific quote for your project, after they have been able to assess the damage in person.
Commercial wood floor restoration Liverpool
Due to the heavy foot traffic in commercial spaces, wood floor restoration is quite common. It’s always recommended that you speak to a contractor to get an idea of how restoration will work for your business. You may be worried about the impact that work will have, and that your commercial building may need to close for a period of time or be significantly impacted. You can get recommendations or advice on the best ways to minimise disruption, an estimate of how long the project will take and more expert advice, by speaking to specialists.