parquet floor restoration

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To be honest, beg to differ. We normally charge more ;) But we always give a "project-price" so no surprises afterwards, if it takes longer than we expected it would not effect the total price

Professional sanding equipment is expensive - and it is not just the one sander, we've got 4 in total.
 
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i meant its a bit much for somebody on a budget. I understand that the equipment has to be paid for etc
 
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Understand where you're coming from, the way you describe it now (budget, as so many of us) sounds better than being "steep"
 
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have had a few quotes

most saying 25 a metre to sand and finish - floor covers roughly 35 metres in 2 rooms and hall

one guy said that since there are some loose blocks, the whole floor should be ripped up and re-laid as the sanding would only dislodge whats not already loose - at a cost of 70 a metre. we will not be using this guy.

i am looking into the feasability of doing this myself. but am having the following problems.

i cannot find a company who hire out bona sanders in my area (merseyside)

the floor has several patches of concrete that i would like filling in to match the floor - there is one in front of front door in hall, and one in front of each fireplace.

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I have roughly estimated this to require 60 - 75 new blocks.

a guy who came out said the floor was "knotted Pine"


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does anybody know how much it would cost to purchase these blocks?

does anybody know of an alternate sander other than bona that would do as good a job?


what do you think would be the best finish? oil or varnish? I am thinking that i would prefer varnish as it would look better with the sun coming in on it.



hallway - pretty solid

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front living room - few areas of loose blocks - maybe about 10 blocks

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i am unable to properly inspect floor at moment as there is a lot of other work going on right now like plastering and floor is covered in back room.


cheers
 
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also, if i manage to get hold of the blocks, is there a particular method for cutting them?

cheers
 
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somebody is now saying that this floor is douglass fir due to the dimensions of the blocks - 224mm x 73mm x 20mm
 
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Sadly floor sanding is the kind of trade that anyone who can hire a sander thinks that they can do. Your parquet floor can look brand new with a professional refinish but i will be amazed if you will ever achieve such a finish with hire equipment on your first attempt.

The advise is good on the belt sanders above, but i would want to be doing the final few sands with a large disk sanding machine to leave no marks on flooring. The large belt sanders are fine to finish a strip floor where all of the grain runs in the same direction but when it comes to parquet this is rarely the case.

£25 a square meter seems a bit steep for the work unless its a small area. For a decent sized room your looking at a price of under £20. Bare in mind the option of carpet would be more than the re sand and that to fit a new parquet floor your looking at over £100 a m.

This shows a professionaly reconditioned floor
http://hmcflooring.com/portfolios/mr-mrs-bartholomew/

http://hmcflooring.com/products/parquet/
 
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Thanks for help.

we ended getting a company in who did the restoration for around £1000

very nice looking job so far although some of the filler seems to have fallen through - i wont see the finished job until tonight as today is their last day.

kinda glad i didnt attempt this myself now
cheers
 

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