Servicing the Wide Bay and Fraser coast for over 25 years
Floor sanding and polishing
- Timber floor installation
- Epoxy flake flooring
- Polished concrete
Floor Sanding and Polishing
The sanding process
Where necessary, floor nails will be set and countersunk below the surface of the wood. Nail holes, small knots and irregularities in the floor are filled with appropriate coloured filler.
Sanding a timber floor usually consists of 3 ‑ 4 passes beginning (if necessary), with an angle cut to level the floor then subsequent passes with the grain.
Each pass is done with a different grit of abrasive, with a final pass using a very fine 100 ‑ 120 grit, depending on the type of wood being sanded. We select the proper combination of abrasives needed for the job. After the final pass, rotary sanders are used to buff the floor to a uniformly smooth finish prior to vacuuming and coating.
The finishing process
Generally, finishing a timber floor takes three coats applied over a period of 2 to 3 days, however, if temperature is too high or too low, it could take an additional day to complete the process.
After the floors are sanded and vacuum cleaned, we apply the first coat of finish. We allow that coat to dry and when it is sufficiently dried, we apply the second coat.
If time permits and conditions are favourable, a second coat may be applied on the same day as the first. Before application of the second coat, the floor is buffed with mesh screen or scrad pad on a rotary sander to knock down the grain and to create a surface that will allow the next coat to adhere properly. The final coat is applied when the second coat is sufficiently dried and, again, after the floor is lightly buffed and vacuumed.
Floor coatings dry and 90% cure within 24 hours but they will take approximately 7 to 10 days to fully cure. When necessary you can walk on the floor in stockinged feet after 24 hours. Avoid walking on the surface with street shoes for 7 days. Although 90% of the curing takes place within 24 hours, care must be taken for the first 2 weeks until the floor has fully hardened.
Light furniture can be replaced within this time but protective felt pads should be applied to surfaces of furniture which moves frequently. Avoid dragging furniture as it may scratch the surface. Heavy items such as fridges should be moved carefully over sheets of rigid underlay to their normal position. Wait 2 weeks before laying rugs.
Timber Floor Installation
Timber floor installations can vary in price due to the substrate we are working with. We, at Alan Aldridge and Son flooring have installed floors over concrete and Structor floor. We have installed floors from 30 to 700 square meter houses for various builders and customers over the years from 80mm to 150mm wide board full stick secret nails and always with 19mm flooring in any grade of timber the customer would like.
Epoxy Seamless Flake Floor
Epoxy Installation Process
The product we use for epoxy seamless flooring is Hychem epoxy. This product is solvent free and is a %100 solid content high performance epoxy resin system. Hychem is safe to be used in government buildings and schools while also CSIRO backed and %100 certified. Hychem epoxy is safe for client and the installer.
Nothing stacks up to Hychem epoxy systems either industrial or residential for safety and performance.
We recommend a minimum of 24 hours before any foot traffic and a minimum of 7 days for vehicles and epoxy has been installed.
It is also highly recommended that carpet squares or similar be placed under each car tyre for the first month allowing a full cure of our system.
Installation of epoxy flake systems will take approximately 4 days, not matter what size area as this product is a 4 coat system.