Parquet Floor Repairs
Parquet flooring repairs and restoration is probably the most challenging type flooring work undertaken in our profession. It requires extensive knowledge of not only types of wood used , but also knowledge of parquet fitting techniques used decades of even centuries ago.
Parquet Floor Lifting
The first thing we have to do when working with parquet floors is to lift sections of flooring where it needs repairs or relaying. It needs to be done very carefully and with clear plan how the blocks are going to be reused.
There are a few possible scenarios why a floor needs lifting. The first and obvious one is where there are loose blocks that need refitting. If there is a loose section, we lift the entire affected area and prepare it for laying back down.
Another scenario is when there were room alterations like partition wall removal or fireplace removal. It is quite common to find missing areas of parquet that were filled with concrete just to level it and accommodate for another kind of flooring to be laid on top. In these cases we have to break up the concrete and remove parquet blocks where necessary.
Once parquet blocks are lifted, we have to prepare adequate surface to fit them back. Old parquet floors were laid on bitumen. Unfortunately it is impossible to remove bitumen completely, but we can apply a thin layer of self levelling screed to prepare surface for refitting parquet.
Thanks to applying the self levelling compound, the subfloor is free of any loose material or cracks. It also is perfectly smooth for parquet fitting, which is very important as parquet blocks themselves would have residue of bitumen on them.
This procedure needs to be followed for most types of subfloors. To ensure strong adhesion of newly relaid parquet, you need solid concrete surface. Without this, parquet blocks would come off as soon as we started sanding it.
Parquet Floor Fitting
The most crucial part of a parquet repair job is filling missing floor areas with parquet blocks. There are a few things to consider when doing this. Replacement blocks have to be cleared of any dirt or residue of old adhesives. They also need to be of exact same size as original blocks in order to continue original parquet pattern. Once we get to a floor edge, we need to rebuild parquet frame and redo pattern end cuts as well.
The whole process aims to fill missing parquet areas and make the replaced area indistinguishable. Once finished, a person who would see a finished floor would not be able to tell that a repair was made.
Parquet Floor Sanding & Sealing
Core of our services is dust free floor sanding. We use exclusively completely dustless German machinery by Lagler. Mix of years of experience, professional sanding techniques and top of the range sanding machines allows us to achieve excellent results and 100% customer satisfaction.
Sanding parquet floors requires a right approach. Every wood species needs to be treated differently as they ‘act’ differently when sanded. Parquet floor sanding is actually much more demanding compared to floorboard sanding. Because of floor pattern, wood grain is laid in two different directions, so you are sanding with grain and across grain at the same time. That is why correct kind of sandpaper of specific grit needs to be used. Any sanding mistakes or use of wrong kind of abrasives would result in serious marks, which would be very difficult to remove.
Our specialist team will make sure that your pine floor is sanded down the right way from the very start of the job to provide the best finish possible.