January 2021 Flooring Roundup

January 2021 Flooring Roundup

Freshwoods Flooring

Hello to everyone. We hope you are all keeping safe and well during these troubling times.

We thought we’d have a little roundup of what we’ve been up to throughout the majority of January, as we look forward to February and hopefully a much better year ahead.

With the announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the start of January, we along with everyone else, were unsure what the rest of the month and the following months had in store for us. Thankfully though however, we were still able to continue working and providing our floor fitting and flooring restoration services to our much valued customers.

Throughout the pandemic we have put in extensive measures to ensure we are ‘COVID-safe’, so when the announcement came, it was business as usual for us and we could continue what we love doing.

Our month started off with a flooring installation in Exeter, with 45 m2 of unfinished square-edge Ash engineered flooring to lay. This is a really beautiful material to work with and, unlike recent flooring projects, this customer preferred a thinner board, which they were more accustomed to in their home country in the US.

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Getting to work and finding out what we were dealing with

It was an interesting house, with an upside down layout and the customer opted for a 150mm wide board across the entire first floor. They had existing floating solid wooden flooring, however, upon lifting this up, we discovered some ‘questionable’ sub-floor works shall we say!

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Taking it right back

Once we had replaced the damaged chipboard and adjusted the levels, we were able to begin with laying their new floor. The flooring was secured with MS polymer adhesive, as well as discrete floor nails. It’s safe to say that this new floor wouldn’t be moving, and nor would they be left with any gaps like they had previously!

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Applying the MS polymer adhesive

Due to the new floor boards being square-edged, these required sanding to complete the finish and installation. Once we had given it a few passes, this resulted in a perfectly flat and smooth surface. Ash is a light wood and the customers wanted to maintain this for as long as possible, so we agreed to apply a finish to all 45 m2 of the newly laid floor. Because this was their main living space and foot traffic would be frequent, this would be a vital step in protecting it for the future.

We decided on using Bona Natural Primer for the final finish. We have been using Bona products for a long time now and with over 100 years of experience in the field and industry leaders, it was an easy choice.

Two coats were applied initially to help preserve the natural look of the Ash material. Not only does this provide a protection barrier, it also aids in reducing yellowing to the overall finish. Two further coats of Bona Traffic HD in Silk Matt sheen were applied. This lacquer is extremely durable and is perfect for high foot traffic areas and provides a really hard wearing result.

New skirting boards were fitted throughout to complete the job and the end results were stunning, if we do say ourselves! The customers couldn’t have been happier and this is everything to us, and we’d like to thank them for letting us showcase this for others to see.

In February we hope to have a nice mix of not only flooring restoration projects, but floor fitting too. We’re looking forward to sharing with you more of our work in a few weeks.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our Instagram and Facebook pages for more of our day-to-day work, and of course, if you have any queries or would like a quote, get in touch and we’d be happy to help.

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Covid Update

We understand our customers and future customers may have concerns during these unprecedented times, and we wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone. Due to our line of work, we of course need access to customer’s properties, however we would like to reassure everyone that we have retained all of our meticulous precautions put in place from the first lockdown. This helps us look after the health and safety of both our customers and ourselves.

We understand if any customers with work booked in would like to reschedule their jobs. Please contact us ASAP so we can take the necessary steps.

Stay safe, stay strong. We are always free to talk if you have any questions or queries for us.

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At the moment our earliest availability is from June/July 2024 with this being held on a first come first serve basis. Cancellations or rearrangements of jobs can lead to some earlier availability.

Please get in touch if you’d like to get your work booked in.

Thank you,
Rob & Ollie

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