Sealing And Varnishing

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Before your floor can be treated with a wood sealer- whether as protection or for filling- it needs to be thoroughly sanded or buffed and carefully cleaned to remove any debris, dirt, and dust. A sealer is sometimes also called varnish, although technically a varnish is actually a type of wood floor sealer or, more appropriately, a self-sealing finish.

Yes, some finishes work perfectly without needing a sealer under them. In fact, finishes that cast a film on wood can work well on their own without a sealer underneath. Some good examples are shellac and oil-based finishes like polyurethane and varnish. But lacquer and other water-based finishes need a sealer under them so that they don’t get excessively absorbed by the wood.

Benefits of Sealing and Varnishing Wooden Floors

A sealer of professional quality should be able to

  • Seal wood pores to present a surface that is smooth.
  • Prevent excessive absorption of finishes.
  • Reduce the number of coating required during finishing.
  • Improve adhesion.
  • Minimise grain raising, particularly underneath water-based coating.
  • Protect your floor from stain.

Self-sealing finishes like varnish and other oil-based finishes can add protection to your wood floor. Depending on which one you use, the protection offered can lean more towards stain resistance than durability or vice versa. You can prolong the protection if you add in regular maintenance and routine cleaning of your wood floor.

Types of wood and their effects on sealing

brighton-terrace-bar-floor-sandingThe various types of wood out there play a part in determining whether a sealer should be used on a floor or not.

  • Sealing is usually not required when finishing extremely dense woods—boxwood, for instance.
  • Spongy woods, on the other hand, should be sealed. Sealing woods like poplar and softwoods are particularly beneficial when lacquer is chosen for finishing. The sealer forms a film over the porous wood, stopping the wood floor from absorbing the lacquer coating in excess.
  • Also woods like rosewood, African blackwood, and cocobolo hold antioxidants that hamper the curing of oil-based self-sealing finishes. Lacquer, shellac, and the majority of water-based finishes are unaffected by these antioxidants.

Is quality important?

While a sealer doesn’t have to be overly expensive to be effective, a cheap sealer that is of poor quality could expose you to big expenses in the long run. This is because an inferior sealer, while requiring little expenses to acquire, offers low protection, and thus your wood floor will easily succumb to stain, scratches, or discolouration. These result in needing to sand the floor more frequently.

How GJP Floor Sanding Seal and Varnish Your Wood Floors

Do you need expert advice on floor-restoration-horshamsealing your wood floor? Perhaps you find the words ‘sealing’, ‘varnishing’, and ‘finish’ confusing, seeing as people often mistake one for another? Or you want your wood floor sanded, sealed, and finished by the book for optimum beauty and durability.

The staff at GJP Floor Sanding, Sealing and Varnishing has been in the flooring industry for over thirty years and have, through the time, gathered both immense knowledge and skilled professionals with the goal of giving your floor a treat of optimal durability and unflinching appeal.

Excellent from start to finish. Job finished as quoted plus a few small potential extras as agreed before work started (with no amends needed to final invoice), work completed faster than quoted, friendly and professional all the way, excellent communication during the work. Very happy with the final result.
Graham Luckhurst
Graham Luckhurst
19:32 25 Jun 18
Have use this company a number of times now for a few of my venues. They have just finished a wonderful job one 3 of them. I will continue to use them in future with no hesitation. Great guys to have along with great rates. I will be continuing to use them in future.
Jamie Hardy
Jamie Hardy
09:20 05 Jan 18
Fantastic quote and fantastic work carried out by GJP. My shop floor has never looked so good. They were quicker than i thought as well. I highly recommend them! Thanks again guys!
Carl Watts
Carl Watts
11:53 18 Dec 17
Such a brilliant job done on my mum's floor. We were hunting high and low for a great price and we found it. The whole bottom of the house looks like New.
Lake Causer
Lake Causer
18:09 03 Jan 18
We choose GJP Flooring after looking at Reviews and after how professional and attentive GJP were when they came to look at our job. GJP were true professionals, our job was completed quickly, my boards where a mess, GJP sorted out the full, with no mess, we now have beautiful polished natural floor boards that don’t squeak, they even went beyond expectations and polished other wood.
Abbul Naveed
Abbul Naveed
08:52 14 Aug 18
Great attentive service. Lovely finish to our floor. Very pleased, with our wooden floors. Great service and deserves a recommendation.
Dax MacPherson
Dax MacPherson
08:58 14 Aug 18
We had all the carpets taken up in the Victorian house we recently moved into. The old wooden floors and stairs were in dire need of a sanding.We have had compliments from everyone who has visited the home, including other tradesmen. We are delighted with the work and would happily recommend GJP Flooring to anyone.
Paul Davies
Paul Davies
08:02 17 Aug 18
GJP Flooring did an amazing job on my floor, they were on time very efficient and tidied up after themselves, the floor looks amazing, I am so glad I didn't have to get a new floor. I would highly recommend these to anyone!
Christaugunus Opara
Christaugunus Opara
15:25 28 Aug 18
They did such a good job, the floor looks amazing. Really great service and finish. We had the whole upstairs of our flat sanded and oiled and boards repaired.
Melvyn Rattenbury
Melvyn Rattenbury
09:20 03 Sep 18
GJP Floor Sanding did a great job with my kitchen wood floor. They are honest and very professional. He will give you helpful suggestions to make your floor look just perfect. Highly recommend.
Tina Baker
Tina Baker
15:46 04 Sep 18
The floor is beautiful. They know what their customers want. They completely changed my bedroom floor. It looks amazing now. The pricing is straightforward and affordable. I will absolutely be recommend GJP to anyone.
Dina Howard
Dina Howard
08:21 06 Sep 18
Brilliant job by GJP on my oak hall floor. Awkward job with lots of inns and outs. Finish way beyond my expectations. Thoroughly professional job. Recommend GJP Floor Sanding
Steve Goundry
Steve Goundry
08:24 06 Sep 18
A really good job, completed quickly by two friendly professionals who knew what they were doing and discussed all aspects of the job before starting. Our floors look wonderful and I'm so glad we decided to have them sanded and go with GJP.
Clare Jaap
Clare Jaap
08:14 18 Oct 18
From start to finish an excellent service from the GJP Flooring team. Great pricing as well. I recommend GJP flooring and will be using them again.
Vicine Morris
Vicine Morris
08:16 06 Sep 18
Excellent company, we are very pleased with our restored parquet floors, they look fantastic. Staff are very helpful and friendly. Highly recommend.
Jill Creese
Jill Creese
07:27 11 Sep 18

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