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Having your school hall floor sanded and restored can have a big impact on the overall feel of the hall and ultimately the school. The main hall is the hub of the school, the one place where the whole school meet on a regular basis and the stage for a variety of school events such as school plays, harvests, musical performances and discos, and a well maintained floor should be the centre piece of the hall. Forrest Flooring have many years of experience in restoring and maintaining school floors and we still get pleasure out of seeing the final result and the amazement of the staff at the transformation. So many school hall floors are left neglected or have the wrong maintenance regime leaving them looking untidy or dark and depressing, but no matter how bad the floor looks, with a bit of work we can always get it looking beautiful again.
There are a variety of different types of floor for a school hall but they are nearly always wooden. The most common type of wood floor for a hall is parquet, parquet flooring can be laid in a number of patterns with the most popular being ‘herringbone’ so called because the blocks are laid diagonal to each other like the bones of a fish. Another popular pattern is ‘basket weave’ where the blocks are laid in rows of 3-5 in one direction then 3-5 at a 90 degree angle creating ‘baskets’.
If the hall floor is not a parquet floor then it will be a wood strip floor which will likely be laid on battens to give a bit of bounce. The most popular type of wood strip flooring is 57mm maple or more recently beech is used, both maple and beech have good flexing qualities so they do not break very easily on impact.
Whichever type of floor you have our school floor sanding process is pretty much the same. We may have to remove 20 years of floor varnish or the top layer of damaged wood, but once we get down to the clean untouched timber it is just a case of smoothing the floor off by repeating the sanding process with finer sand paper. Once the floor is clean and smooth it is ready for the final finish to be applied. For school hall floor restorations we use very hard wearing floor lacquers, the two most common lacquers are Bona Traffic HD and Junckers HP Commercial. Both of these floor lacquers are 2 component water based polyurethane seals and are designed to take a lot of traffic making them ideal for schools.
Once the school hall floor restoration is complete it is recommended to set up a good maintenance regime. We recommend having the floor resealed every 1-2 years depending on the amount of use the floor gets. Secondary schools that have lots of after school activities or lettings will likely need the hall resealed yearly but primary schools might only need resealing every 2 years. School floor maintenance is important as it reduces the need for sanding, if the reseals are completed at the right time then the floor should only need sanding approximately every 10 years. Reseals are a fraction of the price of a full sand and seal and can be completed in 2 days, using this regime also means the floor will always look good.
So why use Forrest Flooring
Forrest Flooring are a floor sanding company in Stevenage, Hertfordshire but we serve all the surrounding areas including Welwyn Garden City. Welwyn Garden City is a new town like Stevenage and the types of property are very similar. There has always been a higher demand for floor sanding in Hitchin and Hertford because of the older properties, but the demand for the restoration of pine floor boards in modern houses is on the increase. Pine floor sanding in Welwyn Garden City is more popular than ever, as the trend for carpets is on the incline. Laminate flooring has had its day and customers want something with a natural look and feel, so floor sanding in Welwyn Garden City is an excellent alternative. The techniques and machinery used by a professional floor sanding company in Welwyn Garden City and the surrounding areas has come on leaps and bounds in recent years.
Forrest Flooring have invested in the latest dust free floor sanding machinery, so having your floors sanded no longer means having a house full of dust, all the dust is extracted in our top of the range dust extraction units from Bona, the world leaders in the production of floor sanding machinery and products in the world. The increase of the popularity for a floor sanding service in Welwyn Garden City and the surrounding areas means we have been able to dedicate our time to floor sanding and the final result is always amazing, this popularity also means that the products available to finish a floor are also better than ever. As you can see from the before and after pictures, pine floor sanding in Welwyn can really create a durable, low maintenance attractive floor. We can also stain the floor in a variety of colours to match any décor. Staining pine floorboards after floor sanding in Welwyn is very popular as the colour of a sanded pine floor is not always to everyone’s taste.
There are also a variety of properties in Welwyn with more traditional flooring such as parquet that we can refurbish to a beautiful standard.
Reasons for a floor sanding service in Welwyn Garden City;