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How Much Does It Cost To Sand & Varnish Wooden Floors In Scotland Today ?


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The following factors affect the cost of sanding floors in Scotland today:


1.What is existing state of the floor & extent of restoration required ?

2.What repairs are required before sanding your floors, If any ?

3 What Pre-sanding preparation is required ?

4.Are you looking to change the natural colour of the floors ?

5.What level of protection are you looking to put on the floors in terms of lacquer (varnish) Domestic or Commercial or Oils?

6.Are you prepared to dispose of the rubbish created ?

7.Is the property within the Pitlochry Glasgow Edinbough triangle, with one of the following postcodes ?

DD = Dundee, Angus

EH = Edinburgh, Midlothian

FK = Falkirk, Stirlingshire

G = Glasgow, Lanarkshire

KY = Kirkcaldy, Fife

ML = Motherwell, Lanarkshire

PH = Perth, Perthshire

8.Is the area in question over 100 square meters ? 9.Are you a charity ?

10.Are you looking to get the work done outside normal office hours ?

Ball Park Figure for Dust Free Professional Sanding and Lacquering




If you are looking for a ballpark figure for sanding your floors you have come to the right site

In summary If your floors are located within the Pitlochry Glasgow Edinbough triangle, the room is clear, the floors require no repairs, the work can be carried out during normal office hours and you are happy to put three bags of dust and rubbish in your bins per room, there are only three options affecting the cost.

What grit sanding pads we can start at. (Pine usually needs a 7 step process starting at 24 grit whereas some Hardwoods may only need a 4 step process starting at 60 grit)


All you need is the square meterage of the room to work out a ball park figure

(Length x width, remember to split the room into rectangles and add these together if the room is variable width)


Armed with the total you should be able to work out the price by choosing one from each option and multiply each option by your squares meterage, then finally adding the three figures together


Option 1

4 step sanding £20 per Sq M

7 step sanding £24 per Sq M


Option 2

The type of lacquer you choose


Domestic 1 part £7 per Sq M

Commercial 2 part £9 per Sq M


Domestic one part lacquer ( recommended for low traffic areas - bedrooms)

Two part commercial lacquer ( the second part is a hardener , we recommend it even in domestic environments especially with dogs and kids)


Option 3

Whether you want to colour the floors with a stain

Morrells colour fast stains £7 per Sq M

Bona 2K oil stains £10 per Sq M

No stain required £0 per Sq M


Nb all prices quoted are subject to VAT at the standard rate of 20%




If however your floor restoration is not straight forward and it is affected by some of the other factors detailed above we have got a downloadable Floor Sanding & Finishing Calculator, but unfortunately it is currently only available in excel. However, we have copied portions of the dfownloadable PDF with all the figures is available, but you will have to do the calculations manually. All you need to input is the square meterage of your floors, the number of rooms or Linear meters where appropriate and you will be able to work out the price.

If you are not sure about any of the options, please check out our videos or simply give me a call on 07724148800 or email me direct at paul@citrusflooring.co.uk



Here we going to go into more detail on the 10 factors affecting the price of sanding in Scotland


1.The existing state of the floor & extent of restoration required.

A lot of hardwood floors we restore have little or no structural damage and is mainly cosmetically easily solved by sanding, either the UV cured oils have worn through, the lacquers have broken through in the high traffic areas, results in grey patches as the unprotected wood accumulates dirt, or UV bleaching by sunlight. Pine floorboards on the other hand being softwood, tends to require more structural repairs but are equally restorable. When it comers down to it all depends on how far you want to take the restoration and what you except as character. For example If plumbers and electricians have hacked the floors to death putting in access holes, we can fill the irregular cuts to disguise them, a darker stain will help, but sometimes the only way to solve the butchery is to replace boards.



2.Repair Costs

50% of floors we sand and restore have no structural damage and just need sanded and finished professionally to restore their potential. Where as predominately softwoods need more work.


Plumbers pipe holes, screw head filling and deep gouges

All of the above can be filled with a matching two part epoxy filler or a contracting dark brown epoxy that will blend in and look like a knot

Filler 2 part epoxy

Hole Filling Per Room. £45


Black tar-like residue around margins

This is typical of old pine floor boards and is nothing to worry about as it will be removed with the first 24 grit pass of the sander, there is no additional cost to this as it is covered by the cost of the 7 step sanding process


Gaps between boards

Tongue and grove pine floor boards have an expansion joint that opens and closes with the seasons and the prevailing atmospheric conditions. 90% of our clients see this as a feature of their beautifully restored pine floors. However, some clients want them filled because they have a tendency to accumulate dust and debris and or, there are issues of drafts that nee to be resolved. Up to about three years ago there maximum width you could fill a gap with mix and fill ( a product mixed with the dust from the 80grit sanding ) was 3mm Pallmann have brought out a new product with added fibres that allows us to successfully fill gaps unto 5mm. Using this method wider gaps can be filled, but it flys in the face of the manufactures recommendation and we do not offer this solution, as it will look great for as couple of months then fall out as the floors contract.

The only permanent solution to filling gasps wider than 5mm is wedge shaped slithers glued in with PVA


Gap Filling Mix & Fill up to 3mm (T&G required)

Per SQ MTR. £10

Gap Filling Mix & Fill up to 5mm (T&G Required)

Per SQ MTR. £12

Gap Filling PVA & Slithers

Per SQ MTR. £14



Floating Floor Gap Repairs

Historically engineered boards were fitted as floating floors ( all our installations are glued down). The problem with floating floors is if they haven’t been installed correctly with ample expansion gaps ( 10mm around all the walls and radiator pipes ) the boards take the least line of resistance and gaps appear.The majority of the problems we have had to solve is around the radiator pipes. In order to solve the problem the skirtings need to be removed, an adequate expansion joint needs to be cut around the pipe, the boards then need to be pulled back together and the skirtings then need to be reinstated.

Floating Floor Gap Repairs

Per SQ MTR. £5


Splits and cracked boards

Splits on the edge of boards and structural cracks cannot be successfully repaired so that section of board, from joist to joist needs to be replaced. You can see from there costings below that replacing the boards with reclaimed wood is about double the cost of new boards and is not a necessary added expense if you are staying then floors. The only time we would recommend using reclaimed boards is if you were looking for a natural unstained pine look, as new boards would stick out like a sore thumb


Missing & Replacement Boards


Wood worm

When dealing with worm damaged floors, whole sections of floor may need to be replaced, as areas that don’t look too bad before sanding, can be riddled with structural damage and the first pass of the sander exposes the tunnels just below the surface

Worm damaged floors are the only floors I’ve come across where it’s not been cost effective to restore and it’s been better to treat and replace rather than attempt to restore. That however doesn’t mean to say that if you find inactive worm damage in one area of floor, the floor is a write off and it will be worth us popping in to assess the viability of restoration.



Board Replacement New Wood 19mm Deep x 115mm Wide (Examples 1 )

Per Linea MTR. £10

Board Replacement New Wood 28mm Deep x 140mm Wide (Example 2)

Per Linea MTR. £12

Board Replacement Reclaimed Wood (Ball Park Figure)

Per Linea MTR. £20


Securing Loose boards

Securing Loose Boards

Per Board. £5

Missing & Replacement Joists

Joist Replacement (Applicable Only Where There Is Sub Floor Structural Damage )

Per Linea MTR £10


Hearth Removal and Board Stitching (Will require staining for best results)

Ball Park Figure. £395



3.Pre-sanding preparation

Carpet Lifting & Removal From Work Area

Per SQ MTR. £0.49

Carpet Disposal to Commercial Weigh-bridge

Min Charge. £70

Carpet Gripper Removal & Disposal

Per Linea MTR. £0.4

Furniture Removal From Work Area

Up to 2 Large Items. £20

Special Trip Charge To Replacement Furniture After Lacquer Has Dried

Up to 2 Large Items. £50


4.Are you looking to change the natural colour of the floors ?

You can stain your floors from shades of Nordic whites through to ebonies & black and any shade of brown in between.

The Morrels colour fast stains have a huge colour range to choose from and they are the most cost effective, because we can stain your floors and within half an hour we can go on to prime and lacquer them. However, if we use a Bona 2k oil to stain your floors ( some argue that they can give hardwoods more of a lustre when over lacquered ) we need to wait over-night for the hardener in the oils to cure.


Colouring & Staining



Morrels Colour fast stain (solvent)

Per Sq MTR. £8

Bona Craft Oil 2K (Overnight Dry Time)

Per Sq MTR. £14

5.What level of protection are you looking to put on the floors in terms of lacquer (varnish) Domestic or Commercial ?


Finishing


Prime + 2 Coats of 1 part Domestic Lacquer (Sheen Satin 0r Matt)

Per Sq MTR. £4.5

Prime +2 Coats of 2 Part Commercial Lacquer (Sheen Ultra Matt, Matt or Satin)

Per Sq MTR. £7

Domestic one part lacquer ( recommended for low traffic areas - bedrooms)

Two part commercial lacquer ( the second part is a hardener , we recommend it even in domestic environments especially with dogs and kids)


6.Are you prepared to dispose of the rubbish created ?


Disposal

Rubbish Removal ( Average Room Creates About 3 Bags of Rubbish )

Per Room. £10


As a commercial business with liveried vehicles we can only dispose of rubbish (3 bags per room) at a commercial weigh bridge with incurs ridiculous rates


7.Is the property within the Pitlochry Glasgow Edinbough triangle, with one of the following postcodes


DD = Dundee, Angus

EH = Edinburgh, Midlothian

FK = Falkirk, Stirlingshire

G = Glasgow, Lanarkshire

KY = Kirkcaldy, Fife

ML = Motherwell, Lanarkshire

PH = Perth, Perthshire

If your property is within the area detailed above there is no charge for travel costs and the costs quoted on our pricing calculator apply.

Potential jobs outside our standard area of operation need to be commercially viable, but the guys do like a change of scenery every few months, there are travel costs and accommodation and expenses cost that needs to be added.

That said we have carried out a number of jobs in Elgin and Aberdean, The Islands and Campbeltown.


Parking NB Only Applicable if Charged & The Cost Will Be Added To The Bill on Completion )

TBA

Travel Costs (Only Applicable to Post Codes NOT Listed below Calculated from PH1)

0.44

8.Is the area in question over 100 square meters

We offer special rates for areas over 100 meters , which will attract potential discounts of in average 25% off our cost calculator published prices




9.Are you a charity ?

If your organisation has charitable status with a registered charity number the cost of sanding will be exempt from VAT. Grants are available and we would look to reduce the costs wherever possible for good courses

10.Are you looking to get the work done outside normal office hours ?

If you looking to get the work done outside normal office hours there are additional charges detailed on our calculator, this is because we need to pay our staff time and a half on Saturdays and between 6pm and midnight and double time on Sundays and between midnight and 6am.


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