You can fully transform the look of your floor by simply changing its colour. This procedure is called floor staining and it can be done within a very short period of time. Many people prefer to stain their floors to darker tones, for example, dark oak or walnut. Floor staining should be done before the finish is applied. Capital Flooring offers two types of stains, but we are also able to provide custom stains. Here are some of the staining colours we provide:
- Antique Pine Wood Floor Staining
- Light Oak Wood Floor Staining
- Medium Oak Wood Floor Staining
- Dark Oak Wood Floor Staining
- American Walnut Wood Floor Staining
- Mahogany Wood Floor Staining
- Teak Wood Floor Staining
Customers can choose from a wide array of stain colors finishes, including clear, wood tones, semi-transparent, semi-solid, solid, and others. We also offer premium wood finishes and clear top coats for your floors. You can choose the color, shade, and opacity. Colors range from oak brown and red cedar to chestnut brown, ochre, redwood, and many others. A well stained floor has a lovely even color, looking smooth and silky. When badly stained, floors look dull, patchy, and with a dirty appearance. We can use two or more stains, diluted and mixed together, to achieve the right color. When mixing them together, we use water-based or spirit-based stains only. Most stains on the market are spirit-based. A water-based varnish can be applied on top. Note that the color of the floorboards varies considerably, depending on factors such as:
- Age when felled
- Country of origin
- Type of wood
The start or original color of the floorboards determines which shades or color combinations must be added to achieve the desired color. After sanding, we do several tests to make sure that we have the right color for your wooden flooring. It is not recommended to use colored varnishes because foot traffic and minor scratches will expose the original color of your floor.
The next step is to apply a professional varnish to give the color the desired depth and protect the stain. At least three coats are applied and left to dry. You can choose from different stains and varnishes offered in professional trade outlets. We use tested and tried professional varnishes that are durable and hard wearing. There are matt, satin, and gloss finishes, and extra matt finishes.
This is a process during which gaps between the floor boards are filled. One reason for the occurrence of such gaps is movement in the boards that results from moisture. Gaps are different and the filling depends on their type.
We fill gaps around door thresholds and skirting boards and between parquet blocks. Our team works with materials and finishes that are odorless and free of chemicals and solvents. Finishes are available in different colors to match your flooring, from black walnut and Brazilian cherry to white oak and maple.
Small holes, dents, cracks, and gaps occur in hardwood and prefinished wood flooring. To fill them, we use fillers and putty, depending on the foot traffic, type of wood, and other factors. Wood fillers are a better option for newly finishes floors, with cracks and gaps filled before the finish is applied. We also use solid strips and resins. Resin is commonly used to fill gaps in mosaic and parquet floors. It is a good choice for fine gaps and cracks. Our carpenters use fine dust to make sure that an even match is achieved. We also use solid fillet strips that are made from reclaimed pine and other types of wood. This method is suitable for large cracks and gaps that are wider than 6 mm. Wood strips are durable and resistant to wear and tear. We use strips that are cut from timber and hammer or glue them in the floor gaps. The color of the strips matches that of your flooring. Fillers are used for minor repairs and gaps between planks.
Floor gap filling offers many advantages such as:
- Increased durability
- Adds to your home value
- Longer useful life for your flooring
- A cost effective solution
This is a restoration process that helps insulate your home and stops draughts. Another benefit is that gap filling prevents buildup of dust, dirt, sand, and debris. The floor is tightened to stop movement of timber boards. Installing new flooring is an expensive alternative when you can restore your parquet floor. You don’t need to cover it with carpets any longer. Your floor will become draught-free, reducing your electricity and gas bills. This will make your home more eco-friendly. Moreover, gap filling stops insects from invading your home from underneath the floorboards. And this is a durable option that will last for years and decades. Once all gaps and cracks are filled and the boards are sanded, your floors will look like new.