Specifications for Wood
There are many species of wood throughout the world.
Mr. Sandless has refinished real wood in ten countries and can
refinish any type species.
b. Types of products: There are four main types of flooring
i. Solid Wood Flooring: Hardwood floors are made from solid,
natural wood. The entire plank is made from wood. Modern
hardwood floors are typically a tongue and groove system. There
is a limited amount of times a hardwood floor can be sanded as
each time it is sanded some of the wood is removed this does not
grow back most wooden floors can withstand 3 to 4 full sand outs
in their lifespan floors can. We have all walked on wooden
floors that have a spring or flex in them this is most commonly
due to the boards having been sanded once too often and there is
a real danger that these boards can snap when something heavy is
placed on them. Real wooden floors require regular maintenance
to keep them looking great.
- ii. Engineered Flooring: Varies in thickness, commonly between
1mil and 8mil when first laid. Floor sanders in general will not
sand anything less than 5mil unless it is at owners risk due to
the odds of the sander going through the wood to the plywood
base of the floor. So some engineered floors can never be sanded
some can survive 1 light sand and the more expensive and thicker
engineered floor can survive 2 or 3 light sand outs maximum
There are some engineered flooring out there which is nothing
but plywood with a 1mil veneer top coat.
- iii. Laminate Flooring: Laminate wood flooring is man made from
all or a mixture of composite wood, resin, glue and on occasions
formaldehyde pressed together at high temperatures. Then a photo
or image of hardwood is placed on top and one or two layers of
lacquer or similar coating are applied. Laminate can never be
sanded as there is no real wood. When the top coating is damaged
this leaves the board exposed to moisture and dirt and unless
resealed will result in the boards or floor having to be
replaced as once they get moisture into them they have a similar
effect as when you pour water onto Wheatbix.
- iv. Bamboo Flooring: There are three basic styles, each with its
own distinctive look:
• Engineered bamboo flooring—Also known as horizontal cut, engineered
bamboo flooring, like engineered hardwood floors, consists of a solid layer
of bamboo glued over a substrate. This is the most recognizable bamboo
flooring on the market: it's the one in which the bamboo stem looks like
it's been flattened out and it's patterned by bamboo's distinctive
horizontal ring markings.
• Solid bamboo flooring—Made up of solid pieces of bamboo that
have been glued together, solid bamboo flooring, also known as
vertical cut, is typically stronger than the engineered version.
This type of flooring has a thinner overall stripy look created
by all the bamboo strips compressed together.
• Strand-woven bamboo flooring—by most accounts, strand woven
bamboo flooring, in which the bamboo is shredded and then
compressed with adhesives, is the most durable of the three. It
looks the least like traditional bamboo because the
manufacturers can blend colours and lengths to create many
Like hardwood floors, bamboo floors come in many finishes, from
polyurethane to oils, as well as different sheens, including
satin, semi-gloss, and high gloss. While bamboo may be
comparable to hardwood floors in terms of durability, They can
be difficult to sand they have a finish that's difficult to
remove—and if successful, you run the risk of releasing
formaldehyde into the air and what's more, sanding the floor
will likely shred the grassy strands of the bamboo. Which is why
most floor sanders will only sand bamboo at owners risk and
accept no liability if the floor starts to shred. If this occurs
then replacement is the only option and with the majority of
bamboo floors glued down this becomes an extremely expensive