Older Timber Floors

Most older timber floors we deal with have some form of damage present.
This may include issues such as water damage or borer and termite affected floorboards. Below are the most common defects we come across. In any event, the good news is we can repair them. Let’s look at some of these common defects.
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Floorboard Repair

Sometimes when polishing old timber floors it may involve some floorboard repairs and replacement.

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What You May Encounter

General surface damage and some form of stains such as water damage go hand in hand with older timber floors in Brisbane homes.
The good news is sometimes a floor sander will remove them 100 percent.


There are some types of stains which are impossible to sand out. For example, one of the worst types of stains is animal urine. Water leakage over a period of time can also stain. Further, it can even start to rot a floor. Other stains can include oil stains, rust stains from nails, and burns.

Wall Removal

From time to time some clients change their floor plan. You should always do this before your floors are sanded and polished. Perhaps you move a wall for example; this will reveal raw timber boards. In this case, we cannot do a spot sand and coat of those boards. We would need to sand and polish the entire area.

Other Trade Work

Ensure other trades have completely finished all their work prior to polishing your floor. This includes structural changes, painting and tiling before your floor sanding company arrives. Never polish your floors before this stage, because there is a high risk you may damage the timber floor finish. Repairs may entail re-coating or complete re-sanding to gain a uniform look.

Potential Damage

Regardless of the damage, it will definitely increase your floor sanding costs. Repairs and join lines in a floor finish can be an eyesore. Using the correct location for a join line or repair can avoid this, such as in a doorway. This is opposed to, for example making a join in the middle of a room. In that case gloss level variants would be obvious in reflected light.

Borer and Termite Damage

Old Hoop Pine floors are the most common floors with borer damage. If you suspect you have borer or termite damage in your floors get a free inspection. We are experts at finding and repairing pest damaged timber floorboards.

Gaps Between Floorboards

Older floors have had their fair share of wet and dry seasons. Expansion and contraction can often cause gaps between floorboards to become an issue for some clients.

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Installing a new Kitchen?

When fitting a new kitchen, it may not sit exactly in the same location.
This will expose unsealed boards. Once again, this will involve the sanding and polishing of an entire area. Be sure to install your kitchen before our timber floor sanding and polishing services begin. It is common for a kitchen installer to request the floor sanding done first.
This would be a huge mistake!

During a kitchen installation, cupboards get shuffled around, and adjusted. Splashbacks and appliances will both offer plenty of opportunities for damage. Objects and substances will meet with the floor finish. These can include tools, grout, adhesives and silicon.

Painting your walls

Be careful not to flood paint on at the skirting boards. Paint will penetrate down the gaps between floorboards. This can prove difficult or impossible to remove. No matter how careful you are, accidents do happen. So why risk it? Use plastic drop sheets to cover your floors during painting. Have a look at this Ashgrove floor sanding case study and you will see what we mean about paint spills on old floors.

It is best to complete your painting tasks before your floors are sanded.
Going That Extra Mile

A Recent Floor Restoration Job

We recently completed some timber floor sanding and polishing services for a client. It was for a customer in Bilsen Rd Wavell Heights. This was an older home typical for the area, which proved less than a straightforward project.

The owner said he would remove two walls before the work commenced.
The job was set to start Friday and completed Tuesday (excluding Sunday). When I arrived, I found some large holes in the floor. It was under where the walls had sat. Some floorboards would need replacing. I would also need to stagger the joins to blend in the repair.

Time to make the magic happen

Part of our service is to religiously stick to our pre-set start and completion dates. That said, now I had my work cut out for me to locate these exact boards. I now needed to locate some floorboards with identical timber shade, age and also timber grain. Besides that, I also needed to find them over the weekend.
Timber floorboard hunting on my only day off is not my idea of fun!
I managed to finally find some at a recycling yard in Brisbane north. It was on Sunday, although there was more bad news. The floorboards I found we’re too wide. I spent Sunday afternoon milling them down to the exact width at home.

A great result for the customer

Monday morning they went in and were a ‘PERFECT’ match. A headache? …Yes! But the customer was ecstatic and appreciative. This Brisbane timber floor restoration was completed on time as promised.

Economy Floor sanding deliver on their promises, and we’re proud of it!
If you're interested in restoring your old timber floors, or would just like an idea of the costs to restore your timber floors in Brisbane, talk to us today on 0419 684 404.

When I Quote on Your Floors:

  • Expect a thorough quote outlining the full scope of work. Also, the quoted price is the total amount, with no hidden costs.
  • I take the time to walk around your floors with you, while pointing out any issues of concern. Most of all, I listen and answer any questions you may have about the work.
  • Every aspect of the work is factored in so there are no surprises. For example, if a floorboard needs replacing or bracing, I will take the time to show you. Also, I will explain why we should repair it. Right from the word go, we offer up-front honest advice.