What goes into our wooden floors....

It matters a lot as to what goes in when we install the wooden floors.

Whether it is the right primer for the adhesive or the right adhesive itself; the right self levelling compound ( do you know that the normal self levelling compounds will fail for shade after 6 months ), the right abrasive for your sanding machine ( which will not make fine scratches while sanding ), the right primer for the wooden floor finish and finally the right finish itself for the wooden floor.

Sub Floors

A bad subfloor - weak and brittle

The Subfloor - the most important part of the story....

Is your subfloor looking like this? This means you have a very poor subfloor which has very little strength. You install a Rs. 1000/sq.ft teak wood floor on this and you have trouble in a year. It is like building a beautiful building on a weak foundation.

So what do we do about it? We have the right solution for this problem. Enter Bona Self Levelling Compounds for wooden floors.

Bona H600 Levelling Compound

Application of Levelling Compound in progress

A levelling compound applied floor

The adhesives- Look underneath to see the real thing!

Adhesives - You will never think of this until you have a problem.

As a customer of wooden floor, you might not even check with your wooden floor supplier or contractor as to what adhesive he is using. That is something you might regret.

Do you know:

  • You should use an adhesive primer in order to promote adhesion on cement floor
  • You should never use a dispersion based adhesive on a dense timber.
  • You should always use a reactive adhesive like Bona R848/R850 for non absorbent sub floors.
  • Never use a high water content dispersion adhesive (most of the local adhesive has more than 40% water) on wooden floors in order to prevent swelling

These are technical stuffs and it is due to this reason you should trust an expert to recommend and use the right component for the wood you select.

Sanding Machines

And you thought this is none of your business! What the contractor uses is his problem and what you want is a good floor in the end.

But please keep in mind the following:

  • Wood floor sanding machines are highly precise machines (a top of the line sanding machine costs more than a mid sized car ). You are using a big sander to sand a softer sub floor. Just think about scraping cheese! An extra pressure will create havoc.
  • When we sand the floor, you scrape some wood off the floor. And you would like to keep that to the minimum. The right machine ensures that you scrape the barest minimum wood while sanding the floor. And that means more life to your wooden floor
  • The edges - a floor will look good only if you do a proper sanding job end to end. That means the corners and edges. Make sure your contractor is using the right edger to give you a perfect floor.
  • Dust free sanding - Do you need all those dust while the floor being sanded to fly around the house and settle on your partially or fully finished walls and furniture? We use Bona Dust Free Sanding technology with very efficient dust extracting system which results in dust free sanding,
Fill those Gaps - Bona Mix & Fill

Wooden floors are a collection of individual strips. Perhaps thousands of them in a single room. And all these strips are laid out in a pattern to make the floor. It is inevitable that there are some small gaps on the floor. Now how do you fill these gaps? Enter Bona Mix & Fill. The revolutionary concept in filling the gaps using the sanding dust taken from your own floor. Mix the sanding dust with Bona Mix & Fill and you get a perfectly filled floor.

Bona Mix & Fill in action

Finish your floor with the world's best wooden floor finish ( or polish as we call it )
Why should you insist that your floor should be primed with a primer?

A good primer selected according to the wood species that is being used, will gives a well bodied finish and also better adhesion of the finish to the wooden floor. It is important that your contractor understands what timber is being used and recommend the suitable primer for the wood. Another reason why you should consult a specialist to do your floor.

What are you putting on top of your wooden floor?

Perhaps this is a question some of you might ask. A wooden floor will look different with different types of finish you apply on it. Further, there is Solvent based finish, water based finish, Oil, Liquid Wax Oil, Melamine. Again as sub category, you have Acrylic PU, 100% PU, Single Component PU, Two Component PU. Do you know the difference between all of these? Do you know which one is the right one for your type of wood?

We have skilled technicians trained by Bona, the world's largest and most innovative company based out of Sweden and with manufacturing and R&D facilities all over the world, to assist you in selecting what is best for you.

And finally, Is the contractor applying the right quantity of adhesive, right quantity of wood filler, Is he sanding with the right sequence of abrasives, Is he applying the right quantity per square feet of finish? Questions you should ask......

Do you know that a flooring when glued down should use 850 grams to 1250 grams per square meter depending on the width, thickness and length of the individual strip. Further you should consider the density of the wooden floor species.

These are the finer nuances of wooden floor installation which is very difficult to master as a layman and most of the contractors never explain or adhere to.

The same is the case with sanding of the wooden floor. Ideally you should follow a sequence of sanding with grit 36/40 followed by 60 grit, 80 grit and finally by 120 grit.

Finally, the top coat. You need to apply the top coat with a coverage of 80 - 100 sq.ft per liter. But you will never be able to make out if the contractor stretches the finish to 120 - 150 sq.ft per liter. At least initially. The result of such application will become visible perhaps after a year when it starts wearing out fast.

So to end, ask your contractor what he is putting into your floor, both below in the form of subfloor preparation, adhesive and on top in terms of the filler and the finish. Be an informed customer and make a wise choice.