Renovating a home can be an exciting but challenging project. Whether you are doing it yourself or enlisting the help of a company, one area that requires special attention during renovations is your wooden floors. They require extra care to ensure they remain protected during the renovation process. Here’s a guide on how to protect your wooden floors during your Auckland home renovation.
Before starting any renovation work, develop a detailed plan that includes steps to protect your wooden floors. This will help you identify potential risks and take necessary precautions in advance. They may include the following:
Communicate your expectations regarding the protection of your wooden floors to any contractors and workers. Provide them with guidelines and reminders to ensure they handle the renovation process with care and minimise risks to the floors.
Begin by clearing the renovation area of any furniture, rugs or other objects that could scratch or damage the wooden floors. Store these items in a safe place away from the construction zone.
Once the area is clear, cover the wooden floors with heavy-duty protective materials such as thick drop cloths or rosin paper. These materials will act as a barrier, shielding the wood from dust, debris and accidental spills.
Ensure that the protective coverings are securely taped or fastened down to prevent them from moving during the renovation process. This will minimise the risk of tripping and accidental damage.
If possible, section off the renovation area using plastic sheets or temporary walls. This will help contain the dust and debris in a specific area, reducing the chances of it spreading and damaging floors.
If there is a need for workers or equipment to move through the house frequently, consider using temporary pathways. You can create these pathways by placing plywood sheets or thick cardboard on top of the protective coverings. This will distribute the weight and minimise direct impact on the wooden floors.
Throughout the renovation process, periodically inspect the protective coverings and floor mats. Remove any accumulated dust or debris and replace them if necessary. Regularly sweep or vacuum the surrounding area to prevent the spread of dirt or dust onto the wooden floors.
If your floor is damaged during renovations, it can be renovated by machine sanding and re-lacquering. Your LM floor has a thick top layer, so it can withstand being sanded and re-lacquered. Get in touch with The Wooden Floor Company for all your flooring needs.