One of the advantages of timber floors is that they can be re-sanded to produce a "new floor". Old parquetry, floorboards or cork can all be sanded back to bare timber and re-finished at the quarter of the cost of installing a new floor. We use efficient dust bags to control nearly all of the dust that is created. We recommend covering book shelves and other small items.
Old floor boards come up a treat when resanded and refinished. Where they have had carpet or linoleum, when this is removed it can be resanded and finished with the coating of your choice. [where black japan has been used, in most cased that will come off]
There are a number of finishes available
Gloss is the hardest wearing and used most often. The gloss level there is to begin with wears down just a little with age so we recommend every 5-10 years you have an extra coat put on depending on the amount of wear that your floor has. This will keep you floor in peak condition.
Water based Polyurethane is now starting to become more popular, and harder wearing. The colour difference is quite noticeable from water based to solvent based polyurethane and worth checking out before you make that decision. There are oil modified urethane finishes, which allow for some movement of boards.
Floor Polishing, Sanding & Finishing in Adelaide