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Re-sanding and Re-finishing your Engineered Wooden Floor

Unlike laminate flooring that cannot be sanded back, engineered wood floorboards have a top “wear layer” of real wood, allowing them to be sanded back multiple times for refinishing.

Our high quality engineered wood flooring is constructed of multiple layers of laminated hardwood arranged in a tight cross-layer structure making up what is known as a ply-wood, topped with a solid layer of hardwood which can be re-sanded back multiple times for refinishing with a different oil or lacquer of your choice. This means that when it comes to re-decorating, there’s no need to invest in a whole new carpet or laminate – simply sand back the solid wood wear layer and re-finish with a finish to match your new décor!

Depth of Wear Layer

We stock a range of oak and walnut boards which are available pre-treated or, untreated for a personalised finish. The thickness of the hardwood wear layer of our boards spans from 3mm, to a premium 6mm. To give you a reference for what this means for sanding and re-finishing - typically, 18mm solid wood flooring has a depth of 6mm between the top of the board and the tongue and groove. You could not wear the flooring down any further than the tongue and groove for obvious reasons, meaning that because our Supreme Range of engineered flooring has a 6mm thick layer of oak on the top surface it will last just as long as solid wood! Obviously how long a floor lasts in entirely dependent on how you maintain it and how often it is sanded however it is generally considered that any board with a hardwood wear layer of 4mm plus will last a lifetime and beyond.

Protect and Enhance you Engineered Wood Flooring

In order to protect and enhance your chosen finish, we recommend you consider applying Treatex Hardwax Oil to the surface of your boards. Treatex is a hard wearing and water resistant hard wax oil that works to protect your floorboards from stains and scratches, as well as to enhance the natural beauty and wood grain of the boards. It is made from a mixture of sustainable natural materials including carnauba wax, sunflower oil, linseed oil and beeswax. Treatex is suitable for use on all types of interior timber, allowing you to create a consistent finish to you interior décor. Treatex Hardwax Oil is easy to apply with a brush or roller with fast drying times (drying times vary dependant on atmosphere).

Treatex Suppliers in Devon

As suppliers of Treatex Hard Wax Oil, we have complete faith in the product’s ability to protect and enhance our engineered wood boards, furthermore, we have found that boards treated with Treatex are much easier to clean and maintain than those without. Treatex comes in a range of different colour tones that can be finished with clear matt, satin or gloss finishes.

About the author

Tom Fanthorpe. Director, JFJ Wood Flooring Ltd

Tom is one half of the father & son team behind JFJ Wood Flooring. An experienced wood flooring specialist with over 7 years in the industry, Tom is following in his father John's footsteps as a true expert in his chosen field. Having absorbed much of John's 35+ years of experience in the joinery and timber trade, Tom now leads the wood flooring department and holds ultimate responsibility for everything from customer service to sales, logistics to quality control.

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Submitted by Marian Hopkins (not verified) on Thu, 03/06/2021 - 17:05

is it possible to sand and refinish engineered wood flooring that has scratches and bevels in it and has a hardwood top layer of 4mm?
Would this be very expensive?
Thank you

Submitted by jfjadmin on Fri, 04/06/2021 - 08:15

Hi Marian,

Thank you for your comment. Yes, you would most certainly be able to sand back an engineered oak board with a 4mm wear layer. How much oak that would need sanding off would be dependant on how deep the scratches are. The bevels on the board will either become shallower or go all together, again depending on how much oak needs sanding and how deep your bevels are. In most cases the bevels are still visible after the first sand.

As for cost - this is not something we could help you with. We are suppliers only and do not carry out site work. I would suggest contacting a local floor sander / carpenter with floor sanding experience and request a quote.

I hope this helps. Many thanks,


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