INTRODUCING CORK & PARQUETRY SPECIALISTS
EXPERIENCE THAT SHOWS
Cork and Parquetry Specialists began servicing the Geelong area in the 1980s. It was established by Stirling Hassell who began sanding floors in Geelong back in 1954. It is a totally family owned and operated business specialising in parquetry and timber floorboards.Stirling started Cork and Parquetry Specialists because he saw the need for a company that didn't just sand floors but was involved in the whole process from choosing the timber to laying, then sanding and polishing using only the best quality materials. At Cork and Parquetry Specialists we do a whole lot more than the name suggests. We can lay floorboards on concrete or virtually any flat sound sub floor. We can do fancy inlays and parquetry patterns in your timber floors. We have a variety of more than 80 different timber species to choose from when selecting a parquet floor. Ranging from fantastic local timber sourced from every state in Australia, to exotic timbers from America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
All workmanship is fully guaranteed on all our jobs.
GET TO KNOW US
Here at Cork & Parquetry we are passionate about two things, our customers and wood flooring. We only use the finest quality timber, adhesives and floor finishes to capture the natural beauty of real wood, and use it to turn your house into a place to be proud of.
We believe that the solid timber hard wood flooring that we use gives a far superior look and will last far longer then many of the veneer and laminate floors that some companies promote and sell. Rest assured, with Cork and Parquetry Specialists, you are in the hands of true hardwood flooring experts.
Each hardwood has its own unique appeal and all our wood types can be used in different floor designs and we can even design features specifically for your home, giving your hardwood floors true distinction. Different finishes, borders, and inlays can also help to make your wood floor truly unique. Mixing different hardwood types together gives a fabulous effect to wood floors and any pattern of your choice can be created.
Our experience gained through hard work means we can advise you on the best hardwood flooring for your particular installation. We work hard to enjoy every project we work on, so that it is completed to the highest possible standard. The result is a long list of satisfied customers who can take pleasure in their floors for years after installation. Please come in and have a look at the timbers we have on display in our showroom and discuss how we can help you make a real difference in your house.
Our best sales policy is your recommendation which is why we take such great pride in ensuring your floor receives complements from all your friends and family.
We listen to what you want and offer our expertise to come up with the best possible floor for your application. A major part of our floor installation relies on proper sub-floor preparation and the use of good raw materials.
We understand that what goes under the floor is never seen, but is as important as what goes on the surface as defects from insufficient preparation will only appear at a later stage.
WHAT WE DO
Cork flooring is the perfect flooring solution for the environmentally conscious being made from the bark of cork trees. We provide cork in both tiles and planks and can offer both customised finish and prefinished options.
We offers a wide selection of timber floorboards covering a vast range of species and sizes. We can install onto existing concrete, ply, particleboard, timber floorboards, joists and battens and can sand and polish onsite to your preferred stain/finish. We also offer a wide range of pre-finished timber floorboards.
Laminates, bamboo and timber veneers are the most common types of floating floors. All are pre-finished in the factory so are installed and finished with the smallest inconvenience. Check out our showroom to view our vast range of floating floors.
CAN WE LAY FLOORBOARDS AND PARQUETRY DIRECT TO CONCRETE?
Yes, providing the moisture content of the concrete is less than 5.5%. If it exceeds this level we can install a two part moisture barrier under timber flooring which comes with a 10 year warranty from Bostik. Our recomendation would be to use Moisture Barriers on every floor. In fact we can install over almost any flat, level, sound sub floor structure.
WHAT TYPES OF FINISHES CAN I HAVE ON TIMBER FLOORING?
Three main types of finish are used by us on timber flooring, they are:
1. Solvent based polyurethanes either 2 pack or single part moisture cured polyurethane.
2. Oil based tung oil and oil modified polyurethane, OR
3. Water based polyurethane
They range from high gloss to low sheen.
DOES THE TIMBER COME FROM MANAGED AND SUSTAINABLE FORESTS?
Yes, Victoria has 75% of its forest in some form of conservation system, seven and a half times greater than the international benchmark of 10% sought by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the World Wide Fund for Nature. The remaining 25% is available for timber harvesting to produce the hardwood timber products we all use. Of this available area for harvesting, less than 1% is harvesting annually. This ensures the ongoing sustainability of our national Australian hardwood forest resource. Every hectare harvested is regenerated.
IS TIMBER FLOORING CHEAPER THAN CARPET?
A beautiful wood floor need not cost much more than a quality carpet, indeed it will work out cheaper in the long run. Unlike a carpet, your timber flooring will last for years and will increase the value of your property.
IS TIMBER FLOORING HEALTHY?
Timber floors are easy to clean and free from dust. A wood floor could help minimise allergies and respiratory problems and protect your family's health from dust mites.
ARE WOODEN FLOORS COLD?
A real wooden floor retains the warmth and keeps draughts at bay. Cozy and intimate, it fills your home with the living, warm spirit of wood.
WHAT IF I JUST WANT TO BUY THE TIMBER AND PLAN ON LAYING IT MYSELF?
That's fine! As long as it's available, we're more than happy to supply any timber you require. Additionally we've put together a little instructional video on how to lay a timber floor with our preffered method, on ply.
MAINTAINING YOUR FLOOR
It is clearly false economy having a newly refurbished floor if poor maintenance procedures are in place as the surface will be damaged within a short space of time. Preventing a floor from becoming dirty or damaged is as important as cleaning it. If the level of soiling can be reduced then so can the level of cleaning and similarly if a floor is not physically damaged it will remain in good condition for longer thus reducing costs for repairs etc.
Initially the matting available should be examined. Ideally matting should be as large as possible and consist of two separate areas. The first area removes and allows the grit etc to drop away from the surface whilst the second area absorbs and removes any moisture and fine dust which remains. Work by 3M has shown that a 2 metre matting system will remove 42% of all dirt from shoes entering a building. Clearly if this is removed and retained then it does not have to be cleaned from the floors later by the maintenance procedures in place.
It is important to remember that dirt and grit can be tracked in from service entrances as well as the ‘front door’. For instance the movement of goods on trolleys, etc into kitchens or storage areas can bring dirt into the building which can then be tracked into the restaurant from these areas.
In addition to matting protective feet on furniture should be in place on all stools, chairs, tables, etc. Scratches and marks from patrons moving furniture is often an issue as these are dragged rather than being lifted. Similarly if other items, such as PA equipment, are being used on a regular basis then it is beneficial to try to introduce measures to reduce any physical damage which may occur.
The following points should be considered with regard to the ongoing maintenance process. It should be noted that a good standard of cleaning must be maintained to preserve the slip resistance characteristics of the timber floor finish:
All spillage etc should be cleaned up as soon as possible and a general cleaning be carried out by staff to remove excess material from the floor, if cleaning staff are not to clean properly until the morning. It is of particular importance that glass / crockery fragments are removed from the floor.
Dust and grit should be removed from all floors on a daily basis. On larger floors this may be achieved using a scissor mop or vacuum cleaner. Dirt and grit will potentially cause scratches if trafficked across a floor and surface dust can significantly affect the slip resistance of a floor, particularly when the floor is new or has been recently finished.
All finishes will cut and scratch if a sharp object comes in contact with the floor. The presence on the floor of glass or crockery particles will both cut the finish / the wood and often ‘planes’ the finish from the surface. It is important therefore that spillage is removed quickly and care taken to collect all hard sharp pieces of debris.
Cleaning should be carried out wherever possible using a machine based system i.e. buffing machine etc with a tan pad.
It is difficult to clean effectively in high use areas with a mop and bucket. If this method is used the cleaning water should be changed frequently and the mop kept as dry as possible. It is possible to use this method after low traffic periods or where ‘spot’ cleaning is required.
On heavily used floors where normal cleaning seems unable to remove all of the dirt or marks it is possible to clean using a more aggressive pad i.e. a red pad or equivalent. Excessive continuous use of aggressive pads may dull or physically damage the surface of the floor.
Cleaning should be carried out only using a neutral detergent, such as Bona Cleaner , so as to prevent the deposit of materials from the cleaner on to the floor.
Regular maintenance should also include cleaning of the feet of furniture, wheeled trolleys, etc to ensure that glass, grit and other materials are not trapped beneath them which could damage the floor.
Floors where spillage of food etc occurs may need to be cleaned occasionally using Bona Remover to remove stubborn deposits and the build-up of grease and other deposits. Deposition of such materials may cause the surface of the floor to become slippery. The removal process usually would only be required infrequently, perhaps 3 – 6 month intervals, dependent upon the use of the floor and the efficiency of the cleaning / maintenance process.
Maintenance / Refurbishment
Over time the nature and level of traffic may cause deterioration in the appearance of the floor. It is likely, given the need for an R10 rated level of slip resistance within commercial areas subject to spillage, that Bona Traffic Anti Slip or Bona Naturale will have been used to coat the timber flooring. It is not possible to use a maintenance product, other than a cleaner, and retain the slip resistance characteristics of the floor. Such products, like Bona Freshen Up or wax polishes, work by leaving a thin layer of material across the surface of the floor and therefore contact is ‘lost’ with the slip resistant floor finish. In addition to this the use of such products will increase the sheen level of the finish surface changing the appearance.
Ideally a refurbishment programme should be put into place with all floors finished with Bona products. This is built around regular cleaning to remove normal soiling, and the application of additional coats of Bona Traffic Anti Slip or Bona Naturale, as required, to maintain the performance and appearance of the surface of the floor.
The floor should be examined frequently initially to determine whether maintenance levels are sufficiently high and keeping the floor in a good condition with refurbishment planned as required dependent upon traffic levels. The frequency of the addition of applications of finish is directly related to the traffic levels and the efficacy of the maintenance procedures in place.
When you're in need of a dependable Flooring Service, don’t hesitate. Contact Cork & Parquetry Specialists today.
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