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New and old floors re­quire dif­fer­ent ap­proaches.

In­ves­ti­gate be­neath modern fin­ishes to see if there is a his­toric floor that can be re­cov­ered. Modern floors might be of poor qual­ity and in­com­pat­i­ble with old build­ing fab­ric – con­sider re­plac­ing them, but be sure to get good ad­vice to make cer­tain the spec­i­fi­ca­tion is right.

Take care when clean­ing and repar­ing old floors – it’s easy to dam­age them dur­ing restora­tion. In­su­late and im­prove air­tight­ness where pos­si­ble, while main­tain­ing the breatha­bil­ity of the build­ing’s struc­tural fab­ric.

Think about in­stalling un­der­floor heat­ing, es­pe­cially if you’re fit­ting a new lime-screeded sub­floor.

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