KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
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.