Installing wood floor is easier than ever

Wooden floors are stylish and practical.
Wooden floors are stylish and practical.
It's amazing what you can achieve with a broom handle, a pinch of seed and... children.

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If you have period floorboards in your home, lucky you. If you don’t, it doesn’t mean you are doomed to be unlucky though – installing wooden flooring is easier than ever before.

Period floorboards are often hidden under carpet, tiles or lino, waiting to be restored to their former glory.

This process usually means sanding with an industrial floor sander and edger, which is hard work.

Although more expensive, employing someone to sand them for you is often well worth it.

They usually include the cost of the wood stain or varnish in the price and they’ll be able to do the job quicker.

Original floorboards often have modern boards mixed in where repairs have been carried out over the years, and painting these can disguise them better than using a stain or varnish.

You can replace the new boards with old ones, but this can be expensive.

All that said, original floorboards are a fantastic feature in a period home.

What if you don’t have original wooden boards?

Laminate flooring is an inexpensive way to copy the look. It’s not as fashionable as it once was though, so instead, why not opt for wooden flooring boards that click together.

Engineered wood boards have a top layer of real wood, with cheaper layers underneath. The thickness of the wood layer varies, so make sure you know how thick it is and how many times, if any, it can be sanded.