Renew wooden floors - 3 solutions

In many old houses there are still old wooden floors built in, which are not only looking old. These floors do not want to go well with our modern furniture and living styles. Often the wood can no longer be reconditioned, but has to be completely replaced. Here we show three solutions for the renewal of the wooden floors.

Check inventory

First of all, you need to check your flooring situation in order to decide which solution to consider for your new wooden floor. To do this, you should pick up some floorboards from the old floor and check out important facts:

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  • what does the substructure look like - hit it with a hammer
  • the wood is intact and free of moisture or rotten areas
  • smell the open floor - does it only smell dusty or musty at least
  • there are wormholes in the boards or in the substructure
  • the insulation in the substructure is sufficient
  • how badly have the planks thrown - are the planks "round "

1. Floorboards on footfall sound

If you have answered all of the above questions positively, you can often simply leave the old wooden floor and lay a new plank floor or a laminate with impact sound insulation over it.

  • dry clean old floorboards
  • Lay out impact sound insulation
  • Lay floorboards or laminate floating
  • Seal the bottom

2. Renew the floorboards

Very old floors have not only been painted with shellac, they have also thrown up. This means that the single board has bent up a little on the long sides or protrudes up in the middle. Sanding is then no longer possible because far too much wood has to be removed. In addition, this floor often cannot be removed at all due to the many nails and screws.

However, you cannot simply lay a new wooden floor over it, as even a good underlay cannot compensate for such differences in height. The only solution left is to take up the planks and screw a new plank floor onto the existing substructure.

3. Renewal of substructure and floorboards

If the substructure shows significant damage when you test it with a hammer, it should definitely be replaced. The odor test is also very important. In general, you should always carry out a complete replacement if you feel uncomfortable.

It is also not advisable to then put the wood planks back on top of a renewed construction. Whether it is moisture, worms or rotten areas, adjacent wood is always attacked as well.

Tips & Tricks If you remove the old boards, you should replace the insulation at the same time. The old glass wool that used to lie between the floorboards is also a real store of pollen, bacteria and dust when it comes to allergies. Incidentally, the original insulation is not so strong and therefore almost ineffective.