Timber Flooring: Traditional conservation techniques

In this paper, key conservation issues are explained by small case studies in three groups: structural issues, finishes and then some unusual floors. Descriptions are given of the technologies used in each case and the reasons for choosing them.

Date
1 April 2000
Publisher
Heritage Office
Type
Heritage publications, Maintenance series, Publication
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 1-87641-5452
  • File PDF 26KB
  • Pages 5
  • Name timber-flooring-traditional-conservation-techniques.pdf

Historically, timber floors are the most common type of floor, and among the worst treated component of historic buildings. This is understandable as they are often worn out and bear the brunt of the larger problems of rising damp, inadequate ventilation, termites, fire and just plain wear and tear. Too often we have seen them unnecessarily replaced outright, destroyed by heavy sanding, suffocated by blocked ventilation and coated with unsympathetic synthetic coatings.