Flooring Question

Engineered flooring or new floorboards?

I’ve just bought a Victorian property and want to restore the wooden floorboards in most of the rooms. However, there are a few old boards missing and new (different colour) ones replacing them. In the front room the old/new boards are 50/50, so I was going to pillage the old boards from this room to replace the boards in the other rooms.

So basically I will end up with the front room with most the boards missing.
So in the front room do I:
1. Get engineered flooring similar to the wood in rest of the house
2. Buy new floorboards, nail down and stain and varnish

I realise engineered would be easier, but I’m worried they just won’t look as good as floorboards. However, the new floorboards I buy may not look good either, as they won’t be old and battered anyway (I haven’t been able to find original floorboards in rec yards). However, if I buy engineered, will I have to fit floorboards down anyway?
If I lay new floorboards – will this just look the same as engineered anyway?
I’d be grateful for any advice or opinions!
Note (if it’s not obvious already!) I have no experience in laying flooring or any carpentry, but can get friends to help…

1 Answer

Best Answer

Depends what floor type you want. You can use solid hard wood floor and put straight onto joists, no sub floor required.
This will also maintain its width, i.e. will not shrink as will new pine boards.
For the cost and hassle of finding old pine boards ,I would rip up the old floors completely, sell the boards and put down some decent hardwood floor.
There is a big choice. Go to some hardwod timber suppliers( or call ) and get some advice.
I would also recommend getting a carpenter involved if only for on site advice.
However if you are set on old pine floor, you will just have to look further and longer and pay more. (Would still suggest a carpenter for fitting even if just the doorways.
Good luck

Answered 10th Aug 2012

Bates Carpentry and Building

Member since 23 Jun 2011

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