Wonky, uneven and sloping floors are a common feature in older properties and so we often get asked how to level an uneven floor for wood flooring. The most cost-effective method depends on the construction of the subfloor. In older properties with wooden joists (suspended floors), we tend to strengthen the joists with new wood joists.
In the case of wood flooring, preparation is key. If your subfloor isn’t strong and level, then a new wooden floor won’t ever look or perform as well as it should. For this project in a 1970’s house, we ripped out the old laminate floor to find huge holes in the subfloor.
We knew exactly what to suggest for this brief, a bespoke end grain block wooden floor. This spectacular floor isn’t something you see very often nowadays, but before the introduction of concrete, it was commonly used in factories, as it’s incredibly strong and hardwearing.
Underfloor heating (UFH) is as popular as ever and we are very experienced at fitting wood flooring with it. Wood is totally compatible with underfloor heating and there’s nothing better than a warm feeling underfoot.
Stairs are usually one of the first things you see on entering a home and as we all know, first impressions really do count. If your existing stairs need revitalising, stair cladding with wood is a fantastic option. As well as improving the look of the stairs, our work can also strengthen the structure, making the staircase more robust and safer.
If you have a wooden floor that’s looking a bit tired and needs renovating, it always pays to use a professional company with plenty of experience. Without the know-how, it’s very easy to do more harm than good.
Many older houses with suspended timber floors have inadequate floor insulation and suffer from draughts which cause higher energy bills as well as cold feet. Installing underfloor insulation can address both these problems and give a payback on your investment.
If you live in a flat and want a wooden floor, the chances are you’ll need to install some sort of soundproofing. For the majority of customers, this will simply involve fitting an Impact Sound Reduction Membrane.
Working on older properties can be a challenge but the end results are always spectacular. This project, in a converted warehouse in Bermondsey, was no exception. We replaced a dated laminate floor with a new dark engineered wood, which completely refreshed and enhanced the industrial style interior.