Renew wooden floor - 3 solutions


In many old houses are still installed old wooden floors, which are not only visually getting old. These floors do not really suit our modern furniture and home styling. Often the woods can not be worked up, but must be completely replaced. Here are three solutions for the renovation of wooden floors.

Check inventory

First, you need to check your floor situation to decide which solution is appropriate for your new wood floor. To do this you should pick up some floor boards from the old floor and check out important facts:

  • what does the substructure look like - hit it with the hammer against it
  • the wood is intact and free of moisture or rotten spots
  • smell into the open ground - it only smells dusty or musty
  • Wormholes are present in the planks or in the substructure
  • the insulation in the substructure is sufficient
  • how strong have the planks thrown - are the planks "round"

1. Floorboards on impact sound

If you have answered all the above questions in a positive way, you can often just leave the old wooden floor and lay a new board floor or even a laminate with a sound insulation over it.

  • dry old board floor dry
  • Lay out impact sound insulation
  • Flooring floor or laminate laid floating
  • Seal the bottom

2. Renew planks

Very old floors have not only been painted with shellac, they have also thrown up. That is, the single board has bent slightly up the long sides or juts up in the middle. The sanding is then no longer possible because too much wood has to be removed. In addition, this floor often can not be deducted by the many nails and screws.

However, you can not simply put a new wooden floor over it, because even a good surface can not compensate for such height differences. So the only solution is to pick up the planks and screw a new plank floor onto the existing substructure.

3. Renovation of substructure and floorboards

If during your test with the hammer the substructure suffers significant damage, it should definitely be replaced. Very important is also the smell test. In general, you should always make a complete exchange with a bad feeling.

It is also not advisable to then reapply the wooden floorboards to a renewed construction. Whether it is moisture, worms or rotten places, adjacent wood is always affected as well.

Tips & Tricks

If you remove the old boards, you should renew the insulation with the same. The old glass wool, which used to lie between the planks, is also a real storage of pollen, bacteria and dust in terms of allergies. Incidentally, the original insulation is not so dense and therefore almost ineffective.


Video Board: Removing, Insulating and Restoring a Suspended Wooden Floor. Part 1 of 3