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Period Elm floor restoration

Our period elm floor restoration services:

What to expect:

Here are just a few examples of our work –after 20 years spent restoring Elm floors we have accumulated a vast knowledge base and library of photographs showing the results of our work. We have many more examples of restored period Elm floors that we are able to send you and we are often able to provide you with a very close example of your own floor!

Herefordshire Georgian rectory with period Elm floorboards



The same elm floor with the photo taken from another angle.

Old Elm staircase in Buckinghamshire



Cotswolds Elm floor



Ledbury Grade 2 listed building with period elm floors



Common problems with period elm floorboards and Solutions – We provide the full range of services

Common Problems Likely causes Our services
Damaged elm boards and other in appropriate floor boards fitted
  • Woodworm
  • Previous electrical or plumbing works.
  • General wear and tear.
  • We will remove of all damaged sections including the removal of inappropriate woods.
  • Select from our stock of reclaimed Elm boards and fit these to the repair areas.
Floor boards movement and ‘squeaky’ boards.
  • Joists rotten - especially prevalent on areas adjacent to damp external walls.
  • Poorly fixed boards
  • Incorrect nail types
  • We will remove the affected area of Elm floorboards investigate the damaged joists and replace as necessary with new treated joists.
Incorrect board fixings e.g. Unsuited nails, screws etc. detracts from the period appearance of the floor
  • Repaired with out due regard to period fixings.
  • We will remove all inappropriate fixings and replace these with traditional nails - these were designed to affix the boards securely and prevent movement of the boards
General poor appearance including scratches, stains and boards and lacking in definition.
  • Previously badly prepared and sanded
  • Existing seals are inappropriate and obscure the wood.
  • General wear and tear
  • We will sand the elm boards carefully; treat any stains (where possible) then oil/wax the boards.

Boards are difficult to clean and absorb water; flaking seals and polishes.

  • Incorrect or lack of floor protection.
  • We will Sand the floor to remove the old seals then finish with oil.
Gaps between boards
  • Changes in temperature and humidity.
  • We will fit Elm strips to fill the gaps with smaller areas filled with sand from the process mixed with a clear cellulose hardener.
  • As with all restorative works the amount of gap filling cap filling carried out is a subjective matter.
  • As a guide we suggest that boards should be gap filled when the under floor joists or plumbing etc. can be seen from a standing position. We are always conscious of the fact that the period feel of the floor should be retained wherever possible.

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