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Two Tips for People Who Want to Renovate the Wooden Floors in Their Home

by Bessie Beck

If you want to renovate the wooden floors in your home, here are a few suggestions that might be helpful to you during this process.

Consider fitting underfloor insulation before carrying out renovation work on the floors

One of the reasons why a lot of people who would like underfloor insulation choose not to have it installed is that doing so would involve lifting up their home's floorboards so that the insulation can be inserted into the cavities underneath them. If the boards in question are nicely-varnished and in excellent overall condition, lifting up could potentially cause superficial damage (like scratches in the varnish or chips on the sides of the boards) that might affect their appearance.

If you want the energy savings and extra warmth that underfloor insulation could provide but have not considered installing it because of concerns about how the process might affect your floorboards, now is the perfect time to get this job carried out. Pulling up the floorboards before they have undergone any renovation will mean that any cosmetic damage they sustain during this process can be rectified quite easily, using the tools and varnish you have bought for the renovations.

For example, if the side of one of the floorboards splinters while you are using a brick bolster tool to pull it up, you can smooth this out with an electric sander. Likewise, any damage you inflict on the old varnish won't be a problem, as this will be stripped off before the new varnish is applied to each board.

Be cautious when ventilating your home after applying new varnish to the floors

After your contractor has applied the varnish to the floors, it will take a few days for this substance to fully dry. Because of how pungent varnish tends to smell, you will probably want to keep the windows in your home open whilst you are inside, in order to create some airflow that will allow the vapours produced by the varnish to dissipate. However, if you do this, it's important to regularly read the weather forecast online and to shut the open windows if it states that rainfall is likely to occur.

The reason for this is that if rainwater passes through an open window and onto a varnished floor that has not yet dried, the varnish may not set in the way that it is supposed to. This could result in the texture of the affected area looking different to that of the other varnished floorboards or in the varnish itself peeling off. In either case, you might need to have the affected areas sanded down and varnished again, which could result in the renovations costing quite a bit more than you expected.

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