Our current house has laminate floors in it and although it looks OK I'd
like to have a real wood floor (like floorboards) in the loft conversion we
are planning. Is there anywhere in or around south Yorkshire that does
reclaimed floorboards so that we can get a bit of character in the flooring?
If the loft conversion is the 3rd floor, this might not be legal, as tongue
and grooved boards might be required for fire safety. Your building control
department might allow you an inch of plasterboard instead, but it isn't
guaranteed, as it allows air to circulate in the cavity. Alternatively,
hardboard under the boards might persuade them, as it prevents the
convection currents and smoke rising.
Its one of those funny houses where you go in at ground level and then go
downstairs to the bedrooms. The idea is to put a couple of rooms in the
loft to benefit from the views and to make the house feel a bit less upside
down. Good points are that fire escape windows will only be equivalent of
first floor (on that side of the house). I was hoping to use UFH in the
loft as there will be very little wall space as we 'need' lots of storage in
the bits of the loft that are too low to be habitable. However I've read
that UFH and wood plank floors aren't necessarily a good mix. Might still
end up going for chipboard and carpets except maybe a bit in front of the
Underfloor heating works just fine with wooden floorboards. You must ensure
that a very low flow temperature is used so not to warp the wood.
You will still need to ensure that the fire spread regulations are met with
respect to the top floor. This may require non-gappy flooring. Speak to
building control to get their interpretation.
I've not seen T&G reclaimed in any of the reclaimation yards that I've
Planing it is considered a fairly risky business 'cos of the old nails and
debris that are normally found in reclaimed stuff - dread to think what
would happen if you hit an embedded iron brad with a spindle moulder...
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When I relaid a flolor in my Vic house, I took up some t&g that had
been put down later, the rest of the floor, and went to the
reclamation yard to get some more original size boards. I also too
the 6'x15' worth of t&g I had to see if the rec yard wanted to buy
it...but they didn't..."We don't buy t&g" I was told...I even offered
it to them for free...still "No"....
Hi folks. You can groove it with a circular saw, its the fastest way.
A circ will give you the following board profile:
You can buy a circ blade (from screwfix) that does both wood and
embedded nails. The boards will need 2 passes on each edge, unless you
have a wobble blade or dado head. Hope that helps... if that profile
is OK. If you need the 3 level profile that can be done too, its just
rather more work.
Post Victorian. The earlier ones are snapped up, that's why you normally
only see the T&G ones. Well, those are the only ones I've seen.
Believe it or not there are houses up to a century old which have been
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