There's no denying that flooring is essential to the allure of old houses. In contrast to the bland beige carpeting that often blankets new construction, the well-loved hardwood, tile, and linoleum floors of vintage homes hint at the thousands of footsteps that have trod their surfaces over the years. On the downside, all that wear and tear can make old-house floors a top-of-the-list maintenance item.
Whether you need to refinish your home's original floors or start from scratch to correct a previous owner's remuddle, these articles will get you off on the right foot.
Flooring Options for Period Homes: The flooring you choose sets the style, period, and tone for the room.
Traditional Painted Floors: Produce artful floors with ages-old techniques and some paint.
Touching Up Old Floors: Floors may suffer indignities as they age, even as they develop patina. Refreshing a basically sound floor will keep it serviceable. Given care and respect, a wood, stone, tile, or resilient floor will last for many decades and beyond.
Best Bets for Bathrooms: There’s a reason why resilient flooring types and ceramic tile are the go-to floorings for utility areas in the home.
Hardwood vs. Engineered Flooring
Which type of wood flooring is best for old houses? The answer depends on where you plan to use it.
How To Fix a Squeaky Floor
Two easy methods for silencing annoying squeaks in your hardwood floors.