Editors’ Picks: Wood Floors 101

Hardwood floors are one of the character-defining features of old houses, but over the years, they can start to show signs of wear and tear—and not in a good way. Fortunately, most wood-floor issues are easily fixable, whether through a simple patch or a new finish coat.

If your old floors are truly too far gone to salvage, there are plenty of options on the market for mimicking their well-worn charm. Check out the articles below to find out what your options are for renewing old floors, and how to implement solutions.

Repairing & Refinishing Wood Floors: How to determine whether to preserve, refinish, or replace vintage wood floors.

Fixing Wood Floors: With a little know-how, you can silence faulty floorboards and repair minor damage.

A Clearer View of Floor Finishes: Once you understand the pros and cons of traditional methods and modern products, it’s easier to balance history and practicality.

5 Milled Wood Floors: Adding milled wood floors to your house offers beauty underfoot.

New This Week

Tile Patterns for Old-House Baths: Tile floors accented with period designs, from simple to elaborate, can be a great fit for old-house bathrooms.

Old-House Heating Made Pretty: From hot-air vents to radiators and baseboards, visible parts of heating systems can be made more appropriate to your old house.

American Foursquare Architecture & Interiors: The epitome of the post-Victorian “comfortable house,” the Foursquare is about dignified self-containment.


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By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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