MAINTAINING AN HISTORIC BUILDING
I HAD A SOLID OAK FLOOR PUT DOWN IN MY LIVING ROOM ABOUT YEAR AGO. THE CONCRETE FLOOR WAS SEALED BY A LATEX SOLUTION AND THEN THE BOARDS GLUED ON TOP...ABOUT THREE MONTHS LATER THE BOARDS BEGAN TO EXPAND AND WARP SO THAT THE FLOOR IS NOW CORRUGATED. THE CONCRETE FLOOR WAS ON OLD ONE, LAID, I SUSPECT, IN THE 1960S. I HAVE NO IDEA WHETHER THERE IS A DAMP-PROOF MEMBRANE UNDERNEATH OR NOT. THERE WAS SOME GAP LEFT BETWEEN BOARDS AND WALL, BUT CLEARLY NOT SUFFICIENT GAP. IS THERE A WAY I CAN SAVE THE FLOOR? OR SHOULD I HAVE IT TAKEN UP AT GREAT EXPENSE?
The method you used to lay the floor is rather unusual for a plank floor. There are two methods recommended by most flooring manufacturers and suppliers. One is to fix the boards to treated timber battens or joists laid over the concrete slab with a vapour barrier betwee..