Use of softwood flooring

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by david.hollman, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. Investigating options to redo the flooring in some of the house, I
    came across what seem to be traditional style tongue and groove
    floorboards - but made of spruce which I believe is a rather soft wood
    for a flooring application.


    Now on the package for these boards it specifically says not to use
    this as a finished floor surface, but more for replacing existing

    My question is - is there not a reasonable way to finish this sort of
    wood so that it could be used as the finished flooring? It could
    certainly look very nice and I don't mind trading effort to save some
    money if that's what it would take. But is this a false economy

    Any ideas if this is a realistic prospect?

    david.hollman, Jul 5, 2007
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    avocado Guest

    Wickes do Bordeaux Pine floor boards which i've used successfully in
    bedrooms and a bathroom.
    avocado, Jul 5, 2007
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    tom.harrigan Guest

    I would definitely not use those or similar boards for a finished
    floor. They are extremely soft and easy to dent. They are nothing like
    floorboards of old!

    tom.harrigan, Jul 5, 2007
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    Dave Guest

    I would advise finishing the boards before you lay the floor and, if
    You you explain the reason for pre-finishing (other than being able to
    do it outside)? I would have thought it would be more efficient to to
    it all at once after laying it down.

    Dave, Jul 21, 2007
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    Stuart Noble Guest

    I would certainly advise colouring the boards prior to laying,
    especially t&g. Boards shrink, white edges etc
    Stuart Noble, Jul 21, 2007
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    Chris George Guest

    Dear David
    If Wikes, the supplier, are unprepared to recommend their products for
    a purpose you can be pretty sure it is not fit for that purpose!
    Whitewood is a pretty unsatisfactory building timber. Cheapskates
    tried to use it for windows in the mid sixties and most of them had to
    be replaced 10 to 20 years later. It has next to no permeability to
    take up preservatives (unlike redwood - Scots pine). I have seen
    whitewood floor boards but would personally use it for all the reasons
    given by others and the fact that it cannot easily be treated, is
    classified as perishable (but as it contains much sapwood that is not
    relevant) and becuase I simply don't like the look. BS 8201 1987 (or
    its CEN equivalent as I have yet to catch up) provides data on
    suitabity of timbers for flooring wrt species. Sheet 46 of the TRADA
    flooring leaflet does "allow" European whitewood (Spruce) as a
    possible flooring timber as does the general sheets on timber uses!
    Chris George, Jul 21, 2007
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