Any job is as only as good as the preparation. Subfloors often are not flat or level. A new floor fitted onto an uneven subfloor will bounce, creak and eventually break up. Floors need to be fitted onto a sound, dry, flat subfloor. A damp floor could cause a timber floor to expand excessively and cause it to eventually fail.
Damp floors can be treated by either a liquid damp proof membrane, usually epoxy or a plastic damp proof membrane i.e. a sheet of plastic, both will prevent moisture affecting the floor. If a concrete floor is uneven or breaking up it can be rectified by using a professional levelling compound. Timber subfloors that are uneven can be rectified by ply lining, or levelling or both.
Your original wood floors can be professionally machine resanded to a very fine finish. Even engineered floors can be resanded up to 4 times. Most timbers can be stained to achieve a new colour.
Floors can also be refinished in lacquer, matt, silk-matt, gloss or in oil, for a more tradtional look.
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