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Victorian tiled floor restoration in Wakefield.

Another very badly damaged Victorian tiled floor we have just restored in Wakefield. This floor was laid in around 1890 and in that time had become loose and some parts of the floor were lost when the layout of the house had changed.

As you can see from the pictures some sections of the floor were completely missing with all of those original tiles disposed of in the past. We carried out a survey and found that even in the areas where the field tiles were still present they had lost all bond with the portland cement substrate. It was quite obvious that we would need to uplift the central section of the floor, clean the tiles and fix them back into position. 

 

Once we had uplifted the tiles all of them had to be thoroughly cleaned before they could be fixed back into position. You can see from the pictures (below) the imprints from the original tiles in the portland cement screed. This is due to the fact Victorian tiles were not calibrated so they varied in thickness. The tiles had to be beaten into place into the semi wet screed!

According to acedemics after 1870 this type of floor was laid onto two or three layers of portland cement screed. Prior to this date a lime screed would have been used - in our experience often there is an initial layer of soft lime and then a thin layer of portland cement (regardless of installation date) which the tiles are fixed to. If you have a look at the right hand picture (below) you can see an area where we have uplifted tiles - there is a small area of soft lime just visible. The soft layer of lime explains why this floor has started to disintegrate, as soon as the upper portland cement layer broke down the floor collapsed and became chronically loose.

  

As we had a large number of tiles missing we used a good quality reproduction tiles from Jackfields, this meant we had the correct colours, in a metric size with a square edge. Its fundamentally important to use tiles which are in an imperial size with a square edge. If this part of the equation is wrong the whole restoration is going to be disappointing for you and the customer. Most reproduction tiles are for exactly that - reproduction floors not restoration work. Reproduction floors are often made from tiles which do line up correctly with the size of Victorian tiles, Victorian tiles are always a variation of shapes based on a standard six inch by six inch tile. Victorian tiles did not have a chamfered edge so again most reproduction tiles are useless.

The colours that Jackfields produce are the best colour match for Victorian floors but they come at a cost!! The pictures below show the finished floor around 1.5m of flooring is made from reproduction tiles but they join is as perfect as it can be - If you look really closely you may be able to see it.

For any enquiries relating to Victorian tiled floor restoration call Renew on 01484 686270 or email us click here.