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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:37 pm 
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I would be grateful if anyone can help with my query, it’s about an an old 3 bed farmhouse that has a sloping floor upstairs in the bedrooms and bathroom at the back of the property. The whole house is in need of renovation, the floor upstairs is concrete, would this have to remain as concrete or could it be replaced with floor boards? How long would this roughly take to repair? Does this mean the house has subsidence? Downstairs flooring is level and there are no major cracks on the outside of the property there are some inside upstairs.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:06 pm 
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What's the build up of the concrete floors, ie block and beam, cast in with.
What's the ceilings below.


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Hi thanks for the reply it’s beams downstairs


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By any chance is the floor made up of wooden beams downstairs and "concrete" with lots of cracks upstairs?

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Old farm house , concrete upper floor? It could possibly be lime ash . I do wonder when the OP mentioned replacing the "concrete" with boards without mention of the joists. Pictures would help here but if it is lime ash I'd be in two minds about replacing.


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Someone else (not him) would have to explain that the thing about the floor is not the top surface (planks, concrete or something else) but what holds the floor in place.

Sounds like a structural survey is in order or for the OP, :welcomeuhm: Rach2323, to walk away as this sounds like a deep hole to fall in.


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Yes it’s wooden beams downstairs and appears cracked under the corner of the carpet I can lift up


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Then I think I'm not alone in suspecting that what you have is a timber framed ceiling with a limecrete or lime ash floor. These look like concrete, but aren't - and they often crack badly over time. They are generally very old, so you really need either a structural engineer or a building conservation specialist to take a look at what you have. Not the easiest problem to solve, I'm afraid

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