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10Jan2020

Old farmhouse on the Lower Rhine

Buildings that have been used or inhabited for decades often present property developers and craftsmen with special challenges when it comes to renovation. This old farmhouse was no exception. The house was built in 1904 as a house with stables, which for many years were used to house farm animals.

In 1975, the owner at the time converted the stables into garages and added another storey to the house. The remainder of the house was upgraded from the inside. In order to create additional living space, an extension was added to the old building. New screed floors were installed in the new areas. The old floorboards were kept in the old part of the building.

When Thomas Riese bought the house in 2016, he had the floorboards removed – and discovered old tiles beneath them. As these tiles were taken up, two more layers of tiling were discovered. These were also removed. The screed below was in poor condition. Thomas Riese, who is in the parquet business himself and therefore no stranger to the matter in hand, consulted with Thomas Glasl from STAUF. In order to keep to the construction schedule, a solution was needed that would not require the removal of the crumbling screed. Glasl proposed the rehabilitation of the old screed. STAUF WEP 180, a water-based epoxy resin primer that quickly strengthens old, crumbling screeds was the ideal product for this project.

The old screed was subjected to scratch tests to determine its strength before being treated with WEP 180. After the primer had been applied, further scratch tests were carried out: the screed was now so well strengthened that no deep scratches and hardly any spalling were evident. In order to straighten up the uneven surface of the screed, the second step was to level the entire area with STAUF FZ, a self-levelling thin screed. The substrate was now perfectly prepared and ready for the floor covering – and the construction schedule was still on track.

Old farmhouse on the Lower Rhine
Old farmhouse on the Lower Rhine
Old farmhouse on the Lower Rhine
Old farmhouse on the Lower Rhine
Old farmhouse on the Lower Rhine
Old farmhouse on the Lower Rhine
Old farmhouse on the Lower Rhine
Old farmhouse on the Lower Rhine
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