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Historic floors can make a major contribution to the significance of a historic building so the first step before contemplating any change to a church floor should be to understand the importance of the floor.

In many cases sensitive repair will be sufficient to ensure that the floor is safe and useable in the long term and is retained as part of the essential character of the building. However in some cases a change of material or design may be appropriate and will require careful consideration.

This guidance note, published in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, explains how to understand the significance of an historic floor and how to maintain and repair the different types of floors that exist. It gives detailed advice on the different options for replacing an historic floor as well as how to avoid some of the common pitfalls.