Is that what you read, when you choose too have, your reconstituted crap laminate flooring, & aluminium shutters.
I'm a Decorator, your father was a craftsmen & a tradesman, you don't have too live in a museum too have traditional materials in your home, you just have too treat them with respect, if it's 300 years old you treat the timber with respect, prepare it well, & with the correct products it will last, no just follow the guy up the road and go for the easy, quick solution. You still have no soul. But your happy, with that empty hollow sound of your flooring because it was cheap & easy for you too fit, you could of fitted some solid oak, beach, rosewood, teak. Or restored the existing boards, what you have done is vandalism.