Should I buy old wood floors?
We are building a new house and we are on a low budget. We have very few high grade materials going inside the house. Most money is being spent on the outside of the house on long-term stuff like metal roof, brick, good windows, good insulation, etc. We came across some old salvaged maple tongue and groove flooring that we can get fairly cheap. The wood itself is in good shape but the finish is not. We could buy the floors for the same as it would cost us to buy vinyl flooring. If we bought this old flooring, our builder would install it for us but we would have to do the refinishing ourselves. First of all, how hard of a job is this for someone with no experience? Second, will it be impossible to maintain a real wood floor with a young child and dog in the house? Not worrying about resell, will the asthetics be worth the hard work and time it takes to re-do these floors? I know everyone has different opinions on real wood floors but I thought I would just see what some of your thoughts on the subject might be. Thanks.