Staining Pre-Finished Floors Darker...
Hi there! I've been a lurker on these forums for quite some time and I've always been able to find the answers to whatever my questions were... this time is different however so I figured I would start my own thread.
We recently moved into a home with 16 year old Bruce 3/4" prefinished floors in a reddish Gunstock Oak/Cherry color throughout the first floor. My husband and I really love the look of dark floors and are considering having them refinished in a Dark Walnut/Jacobean stain. The first contractor who came told me he wouldn't be able to make our floors that dark due to the bevels... saying that the current stain in the bevels would not be removed. He recommended Provincial as the darkest we could go. He then said other contractors may tell me I CAN go that dark just for my business, but that I'll be unhappy with the final result.
Sure enough, contractor #2 said it would not be an issue going darker and said Jacobean would look great with some water popping!
I'm curious as to what the truth is when it comes to going darker with prefinished floors. Though I understand Contractor #1's reasoning surrounding the bevels, wouldn't that only make a difference if I was going lighter? I already feel the bevels are a darker color than the 'top' of the floor - perhaps that's 15+ years of dirt - and I'm having trouble understanding why they wouldn't look right?
Thank you so much for all your suggestions and advice - I really appreciate it!