Replace or keep partial hardwood?

tapasnutSeptember 7, 2012

We just bought a new (to us) home and want to redo the first floor in wood or bamboo. Currently, it's a mix of tile (foyer), carpet (living, dining and family room) and glued down oak wood floors (half bath, kitchen and breakfast area). We want to make the open floor plan more cohesive with one kind of flooring throughout, but we're also on a budget (~$12k for the 1200 sq. ft area). We also have a medium-large dog, so our floors will get some wear.

If we were starting from scratch, we'd like to do Teragren bamboo in chestnut everywhere. But, that means removing the glued down kitchen floor which I hear can be pricey. I'm guessing it'll look off if we just refinish and stain darker the oak in the kitchen and add bamboo elsewhere, right?

Oak isn't our favorite (and we do have some concerns about scratches in the finish if we want to go with a darker stain) but we'd also consider keeping the oak that's already glued down in the kitchen and doing solid oak throughout (perhaps in a similar prefinished chestnut color and then refinishing the kitchen floor to match).

What would you do? Keep the existing oak or pull it up and start from scratch? Thanks!

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Sounds like you have an engineered glued down Oak. You want first to consider if your existing engineered flooring has enough of wear layer to refinish. If it does, you want to look for your new flooring in the similar thickness to avoid transition bumps. We have come across the same situation with our customers often. Sometime it may cost you much more to tear down the existing flooring and replace with all same new floorings. My 2 cents.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 6:15PM
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Sorry it should be "may not cost much more"

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 6:17PM
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Your best bet is to go to angieslist find 3 or 4 of the top rated floor guys in your area.

Have them each come out and bid both scenarios for you. Then look at the price range they quote you. You may find that for a little more $ you would get exactly what you want.

With engineered floors if there is enough meat to sand and refinish it may not turn out the way you hoped. It all depends on the guy sanding. He makes just a tiny mistake (which CAN happen) and the floor can be ruined.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 9:57PM
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Thanks for the replies. We've met with a couple floor guys and they all recommend removal of the kitchen floor so we get a consistent look (and height). We'll start work in a few weeks...

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 3:05PM
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