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Engineered wood

Posted by doxielover_2010 (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 11, 11 at 8:46

I have an oak block hardwood floor. This is the original flooring for my house built in 1950. I want to refinish the floor. The contractor said he would need to determine whether it is solid wood or engineered wood. Why would this make a difference? Did engineered wood flooring exist in 1950? Is it worth refinishing or should I tear it out and put in a new floor?

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RE: Engineered wood


Almost invariably solid wood.

If you really need to check, look for any floor HVAC grates that could be lifted, or remove a sole plate in a doorway so you can see the edge of the floor.

Even small holes bored through the floor for things like cable TV or phone lines can provide a place to look.

RE: Engineered wood

I would wonder about a contractor who needs to determine if your original floor from 1950 might be engineered. But maybe that's just me showing my ignorance. Refinishing is definitely the right thing to do, especially if it's solid, vs. tearing it up.

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