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fiddlegarden
Can we use the old pine boards as our floor, or do we have to cover them??
fiddlegarden

We are first time homebuyers and our "new" home is from the 1850s. One room downstairs has beautiful old wood floors, but the rest of the house has either been covered over by hardwood or carpeting, or carpeting over vinyl tiles...we definitely want to remove the carpeting, but are not sure if we can work with the pine boards underneath, or if we need to be resigned to hardwoods over them...help!!! And should we leave the hardwood alone, or pull that up as well? It looks nice but we love the old floors.

If there's any way we can use the original floor boards we want to, but we are being told that it is just subfloor and that we need to cover them up with hardwoods. We are so new to this, and we really need some advice!! I'm trying to attach photos but it won't let me, but I'll try again in a moment. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.

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Re: Can we use the old pine boards as our floor, or do we have to cover them??
function

What you were told is correct, you should not use the original subfloor as your flooring. Don't remove anything you already like, if you aren't sure what is under it. Regarding the carpeted rooms, pull up whatever you want if you don't like the carpet, have fun, explore. If you hit a finished wood, stop there. If you get to diagonally laid floor, that is subfloor and should be covered with a finished floor. Of course you don't have to do anything, but the subfloor is not designed for "use" by foot traffic.

Remember you will have some other things to deal with as well such as replacing or painting trim, some jackwagon may have shortened the doors like they did in my house, or you may find some patches, water staining or burn marks that led to the floor being covered in the first place.

Benjamin
Re: Can we use the old pine boards as our floor, or do we have to cover them??
Benjamin

i dont see any reason you cant just sand and finish the old subfloor. It is done quite often. It is going to be fairly soft so it will dent and gouge fairly easy and there are going to be nail and staple holes that need patched. There also may be staining patches ect but if you want to do it go for it.

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