I have beautiful 20" tiles for the kitchen but have found under a couple of layers of carpeting, a couple of layers of industrial vinyl tile and some 3/8" plywood is what seems to be a veneer parquet floor. At first I thought it was sheet vinyl or something like that, but now, I can't figure out what it is. Along the edges of the room some of the intricate pieces are separating from each other showing they are individually cut and assembled, but in cross-section, those pieces are very thin, maybe a bit more than 1/16" and are assembled on a sheet backing that is itself only a bit more than an eighth. The colors of the pieces are not just surface. It feels and looks like wood but also could be synthetic of some sort. The backing looks like particle board. The floor might be the original when this addition was added to the house in the early 20’s but am not sure. The questions are: are you familiar with this kind of floor? Is it worth keeping and if so, what is the best way to restore it? Should I go with the tiles?
I can't get the photos to attach, but if you would like to see them, I can send them... but will try to keep posting.