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Hardwood floor replacement

The old pine floors in my bedrooms were deeply gouged and I was told could not be salvaged/refinished. After living with carpet for a while I want to return to hardwood, and I have chosen to go with prefinished. One person told me I could put new prefinished (Bruce) flooring right over the old floor, guessing that in my old house (1920s) there is no subfloor (?). Another person told me that I should not do this, and that the whole floor should come up first. Who's right? I should say, if necessary, I can probably find out if there is a subfloor once I get the carpet up because the nice person who gouged the wood also cut big holes in it to run ductwork so I can look around these patched-in spots.

Re: Hardwood floor replacement

If the old flooring is solid, flat, not squeaking, and seems that it will stay that way then you can go right over it.

Do think about differences in height where the new flooring ends, about doors which may need to have their length reduced, and about any cabinetry or fixtures which will not be on top of the floor any longer but below it. Sometimes this kind of install creates too many issues and sometimes not- if it does then just pull the old flooring.


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