Hi everyone! This is my first post on here, so please forgive me if I'm in the wrong place.
I am in the process of buying my grandma's house which was built in 1946 and is in NC. There is a section of flooring that was water damaged before she passed and I will need to repair it when I move in. Upon inspecting the floors, I found that she actually had a very nice looking tongue and groove wooden subfloor, which wasn't a big surprise, but it looks as if the subfloor was also the finished floor when the home was built because it is painted. In one of the bedrooms it simply has padding and carpet laid over it. At some point part of the floor (in the kitchen) was covered with glued down linoleum tiles and then indoor outdoor carpet. The carpeted area in the kitchen is where the water damage occurred.
I know many people would just replace the damaged area with plywood and cover over the whole area with a new floor covering. I would prefer to keep as much of the original floor as possible though. Does this sound possible? Can tongue and groove flooring that old be closely matched or would I need to purchase it from a local salvage yard? Would it be possible to remove the glued down linoleum tiles and save the floor underneath? If not, would it make sense to replace the entire floor with new tongue and groove hardwood installed directly onto the joists? And is new hardwood flooring strong enough to be used in that way?
Sorry for all the questions, just trying to consider all my options here. Thanks in advance for any help or advice!