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Damaged engineered hardwood floor in kitchen. Options?

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Posted by: from Calgary
8/3/2016 at 4:38:57 PM

Hi TrustedPros community,

I had an incident and wanted to read your opinion on what are my alternatives. I am a renter that just moved into a condo. Unfortunately, during the move-in unpacking, I had an incident where in the kitchen a wet bag was left overnight, causing one of the boards to expand upwards and crack. I dried up the area, put a fan to it, heavy stuff to weight it down, and informed the landlord.

So far, it seems impossible to find a replacement board, I have scouted floor retailers in Calgary and haven't had luck finding a match. The facts I have are: the condo was built in 2009-2010, the builder went bankrupt, the landlord tells me they are engineered hardwood floors, there are no extra boards, and the original floor provider also went bankrupt. The boards are 8cm wide and varying lengths. (Photos attached)

The landlord quoted me $1000 for a handyman he knows to replace the kitchen floor with tiles. This is 50 sq ft in the following breakdown: $200 for hardwood removal, $250 for materials [tiles, grout, high-grade acoustic underlayer], $500 for tile installation, $50 for disposal of waste).

Do you have any recommendations on what alternatives I have? Is the landlord's handyman's quote reasonable?

Thank you for your help, I have added pictures and can add as many as you need. The initial ones are from when the floor just got the damage, I later took out a piece of the veneer(?) to go look for matches in stores. Thank you again.

Damaged engineered hardwood floor in kitchen. Options?
Damaged engineered hardwood floor in kitchen. Options?
Damaged engineered hardwood floor in kitchen. Options?
Damaged engineered hardwood floor in kitchen. Options?
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Date/Time8/3/2016 at 5:42:15 PM

Have you tried contacting the neighbours in your condo building and inquiring what they have for flooring? Often when we do renovations in large apartment/condo buildings we buy all the flooring in bulk to get a better deal. Perhaps the neighbours will still have a few pieces they are willing to sell.

Getting the board(s) out is easy enough if you know what you're doing. And you can simply glue the new one(s) in place.

It's hard to say whether or not the quote is reasonable without a proper visual inspection. But I would request the opportunity to get a couple quotes for yourself. Just to verify the accuracy of the "handyman's" quote.

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Andrew in Calgary
Date/Time8/3/2016 at 8:22:08 PM

@Alpha Innovations

Hi, thank you for your response. I did put up a note with pictures in the condo lobby asking for extra boards or just advice on where to get some. It's been two weeks and haven't had any response.

If I recall correctly, when the builder bankrupted, the bank/accounting company that took over the assets are the ones that sold the units. I am guessing all the other residents are in the same position as my landlord, with no extra material.

I will indeed keep checking with floor companies, and get some quotes if they have tiles as well.

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