Tearing Out and Replacing a Section of Hardwood

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Posted by: from Guelph
2/1/2013 at 7:52:28 PM

We have maple hardwood throughout our main floor that is clear coated. The level of colour change varies throughout the main floor whether in front of windows or the patio door or in our U shaped kitchen. We are looking to move our sink and dishwasher to a peninsula 4.5 feet across the kitchen. We would have to remove about 12 square feet of hardwood.

Is it possible to remove it carefully enough to reuse it? If we put new hardwood down, how long before it fades to blend in? Is it possible to refinish the section and blend it into the existing hardwood.

I am really just wondering what the options are and what people have tried and have had success with in this scenario.

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Date/Time2/1/2013 at 8:42:02 PM


It will be highly unlikely that you will be able to reuse this hardwood. The process of nailimg or stapling it down will make it very difficult to salvage. You can buy another hardwood that is the same original colour or very close match and it will fade in a few months.

When patching in the new flooring you will want to check the edges of the hardwood and remove any pieces that have been cut and no longer have a factory edge. To do this you will want to cut the pieces with two cuts from end to end just an inch from the edge on each side of the piece and remove the centre strip which you have cut. Then carefully pry out the two remaining edges. This may take some patience and slow work to ensure not to damage the flooring surrounding that piece.

You can slide the new pieces in and use a rubber mallet and scrap piece of flooring to tap it in. When installing the last row you will have to carefully cut away the tongue on this piece to completely remove it without damaging the edge of the surface of the hardwood. This piece will need to be glued down with some strong adhesive (gorilla or pl will do).

I hope this helps you in you project. Take care.



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Date/Time2/1/2013 at 9:20:00 PM

Call a proffesional installer, they can blend the old to the new properly otherwise refinish everything so it looks new thru-out.

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Date/Time2/2/2013 at 12:26:19 AM

I'm sad to say. that if you are looking for a 110% finish you have two options.

A) Tear up all the hardwood. Pick a new product that the two of you absolutly love, then either install it yourselfs or call me at 905 374-1954. I will get you a great price on the material and install.

The second route would entail purchaseing some similar wood flooring, enough to fill the new area.

Then have the whole floor sanded, re-stained and finished. If the hardwood runs from the kitchen to different area's either route is going to be a little pricy.

To just patch the old spots and try to match both colour and finish, will not give you an incredible finish by any means. But it comes down to your budget and your desire for what level of finish.

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