I'm planning to take out several walls in an older home that has hardwood floors. When the walls are gone the floors will need to be filled in with matching hardwood.
How difficult/expensive is that, bearing in mind that I'm going to flow with sanding/finishing everything?
Any suggested finish to combat large dog (older shepherd/lab cross?)
Patching the hardwood largely depends on the direction it is running relative to the wall. If it is parallell, it is simper, and a patch can be done by an experienced hardwood installer in a manner of hours, so about $100-$200 per patch.
If the floor is perpendicular, then the hardwood should be 'woven' at different lengths into the old floor, a procedure that takes much more time. It does produce an invisible repair, and would cost about $200-$400 per section (say 10 feet long)
I am not aware of any finish that is going to protect the wood, unless you look at the pre-finished floors that have metallic particles in the finish (I think its titanium) to make it more durable.
Dogs are hard on hardwood, so try and keep the dog off the floor, if possible.
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