Finding old hardwood floors under an old carpet is a treasure, but the wood that you see isn't always salvageable. In this blog, we'll discuss everything that you should know about reclaimed wood flooring. You will know when it's time to pursue or let go of the chance of having pretty wood floors.
Examine the reclaimed wood
You'll be able to identify a salvageable wood flooring through looking at it. Here are the signs that the floorboard you see has no other place to go but trash:
1. There are cracks and breaks on the sides of each plank
2. The heads of the nails that bind the wood from the supporting frame are exposed. This means that the wood was sanded down too many times before.
4. There are a deep set of stains that won't disappear even if you sand the wood. Irreversible water damages will rot the wood in time
When you don't see these signs, you are free to sand, stain, seal, and finish the floorboards with polyurethane. If you do, we're sorry. We did not mean to crush your dreams with the truth. But don't worry, there are numerous things you can do to have a decent wood flooring:
If you do, we're sorry. We did not mean to crush your dreams with the truth. Don't worry, there are numerous things you can do to have a decent flooring:
Save the good planks
Timber floors can be replaced in parts. Ideally, your floor guy will pull out the bad planks from the good ones. Then, he/she will install new wooden planks to complete the missing pieces. The new pieces must match the original wood. If not, then the installer should provide you with the best match available.
You can also use wood patches on planks with small damages or holes. The Dutchman patches of craftsmen and woodworkers will work on your floors.
How to Dutchman Patch an old timber floor. (drawings from https://www.oldhouseonline.com/)
If all hopes are lost, lay a new carpet or rug. It will look better than hardwood flooring with rotting areas. Make sure to clean the floor thoroughly before installing a new carpet to extend the life of your original hardwood floor.