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100+ year old hardwoods need replacing--engineered vs hardwood

8 years ago

Our 1905 home's floors are giving up the ghost. They've been sanded so many times that some boards are splintering in higher traffic areas: the kitchen, dining room, and living room. We are saving up for a full kitchen renovation and anticipate doing both projects at the same time. Of course cost is important and at the same time, we are committed to good quality in this quirky, historic house we get to call our home. I'd love thoughts about engineered vs hardwood flooring with the following considerations in mind:

  • we have an existing subfloor to work with but there has definitely been some settling over the years, so marbles would likely end up in various spots in the house if you set them rolling.
  • we will need to make transitions into 3 bedrooms and an addition that won't be re-floored in this project. The addition has white oak hardwood and the 3 bedrooms have the original narrow plank heart pine. We'd like to stay with a similar lighter stain that are on both.
  • we live in Colorado, so low humidity in the winter is a consideration.

Any thoughts are welcome!

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