08:23AM | 05/25/04
Member Since: 05/24/04
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Hi! How do I tell if the flooring under the carpet and old lino is refinishable? We are looking at buying a home built in 1916 and I wanted to know how to tell if the hardwood planking is refinishable?

krista mack


08:59AM | 05/25/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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You are considering buying a house. Unless the current owner allows you to remove carpet and vinyl flooring to inspect the condition of the wood floors, you simply have no way to make this assessment. Assume that the floor is not refinishable, then you can be pleasantly surprised if it is, or prepared to go with plan B...replacement.

Keep in mind that homes built in 1916 have likely undergone major modifications for heating systems, electrical and plumbing, or repairs. These modifications may have left large patches and repairs in the floors now covered by new floor coverings. Also, what you think is hardwood planking, my be the subfloor, not a finished hardwood floor. Subfloors in these homes are usually planks placed perpendicular or on a diagonal to floor joists. If that is what you are seeing from the basement, keep in mind these floors are not intended to be finished. Odds are against the floors being refinishable, but there is always that chance.


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