Recovering The Original Hardwood Floors Beneath Your Carpet

Recovering The Original Hardwood Floors Beneath Your Carpet

When we discover wood under older floors, we are just as excited as you! Below are some tips when discovering and recovering the original hardwood floors under your carpet.

How Do I Know What’s Under the Carpet?

There’s only one way of finding out what lies under your old carpet, and that is to pull the carpet back. To do so take a pair of pliers, grab a section in a corner and pull back. You may also encounter holes in the original floor itself that were used for radiator heating. These can be repaired by any knowledgeable professional.

How Do I Know If The Floors Can Be Refinished?

One key in determining how many times the floor has been refinished would be to look at the wear layer that is left on the flooring itself. The wear layer is the area above the tongue and groove. There have been different thicknesses of hardwood flooring milled over the years and their wear layers are different. Check around removable heating vents to determine thickness.

What To Expect When The Carpet Is Removed?

You may discover carpet padding that has been attached with staples or adhesive, or with much older floors you may find screws and nails that previous homeowners used to stop squeaks. You will most certainly find dirt that has sifted through the carpet and padding over the years. You may also find pet stains or other similar stains under carpet. In some instances the floors may need to be matched and patched. In other cases it may need to be replaced. One of our hardwood flooring experts can help you determine whether your floors can be salvaged.

Our Team of Flooring Experts Is Ready To Help

At Truckee Meadows Hardwood Flooring you’ll always receive quality work from experienced hardwood floor professionals. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about hardwood flooring on stairs or any of our installation services. For the best in hardwood floor, visit our showroom on Cheney St. or contact us today for a quote. We look forward to working with you!

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