Changing the layout of a room when remodeling a home will most likely result in ugly holes in your wood floor. Those holes will have to be patched. The estimator will determine the type of wood and check the subfloor. For a hardwood floor installed on top of a wooden subfloor the patching is easy and the only challenge is determining the species of wood and the grade. If the existing floor is installed on wood or wood beams than the installation will be a little more difficult as the installer has to create support for each individual board or a partial subfloor depending on the situation. If you are dealing with hardwood floors, the entire surface will be refinished, including the newly patched area, in order to ensure an even surface.
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MISSING OR DAMAGED BOARDS
Replacing or installing individual damaged or missing boards is the same process as it would be to replace the larger patches. Determining the right species, grade and size of the wood and creating support for the individual board where the subfloor is missing are all very important steps. A full floor refinishing will be done after the replacement to make sure the floor has an even stain and finish.
WATER-FIRE DAMAGE REPLACEMENT
In case of water damage the wood floor will be replaced if buckled and cupped and a refinishing will be impossible to level the damage. In some cases the subfloor will be replaced along with the floor. In the case of a fired damaged floor the replacement will be done to the extent of the damage.
If the hardwood flooring is installed on a wooden subfloor that is on top of a concrete slab the situation is different. The team has to determine if the water reached the plywood or the concrete. If the water passed the plywood and reaches the concrete, the floor has to be replaced entirely as the concrete has the property to keep moisture for longer periods of time resulting in mold buildup. There is not enough time or equipment that will dry a flooded floor all the way to the concrete.
The laminate floor will present the same issues in matching the floor as the engineered wood. If the product is actually found then the existing wood has to be taken apart until the damaged area is reached and then reassembled after the laminate planks are replaced.