How to Match Existing Hardwood Floors

Unfortunately, it’s inevitable that your hardwood floors will get damaged. Whether that’s by an overactive dog, your favorite vase falling on the floor or furniture sliding and scraping across the living room, you can expect dents, scratches and even planks breaking. When that happens, sometimes you can repair the damage, but more likely than not you will have to replace pieces or sections of your hardwood floors. 

When it comes time to replace a section of your hardwood floors, it can be tricky to match the new pieces to the existing ones. So when you start looking for replacement hardwood floors to match your current hardwood flooring, there are three things you need to check and double check before making your final selection: profile, species and grade, and width. 

Matching the Hardwood Profile

Hardwood profile, or thickness, is an important feature to double check when matching old hardwood flooring. If you select a replacement hardwood floor that is the same thickness as your current flooring, you can expect a smooth and consistent look across the room. 

Although not specifically hardwood related, it’s important to take note if your subfloor is level throughout the room. If its not, you should add or remove a layer of plywood to ensure that when you install your new hardwood the entire space is flat, with no awkward slopes or peaks.

Matching the Species & Grade

Do you know the exact type and style of your current hardwood floors? Those chances are slim, and even if you do know, that specific flooring might not be manufactured anymore. A flooring professional will be able to tell you what species and grade your current floors are and recommend a style that will perfectly match. 

Matching the Width

What might seem like the most simple step is often overlooked. Although you might be able to say if your hardwood planks are narrow or wide off the top of your head, you will need to know their exact width when you’re looking to match existing hardwood floors. Knowing what width your floors are will make the selection pool slimmer, and make the entire process less overwhelming. 

Refinishing & Staining

Although a professional can recommend a flooring replacement that will closely match your current floors, for a perfect match, it’s best to strip your current hardwood floors and refinish both, or stain the new boards to exactly match the existing floors. Both refinishing and staining should be done by a professional to ensure a seamless transition and a perfect custom color. You might not need to refinish or stain your floors, but in certain situations it will be your best option. 

Although the steps to perfectly matched floors might seem overwhelming, our team of flooring professionals will be able to guide you through the process and recommend the best solution for your situation. If you’re in the Austin area, Millennium Flooring is available for all your flooring needs. Give us a call for a consultation today!

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