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Tips for Matching Hardwood Floors

Updated: Apr 5

Do you have beautiful hardwood and want to add more throughout the house? Although matching hardwood can be difficult, it’s not impossible. Before taking on this job, there are a few things to think about.


First, start by figuring out the species of the original wood. Older homes can be harder to determine, so it’s recommended you call a flooring specialist as they would be able to provide you with all the details. With any luck, they will be red oak as they are the easiest to match.



Matching Size

Once you’ve established the type of wood, reach out to our experts to see if we carry that species or something close to it. If your current floors are young enough, it’s possible you might be able to get the same brand and product. You will also want to ensure the profile (thickness) of the new flooring will line up with the existing. It’s best to go with a thicker product as it will be sanded down to blend the two floors for a flush profile.


Having the exact species of wood is not necessary, it’s just ideal. Having the new wood sit slightly higher when laid down is important for finishing and sanding purposes. You will also want to find boards that have similar widths.


Staining

When hardwood flooring coverage is expanded upon, it is not always necessary to sand and stain both the old and newly covered areas at the same time. You could consider having a custom mixed stain matched to the same intensity of the existing wood. We at Bulldog Flooring can water down a stain colour until it matches the dulled tones of the existing hardwood planks.


Final Steps

If matching your floor proves too difficult, there is still other options! Some people are actually using completely different woods to give their floors an intentional difference. When transitioning between types of flooring, you will want to use reducers - which are strips used to help level out different heights and create seamless transitions.


The next step after installing new flooring is to sand and stain it. You can either try matching your old floors with the same colour, or opt for something different. Or, you can sand the old floors down at the same time and refinish the whole room.


For Lethbridge hardwood floor refinishing services, contact us today at 403-360-5028!