Do you have beautiful hardwood and want to add more to carry through your house? Although matching hardwood can be challenging, it’s not impossible.  Before taking on this project, there are a couple things to consider.

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 local flooring stores to see if they 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. 

You don’t need to have the exact species of wood, it’s just ideal.  Having the new wood sit higher when laid down is crucial for finishing and sanding purposes. You will also want to find boards with similar widths. Older hardwood is usually about 1 ½  inches, whereas newer hardwood is about 2 ¾ - so unless you know a very skilled carpenter, it’s best to get as close to the size of the original as possible. 

FINAL STEPS

If your efforts come up short on matching the existing flooring (as best you can), and you still want to keep the old floors - it’s possible! Some houses are actually using completely different woods to give it 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. 

Once the new floor has been laid, it’s time for sanding and staining.  With staining, you can either try and match the new floors to the old - keeping in mind over time wood will typically darken. Or, you can sand the old floors down at the same time and refinish the whole room. 

Stop by your local End Of The Roll to see all your options and to learn more about the different types of hardwood.