Asked on Nov 29, 2015

I hate the color of my engineered wood floors.

by Marie
1)Can new flooring be nailed onto this ? I didn't pick this color and have had to live with this orange tone for 9 years. Builder put in wrong floors and couldn't change them.
2) Can they be stained with a new color as another option?
  8 answers
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Nov 29, 2015
    Maybe this can help. Gel stain is not recommended for flooring because it doesn't penetrate ( so it would wear off) BUT, if you are planning on covering your floor anyway, you could always go ''rogue'', and try a small sample can on a sample piece of wood, If you don't have any left over, sometimes you can get a sample piece for free or for a nominal charge (try to get the same brand and colour)... I wouldn't try it on the floor first just in case it doesn't turn out. You would need to scuff the floor well and probably use liquid sandpaper to help the gel adhere, apply the gel (probably a few coats), then apply a few coats of top coat. Keep in mind that you would be taking a risk, and it may not turn out...The link provided, is written by a person who has actually tried refinishing your type of floor. Good luck!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 29, 2015
    I certainly would not go for the expense of putting a floor on top of the exisiting floor. You can strip the floors and restain to a color of your liking. Min Wax sells the whole process from stripping,preparing for new stain, many colors to choose from and sealers.
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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 30, 2015
      @Marie Yes there are strippers available to use. Did you research the Min Wax site?
  • Stefan Stefan on Nov 29, 2015
    Try to strip the floor under the fridge area if it comes off easy, if not at least this area will not show,but if it comes off pretty easy,why not in small sections? Or paint it a color that you can live with.
  • Marie Marie on Nov 29, 2015
    I don't want to paint them. It would be possible with some of the new products, but it would be a flat looking surface and not the lovely tone of wood.
  • Red Cottage Chronicles Red Cottage Chronicles on Nov 30, 2015
    They way I understand it is that Engineered Hardwood has a veneer of hardwood on top of engineered lumber and therefore can be stripped and re-stained as any hardwood can, however because it is a thinner veneer you can only do this a very limited number of times.
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Dec 01, 2015
    Check with Lumber Liquidator's, Lowe's or Home Depot's flooring specialists for what they recommend.
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Dec 01, 2015
    Here's a thought.......visit This Old House's website and ask Tom Silva. I'll bet he knows.
  • Kristin Topping Kristin Topping on Dec 04, 2015
    If you intend to install the floor yourself, engineered-wood flooring is usually the best bet unless you have a lot of experience with wood floor installation.Engineered-wood flooring is less expensive, easier to install, and—best of all—comes p refinished. The latter benefit eliminates the need for sanding and finishing the floor, dramatically simplifying the task.