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Old 03-25-2015, 09:26 PM   #1
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Rippled Hardwood Floors

Hi guys,

First time poster here...
Bought our first house less than a year ago and I've been lurking around here almost the whole time, trying to be 'polite' & using the search feature before I ask questions. Was able to find most of the answers I needed.

Except for this issue we have here...

So, our house was built in 1980, Oak hardwood floors.
Being in the northeast, we had ice dams that leaked and damaged 6 rooms. To spare you guys a lot of grief, our hardwood floors are all rippled on the main floor.

We have quotes from 4 contractors, 2 say they can sand & refinish. The other 2 say they need to replace the floors because once moisture gets in, it needs to be replaced.

Insurance is paying for everything, so we're stuck between a company trying to save some money, a contractor trying to make some money, and us having a house that needs to be fixed. Can't see where anything can go wrong

Reasons we were giving for replacing the floors are:
- Ripples mean the floors are already squeezed tight and are about to buckle, they'll look good after sanding but if moisture level rises in the floors for any reason (humidity?), they'll ripple again and might actually buckle.
- Floors are protected from moisture from above by all the poly & chemicals applied. Since the moisture in our case came from under the floors (where the wood is not protected), this might cause mold

What do you guys think?
I'm a fan on the 'Do it once & do it right school', so if I'll have to argue a bit with insurance, I will.

Sorry for the long post
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:52 PM   #2
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REPLACE, There is never enough time to do it right the first time but always enough time to do it twice
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Very good chance there's going to be mold growing already under that flooring.
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