Matching Existing Flooring San Francisco - Tamalpais Hardwood Floors

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Nothing captures a viewer’s eye quite like the rich luster of hardwood flooring. If you want to capture the beautiful look of hardwood floors throughout your home, then that decision can dramatically increase the value of your home. Hardwood flooring is a significant investment for a homeowner. Whether you’ve just recently moved into your new home and some old flooring needs replacing, or you’ve lived in the same house for years and just want to add more hardwood in with the current wood floor as part of your renovating project, it certainly is a challenging task matching an existing flooring in San Francisco with a new one. There are two choices when you extend your hardwood floors. One, you can choose a completely contrasting wood for the other rooms. Or, two, you can match your original hardwood floors.


Matching existing flooring in San Francisco

A new hardwood floor can dramatically increase the value of your home, but connecting an existing floor with a new one may pose problems. Thickness, color and layout variations disrupt what should be a uniform appearance between two rooms. Measures taken before, during or after installation of the new floor help minimize the differences. It helps to create a more seamless appearance.



The thickness of hardwood flooring boards is known as the profile, and profiles vary. Take it into consideration when matching an existing hardwood floor with a new one. If the subfloor is the same in both rooms, connecting the two rooms with an even floor shouldn’t be difficult. Since hardwood flooring boards are available in different thicknesses, it is essential that you purchase planks that are of the same profile to the ones already exist. Why? To create a seamless look. So before you visit a flooring dealer, take some time and measure the thickness of your existing flooring in San Francisco.


Solid or Pre-finished hardwood floors

Do you have solid or engineered hardwood floors? It’s much easier to match if you have solid hardwood flooring.  Solid hardwood is good for both longevity and flexibility in color matching. In most cases, solid hardwood runs ¾ inch thick. With a subfloor built in, you can lay hardwood flush against existing hardwood and match it up plank by plank. New boards should be slightly thicker. After the new solid floor is installed, the profile is reduced by sanding. It is important to match the plane of the old floor. Pre-finished hardwood is an exception. It is not sanded after installation, so the materials should match the profile of the old flooring. You have to possess the information about your manufacturer and item. If you can match the brand and the species, then the transition from one floor to the next should be no problem.


Species and grain

The next step is to identify the species and the grade of the wood. In many homes, oak hardwood flooring in San Francisco is a standard. There are many other options available. Even with oak, there are two options: red oak and white oak flooring. The red oak is the easiest to match. It can match floors 95% of the time.
If you are on wood, it can be different. How was the board pattern?

If you are dealing with the same type of wood, the grain of each individual plank could vary in appearance. How the board was cut at the mill determines the grain pattern.



Often people take into account the width and overlook the length when choosing their floor. A random length floor will look noticeably different to a floor made up of long lengths. This is usually the simplest to figure out. Just take a tape measure the current width of your wood. New boards are two and three-quarter inches wide. Old boards are often one and a half inches wide.



In general, if you have oak hardwood flooring in San Francisco, and choose a match of both species and grade, simply by refinishing the wood and staining will provide you with the overall look you desire. Staining to match can be difficult. Even if you are dealing with the same type of wood, the grain of each individual plank could vary in appearance. Also, the sanding process might make the newly-exposed wood more receptive to staining. It can leave the older wood with its more natural age-based fading. This is why reverting to the exact original stain color does not always work. However, you may be able to blend two different stains together. The other option is to use a new stain color that will match your existing wood.

Stain test

The most important thing to do is to test the stain on a very small area of the wood. Better test one that will not be too visible if the process goes wrong and does not produce a match. From there, you can see whether your stain needs to be lightened, darkened, or changed in tone.



Not all flooring in San Francisco has to match. In some cases, it’s better to make a transition as you move from space to space. Transition strips can help you adjust heights in doorways or change directions in the direction of the wood. It can help you change colors from space to space.


Pre-finished floor in a San Anselmo residence

We just finished a job in a San Anselmo residence. We installed a pre-finished Legno Bastone Pinot Grigio on the upper level of the house. The lower level had existing hardwood floors, which we refinished and stained to match the upper level of the house.


Floor installation is a tricky business, down to selecting the right flooring in San Francisco to match what you already have in your home. That’s why you need to make sure you have expert professional help. Working with Tamalpais Hardwood Floors you can simply show us the original work. Then we will decide how to match the new flooring to the old in the best way. We have 28 years of flooring experience in the Bay Area and Marin for all of your flooring needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us and get free estimates.


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