Matching red and white oak flooring


Old 05-15-08, 11:17 PM
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Matching red and white oak flooring

I have a contractor putting on a fairly large addition to a vacation home. I asked him to make sure the new hard wood floor matched the existing hard wood floor. The contractor wanted to put down a prefinished floor which I did not think matched the existing floor. Since this was for a vacation home in a remote area, I asked for an opinion from a flooring specialist close to me. I was told the most important thing was to make certain the wood laid is the same as the existing wood. I told my contractor that the new wood must be the same as the existing. He assured me I had white oak flooring. Once the floor was laid, they could not find a stain that was even remotely close to the existing floor. I finally figured out after much research, they must have laid white oak next to red oak. The contractor seems to think it is my fault because I did not let him install a prefinished floor. The rooms are open and flow into one another. I haven't slept well in days and don't know how to deal with this. It would be very costly to replace the flooring in three rooms and a large area of hallway. What should I do?
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Old 05-16-08, 09:30 AM
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Go to a paint store and explain the problem. Bring a sample of the old floor for comparison and some of the new flooring on which they can experminent to create a matching stain color for you. Keep in mind they will never exactly match, as red and white oak have a different grain pattern. Should, however, be able to match the color well enough that only you know.
Old 05-16-08, 09:49 AM
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Red oak and white oak flooring

Thanks for your reply. The contractor removed both thresholds which had the old flooring and took them to a paint store. They said they tried for two hours to match the stain and couldn't. When I went to the vacation house for the week-end, I asked for the old floor boards. They said they threw them away. There are no easy samples of the old floor available. The old flooring was a lovely amber yellow which they can not duplicate. The new floor is more tanish brown but has a nice appearance. I suggested they sand and stain the old floor but now they tell me they will not be able to match the old floor to the new.

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