what did they do to these floors?

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Old 06-10-13, 02:00 PM
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what did they do to these floors?

I am looking at a house for sale and noticed some odd spots in the wood floors. It appears to be either some filler material or the under layer of something like engineered wood. I know next to nothing about flooring. Can anyone make a guess as to what type of floors these are and whether they can be refinished?

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Maybe the backing from some vinyl that was laid over the floor at some point ??

Usually wood floors can be sanded and refinished, it doesn't look like those would be the exception.
 
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If it is not on the surface, but smooth to the touch, it is a series of Bondo repairs. Possibly done to keep from catching socked feet in the splinters. Not sure.
 
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It's not something on top of the wood (like a vinyl backing). It seems to be below the level of the wood surface. A friend suggested that it may be some type of filler material that was used to repair cracks in the wood. Is there something like a liquid filler that could fill in cracks/holes that would have this gray plastic-like look?

<edit> Bondo repairs? This could well be what it is. When sanded down, would this appear smooth and sort of like plastic?
 

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Looks like there was insect damage and someone just filled it in with Bondo.
Check under the floors to see if you can see more damage that did not get filled in.
 
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You may be right, the termite report showed that the house needed fumigation. Maybe termites have been a problem for a while...
 
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