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I live in an apartment with engineered hardwood floors that are glued down to concrete.
I have seen the process of replacing individual boards and it is quite messy. When I first moved in there was some damage and we had several boards replaced.
What I found at first is that one of the boards that was replaced had a tiny give to it and made a tiny creaking sound, likely due to the fact that they had to break the tongue in groove to replace the boards mid-room. This seems to not be as much of an issue now several months later.
Due to sloppy work replacing those boards I believe they have damaged other boards!
My question is - can a decent flooring company reliably replace individual boards in such a way that I will never know the difference or is it not worth doing?
sorry - bumping this back up - I know the gurus on this board can answer the question!
there is no "reliable" way to do this. i would think that by using a nail gun with a concrete nail, on top of the glue, you would get a better result. the other choice, if the damage is on the outer layer only is to sand, stain, poly.
if you were one of those who got hand scraped, you've been scraped and are screwed.
It is doable if using the exact same wood.
When I first moved in , some of the engineered flooring got scratched. They were able to replace a few sections without impacting the entire floor. It's noticeable in the beginning as the older tiles have reacted to the sunlight and the ones have not. Over time, it's not noticeable. If you aren't buying from the same supplier/product that might be tougher...