I have 200 square feet wood floors that do not appear to be hardwood, they are in pretty bad shape and need refinishing or replacing. The quotes we got for refinishing are $600. As I said the floor is not in great shape and at $600 I could get pre finished hardwood for the same price (although I would have to install my self).
The current floor is a little uneven and has some dips and water spots. If I were to install the floor my self, would it require doing anything major to the existing floor?
Can I install it right over the existing floor if I use an underlayment?
I've read that if you want to install a hardwood floor over an existing one you need to lay the boards perpendicular, but is this still true if you use an underlayment?
I am looking for some guidance here, I want to do it right-ish but also not break the bank.