I ripped up a portion of my carpet and found wood underneath. Problem is: I can't tell if what I'm looking at is just subflooring or potentially the original hardwood. I've ask people who know more about flooring than I do and have gotten mixed responses. So before bringing in an expert, is there another way I can tell? I'd love to have them restored.
Details about what I see/feel
- Feel rough to the touch, like it's unfinished (at least in the part I can feel)
- Seems to run under the tile in the adjoining bathroom
- There's a visible nail
- It appears to be planks - I can see the splits between the different planks
Possibly helpful details about house:
- California (deep country, not the city)
- House was built in 1968
- House was remodeled in 2017, that's when the carpet was put down (I think, we only bought it a couple years back) - Edit: The remodel was DIY, so "best practice" isn't exactly a factor here.
- No basement, no floor vents
OK, first off, thank you everyone who has taken just as much of interest as to what is under my carpets as I have. So, the portion in the attached photo is in a doorway, so it's not quite as simple as a corner of the room. Instead of lifting more of that area, I went into the closet and ripped the carpet. I was surprised to find what is DEFINITELY plywood under there. The look and feel is completely different than what is pictured and when I tap it, it feels different (more hallow?) than when I tap what is pictured above (which feels sturdy). The flooring under my closet carpet is like what IKEA furniture is made of. And after comparing a couple of closets, the base of the carpet sits about 1/4" higher than the room flooring. Is it unusual to have different kinds of subflooring?
Crazy concept/question: I KNOW the previous home owners did their own remodeling. I went around the house comparing floor height, floor moulding, and firmness under my feet... is it possible that someone doing their own floors who didn't know much about flooring put additional subfloor on top of hardwood in some locations? Keep in mind, I know absolutely nothing about flooring myself so for all I know this could be standard procedures. Alternative: I pulled up another side of the same room as pictured. It also appears to be plywood, and looks completely different than the picture. About halfway through the room, there's a distinct difference in the way the floor feels. I wonder if part of the subfloor was repaired/replaced when the carpet was put in...