Can I Remove and Reuse Old Oak Hardwood Flooring?

Jake-

Our old family home was struck by a tornado and is now condemned. There is over 1000sf of beautiful 60 year old oak hardwood on the floors. Can this be removed and reused? If so, what would be the best way to go about it? We would love to use this wood in our home, both to save money and to remember the old home place.

Getting a feel for hardwood flooring

Jake,

I'm ready to lay hardwood flooring. It says to lay felt underneath. Is this the #15 tar paper felt used in roofing?

– Terry

Terry,

There are several reasons a felt type paper is installed below hardwood floor.  The paper helps control sound, adds a softening to the floor and acts as a vapor or moisture barrier.