Please help! I am new to this forum and a fairly inexperienced with remodel projects. My husband and I just bought a house (built in 1996) which needs some serious flooring updates. Much of the first floor has fairly worn red oak. Unfortunately, the dining room is carpeted, which would be a disaster for us since we have a toddler. So... we were thinking that we would purchase unfinished red oak to extend into the dining area and sand, stain, and refinish (actually have someone else sand, stain, refinish) the old stuff to match at the same time. However, we are being pressured by a designer (who works for the flooring store) to remove our existing red oak and replace everything with engineered hardwood. My gut reaction is that this is a mistake, but the designer makes some compelling arguments: 1). Our current floor is very generic wood and will not look nice even after being refinished. 2). The durability of the solid wood will be decreased with an onsite refinish as it is difficult to use more than 2 or 3 coats of sealant for an onsite job. I worry that removing the existing wood will decrease the value of our home and we will be unhappy choosing an engineered hardwood long-term. It is difficult to find someone who knows flooring products that will give us an unbiased answer. Any thoughts?