My wife and I are wanting to purchase a home that has a 3 yr old Mannington, Gold series, natural maple hard wood floor. The current owner has portions of the floor covered with rugs. The floor under the rug is white, like maple, however, where there are no rugs, the floor is amber. Mannington says that this is normal and recommends that furnature and rugs be rearranged periodically to prevent this "aging".
We have contacted several local flooring contractors which recommend sanding and applying poly-urethane, however, there are mixed opinions on the success of this solution. Initial sanding of the "amberized area" makes the floor appear to be close to the original color under the rugs, however, some of the contractors say that the wood has aged and that the poly-urethane will bring out the amber after it is applied.
Can the color difference be corrected? Is the solution to cover the lighter areas with rugs forever? Or is the only solution to replace the flooring? We like the home, but do not want to purchase an expensive problem.