Hi everyone, I'm new here. I had a water pipe leak (within my wall) that damaged my hallway, kitchen and guest bathroom flooring. The plumber fixed the pipe and the dryout company ripped out the flooring and drywall that was affected by the water and dried the areas out. Due to my low insurance limit, I am looking for ways to keep the repair costs down. My insurance adjuster suggested tearing out all of my flooring in the common area so the repair of my laminate flooring will look consistant. Unfortunately, his estimate exceeds my insurance limit. With this in mind, his assessed damages included replacing ALL of my flooring which connects to the hallway and kitchen. Replacing all of it is far larger and more expensive than fixing a section of it. After looking at the areas that need to be fixed, I am wondering if it is possible to "patch up" the areas rather than replace all of it. I have been warned that since my laminate is 6 years old, they may not carry the same color. I am not too worried about the bathroom because I had vinyl. I assume this is budget-friendlier? Also, would it be more cost effective to get work done by a flooring guy versus hired a gen contractor? I don't think a gen contractor will even waste his time on my repairs unless I plan on replacing all of my flooring. I am hoping to get bids in the next few days. What do I ask them when getting bids? This is my first time dealing with such large repairs so I am nervous. Sorry for all the questions. I just hope to learn more before diving into this project. Thanks for your input!