For questions regarding various types of floor coverings in general, including hardwood and laminate board, tile, carpet, and sheet flooring (linoleum/vinyl). For questions about the structure beneath this top layer, please see the "floor" tag.

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Do I really have to cut my wood flooring to a 1 inch width?

So my flooring in almost done, I have about 99% of it installed. The only problem is that the gap between the last board and the wall is only 1 1/2 inches. Is my only option really to cut down these ...
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How to get rid of moisture in hardwood flooring?

We have recently come to a halt with our building due to our hardwood floorboards cupping and swelling in several places.(Boards were acclimatized for several months before installation) They were ...
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Does it make sense to paint floors prior to installing laminate flooring?

I am building a new home & am taken aback by all of the never ending dust. Does it make sense to paint the subfloors prior to installing the flooring, in order to seal the dust. We have swept ...
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How can I remove tile grout from floorboards?

We've removed old ceramic tiles that cover a tongue and groove bathroom floor. What is a good way to remove the hard tile grout that now covers the floor? EDIT: updated title as we've found Rimu is ...
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Is this a scuff on my hardwood floor? How can I fix it?

We've tried using a whole bunch of wood cleaning products for this and similar marks on our floor, but nothing seems to work. What exactly am I dealing with here and how can I fix it?
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Raise concrete floor with carpet to same height as adjoining floor

My living room has a concrete floor and adjoins my dining room. The dining room used to be a kitchen in a pre-extension life and has a screed floor. The screed floor is about 20mm higher than the ...
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How can I create an “invisible” transition between different flooring types?

I am looking for a flooring transition for tile to hardwood, tile to laminate, and laminate to hardwood. I really do not like the transitions that are raised above the rest of the floor. All of the ...
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How can I paint/stain an interior concrete floor?

I have a very lovable aging bulldog who has peed on the wall-to-wall carpet enough that I'm ripping it out. It's over twenty years old anyway. The subfloor is a concrete slab. My goal is to make the ...
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What is the best flooring for my basement?

I live in Michigan, where humidity is fairly high. I have a 70 pint dehumidifier that works great. I also have a sump pump and water powered backup sump pump. I am looking to floor my basement ...
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Trouble removing vinyl tile and underlayment from wood flooring

I'm in the middle of remodeling my half bathroom and have run into a sticky situation with the existing flooring. My goal is to remove it and refinish the flooring beneath, much like has been done for ...
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Addressing un-level floor when using ceramic tile

I am refinishing my bathroom, and a near-future task is flooring. I'm going to be using the Schluter Ditra product rather than hardiboard and I've built up the floor and subfloor for a combined ...
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options for new floor over concrete slab

I am in the middle of a basement renovation, roughly 1000 sq feet. The existing floor is some sort of vinyl sheet material over concrete slab. There is an existing floor drain in the current washing ...
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How do I fix bumps in carpet that only appear when it's warm and humid?

We put all new carpeting in our church worship area in 2007. The church is on a floating slab and in the summer when the humdity comes, we get serious bumps in the carpet. Some can be as long as ...
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Methods for dampening condo floor noise?

I recently purchased a top level condo with floating bamboo floors. My HOA doesn't have any rules around hardwood floor installation and I think that whoever installed these floors didn't put a very ...
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Add floor framing using joist hangers?

I have a single story ranch where a corner of the house I believe was a car port. The roof line and walls all are framed such that it was always under the roof and considered part of the house, ...
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What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?

I'm thinking of installing laminate flooring and have a question: If I'm installing laminate throughout the house, should ALL of it be going in the same direction? Say for example, let's say I have ...
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What type and thickness of glass to use for floor over stairs?

We have created a new loft room and over the already built stairs, the covering over the deepest part of the stairs is a plywood covering. I would like to replace this with glass that will be tough ...
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How can I repair the damage to this wood floor?

We just moved into a new house, and the flooring in the entrance and kitchen is a little beat up. I am not sure if it is hardwood or laminate flooring. There are some spare boards in the attic ...
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Can I install hardwood floors (not floating) on a concrete floor?

We have recently bought an old house, and the ground floor has a hard floor and is currently covered in tongue and groove laminate - which we hate. We'd like to put reclaimed floorboards down - is ...
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Filling holes in floor where heating ducts used to be?

I just bought a house which has been converted from forced air to hot water baseboard heating. Someone removed all of the ducts, but left the register covers in all of the floors on the first floor. ...
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Defeating hardwood-marring kids and dogs by using hardwood that's already marred (distressed)

I want to replace carpet with hardwood, but have a dog and a kid, and have heard horror stories of them scratching and marring the pretty surface. So I'm considering a different approach: buying ...
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How can I remove laminate flooring from an oddly shaped hallway without destroying it?

I have a locking laminate floor that runs continuously through two large rooms and down a narrow hallway. The boards run length-wise down the hallway, and through the large room--the hallway "rows" ...
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What is recommended to install hardwood floor on slab in Tampa, FL?

Am building a new home in Tampa, FL and considering engineered hardwood floors throughout except baths and utility. The builder does provide the option but they seem quite expensive. I'm thinking ...
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How do I repair nail holes in cement board?

The transition strip between my tile bathroom floor and my carpeted bedroom floor is coming up. The nails that (should) hold the transition strip in place are nailed into what looks like concrete ...
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How to remove floor adhesive from concrete?

The problem is aggravated by the presence of underlayment. When engineered hadrwood flooring was removed, some underlayment was removed with it, and some stayed glued to the floor. What is the best ...
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How do I ensure my first row of hardwood flooring is straight?

Still preparing to install Bruce 3/4" pre-finished nail down Hickory hardwood flooring. I'm a little tentative (overly cautious according to the wife) about getting started. I've done a lot of ...
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Should a skirt board on a stair case be installed over the treads?

I am working on a project to replace my stair treads. The current treads show an ugly gap between the end of the tread and the existing skirt board. The current skirt board was installed before the ...
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how to install pre-finished hardwood floors?

I have pulled up the carpet in my bedroom and got down to the plywood subfloor. Do I have to prepare the plywood or lay anything down prior to placing the lengths of 3/4" oak flooring down (and ...
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What hardwood flooring is recommended for high traffic areas?

I am having a house built and the developer wanted to charge me $10/sq ft for the cheapest $3/sq ft Bruce Oak, and more for anything better quality. There was no charge for Vinyl so, I had them put ...
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How do I fix a squeaky carpeted floor given that scored screws don't help?

My flooring--second story, carpeted--squeaks. I tried the scored screws solution answered in this question. I covered the entire room and adjacent hallway with scored screws on all the joists, every ...
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Do I really need an expansion gap around the entire hardwood floor?

I'm preparing to install Bruce 3/4" pre-finished nail down Hickory hardwood flooring in my dining, and living rooms. Currently there is a wood transition piece between the dining room and kitchen, ...
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How can I fix an unlevel bathroom concrete floor?

In our very small bathroom (in a slab home) we have an uneven concrete floor. There is a ⅝" inch gap between the baseboard and vinyl that travels about 15½" along the baseboard. (The ...
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What is open time, working time for adhesive?

Most floor adhesives specify open time and working time. The instructions on the can of glue do not spell out the meaning of these terms. Looking on the Internet yields ambiguous results. To my best ...
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What kind of thinset should I use on porcelain?

I found some porcelain tiles that look like the wood planks, they are 6x24 and I am having trouble figuring out what kind of thinset and trowel I should use.
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Why is this plywood missing the grades?

I went to Home Depot to find some 3/4" tongue and groove plywood for a flooring project and what I saw was this: RATED STURD-I-FLOOR 24oc T&G NET WIDTH 47-1/2" EXPOSURE 1 --282-- RS1-07 ...
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Do I have to replace backerboard before tiling a floor?

We recently pulled up the vinyl in our bathroom to discover that there is backerboard underneath. It is in good shape but has a thin layer of glue on parts. The surface is completely smooth. Can I ...
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Starting row of laminate flooring

Just wondering how to start the 1st row of laminate flooring. I have a door to deal with right off the bat. Wondering which is the better option (see diagram). This diagram is not to scale. The wall ...
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Installation of underfloor heating matt over 2 floors with different heights

Just knocked through to make a kitchen diner. I have got 1x parquet wooden floor and 1x concrete floor with a height difference of about 4mm now. Plan is to install under floor heating (matting ...
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How can I sand 1/2 inch hardwood floors?

I need to refinish the hardwood floors in my new house. I was going to rent one of those giant drum sanders to do the job, but everywhere I read says that unless the floor is 3/4 inch thick, you ...
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How to tell if a carpeted floor is level enough for laminate flooring?

We want to install laminate flooring in our family room, and had someone out to measure the room and bid on the job. He claims that there's a hump in the floor that makes it impractical to install ...
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For new construction, which flooring is greener: laminate or engineered?

For new construction, which flooring is greener, an engineered hardwood or a laminate.
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What underlayment should I use to reduce traffic noise under a hardwood or bamboo floor?

I'm in the process of renovating the 2nd story of my New England 1.5 story cape-style home. New OSB subfloors are down with Liquid Nails and deck screws over 5 weeks ago. I'm on to flooring now. I ...
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How can I fix a bathtub that was not set properly?

I think the floor was not prepped correctly. The tub creaks a lot and there is a great deal of vertical play when standing and moving around. The tub does appear to be level, so I don't think that's ...
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Should I remove baseboards prior to installing laminate or wood floors?

I recently bought around 650sft of laminate floors, to replace around 570sft of carpeted floors in our MN home. These will go in on the main floor, right above an unfinished basement. I'm planning on ...
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How can I protect my hardwood floors from water damage?

I just bought a home with hardwood floors everywhere, including the bathrooms. While this is nice, I worry that they will be damaged by constant exposure to water. Is there anything I can do to ...
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Ecologoic sealing “natural” stone floor indoors (impregnation)

I just finished to lay out natural stone tiles and was about to put on a chemical sealer I brought along with the stones (see this French product site, sorry, I can't find an english page), when I ...
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How do I tile over a leveled floor with a feathered edge?

I have a laundry room in a home I just bought which had some unseen water damage. They originally had the sticky vinyl tiles on there which I pulled up. The concrete underneath was pitted and uneven. ...
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Do I need to put mortar between wood and backerboard on a mixed wood/tile floor?

We have a hardwood insert on our kitchen floor and we will be surrounding it with slate tile. Also the room next to the kitchen is all hardwood floor. Our heights are correct for the tile (with the ...
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How do I finish a pine wood floor so that it can be waxed?

My house has pine floors in the kitchen and upstairs, and its finish has almost entirely rubbed off, and is now showing bare wood. I'm interested in applying a wax (or maybe oil?) finish on it (mostly ...
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How can I remedy a slight bump underneath my new hardwood floor?

I recently installed some hardwood floor in my living room / kitchen. I'm very happy with the job I did except for one strip of hardwood. The problem is I can feel the some part of the sub-floor ...