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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What could cause my Kitchen tile flooring to come loose and start lifting?

My kitchen tile flooring was subject to water infusion when it was submerged in several inches of water for six hours, due to a leak in our plumbing. Now the 2' by 2' tile and mortared joints are ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I fix a good size gouge in my faux wood vinyl floor?

We have faux wood laminant through out our kitchen.We had to move the refridgerator and when doing so we gouged(with a crease) the flooring.We are trying to sell the house and would like to try to ...
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What can I do about joist framing in brick pockets that is uneven and loose?

A 100 year old house with solid cement then brick structure has old floor joists in brick pockets. The joists are 2 by 8 and 2 by 10 inches and spaced about 19 inches apart and not consistently so. ...
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How do I replace the front door on a stucco house?

I'm going to be taking out the various floors that have been laid in our house down to the sub floor so wood flooring can be laid. But in doing so the floor will be about 1 inch lower than what it ...
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How do I install vapor-retarder underlayment paper under vinyl floor planks?

Do I overlap the sheets of paper or are the seams supposed to lay flat against each other? Is it okay to use nails to hold it down, or does it have to be stapled? Can I use silicone to seal the ...
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Should I carpet the stairs or install hardwood flooring first?

I will have hardwood on my first floor and carpet on the stairs and 2nd floor. My question is: regarding the transition, is it better to carpet the stairs first and then do the hardwood (as to avoid ...
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How should I remove carpet in preparation for sanding and polishing floorboards?

I have a bedroom I want to convert into a nursery. The room's mostly carpeted, with a small section missing where a wardrobe was built in. From what I can see, it's just carpet over floorboards, no ...
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Do I need to do more prep work on this cement floor before putting in new tile?

In my basement i have a poured concrete floor, and we're re-doing the bathroom down there. It used to have Vinyl flooring, and we ripped it all up. The top vinyl part came up easily, but it left a bit ...
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is cork underlayment on a concrete basement floor a workable proposition?

Next up in my basement finish process are the floors. We've decided to go with vinyl for the bathroom (and under-stairs closet), and carpet everywhere else. I'm planning on putting in a 6mil plastic ...
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How do I finish a concrete floorÉ

My basement has a concrete floor that is all jagged. It`s missing about 1 1/2 inches of concrete to be even with everything else....what do I do?? Will self-leveling cement adhere to such a ...
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Tile basement bathroom over cracks without Ditra

I am tiling a basement bathroom that is 5 feet by 6 feet. It has a crack running the entire length of the bathroom as well as a small hairline crack near the toilet. I've read that Ditra is the best ...
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Fixing floor border in the gap between hardwood floor panel and tiles

We have recently ripped out old carpets and replaced them with wooden floor panels. In some places there is a gap between the wooden floor panels and tiles ( in the chimney).... How do I fix floor ...
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Is 1/2“ OSB over old hardwood flooring a good base for 1/2” engineered solid bamboo?

I have a house built in the 40's the hardwood is disgusting. We like a more contemporary/modern look. So we bought a 5 1/4" wide solid bamboo stranded. I don't want to pull up all of the old flooring ...
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Replacing new tile incorrectly laid

My installer is having to go behind himself and relay the porcelain tiles in my kitchen and dining room. He used Ditra and says that he can reuse what's down there. Some places have been torn thru ...
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HELP! Upgrading my kitchen to ceramic tile floor

So, I've decided to take on this big project. I have a 1/2" plywood subfloor with 3/4" MDF on top. Should I rip out my entire subfloor add a 3/4" t&g plywood then lay 1/2" plywood on top or am I ...
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Waterproofing sub & top floor for balcony

I have a 27 X 10 feet open balcony. I replaced the Plywood floor it had with 3/4 Plywood which I used as sub floor and covered it with different lengths (from 12 in to 32 in) of 2 by 4 studs. I ...
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Any suggestions for 3 1/4 base moulding when installing laminate? Should I remove and replace or install quarter round?

I want to install laminate over my existing tile floor. The problem is that I have small 3 1/4 baseboards. If I don't remove the base moldings and install quarter rounds I think it will look ...
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Should I put a moisture barrier under tile on a basement floor?

I bought porcelain tile for my basement.. Should I put Ditra down in order to prevent any moisture? Is there a cheaper way? I had tile put in the other room and there is white powder that comes up ...
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Floor advice - gaps, leveling, sound improvements and materials

I am a new homeowner and thus new avid DIY enthusiast :) We recently had a new radiator installed and relocated, and had to remove all the existing materials. This is what I discovered (see image) ...
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laminated flooring vs OSB

I'm considering the option of using OSB(10mm+ thick) in stead of laminated flooring, the floor is currently just concrete, on top of which there's linoleum on top of which there's a carpet. What I'm ...
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Will the door I wish to build last using my method?

I am new to this forum and am glad to now be a part of what seems like a knowledgeable friendly community. I have a question about a method I used to make my front door. The reason I am asking is that ...
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Will porcelain tile provide enough thermal mass for off peak heat storage?

The U.S. department of energy suggests electric radiant heat can be cost effective if preheated during off peak electricity hours if installed within an appropriately massive covering. Is there a way ...
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How to remove tar left over from old floor carpet?

Redoing bathroom floors and under the tiles there was really old carpet. I was able to remove the upper layer of it, but there is a tar-like substance stuck on the wooden floor that is very difficult ...
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Can I install T&G Bamboo floor over a sagging subfloor?

The subfloor dips about an inch on one axis across the middle of the room. Structurally, I think this is due to old and rectified foundation issues. Since the dip is just 1-dimensional, can I install ...
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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 clean paint and glue from bluestone?

I have Bluestone interior floors in new construction. Ready to finish but slight paint overspray and several glue spots. Is there a problem using a diluted muriatic acid to clean?
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What is the sandy substance underneath my old ceramic tiles and what preparation should I do before installing a new one?

We are removing old ceramic tile from a cement floor. There is a sandy substance underneath. Do I have to remove the cement or can I just sweep this substance off and continue installing ceramic ...
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Click vinyl on basement floor with drain

I have a basement with a grade leading to a drain in the floor. The previous owner added a wall over the drain and put self-levelling cement on one side of the wall, over top of existing linoleum ...
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Porcelain vs ceramic tile for the whole house

I am in the process of installing new floor in my house. I have been told by a friend that porcelain tile is a lot harder and more durable than ceramic tile and therefore better. Another friend told ...
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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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how to level uneven plywood floor for tiling?

I have an old house that's built on pillars and has shifted a little over time. We are remodeling the kitchen and just ripped up many layers of creatively installed flooring. We are down to the ...
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Is grout required when installing luxury vinyl tile flooring?

My wife and I are redoing two bathrooms. My wife hates ceramic tile due to mold issues here in the South Eastern US and generally not liking the grout which requires frequent cleaning and resealing. ...
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Can I repair the floor in the water heater closet with an old street sign?

Can I use an old aluminum road sign as a replacement floor for my hot water heater closet? The old floor is rotten and has some give to it right where a portion of my hot water heater sits, and my dad ...
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Slope floor to create tension in wood

My house sits on 42 wood posts. I adjusted at each post to induce a 1/4 % slope (1/4" per 96") for tension 12 years ago. Cold winters cause movements...cracks walls (fixable). External posts that ...
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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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Interested in home will mold problem . Can mold be in carpeting? Howe do i remove

Interested in purchasing a home that has been empty for several years. Has a little mold on upstairs walls able to take care of that. One room has ceiling repairs with mold. Can the mold go up into ...
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Raising an existing concrete floor

I have a sunroom with ceramic floor tile over a concrete slab. I have two steps down which are not to code. One is 9 inches deep and the second is 10 inches deep to the floor. I would need to raise ...
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Trapdoor: which first, frame or floor?

I'm installing a trapdoor to provide easier access to the basement. This is the first step in a kitchen renovation so I've also taken up the laminate flooring. The hole for the trapdoor is already ...
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Can I install used hardwood flooring?

I'm looking to install recycled hardwood. During the demo most of the bottom part of the grooves has been broken off. Will the effect how well it will stay down after it's installed?
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Tongue groove wood flooring - oops, I cut them both off

I am installing strand-woven bamboo flooring. One end is grooved, the other has a tongue. Typically, I cut the tongue side to width and use that at the start of my row. Then I add a full-length ...
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How to improve garage floor look and color?

Here is a image of my garage floor. Hi-Res Link This is after a professional high pressure water cleaning contractor that used degreaser and bicarb soda chemicals to try to rid the floor of oil ...
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Second floor leveling question

I have just recently purchased a business that has a large house on the property built in the 20's. Over time due to settling and likely some botched repairs the floor on the second floors slopes ...
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What causes uneven floors and can they be fixed?

I've seen two distinct cases. In the house I currently live in, the largest room in the basement has a floor that is uneven. Basically it dips lower towards the middle of the room. I presume this is ...
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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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Shower floor is in bad shape - what options do we have?

We've asked for a quick estimate from the guy doing our laminate, and he said it's not worth it to re-grout. He also said there's no way to just remove the old tile, since the floor is slightly water ...
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How can I calculate the effects a floor coverings thermal conductivity will have on my heating costs?

We are choosing between laminate and plastic flooring over water based underfloor heating (heat pipes laid in the screed floor over thick concrete). Laminate floorings have a thermal resistance of ...