Questions tagged [flooring]

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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Can you install loft flooring on rafter ties?

I'm looking to floor the loft of my house for some light storage (mostly decorations and clothes) and have a potential idea that would not only give a better finished result but also save some time ...
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Are there any cons for installing hardwood floor room by room instead of all the floor at once?

This is about the main floor, around 1000sqft.The floor is an elongated rectangle with a third for the living which is wall to wall at one end of the rectangle and then a long hallway along the long ...
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What is the purpose of undercutting the plywood sheets used as subfloor in this video

The idea is to make the subfloor flat. By cutting the plywood that way the oposite is achieved the plywood will be more flexible and it will fillow the existing surface on which the subfloor is ...
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Vinyl plank installation near exterior doorway

I'm stumped trying to install vinyl plank in an exterior doorway. Our door trim and baseboards are flush - if I undercut the door trim, it seems like I need to undercut the baseboards or remove them ...
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What kind of adhesive is this and what will remove it easily?

I've been ripping all of the carpet out of our home. Everything was going great until I got to these stairs with this yellow-y stuff. It's very strange to me that it's only on this section of stairs ...
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Basement floor drain, sloped floor toward the drain. how do you install and preserve the slope for either porcelain or vinyl tiles?

I am being told that both have challenges as following: -porcelain tiles (in particular large ones -20"x20" is what I had in mind) will be difficult to slope without ending up with ...
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Good floor material for multi-purpose indoor sports court

We're building a new home and are considering a sports court that's large enough to play full-court pickleball. We want to be able to use the space for other activities as well, like basketball, ...
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Material options for protecting shed floor

I have a new shed (6x10) and it has a 12mm T&G board floor. This isn't the best for moving/rolling things around, so I'd like to put something over the top of it to help this, and also add some ...
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Leveling the floor before vinyl

I want to replace the vinyl flooring in the flat I bought, since the old one was full of bumps and bloated in some places. When I took the old one out, I noticed that it was very poorly done, with ...
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How to replace a wooden anchor in a decades-old concrete lintel

This is just below the flooring surface in a kitchen and inches from the back door out onto the garden. Camera is looking down - it's an inch and a half long. The 1971 concrete lintel has five of ...
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How to fasten 1/2" plywood underlayment to 1/2" plywood subfloor

I'm preparing my floor to install new 3/4" solid hardwood flooring. I started off ripping up the old carpet and 5/8" particleboard. That left the 1/2" plywood subfloor. My plan is to ...
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Low Profile Floor for Water Underfloor Heating retrofit?

I've installed a wet underfloor heating system over my ground floor subfloor and have just been told by a supplier that I can no longer buy the stiff boards that would have gone over the UFH and under ...
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How to fix vinyl baseboard cut lines in bathroom?

Is there a reason my contractor cut the floor baseboard in the bathroom like this? it looks messy, the cuts are blurry on camera but visible to person walking by. It seems to be every 4 ft. (1) Is ...
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Leaving room under baseboard to install vinyl over parquet later. Is it possible is it a good idea?

We just refinished the parquet we have in two of the basement rooms (a living and a master bedroom) I am going to install the baseboards this weekend I am not a big fan of the result but I am not in ...
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Protect OSB flooring from moisture

I built a 13x8 floor on concrete piers. The idea is to have an 8x8 sauna and an 5x8 deck. I knew I would have to trim siding of the outside front of the sauna to accommodate the 2x8 beams that are ...
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How to fix splatter stains and stains from sunlight (or rug?) on this wood (or fake wood?) floor

I don't know how to tell whether a floor is hardwood, engineered wood, laminate, vinyl plank, vinyl tile, vinyl sheet, linoleum, bamboo, etc. So I don't know what type of floor this is in my home ...
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Material choice for a rigid spacer between a stem wall, floating floor and plaster stop?

By design, I have a ~1-1/2" vertical and horizontal gap between the floating hardwood floor I installed and the metal plaster stop at the base of the interior walls, as shown below: . As shown ...
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Covering basement floor containing asbestos

I have a house built in 1968 and in the basement the floor is covered with 12X12 vinyl tile. I had sent the sample for asbestos testing and it came back negative for tile itself however the black ...
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Hardwood flooring installation

We have 1/2” particle board over 3/4” plywood. Can we install real hardwood over both? We now have carpet which we want to replace.
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How do I fix a low spot under vinyl plank flooring?

There is a low area right beside my island where two planks abut. One of the planks at its edge where they abut can be pushed down with the weight of a chair or a foot. It is a small area maybe 2 x 1 ...
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Why do they use a spray gun to apply stain to decks but not to hardwood floors?

I am seeing that a spray gun+ air compressor can be used to spray stain on decks. Why can't this be done the same way on hardwood floors?
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Can you /should you use a roller to apply stain to hardwood floor (parquet in my case)

Can you /should you use a roller to apply a finish to hardwood floor (parquet in my case)? I am seeing lots of videos with guys using a rag to apply the stain, that looks very tedious and time ...
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Can I lime wash a slate tile floor?

Is it possible to use lime wash on slate tile floors? We are renovating a home and we’re wanting to try this but I’m uncertain if it can be done on slate.
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Removing grout haze from quarry tile

After grouting about 75 sqft of a 225 sqft quarry tile room we noticed some pretty bad grout haze. I've since learned that with quarry tile it's recommended to seal the tile prior to grouting to help ...
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Are my ceilings and flooring going to cave in?

Bought house a year ago. I can feel the wood upstairs has moved. Some areas sag bad, others the wood has lifted. The ceilings on first floor below have cracked and I can see the indentations all over. ...
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Is installing laminate over parquet safe moisture trapping wise? It is old parquet no barrier underneath, straight on the concrete

So I am reading this article which sounds like a relief to me. It says that you can safely install laminate flooring over parquet as long as it is flat and without defects. In my case it is a basement ...
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How can I cheaply make my scraped linoleum floor more bearable?

My small kitchen's linoleum floor has many scrapes, some of which a former owner successfully filled with something grey like automotive Bondo? I have a strong back but my knees are bad. My mobile ...
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Polyurethane cracking/bubbling on hardwood floor

Hi all I’ve recently stained and polyurethaned my hardwood floors using an oil based poly but I’ve noticed it has started to crack/bubble because I stupidly decided to put 97% isopropyl alcohol on a ...
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At what point should I replace wooden floor boards on second storey

The floor on the second storey of my house is wooden floor boards laid in one direction between supporting beams at end end. Each board is 300 x 2600 x 55 and is wooden. What is the likelihood that ...
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Long crack in I joist flange

Found a nasty crack in one of our I joists and need advice. Should I get a structural engineer over here asap or try to repair it? It’s over a foot long. Our shop was built in 2020, so I’m surprised ...
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Replacing portion of marble floor that blocks appliance removal?

A couple years ago had an incident where the dishwasher needed to be replaced. The previous owner had replaced the tiled floor with 3/4" marble slabs, which prevented the removal of the old ...
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Porcelein tiles transition under the garage door of a heated garage

I am installing 600x600x10 mm porcelain tiles on existing concrete floor in a garage. I am not sure what would be the best way to transition between inside and outside with the tiles. I'm using ...
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Should I install self-leveling material over or under backer board?

Redoing a master bath. Right now it has OSB Subfloor down. The floor varies in how level it is some parts are 1/4" to 3/4" off. I was planning on putting down 1/4" HardieBacker board ...
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USG Fiberock underlayment used for tile installation

I reinstalled the tiles in the laundry room and the installer used USG Fiberock, instead of Hardiebacker - as initially told me. He’s telling me that USG Fiberock is good for laundry room. But now I ...
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Do I need to add Mapei Mapelastic AquaDefence over the plywood or over the hardiebacker?

Do I need to add Mapei Mapelastic AquaDefence over the plywood or over the hardiebacker or none? I’m installing the flooring tiles in the laundry room. I am going to have hardiebacker screwed to ...
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Adding a half inch of height to subfloor for laying floating porcelain tile

I am laying floating porcelain tile that is a half inch thick. I also have to lay down an underlayment under the tile. After accounting for both of these items I come up about a half inch too short ...
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Replacing "bubbling" hardwood floor with carpet

My house has solid stone walls and it's in a humid climate (Wales, UK). When I moved in the ground floor living room floor was floating hardwood on top of a layer of fibreboard on top of a concrete ...
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How to remove the fireplace hearth

I have removed a fire place surround. And removed the piece that sat on the floor in front of the fire. Before removal But after removal there is some kind of cement that is on the floor in front and ...
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How can I best repair separated wood floor boards?

There are two 20 foot long wall to wall separations that have occurred in our oak floor over a period of several years. The boards are 2" wide and the picture is an accurate representation of the ...
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Carpet squeaky, SqueakNoMore Drill Settings

I am using a Squeak No More Kit to fix up a squeaky, creaky carpet. For my power drill, what should my (a) gear switch and (b) torque control be set at? This is used to drill plywood subfloor into a ...
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Why can't you install larger floor tiles without thinset/adhesive?

I can understand the need for adhesive for wall tiles. But if you have a flat floor, and medium to large tiles, why can't you just lay your floor tiles on the floor without any thinset and grout it. ...
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Is this a load-bearing wall?

This house has 2 5/8" x 8" (true dimensions) floor joists on 16" centers spanning roughly 23' on the first floor. The house is 2 stories with a 50 PSF load. There is a wall in the ...
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Black grout leaves porcelain tile pockmarked

I am applying Prism Charcoal color grout to this exact brand of small hexagonal porcelain tile and there is a very noticeable collection of black dots on all tiles (see below) after wiping. Nothing ...
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Luxury vinyl flooring and above grade hot humid vapor pull

I've witnessed first hand that a strong vapor pull from a crawlspace up through the subfloor can happen when there is a big temperature difference. In this case a single room was cooled to 68 degrees ...
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How much of a flat slope is acceptable when using floating LVP?

Is a 1/4" slope over an 8' length hallway too much for floating LVP ~ the floor is completely flat but it slopes towards the back door. The LVP seams will run across the hallway, not lengthwise.
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Carpet Tile for maintaining Squeak subfloor

I live in a larger two story 2000ft condo, where there are problems with carpet subfloor making squeaking sounds. After investigation, its due to loose subfloor screws or not being properly screwed ...
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Does Carpet Tile require use of a Plastic carpet protector?

I use a plastic chair protector with my office chair. Right now its sitting in the middle of the room and looks ugly. In renovation, we are thinking of getting "carpet tile". Would getting ...
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Hardwood Flooring around Floor to Ceiling Windows

we are in the mist of installing 3/4" hardwood flooring in the house. The great room has several floor to ceiling windows, including around the front door. In the bedrooms and hallway we did not ...
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Carpet and Padding Type for Exercise and Floor Pressure, Seen in Hotels

I am doing exercise, light weightlifting, aerobics, and yoga on carpet. I use exercise mat, however I noticed its not enough. What is good type of carpet and padding, that holds up to exercise ...
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Carpet makes Whistling Sound

My carpet is around 5 years old. Now its starting to make a whistling sound stepping on it. I started doing Yoga/Stretching recently with a proper yoga mat. It requires lot of deep stretch which may ...
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