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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Suggested underlayment or subfloor for modern plank flooring?

It seems laminate plank or vinyl plank flooring is becoming overly popular. Ranging from $1.50 a square foot up to over $6 a square foot it sure is a wide range. I'm seeing the higher end floors come ...
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What is this layer of material in the kitchen floor?

I have decided to replace the linoleum flooring in my kitchen with a layer of LVT Underlayment, and then Vinyl plank flooring. There were sections of the original floor that were not covered by the ...
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Matte hardwood flooring

I had my floors refinished in a water based Matte sheen. They have no life. Can I add a coat of satin to at least give them a little shine?
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Distributed expansion gaps in solid hardwood flooring

I am planning to install prefinished solid 3 1/4" wide by 3/4" thick ash hardwood in my home using 2" cleats. I live in Canada, so the average indoor humidity difference between winter and summer is ...
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Can I tile over white paint?

Through out the house there is this white substance on the concrete that looks similar to white paint. There use to be carpet with the first owner of the house hence the brown glue, and then there was ...
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Help! Large gaping on newly installed solid bamboo floors

Im in a dilemma with flooring. We had our old laminate flooring removed and replaced with solid strand woven click lock bamboo. We used what we though was a reputable company, they had insurance, ...
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Engineered hardwood over uneven basement subfloor?

I purchased a house 2 years ago with a partially unfinished basement but had all the supplies to finish. I am getting around to doing the flooring soon. I have nice oak engineered hardwood flooring ...
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Removing old rock hard adhesive from concrete floor

i have removed the old ceramic tile that was put down on top of linoleum. It came up easier because of that but I now am being told that the old rock hard glue or backing has to come up. I have tried ...
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Front Door and Foyer tile

We want to replace the tile floor in our foyer. It looks like the previous owners installed Hardy board and tile over top of the 2” Oak hardwood. So we will rip up all of it to the subfloor, put a 1/4”...
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Vinyl Tile Crackling Noise When Walking On It

I recently installed standard self-adhesive vinyl tile in a section of my basement. I cleaned the painted concrete and the surface was generally flat but it isn't perfectly smooth. There were some ...
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How to trim between wood floor and circular opening for spiral stairs

I recently replaced the carpet in my attic with a floating mdf backed engineered hardwood floor. the attic has a circular opening in the floor for a spiral staircase. The face of the opening is 3/8" ...
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Doorway transition between hardwood and floating bamboo with different heights

We have hardwood in our whole main level except for a study that had carpet. I've pulled up the carpet and have been replacing it with floating click bamboo. I'm trying to figure out what to do with ...
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How to fix a levelled flooring to a sloped flooring

I currently have a large open air terrace that has been tiled without a slope for the drain. When the contractors layed the concrete flooring they did not add a slope to allow for drainage and tiled ...
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Advice on building a livable cabin floor on a concrete slab with insulation and plywood

I'm planning to build a 10 x 12 living space based on a shed design. The shed will rest on an existing concrete slab therefore my plan is to lay 6 mil polyethethylene sheeting and foam board ...
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what ground cover to use under bike storage shelter?

I recently built a lean-to style bike shelter in the yard; no walls, with a sloping roof, and big enough for 4 or 5 bikes. At the moment it's bare earth on the ground, does anyone have any ...
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Thicker epoxy rather than grinding concrete substrate to achieve smoothness

I am covering my basement apartment's concrete floors with epoxy. The concrete is very well done (self done, been several years, no cracks, reinforced, 2-3" thick). In order to test the epoxy, I ...
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Best solution for a room with slightly different floor height

I recently purchased a new home and the previous owners had done some modifications. Firstly they had made a car port with an upstairs bedroom, then they enclosed the car port and extended the ...
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Hardwood loose, has gap over radiant floor

Just bought a new place with white oak hardwood and radiant heating. The hardwood is 3/4" (verified). Floor has developed gaps in certain areas. One area in particular is loose when I walk on it, so ...
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Do we have to worry about liquid leveler being too heavy?

We're having flooring installed soon and our current floors have a decent slope to them and aren't level. The installer is going to use a liquid leveler. Do we have to worry about it being too heavy ...
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Do I need mortar between 1x6 deck boards and cement board?

I have a screened and roofed porch/lanai. Original floor is pressure treated posts, beams, joists and 1x6 decking. Former owner decided they wanted tile. They screwed a plywood underpayment over the ...
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How should I conceal gaps between laminate flooring and wall trim?

I am looking for the best way to fill some small gaps left between flooring and wall in new house, see image. Guessing the previous owners installed the flooring themselves hence why the finish is not ...
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Sagging Floor Joist in House Built in 1925

My daughter is in the process of buying her first home and she paid for an inspection. The inspector found that the joists under one of the bedrooms in the center of the house that sits on a basement ...
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I want to put snap together wood flooring over bathroom subfloor. Is this effective?

Due to water damage I needed to repair a section of my particle board bathroom subfloor. This ruined the linoleum, which we removed. Now I want to put snap together flooring in. What do I need to do ...
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How to fill gaps in floor after wall removal

Having recently removed a separating wall between kitchen and kitchen-diner, there is now a gap left in the floor that needs to be filled (150mm x 3000mm). The floor is ground floor, laid on-top of ...
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Paint under stain/poly in hardwood floors removal

When I moved into my new construction home recently, there were issues where there seemed to be paint or dust trapped in the stain or under the polyurethane. The builder sent in his floor guy who has ...
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Temporary patch for tile bathroom floor

I recently opening up a bathroom wall to install framing and moving plumbing for a new hanging vanity. I unexpectedly discovered that the wall was actually many layers of walls on top of eachother. ...
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What are the chances this contains asbestos and how concerned should I be about exposure?

We are in the process of having our kitchen redone. It is a 1942 colonial in West Hartford, CT. Over the years, several layers have been added to the floor. We had a handyman demo the floor down to ...
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How to deal with water damage from backed up AC drain

We have a central air conditioning unit that has one part of the unit in a closet. The blower connected to the ductworks and coils in this part of the unit, while outside there is a compressor and ...
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What kind of garage flooring is this?

I like the flooring here in this picture but wonder what it is Is it some paint / stain on top of concrete? Because I can see the crack. Or is it some laminate plastic thing?
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Is it possible to varnish a section of of wooden floor?

We have three small areas on our floor that needs to be varnished Everything i have read is to get an electric sander and remove the varnish from the entire floor. https://www.theguardian.com/...
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Need help identifying flooring element

I am looking to install vinyl flooring on my basement (ground level). I will be removing the existing tiles. On 2 of the walls (the ones that face the exterior) I have this mini step along the walls (...
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Normal to see staples in hardwood floor? If not, how best to handle/fill?

When new hardwood floors are installed, is it normal to see visible metal staples? In a couple of places in my new hardwood floors I see staples. They are flush and not a safety risk or comfort issue. ...
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tile over concrete slab

My condo has a concrete slab. We put down engineered wood flooring. There has been some flooding in neighboring condos, which has damaged the flooring. Does anyone have a suggestion for flooring ...
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Can I tile on top of laminate underlay?

I have removed the laminate flooring in my hallway and I have left the underlay in place for the time being. I am flowing the tiles from the kitchen into the hallway and the underlay nicely levels the ...
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How do I waterproof old hardwood floors in my bathroom?

My wife and I have a home built in 1912. We love the house and its character, but sometimes it presents a challenge to the way modernity was retrofitted. In this case, I have a bathroom with a wood ...
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How can I raise the floor of a sunken room level with the surrounding floors?

I have a large room that has a 4” sunken area at one end of the room. I want to raise and level the entire room to same height. How do I do that
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Health problems after DIY floor upgrade

I recently replaced my vinyl floors with bamboo (Yanchi) The sub-floor had a small amount of black mold, but no moisture source was present. I removed it with some non-toxic treatment from Ace, and ...
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Laminate flooring direction?

I am about to pull up carpet and put down laminate in our home. The previous owners installed laminate in the kitchen and dining room. I am not removing it, they installed it before installing the ...
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Sub flooring requirements for 2 X 1 rectangle tile

I am about to take on a flooring project and I have never done this before. The previous owner did a DIY flooring job and it's horrible. Cracked tiles and chipping grout everywhere. So as I have ...
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Laminate on slab

House is 1997 construction - slab foundation - original carpet. In process of updating and want to install laminate all rooms. Home Depot did the measurements and once order info I noted there ...
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What are the typical height differences between carpet and hard floor?

I'm raising an 80's style dropdown livingroom to be even with the rest of the floor. The dropdown area I'm raising will be carpet and the adjoining floors will be laminate (hard floor). The goal is ...
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size a steel beam

What size beam do I need to span 21'. Beam supported at both ends. Beam resting and attached on concrete wall at both ends. Beam will hold one end of a floor system - so stabilized by floor system. ...
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Can epoxy artistically fill gaps in old wood floors?

I have a small room with a 90-year-old hardwood floor. I love the way that the old wood looks, but the large gaps between the boards are inconvenient. Since it's a small area, I can go with a labor-...
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Squishy manufactured floors can they be fixed?

My brand new manufactured floors has squish boards when I walk. Can this be fixed?
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Flooring for Pool Shed

I have scoured the internet for answers to this but can not find one. However I think I can ask a more intelligent question now that I have more information. I have a pool shed (refrigerator, bench ...
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What flooring over trex (and how to prep it) in unheated sunroom?

Okay, so I've been searching and googling and going just slightly nuts trying to answer this question. We recently converted our screened porch to an unheated sunroom. The existing flooring is trex (...
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Can the vapor barrier between a dry floating concrete slab and linoleum flooring be foregone?

I have a two year old house that sits on an 8" concrete floating slab. The slab is insulated below and around the side. The floors in the house are unfinished. That is, the concrete slab is ...
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Suggestions on where to start hardwood flooring

I will soon be ready to start laying hardwood in a bedroom - outlined below. The boards will run parallel to the walls with the doors (joists run perpendicular to those walls). The hallway outside ...
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How to level two floors?

I have two rooms with different floor level The wall is removed so now I need the floors to be all level. The higher floor has plywood Should I try to put 2x4 and nail into concrete foundation and ...
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Can I restore the shine on laminate flooring?

I've had laminate flooring (Pergo) for several years and is now so dull, it looks like my floor is dirty all the time. Can I put shine on it like Clean and Gleam from Melaleuca? I know it has to ...