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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LVP and Glue instead of Floating

I have a customer who is insisting that floating floors are not reliable, stable etc. I have not glued down a Vinyl floor in a really long time. I generally work with Marble, Stone and Tile but ...
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The vinyl plank click flooring I installed in two rooms develops gaps at the ends between the two rooms. Can I glue the ends together in this area?

I installed this click plank flooring product in two rooms, as a continuous run. It is a floating floor. Between the two rooms is a short narrow corridor about 4 feet wide by 3 feet long. The subfloor ...
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What is the down side to encapsulating my crawl space and installing a dehumidifier

Moisture and insulation are the main reason for considering encapsulating
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Door jamb and molding too short after replacing carpet with hardwood floor?

I've recently replaced carpet with hardwood floor. The door jamb and molding are now too short. Prior, the carpet was plusher and made the gap in this one door jamb less obvious. Door Jamb Molding ...
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Can you install floor boards over a polished concrete floor?

If the floor is a polished concrete floor and you want to install floorboards is it safe to do so or are there steps that need to be taken first? I have not decided on the type of floor boards, its ...
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Building a 30x30 room in a 30x50 house?

Edit: I really appreciate all the replies, much food for thought. Below I will try to elaborate on a few things. I do have a design that I will post here in a minute. This house would be in a Northern ...
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How can I create an expansion gap for a floating floor around an impermanent column?

I'm doing a floating floor install in the basement (Uniclic cork planks) and there is usual requirement of 1/2 inch gap all around so the floor can expand and move. One complication I have is a ...
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Baseboard trim transition from carpet to LVP - Installation height

I am in the home stretch of finishing my basement and I'm ready to start hanging my baseboards this weekend. However, I am uncertain about the best way to handle the height of the baseboards based on ...
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Under-floor heating and sub-floor

I want to replace my existing carpeted living room with a wooden/laminate floor - as part of this project, I was also considering putting under-floor heating in. Currently, the floor consist of ...
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is a concrete slab walkout basement above, below, or on grade? For material use purposes not square footage

I have a walkout basement with 1 long side and 1 shortside above grade... For material usage is this considered above/on grade? since the slab is not really below grade? I need something like: https://...
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How to seal old subfloor with coper sulphate preservative?

I purchased an old home a month ago. Slept there 3 different occasions for one night at a time and every time I felt unwell for days. Last time after removing the carpet I noticed copper green residue ...
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Wood filler between old and new hardwood strip flooring?

House was built in 1983 and had 2-3/4" strip flooring on most of the main floor. When we bought the house in Winter of 2020, we had the two remaining rooms stripped of carpet and had hardwoods to ...
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What should I use to fill the gaps in tile before placing luxury vinyl planks over them?

I'm installing luxury vinyl planks with an underlayment in my basement. They will go over top of an existing tile floor. I've heard mixed opinions on whether filling in the gaps in the tile is ...
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What can cause a crunching sound on floorboard on a concrete slab?

When walking through a house that is about 10 years old, I'm hearing an intermittent crunching sound as I walk across the floorboards. This is different to the creaking sound that I hear in some older ...
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Which kind of professional should I call to fix my creaking floor?

Landlord worries about me screwing through pipes that run under the flooring (though I wonder whether that concern is justified). I'm not terribly gifted in DIY anyway and I'm guessing this problem ...
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Hardwood to Tile Different Height Transition

We've just installed some large format tile in our home which required a good chunk of mortar and thinset due to its weight, and as a result we now have a large height difference in this door frame ...
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How to handle a floor drain with vinyl plank flooring

We want to put waterproof vinyl snap-together vinyl plank flooring in a new bathroom with a bare concrete floor. (We don't want to use adhesive.) My question is how do I install it around the floor ...
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Stone tile flooring with acoustic sound reduction requirement in condo

We just closed on a new condo and want to replace some of the old carpet with stone tiles. However, the HOA has a sound reduction requirement where the floors must pass acoustic testing with 55 IIC or ...
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Spot repair hardwood floor due to Goo Gone

I just had my hardwood floors professionally sanded and finished with 3 coats of Bona Mega Water Base Satin Finish. Because we’re in the process of moving in and doing other renovations, it was just ...
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floor heating from the basement ceiling

After I installed my mini split with a heat pump in my city rowhouse in the Midlantic region last winter, I noticed that the hot air from the wall mounted heads were not warming the floor on the first ...
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Can porcelain tiles be installed over ceramic tiles?

We have a large portion of our house with ceramic flooring which is now looking very old fashioned. It has large grout lines (3/8 inch) which are white and almost impossible to keep clean. We do not ...
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Do enzymatic pet urine cleaners also clean human urine?

Do enzymatic pet urine cleaners also clean human urine that is present in carpeting and carpet padding? Specifically, human urine that has been present in carpeting and carpet padding for years.
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Should sags in my floor be repaired before refinishing hardwood floors?

We bought a ~50 year old house a few years ago. At the time we knew there was a few humps in the flooring, in particular over the beams. However since we've lived in the house for a while now, we've ...
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tiling a floor that is not flat

I want to tile a concrete floor that has 1950s tile already installed on part of it. The problem is, one edge is out of flat with a slope change of almost 1" in the last 2 feet. Other than that ...
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A bathroom floor turned super-slippery after 8 years

I have an 8 year old bathroom floor. It used to be just fine. But for the last half year or so, it turned into a super-slippery floor. No matter how many times I clean it, with whatever cleaning agent....
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Redo of hardwood floors didn’t remove all poly

I refinished my sunroom’s hardwood floors. It used to be an open porch. When I applied the poly, I noticed swirls and scratch marks and decided to redo them again. The floors are now even, polished ...
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How should I blend floor stain applied to different areas at different times?

I bought a house I have stained two of the rooms I was not able to do the floors all at the same time. So I am now ready to stain the other floors. How do I blend the floors from room to room? I have ...
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Fixing chips on the edges of a basement slab

I'm planning on redoing the flooring in a basement room which has a concrete slab in a 1974 Seattle house. The current carpet, which I've already removed, will be replaced with LVP. After removing the ...
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Installing trim with carpet tack strips already installed?

I know that in general, trim should be installed first, followed by tack strips and then carpet. And typically I see something like having the trim be 3/8" to 1/2" off the floor and the tack ...
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Any way to fix luxury vinyl floating planks that keep coming apart?

I installed floating click-lock LVP (coretec pro plus) a year ago and In just one place, the edge between two planks slowly got wider. We tapped it back together from the end of the row, but after ...
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Indoor Putting Green - Not Level

I have a finished basement with a floor made up of square, 8" ceramic tiles. I have a putting green placed on top of the floor that is made up of interlocking hard plastic modules, each about 2 ...
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Drain Location for Washing Drain Pan

I have an upstairs laundry room that my plumber accidentally destroyed and is now replacing (new floor, plumbing changes, etc). I want to do things the right way but not overkill. This is less about ...
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Stain yellowish square parquet floor to modern grey

I tried to do a DIY re-stain to my parquet floor this week, and rent a buff sanding machine to do the job. Here's the picture after sanding. (From the grain, I could not tell if it is pin or oak...) ...
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Should I use steel brackets for shed floor framing resting on sleepers?

I am building a 12’x14’ shed on a gravel pad I built. I am going to order the wood to start the shed floor this week and had a few questions. First my plan is to do 2x6 pressure treated(ground rated) ...
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How to tell oak from walnut flooring

How do I identify what kind of hardwood flooring this is by the grain?
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How to replace basement floor that has begun to rot? [closed]

The home I am moving into has a basement that seems to have a rotting wood subfloor. (Not sure if this is the correct term). There is a concrete base, and some inches above, what I suspect to be wood. ...
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How should I maximize soundproofing when installing new hardwood flooring?

I have 1000 sf of subfloor over finished basement in a 1970s two story residence. We want to achieve maximum sound proofing on this floor with open den/living room /foyer. Unfortunately I did not add ...
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Electrical panel requirements for in-floor heating?

I have the unenviable task of replacing a floor (or three) in my home in the coming weeks/months. We are considering a mix of tile and solid hardwood. It appears that it is possible to retrofit in-...
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Does DMX 1-Step underlayment need to be screwed down onto concrete?

I am looking to use DMX 1-Step dimpled underlayment in my basement for a finishing project. I looked at the installation checklist and it does not seem to mention anything about how it attaches to ...
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What should I do about a huge gap under the drywall and baseboard when installing luxury vinyl tile?

I am installing luxury vinyl tile in a room and I am having an issue with the gap. My drywall sits about an inch from the subfloor. There is no drywall there at floor level to hold the LVT in place. ...
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Peel and stick vinyl on existing tile - how to best level the tile floor for installation?

I knew installing peel and stick vinyl planks on uneven surfaces was a bad idea, but I decided to go ahead anyway (big mistake). It looks a lot worse than I originally expected, as the bulge is very ...
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How to adhere rubber threshold to flooring

We have horse stall mats that meet LVT. I have a rubber threshold that requires me to glue it down. What is the least intrusive product should I use to adhere it down to the flooring without make a ...
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Finish vinyl plank flooring (subfloor step)

Just wondering the proper way to finish this project:
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Temporary washing machine installation

I had a plumbing leak that took out my laundry room floor. I had a custom ceramic tile floor that had a drain in the middle to catch leaks. Now the floor is removed and I'm left with only the ...
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LVP plastic crackling (not loud) sound

We are in a process of installing (~1100ft) ESPC/LVP floors over the OSB subfloor and noticed that when you walk sometimes(!) it's making a plastic crackling sound (not loud, but still noticeable with ...
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color match the nosing and the floor with correct stain color

How can identify the stain color I need to get for the nosing that I've installed to match it with the color of the floor on the left side. As you can see in the photo, I've stained the nosing with a ...
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Best way to correct one inch dip in middle of second floor master?

We’re installing hardwood flooring in our second floor master bedroom. House was built in 1993. When we pulled off the carpet we realized the floor dips in the middle. The room is 18 ft (north-south) ...
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Insulating and leveling sunroom floors

We have an old, 1911 house in Minnesota. Our front room is a converted porch which is drafty and quite sloped. Our plan is to rip up the old linoleum floors, get down to the joists, and essentially ...
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Knee brace alternative to support 12' 2x4 span for single tree treehouse

I see most treehouse's have knee braces to support the frame of their treehouse. I'm trying to find an alternative, if any, and also ask if my 2x4x12 frame will be strong enough. Here are pictures of ...
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Solid wood flooring - Possible sub-floor issue

I am in the process of installing solid wood flooring in the living room and I have just removed the existing laminate flooring and underlay to find the concrete subfloor is in great condition except ...

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