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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How to prepare my floor to install engineered hardwood?

I currently have linoleum flooring in my kitchen, bathroom and laundry room and carpet everywhere else. I would like to install engineered hardwood flooring throughout my home with the exception of ...
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Is it appropriate to put polyethylene between hardwood and subfloor?

My installer put polyethylene between hardwood and subfloor. Is that a problem?
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Installing tongue and groove flooring, do you glue to the subfloor or use underlayment and add glue between it and the board?

Installing tongue and groove flooring, do you glue to the subfloor or use underlayment and add glue between it and the board? The guy at the big box store told me to add adhesive to the underlayment ...
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How clean does concrete floor really need to be for peel and stick flooring?

We bought an older home and found that there were two layers of peel and stick flooring in the bathroom. We removed those and this is the result of the floor after scraping and scrubbing for hours. My ...
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Is this small slope a problem installing vinyl plank?

We are going to install luxury vinyl plank flooring in our basement. This product clicks together and floats, much like laminate. Two questions: The cement slab/subfloor is fairly level, with one ...
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Smoothing OSB subfloor after hardwood and glue removal

We are in process of installing new nail-down solid bamboo floors in the first floor of our home. This has required us to remove the existing glued-down engineered hardwood from the kitchen area. ...
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How can I even out my subfloor?

I bought a fixer-upper knowing little about how much of a headache I was creating for myself. I've recently removed the hardwood flooring that was lain directly on the joists (no subfloor) of my ...
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Leveling sloped basement floor

We want to finish our (currently unfinished) 800 sqft basement. The current floor is concrete, in good condition, but slopes substantially toward a drain near the middle of the floor. I'd guess the ...
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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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Replacing a piece of nailed tongue and grooved engineered hardwood located in the middle of a large room

I have a large room covered with engineered hardwood -- (specifically - Johnson hardwood forevertuff in canadian maple 1/2" thickness) It can't be refinished or sanded. A very visible piece in the ...
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Should I frame a closet prior to putting in hardwood flooring?

Putting hard wood flooring in my office but want to also put in a closet. Should I frame the closet first, or put in the flooring and then frame on top of it? Thanks!!
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How smooth does the floor need to be to lay vinyl plank over it?

I'm installing CoreTec One vinyl plank flooring as a floating floor over slab in a three-season porch. I don't think my situation is as bad as that described in How can I prepare uneven concrete ...
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Correct direction of flooring [closed]

I am laying vinyl plank flooring in the kitchen. I know the correct way is to go perpendicular to the house entrance and the floor joists. The trouble is the doorway to the living room. The living ...
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How can I pull up tack strips nailed to concrete?

I am pulling up carpet and putting down a floating, vinyl plank floor in a three-season room built on slap. The tack strips are nailed into the concrete. I see How to repair concrete damage from ...
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How to/do I need to remove adhesive from old tiles before placing new?

Updating the flooring in a small bathroom with "luxury" peel and stick vinyl flooring. After starting to remove the old vinyl tile flooring, there is an INCREDIBLY sticky later of glue left behind (...
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How do I keep black tile and black grout actually looking black?

I have tried what feels like every cleaner and product out there to "clean" my black tile floors but I cannot for the life of me keep it looking nice and actually black. The tile and especially the ...
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How do hardwood flooring expansion gaps work?

I know that when you install hardwood flooring, you need to leave a small expansion gap along the walls. I understand that this is to allow the wood some space to move when the wood expands due to ...
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Must remove old adhesive before installing new peel and stick vinyl?

Advice needed! There are three layers of flooring currently in our kitchen : 1) original linoleum 2) 20 year old vinyl tile (something like peel and stick) 3) 15 year old vinyl peel and stick ...
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Is it possible to fit skirting boards with screws into the wall

I've been redoing my room (walls and floor) but now I am stuck on the skirting boards. Here is the room at the moment The walls are uneven and also I wanted to put the laminate floor under the ...
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Self-leveling compound and underlayment

We currently decided we are going to be remodeling our kitchen. With that being said I plan to rip up the old hardwood floors all the way down to the sub floor. After cleaning, securing any squeaky or ...
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How can I remove / replace this OSB floor?

I would like to update the flooring in a carpeted room, replacing the carpet with hardwood. I've removed the carpet, carpet padding, and tack carpet strips. Underneath the carpeting was OSB ...
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What is the reason and the fix for gaps between laminate planks?

After 3 or 4 years of installing laminate floors these small gaps started to appear between the planks: I'd like to better understand two things: Why/how do these gaps come to be: temperature ...
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Drilling thru cement floor with radiant heat flow below

I want to drill screws through a 4 inch cement floor to install a cement plate or some form of metal bracket to hold a 6"X 6" vertical support beam that will help to support a horizontal beam. My ...
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How much weight can a floating floor tolerate?

I'm considering laminate floor for my kitchen and dining room. I ran into a site that says "don't put the laminate under counters, as it will pinch and keep the laminate from expansion and ...
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Preparing kitchen flooring for solid pine planks

For kitchen do I have to remove peel and stick vinyl flooring to lay wide plank solid pine tongue and groove flooring? And if so can it just be nailed or must it be glued and nailed?
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How do I replace this tile/marble transition in a tiled bathroom?

I planned to keep this marble piece for the transition to the new tile floor in the bathroom, but I broke it during demo. What’s the best way to replace it, or should I use a different transition? ...
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Is it ok to prime subfloor under engineered wood?

I'm going to be installing floating hardwood. Since I have the subfloors exposed (I screwed and caulked then because why not?) I thought I might also roll on mold-resistant primer like zinser. I don'...
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Should I seal this floor or should I just put down vapor barrier before tiling?

I had some water compromise a vanity, leading to its removal. There was a void in the floor where it was originally tiled around, so the entire floor will be retiled. Upon demolition, I noticed some ...
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Found hardwood floors underneath carpet, but also maybe some MDF mixed in? Can I replace it? Picture inside

So I found out my entire upstairs has hardwood floors. I pulled up the vents in each room. One room has what appears to be MDF board that is level with a section of the hardwood floor. See It's ...
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Gap in floor boards

There’s a gap in my kitchen hardwood floor. Only a single board exhibits the problem. Not sure what’s causing it. Any suggestions for fixing it?
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Gap between subfloor and wall

Updating a condo and had the carpet replaced in the bedroom. Now that we're ready to install the trim we noticed that the carpet is curling down past the subfloor in one of the corners. There is a 3/...
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Leveling out a basement floor

So I am in the process of finishing out my basement. I am going to start by first building my office, and later doing the rest of the basement. My basement is divided in half, and I have the typical ...
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Woodlouse that already infesting applied plywood floor

I'm building a server room that is using plywood as its flooring, which unfortunately is infested by woodlouse, wood beetle, or some kind. I realize it just after the floor is finished being installed....
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Is our flooring contractor extending our hardwood floor correctly?

As part of our kitchen renovation, the contractor is extending our hardwood floor. As you can see in this photo, they have cut out boards from the old floor and are adding new boards. I think this is ...
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Newly installed hardwood flooring bowing when I step

A few days ago I had a guy come out to install engineered oak hardwood flooring in my living room. It is installed in a floating style with nails holding it down on the edges of the outer walls and a ...
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Replacement of existing carpet and vinyl tile fllors

I am planning on doing a major Reno to my main floor this year and am looking for guidance on how to do the flooring. I currently have vinyl peel & stick tiles in the hallway and kitchen. This ...
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Hardwood flooring: transitions and expansion gaps

I'm gearing up to start installing flooring in my remodel, and I'm looking for input of a few finer details. My house is a split level, and I'm installing hardwood on the upper level with the ...
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Cutting ceramic tiles laid on concrete

I'll be framing out some walls on a tile floor laid over a concrete slab subfloor. As I understand it, the proper way to do this is to cut out the top flooring, and attach the walls' base plates ...
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Why does my cork subfloor test positive for formaldehyde?

This week I have been having engineered wood flooring installed, with a 1/2 in. cork subfloor installed to help reduce sound transmission between upstairs and downstairs. I bought a tester off of ...
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Vacuum sucked in some of the grout between tiles, how to fill the gap?

I was vacuuming these tile floors and the grout came off. Should I fill it with cement? Is it damaging to leave it like this, should I not mop it?
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Flooring Repairs

I have a master bedroom that was created out of two smaller rooms. The middle wall is gone so now there is a gap where the two hardwood floors end. My question is how would I fill this gap between the ...
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Move Living Room in front [closed]

I want to move the Lounge/Living by the front lawn, how should I revamp this and where should I move the drawing room
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Will filling gaps with epoxy in a new hardwood floor look ok?

I installed a floor made from locally produced, 3 1/4" hard maple. There are a few gaps under 1/16th of an inch that I don't like. I normally buy the best product for the application, but the stores ...
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Repairing tile laid on harwood floor - how to make best of bad situation?

The previous owner of my house laid slate tile over hardwood in the entryway. A 9 square foot area has become loose and I need to re-set the tiles. Pulling everything out is not an option; I'm ...
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What flooring can be used for a gypcrete subfloor?

My question is about what to do after the malfunctioning washing machine flooded the basement. We tried an acid stain on the 'concrete' floor. It failed. We followed with two coats of epoxy pain. It ...
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Do I need to fill in the gap between my wall and the laminate flooring?

I just removed the baseboards in my room in order to put some closets flush against the wall. I noticed there is a gap under the wall and the floor/laminate and my instincts are telling me they need ...
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Can the floor framing in my 1930s bathroom support my tub and shower?

I've stripped my 2nd floor bathroom to the studs and joists, installed new plumbing and electricity, and moved a few things around. The tub I'm putting in is acrylic, and weighs less than the cast ...
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How to recover from a leak

I have had a leak in my flat. It came from my ceiling (from the upstairs neighbours), and went down my wooden floor. It was not gushing, but dripping for about two days. The surveyor came and with ...
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Why is 1/4" underlayment supposed to be parallel to the subfloor?

Per instructions of my 1/4" plywood underlayment that will be used for Vinyl loose-lay flooring, it states to run it parallel with the existing 3/4" T&G OSB flooring. I always assumed that ...
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Minimum recommended thickness for self-leveling concrete topping (skim coat)

I'd like to resurface an already somewhat level but tarnished concrete floor with a self-leveling cement-based compound and to raise the floor level as little as possible; I've found compounds like ...