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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Starting point of herringbone pattern with double accent border

I'm excited to attempt a complex entryway pattern, but I'm having trouble figuring out the best way to start. The idea is to have a herringbone pattern with 36" x 6" large format wood look ...
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Hardwood Floor Squeaks - Fixing Squeaks or Removal of Hardwood Floor for LVP

I just bought an old house that was build in the 1950s. The house has Hardwood flooring all over the house. The hardwood floor squeaks everywhere in the house. Not on just a specific spot or area. It ...
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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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hardwood flooring in two rooms not parallel

I have hardwood flooring in my dining room and another room, with kitchen in between. I want to extend the flooring to make the kitchen hardwood as well. The problem is that the flooring in the two ...
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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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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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How should I prepare a solid wood subfloor for hardwood and ceramic tile flooring?

I have a post and beam flooring structure in my 45-year-old home. The subfloor is 2 x 8 tongue and groove installed green. In my remodel, I plan to install 3/4" hardwood flooring over part of my ...
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1ft cantilever with uneven floor joist

My little powder room has been such a headache, hoping someone here can shed some lights. Little background of the house, built in 1909 on post and beam foundation with perimeter of the house sits ...
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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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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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Has anyone painted a basement floor with an epoxy during winter with success?

I am getting ready to beane doo some black mastic off my floors. Next I plan on filling any holes (patching), after patching and muriatic acid, epoxy will come next. I have never used an epoxy paint ...
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Self Leveling Compound for Floating LVP vs No Leveler and Glue Down LVP

I've read so, so many things online about how self-leveling compound is good and then continued to read another 5 minutes and read how it is terrible. I have wood subfloors and am hoping to put down ...
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What size dip in the floor needs to be filled before carpet is installed?

We are planning to put carpet over an oldish hardwood floor. I noticed that the floor has a dip of about 3/8" in a few areas. I intend to measure around with a long straightedge and see if I can ...
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Changing Stair Rise After Landing Replacement

We recently replaced our upstairs flooring from carpet to hardwood floors. After leveling the upstairs floor and installing the new flooring, the upstairs landing is now 1 3/8" higher leaving a ...
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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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Old adhesive over concrete

Pulling up old laminate flooring from concrete slab home. No underlayment, just old adhesive. Do I have to remove all adhesive with a solvent or can I just lay the underlayment and place new pergo on ...
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Vinyl Planks “click” when tapping on joint directly

I am in the process of putting Golden Arowana vinyl plank flooring in my basement. I went around the room and the floor seemed to be level (or within tolerance of 3/16"). I am using an ...
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Flooring Subfloor Condition How smooth it has to be

Just tore out 800 sf of ceramic tile for installation of laminate flooring. I've spent 2 days on a hammer drill trying to wear down the 30 year old thinset, but there are still quite a few spots ...
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Do I need to let my basement subfloor breathe?

I live in a mostly cold environment and I’m planning to finish my basement floor with standard interlocking foam tiles (with a slight rigid texture) for underlayment (soft/insulated) topped with roll-...
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How to level a sloping concrete slab with a 2” difference?

I know this sounds bad and I need to give some backstory to not sound off the alarms... I’m going to give the main question first and then backstory below so you know I’m not crazy. Question: We have ...
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engineered or solid wood flooring over plywood subfloor

I wonder if anyone can help! I live in a first floor flat in an old listed building and have recently had 18mm ply laid over my whole floor, over the old floorboards, this was needed in order to level ...
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laying plywood flooring over potential asbestos floor tiles

I have removed old carpet in the main bedroom which has exposed potential asbestos containing floor tiles (this is not confirmed but the look of them and age of the house is a strong give away that ...
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How do I tell if dried flooring glue is oil-based or water-based?

I removed vinyl flooring that was glued down (by a previous owner) in the 1990's, and there is a significant amount of dried glue left behind on the concrete floor. The self-leveler and glue that I ...
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Preparing concrete slab for porcelain tile after removing vinyl tiles and mastic

My bathroom has VAT (vinyl asbestos tile) and I have taken to removing it by steaming the tiles and peeling them up slowly. For the black mastic underneath I am using BlueBear 500MR which is just a ...
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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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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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Vinyl plank flooring

How is a mechanical click and lock waterproof but the adhesive-to-adhesive style is water resistant. Chemical seems more resilient than mechanical, esp. with MDF. I put the adhesive-to-adhesive style ...
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Underlayment (vapor, moisture and sound abatement) under marble tile floors

Do you use an underlayment (vapor, moisture and sound abatement) on top of concrete subfloors and under marble tile flooring? Ultimately the marble will not be installed using traditional mudding ...
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Level a concrete pour 11' x 14'

How best to level a concrete pour enough to finish with engineered floor planks. The new pour adjoins an existing pour on two sides and is 1/2" to 1 1/2" out of level in places. The highest ...
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Squeaky subfloor

Does anyone have any other tips and tricks to stop subfloor under carpet on second floor from sqeaking? There is no access to joists from below due to drywall ceiling. I've seen some special ...
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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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Finishing old pine floors in a bathroom?

So my dad and I have this house built in 1880. Floors are 1" pine tongue and groove with no subfloor. My dad really wants to finish the pine floor in the bathroom, and while I'm not convinced this is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I level a concrete floor in a basement room?

I have a room in the basement with a concrete floor that slopes 2" over 11 feet. It's finished in that it has drywall, but there is no flooring yet. I need to raise the floor to be level. The room ...
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Retain rim around floor when drywalling? If not how to fill/insulate. . .

Remodeling a vintage two-flat, tore down lath and plaster, now approaching drywall phase. The exterior walls have a wooden rim around perimeter of the floor--what was this for? I suppose it just set ...
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vinyl planks - minor edge visibility

So my flooring is luxury planks, tongue and groove. Every so often I come to a plank which is very difficult to get to sit up against the next one perfectly, so that no seam is visible. I've tried ...
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Floor noise tongue groove

I own an old 60s kit house that has tongue and groove 6" pine boards for the ceiling in the main floor room. In the upstairs room above, they laid ¼ OSB as subfloor and secured it to the boards by ...
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How can I put the shine back on my wood floor - just one spot.

I used a Mr.Clean Scrubber on my wood floor to remove a black heel mark. It took the shine off the floor. It is a small spot and I would like to somehow put something on it to mask the dullness. ...
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Install a gas stove over vinyl flooring?

I just installed vinyl flooring over an old plywood subfloor. It used to be covered with very old linoleum. Now I'm installing a new gas range. The stove manual says the floor needs to withstand 167-...
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Repair bottom plate rot in bathroom interior wall

Just started a bathroom renovation in my (new to us) 1961 ranch house built over crawlspace in NC. I planned on new floor, new vanity & sink, new toilet, but I want to keep the cast iron enameled ...
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How can I fix a squeaky hardwood floor in a small hallway?

Trying to fix squeaky hardwood floor in small hallway, think joists run parallel to floorboards on sides, near or under the walls on either side, can't find any with stud finder that run at 90 degree ...
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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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Can I apply polyurethane to new engineered hardwood floors?

I just laid new engineered Maple 5/8in hardwood floors. They have a dull look. Can I polyurethane them?
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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 ...