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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Boxing out floor joists when using 11-7/8 I-Joists?

Back in the day with dimensional lumber joists, it was common to box out an area for something like a tub drain that could not be moved due to floor plan layout. I remember seeing 2x8 or 2x10's ...
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Which type of solid wood flooring would be most scratch resistant?

My research so far indicates that lacquered floors are most maintenance free. Meanwhile simple brushed finish will need occasional 'top-up' with oils. I'm not aware of what other finishes are ...
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Can you use gloss polyurethane for first coat when finishing floors?

When I had my hardwood floors professionally sanded and refinished, the contractor put down satin polyurethane for the base coat, then gloss for the top coat. I'm now refinishing a floor myself. Is ...
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LVP underlayment material

I am replacing carpet with LVP in my bedroom, the LVP is going to flow into the hallway (no transition), I need to raise my wood floor 1/2" in the bedroom to match the height of the hallway, can I use ...
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Humidity in a shower with a microcement floor

I made a decision that is giving me several problems: I decided to put a microcement floor in my house. One of the dirtiest problems is in the shower. The micro-cement around the drain gets wet when ...
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Edge gluing tongue and groove (non locking) engineered hardwood to make floating floor over existing varnished chamfered-edge hardwood flooring

We wish to lay new flooring above our existing chambered edge flooring. The existing floor is nailed to a plywood sub-floor and is completely flat, about 20 years old. This will make the whole house ...
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Plank floor bubbling up

I had a company (whose name will not be mentioned) install a new vinyl plank floor. One area of the floor doesn't sit flat. In one spot about 12 inches by 12 inches it bubbles up creating a trampoline ...
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Mineral spirits not drying on unfinished hardwood floor (12 hours later)

I'm looking for suggestions on how to dry down or remove excess mineral spirits from our unfinished hardwood floor. We installed new, unfinished hardwood flooring (yellow birch), sanded it and then ...
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Laminate Flooring fixes

Within the last year I remodeled my house and a contractor put in some new laminate flooring. It was great because it was very dense, heavy quality stuff that didnt scratch at all. We really like it. ...
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How to deal with a small concrete patch in hardwood floor install

I am installing 3/4 inch oak throughout my first floor. The install is over the original pine, which sits directly on the joists. I put 1/4 OSB over the pine (due to a number of factors 5/8" wasn't ...
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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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How to install second subfloor?

I'm putting in 12mm floating laminate with a 4mm felt underlayment in my living room and I noticed some bowing in the current subfloor to the point where I can see it while standing up. The high ...
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Using thin plywood top layer before using Ditra membrane

I am planning to use Schluter Ditra membrane on a tiling project in my kitchen. I ripped up the existing vinyl stick-on tile, and I found black mastic underneath which I think contains asbestos. This ...
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Can I install plywood over a concrete slab to raise the subfloor height?

We bought a house recently. The living room has a slab concrete and tile above it. The kitchen, dining and hallways are above the basement with plywood then hardwood (ugly) then vinyl at the top. We ...
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Need advice on correcting a floor dip

I have an older house (1940’s) with a dip in the hallway leading to my downstairs (1st floor) bathroom. From wall to wall the hallway is 14 feet with the wood floor joists below running parallel to ...
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First time DIY tile floor in powder room--transition, leveling, grout?

We've added a small half bath to an addition, and we're planning to tile the floor ourselves even though we have never done it. The room is about 20 square feet and I'm planning 12" x 24" tiles, so 10 ...
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Is the Smartcore Natural engineered locking good?

Should the Smartcore Naturals locking be used? Should it be floating or glued? I have read a problem with separation of the top wood layer.
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Glue Down Engineered wood over underlayment over wood subfloor

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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Having issues removing old tile

I recently started a project to do new floors throughout a house I just bought. We are gonna do about 1600 sq ft in total including the kitchen 2 living rooms, dinning room, and hall. Previously the ...
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What could be causing rippling and staining in a hardwood floor?

Since the start 11 years ago there has been a problem with staining and rippling in our kitchens flooring. Just one area. It was repaired three times early on and lasted about seven years, then just ...
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Resealing or repolishing interior concrete floor?

I have a concrete floor in my apartment. It is somewhat shiny. When cleaning up after a pet, I used an abrasive scouring pad on it, and looks like I took off whatever layer is giving it shine: How do ...
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How can I transition vinyl to carpet flooring?

I plan on laying vinyl planking that will transition into carpet. This is in the basement and not a highly trafficked area. This is on a concrete slab. I also have never messed with carpet so I am ...
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amount of load bearing support

I need to build a temp. floor over my basement steps which is a 9' opening, so I can do ceiling repairs where an old chimney pipe was pulled long ago. If I fasten 6- 2x4x12 together in pairs and place ...
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How to cover holes in the wood floor?

I bought some new furniture recently including a heavy dining table and some couches which had steel framework along with wood. The problem is that when I was carrying the old table and items out I ...
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T-Mold Laminate Transition Height/Gap Issue

Ran into an issue when installing laminate floor my bedroom, one of the doorway is connected to the kitchen which the floor(vinyl w/ plywood underneath) is slight higher than the bedroom floor. The "T-...
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Leveling subfloor

We have older home with an addition. The addition was put in an inch higher than original floors. We are going to put in vinyl plank flooring throughout but need to transition these heights. Ideas?
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Should I be able to damage colored grout seal with a toothbrush?

We recently had our home's tile cleaned and sealed with a colored grout. The sealant was Spectrum Mfg. Corp's Grout Sealant. Their marketing blurb says ...you can expect wear up to 15 years that ...
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Separation with luxury vinyl plank flooring

So I’m starting to get a TINY bit of separation along the long edges of my LVP. It's only like this in a few places, the rest of the floor looks great. Is this something I need to worry about, or is ...
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Do I need a whole-house humidifier in Victoria BC with radiant floor heating?

We are building a new 4000sf home in Victoria BC. Heating will be in-floor radiant (no ducting). The floors are mostly hardwood with tile in a few areas. The year-round average humidity here varies ...
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Peel N Stick over VCT?

1. Can I use Peel n Stick vinyl tile that you get at Lowe's or Home Depot to put over existing VCT tile? I know I will have to strip the vct tile before doing anything, but the next question is ...
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Removal of leftover glue from glued down 3/4 T&G flooring

In the process of removing the 3 different types of flooring in the house we just bought and before we move in get the major things out of the way. Carpet is easy enough for the most part, the house ...
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Stuck parquet hardwood flooring

I'm doing a reno project and when we demo'd the old parquet hardwood floor, half of it came up no problem.. the other half is stuck badly to the older hardwoods underneath. They used some type of ...
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What is the proper technique for starting a click laminate install diagonally that is floated?

I'm planning on floating my click laminate floor in a diagonal placement in my space. When researching, I came across an article that describes some of the challenges with installing diagonally. ...
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how to replace a tile floor over radiant heat

I just purchased a home and the kitchen has radiant heated porcelain tile floor in the kitchen. The floor is in rough shape so Id like to redo it. This raises a number of questions. should I try to ...
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Finish vinyl plank flooring (subfloor step)

Just wondering the proper way to finish this project:
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Will mineral spirits reduce the appearance of lap marks on a stained floor?

we used the Minwax All In One water-based floor stain on a very large area of flooring. The starting and stopping caused dark blotchy stains all over my floor. We tried going over it again and it ...
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Sleepers on unlevel basement floor?

A question related to this one about projecting the costs to finish our basement. We have a poured concrete foundation. I don't think it has been sealed yet, but our yard is graded, our downspouts ...
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Which Faux Wood Flooring Is Best For Wheelchairs & Incontinent Patients?

I am replacing the carpeting and contractor-grade flooring in my home. Because of heaving to the ground, the slab has some superficial cracking and the tile has split in my entry. I am unsure if the ...
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If I have vapor barrier under joists in crawlspace, is hardwood underlayment a problem?

I have spray foam under the subfloor with vapor barrier. The foam is sprayed to the underside of the subfloor deck, and vapor barrier is attached to the joists bottoms between the joists and the soil ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Covering Airing Vents in Floor

I have been asked to help fix a home up for someone, it needs work on flooring, drywall, doors, exterior etc. My question is, the central heat/AC is no good and to cool and heat the home the ...
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Can I install new flooring over black mastic?

I had a flood in my kitchen which has carpet. Under the carpet is a pad, under the pad is black mastic on concrete. Now that everything is dry, I am ready to install new flooring. Should I remove the ...
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Luxury vinyl plank sealing

Im installing glue-down shaw vinyl planks in my bathroom, and although they are themselves not porous, and should stand up to the traffic and water, i would like to seal them to enhance their ...
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Can we glue goza mats on the floor?

Is it possible to cover the whole floor of goza mats and glue the mats on the floor? It is to have the floor look like tatami. I would like to know how to lay goza mats, having it stick to the floor. ...
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Bathroom Flooring Expanding and Contracting in the Wrong Seasons

I understand that the flooring will expand in the summer and contract in the winter. This is because the flooring will pick up humid air in the summer and release humid air in the winter. Right? ...