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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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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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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How do I know when my wooden floor has fully dried out post-flood?

So I had a bit of a flood (tap overflowing) and the wooden floor in my house was under an inch of water for a few hours. It's drying out now, and is a bit warped but otherwise fine. I need to wait ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How do I replace the front door on a stucco house?

I'm going to be taking out the various floors that have been laid in our house down to the sub floor so wood flooring can be laid. But in doing so the floor will be about 1 inch lower than what it ...
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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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Does WPC flooring need expansion gaps / transition strips for distances greater than 40 feet?

I know laminate requires expansion gaps every 40 ft, but wood plastic composite flooring is made of a different core, does it expand as much? The manufacturers instructions doesn't even mention it.
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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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Why did my installer install 1/4 round corners like this and how can I fix it?

We had a guy come by to finish some previous tile work we had done. The morning of finishing the tile, he called and said he couldn't get the grout to stick along the edges, and it was just going ...
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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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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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Is moisture a concern with solid hardwood flooring over a crawl space?

I recently purchased around 600 sq feet of 3 1/4 inch solid hickory from Bruce, which I'm installing over a crawl space. I put down a 6 mil vapor barrier in the crawl space. I'm measuring 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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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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How can I stengthen the durability of my newly installed engineered hardwood floor?

I have new engineered hardwood floors, Santamaria Hardwood Flooring. The veneer is very thin. Before I move in the furniture, I would like to apply polyurethane on my new floors. Can I simply apply a ...
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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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How to Hide Expansion Gap around Oven

I'm getting ready to float a bamboo floor in my kitchen. I know I need to lay the flooring underneath the appliances, and I'll need to leave an expansion gap next to the cabinets and walls. 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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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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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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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 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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Protecting engineered hardwood from water

My wife and I are in the midst of attempting to install engineered hardwood in our home, for better or worse. We are floating it on QuietWalk underlayment. It is the click/lock kind with about a 2mm ...
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Bottom stair riser on top of new flooring or gap with trim to cover?

I can't find anything on the internet to help me with this and my husband and I can't agree. We are installing both new flooring (bamboo) and replacing our carpeted stairs with hardwood. My husband ...
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Can I screw down laminate floor that is coming up

Removed a kitchen wall in the middle of room, friend floated in the tongue and groove laminate and then glued down. 2 pieces are popping up, one on corner and other on side. Can I use tiny screws and ...
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Removing white layer which appears on floor after spilling water

I'm pretty careless and sometimes spill a bit of water on our floor. When I do, some strange white layer appears on the floor within a minute. I took some photos to demo. Usually it gets much much ...
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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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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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Flooring prep for epoxy Pebblestone

I'm going to put in epoxy Pebblestone flooring in the basement. My floor has the old 8x8 tiles. They are all secure and have talked to people who say I can put the flooring over them. Problem is I ...
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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 I remove excess damp proof membrane under garage concrete floor?

I recently moved into a house with a garage at the bottom of the garden which has a damp proof membrane (DPM) that protrudes out at the base of every wall by approx 4 to 5 inches. Can I safely trim ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Flooring durable for German shepherd

I have a particle board subfloor with a crawlspace underneath, I need suggestions for any kind of flooring (except carpet) that will be durable for a 83 pound German shepherd.