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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What kind of garage flooring is this?

I like the flooring here in this picture but wonder what it is Is it some paint / stain on top of concrete? Because I can see the crack. Or is it some laminate plastic thing?
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Is it possible to varnish a section of of wooden floor?

We have three small areas on our floor that needs to be varnished Everything i have read is to get an electric sander and remove the varnish from the entire floor. https://www.theguardian.com/...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Floor nailer nailing too deep. Am I even using the right tool?

I'm installing a floor with 1/2" engineered hardwood. This is the stuff that's basically tongue and groove plywood with a small layer of nice finished hardwood as the top layer. I've purchased a floor ...
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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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When refinishing a hardwood floor do you need to strip off all of the old varnish?

I’m refinishing my hardwood floors and some of the old varnish isn’t coming off. Before we apply a water based polyurethane do we need to remove all the old varnish or can some of it stay? Our floors ...
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I am installing laminate flooring over the course of several days. Do I need to use the standard 48 hour acclimitization period?

I am installing laminate flooring. Due to work and household schedules a relatively small installation job is likely to stretch out over 3 to 4 days. Given this slow installation pace do I need to let ...
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Would it be appropriate to sand a floor between coats of poly with a handheld orbital sander?

Very closely related: How should I sand before the final coat of polyurethane? However, I'm not asking for a how-to or which is the preferred tool/method but rather one specific tool and if it's an ...
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Using shingles to flatten concrete subfloor

I am installing (floating) 3/8" engineered hardwood over a concrete subfloor with 1/8" underlayment. After grinding high spots and filling in larger voids with self-leveler, I have occasional 1/8" or ...
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Laminate Planking will not “Click-in”

So, yesterday while trying to install some flooring (Pergo -Timbercraft). I have installed it in a previous room before and had no issue. However this time while trying to fit it into my bay window on ...
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Fixing a hardwood floor mistake

Following a YouTube video, I tried to minimize some scratches in a hardwood floor (installed by previous owner) with Weiman Wood Floor Polish and Restorer, and instead made them look worse. See photo. ...
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Reducing noise from hardwood floors

We have a ranch (single-story) house with hardwood floors on most of the ground level. The basement below this level is finished, and is where I work out of at home. We have kids that like to run ...
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1920s wood flooring type

I have a 1928 pacific northwest house. There is some kind of tongue and groove flooring under the existing flooring in my kitchen but it is difficult to see what it is. It is about a 1/2 inch thick ...
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Can porcelain tile planks be installed in a crawl space house?

My home is a single story, about 1200 square feet, and is built on a crawl space foundation with a plywood sub-floor. The people we bought the house from had flipped the home after a foreclosure, and ...
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What are good ways to deal with an area that needs temporary floor covering?

I recently posted a question about using peel and stick tiles on chipboard substrate as a temp fix. I started to write this as an answer to that questions, but realized that my answer was becoming ...
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Peel & stick tiles for temporary floor covering over chip board?

We recently had a toilet tank crack. I caught it within two hours. stripped the carpet and foam underlay from the affected hallway, vacuumed up the water, and had a fan on the chip board all within ...
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Tile layout on the diagonal to minimize cutting

I am tiling a bedroom floor with 20" tile on the diagonal. Is there a way to layout the tile so as to minimize cutting? I am fine with trying the layout in reality and making adjustments to it as ...
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Wood floor Transition Strip

I’m working room-by-room in my house removing old wood flooring and installing new Cali Bamboo flooring. Because Bamboo expands and contracts so much, the manufacturer suggests using transition ...
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What kind of adhesive should be used to install marble tile?

Looking to have large 24x24 Marble tiles put around and under a new cast iron pedestal tub. What adhesive should the contractor use? Is there a problem putting these under the very heavy tub?
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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.
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Shaving a floor joist without a planer?

I have an interesting problem. I been in the process of remodelling my living room and dining room - paint, lights, floor, essentially the works. And in doing so I discovered one of my floor joists is ...
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Sistering a damaged joist with 2 smaller pieces of wood

I am trying to repair some water damage below an ensuite shower on the upper floor of a house. The room is only 120cm wide and the wet rot damage is isolated to the joist directly below. The damage to ...
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Does laying vinyl click flooring under appliances void the warranty?

I have just had a new kitchen installed and after all I decided to put a new floor which happens to be vinyl click panels. I was told that to make the floor to look professional the installer would ...
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Temporary butt joints for hardwood dance floor panels

I recently got several large panels of salvaged gym floor with the intent to use them as a snap-together dance floor, installed over carpet. The padding under the carpet is very minimal, so I don't ...
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Large 1" Gap between new flooring and trim. Help!

We had 3/8" engineered flooring installed over our original floor in the hallway and landing. I asked the contractor to install around the door trim instead of cutting them down but did not anticipate ...
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How long do I need to wait before painting an interior PT plywood floor?

I recently had my basement floor replaced due to termite infestation. The floor is concrete and the floor joists are made of pressure treated wood. The contractor removed the carpeting and pressed ...
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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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What is this dark stain on my flooring and can I fix it?

I have either engineered hardwood or laminated flooring. This was where my dog's water bowl had been Is this mold?
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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 ...