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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Do tiles look darker when hanging on a wall than they'll appear when layed horizontally on the floor? [closed]

The salesman in the showroom told us that the tiles we see hanging on the wall will be 20% lighter when are layed down horizontaly on the floor, so we should take into account when choosing our ...
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How thick of shims can I use to bring new wood floor up to tile height?

I am going to be installing hardwood flooring (Oak) on place of carpet. The wood will mate up with a schluter (sp?) strip with tile on other side. After I remove the carpeting I see they have shims ...
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Tile on OSB substrate in bedroom

A lot of information online about laying tile is specific for bathrooms (that need waterproofing), but in this case I want to remove carpet from a bedroom that is used as office space. This carpet is ...
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Is it OK to use 1/4“ OSB over a standard subfloor before installing 3/4” hardwood on top?

I'm planning to install a hardwood floor to butt up against ceramic tile. The tile looks like it will be 1/4" proud to the wood. Can I install 1/4" OSB over the subfloor, then the paper, then the ...
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Safe to install vinyl plank flooring over existing peel and stick

Looking for some insight on best approach for prepping a floor for vinyl plank install. I am laying down vinyl plank flooring in our laundry room/mud room. I was going to remove the two layers of peel ...
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Hardwood to Tile Different Height Transition

We've just installed some large format tile in our home which required a good chunk of mortar and thinset due to its weight, and as a result we now have a large height difference in this door frame ...
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Can I use cement backer board as a subfloor? [duplicate]

Would it be correct to tack HardieBacker to the floor joists directly or is it necessary to lay exterior plywood when renovating/installing a new bath floor? my home is 140 years old and the floor ...
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Contact surface between subfloor and joists

I had to remove portions of the existing subfloor chipboard panels (18mm depth), which now I need to replace (I already bought a new P5 panel). The problem is that one edge of the hole is irregular, ...
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Hardwood flooring nails showing through plywood from underneath

Hello 8 years ago we installed hardwood floors throughout our entire condo. At that time we had asked our association if that was something we could do. We weren't sure if the foundation or the condo ...
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Should we glue above and below our rubber underlayment for wooden floors?

We have received our delivery of 3/4 inch thick engineered wood planks. They are 8 inches wide, random lengths, and the white oak layer on top is about 3/16 thick. Subfloor is very good and solid ...
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Linoleum underlayment removal

We have three rooms that have linoleum, which we'd like to tile. They all transition flush to 3/4" thick hardwood flooring at the same height, so I have to assume there is some kind of additional ...
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What is the difference between floor and subfloor? Is subfloor a part of floor?

Consider the following image (img_1) I guess the whole thing is called a floor framing system and subfloor is a part of the system. So subfloor is a part of floor. is my understanding right?
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Is this a floor framing system? what is the difference between joist splices and floor joists?

I googled "floor framing" and got lots of results. The following (img_1) is the simpler one. According to the anotations in the image, there are 7 joists, 2 bearers, 6 stumps, right? Consider the ...
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Should I level the subfloor before or after adding another layer of subfloor?

When laying a second layer of plywood subfloor to support granite tiles, does the original plywood subfloor need to be leveled first or just level the floor after adding the second layer? I have about ...
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Laminate floor boards cut too short

my contractor cut the laminate boards too short leaving about 1/8" gap in some places and installed them. Any way to make them looking good?
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Closing gap around floor transition strip and door trim

Having finished major renovations, I'm focusing now on the fit and finish work in a 1964 U.S.A. ranch-style home. As you can see in these pictures, the slap-dash flooring transition is shoddily done ...
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What type of subfloor will stand up to water in a bathroom?

I'm remodeling our bathroom because of some issues we're having with our floor. The kids weren't shutting the shower curtain when they decided to take a 30 minute shower. They would have a pile of wet ...
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raise floor level and floor over cavity, is there a better solution?

We have had two walls removed to open into an extension (340x320cm) and to add french doors to the extension. We face 2 issues: The dining room floor is at a slightly lower level to the kitchen ...
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Are these boards above my garage structural?

I started laying out some plywood for storage above my garage, and was wondering id these 2x8's can be removed to make a flatter space. I saw someone refer to them as "catwalks", though I can't find ...
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Old to new molding transition

Picture shows corner of opening between kitchen (on left) and living room (on right). You can see that edge of laminate floor in living room doesn't go under base board(blue) but hidden by quarter ...
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I Joists maxed out

I am using some 11-7/8" x 2-1/2" TJI I Joists. They say they can span 19' 4" when spaced 16" O.C. Does this mean they will have the same stiffness as if they were only spanning 12'? Or 15'? Or is ...
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Subfloor patching

This is picture of door opening where my dining room (laminate) floor meets kitchen vinyl. I recently created door opening in wall and now I am planning to install new vinyl flooring on kitchen side.(...
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Floors and walls in unheated garage/workshop

On my lot I have a garage which I use for various types of storage. At the moment the floor is paved with concrete bricks, and the walls are made of concrete fence. Suffice to say it's not the ...
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My apartment still smells like polyurethane after over a month! I have a toddler with respiratory issues, please help

I just moved into a recently renovated apartment. I am not sure exactly what work was done or what products were used. It has new parquet wood floors and the place was sitting empty for a month. I ...
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Wood flooring scratched

I have purchased a new property and the property has flooring which I think is wood. the floor has a scratch which can be seen in the link below. It's hard to describe the scratch but it's like a ...
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Do I need to remove old adhesive residue before installing new self-adhesive flooring?

I have an old peel and stick floor in my kitchen that's is getting replaced. I'm putting down a new peel and stick floor. I'm removing the old one because it's curling and lifting from age. The ...
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What should I cover gap with below stair banister

I am looking to install a cable rail banister when an older banister was. Unfortunately there is a gap in between the stairs and wood floor that was previously covered. Thanks in advance for your help!...
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Is this a picture of particle board?

I’m looking underneath the laminate in my kitchen and need to identify this subfloor. Is this particle board?
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What size should sistered joists be when repairing a cut joist?

I need to repair a cut joist in my kitchen floor. I was going to use a header and sister the joists on either side of it. Question: how do I know what thickness of a header I should use? What about ...
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What is under my floor

I am removing vinyl flooring with cork tiles underneath and noticed some green bits under the floor. Can this be asbestos? This flat was built in 1988 and I bought it this year
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Installing engineered hardwood to exposed edges

I'm about to begin removing carpet and installing some engineered wood floors in one of the rooms of my house. The only thing I'm unsure of at the moment is how the boards should be installed for ...
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How to maintain a proper gap while installing vinyl plank flooring under the existing baseboards?

I'm going to be installing some vinyl plank flooring, and it happens to be exactly the same thickness as the wood planks I'll be removing. It would really convenient if I could just slide it under ...
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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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What is this layer of material in the kitchen floor?

I have decided to replace the linoleum flooring in my kitchen with a layer of LVT Underlayment, and then Vinyl plank flooring. There were sections of the original floor that were not covered by the ...
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Can I recoat my floor's matte finish with a satin sheen product?

I had my floors refinished in a water based Matte sheen. They have no life. Can I add a coat of satin to at least give them a little shine?
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Distributed expansion gaps in solid hardwood flooring

I am planning to install prefinished solid 3 1/4" wide by 3/4" thick ash hardwood in my home using 2" cleats. I live in Canada, so the average indoor humidity difference between winter and summer is ...
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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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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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Engineered hardwood over uneven basement subfloor?

I purchased a house 2 years ago with a partially unfinished basement but had all the supplies to finish. I am getting around to doing the flooring soon. I have nice oak engineered hardwood flooring ...
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Removing old rock hard adhesive from concrete floor

i have removed the old ceramic tile that was put down on top of linoleum. It came up easier because of that but I now am being told that the old rock hard glue or backing has to come up. I have tried ...
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Vinyl Tile Crackling Noise When Walking On It

I recently installed standard self-adhesive vinyl tile in a section of my basement. I cleaned the painted concrete and the surface was generally flat but it isn't perfectly smooth. There were some ...
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How to trim between wood floor and circular opening for spiral stairs

I recently replaced the carpet in my attic with a floating mdf backed engineered hardwood floor. the attic has a circular opening in the floor for a spiral staircase. The face of the opening is 3/8" ...
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Doorway transition between hardwood and floating bamboo with different heights [closed]

We have hardwood in our whole main level except for a study that had carpet. I've pulled up the carpet and have been replacing it with floating click bamboo. I'm trying to figure out what to do with ...
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How to fix a levelled flooring to a sloped flooring

I currently have a large open air terrace that has been tiled without a slope for the drain. When the contractors layed the concrete flooring they did not add a slope to allow for drainage and tiled ...
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Advice on building a livable cabin floor on a concrete slab with insulation and plywood

I'm planning to build a 10 x 12 living space based on a shed design. The shed will rest on an existing concrete slab therefore my plan is to lay 6 mil polyethethylene sheeting and foam board ...
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what ground cover to use under bike storage shelter?

I recently built a lean-to style bike shelter in the yard; no walls, with a sloping roof, and big enough for 4 or 5 bikes. At the moment it's bare earth on the ground, does anyone have any ...
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Thicker epoxy rather than grinding concrete substrate to achieve smoothness

I am covering my basement apartment's concrete floors with epoxy. The concrete is very well done (self done, been several years, no cracks, reinforced, 2-3" thick). In order to test the epoxy, I ...
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Best solution for a room with slightly different floor height

I recently purchased a new home and the previous owners had done some modifications. Firstly they had made a car port with an upstairs bedroom, then they enclosed the car port and extended the ...
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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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Do we have to worry about liquid leveler being too heavy?

We're having flooring installed soon and our current floors have a decent slope to them and aren't level. The installer is going to use a liquid leveler. Do we have to worry about it being too heavy ...

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