We're remodeling our basement, and the contractor is recommending we use this flooring product. It looks like it would solve a lot of basement flooring issues, but I'm concerned about some of the chemical components, including PVC. Here is the product information sheet. Assuming we're not intending to eat off of the floor, is the PVC (or other components) a problem? One of the benefits of the product is that it require very little to no gluing, so VOCs from glue shouldn't be a issue. TIA!
We're looking to replace the hard surfaces on the first floor - basically, the foyer, hallway, half-bath, laundry closet, pantry, kitchen, and breakfast nook. We think we want tile, and even picked out a porcelain tile sample we like. But there are so many choices of materials that we're overwhelmed! Fellow MeFites, what flooring material do you have, what do you like/dislike about it, and what advice do you have to offer us? [more inside]
Mrs. Lattiboy and I just purchased a house. The previous owner has had the hardwood floors carpeted in 1986. We're getting rid of the carpet and would like advice on what to do to restore them without breaking the bank or breaking my back. [more inside]
Just uncovered some old wood parquet flooring. What should I use to clean the floors and make them look nice?
We need to cover the existing asbestos tiles on our porch floor. Local flooring store recommended Wicanders hydrocork, which is vinyl covering cork, and which snaps into place. It's very new and I can't find much online about it - anyone with experience? What would you recommend covering the floor with? [more inside]
Do you have radiant heating/cooling in your house or have you spent time in a house with it? What was your experience with it? [more inside]
My washer on the second floor overflowed and water dripped through the ceiling to the first floor below. Now what? I'm concerned that the water went through the ceiling instead of staying on the second floor but what is even to be done about it? I'm vaguely concerned my house is falling apart. [more inside]
Historically I have not been an incredibly handy person, but I currently find myself in the process of DIY building a few modular stage platforms from 2x4s and 3/4" plywood which will be clamped together to serve as a stage for a blackbox theatre space that I run (used for improv, sketch and stand-up comedy). Does anyone have any construction tips or recommendations to dampen the noise from footsteps? [more inside]
I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
The carpet in the downstairs family room in my mom's house needs to be replaced. I'm trying to figure out the best option. [more inside]
Is it advisable to frame walls in basement before installing click-together laminate flooring? I am trying to keep costs down, and want to do some work before a contractor comes in to do the walls. [more inside]
Flooring for a basement room -- what are my options? [more inside]
The ceramic tile throughout my house is old, crumbling, and needs to go. Please help me sort through my flooring options. [more inside]
Anyone have tips for installing "hardwood" (solid, not interlocking) bamboo flooring? ...using the "manual" (no air compressor) cleat nailer? I'm new to this and wondering (as usual) what the tricks are that you only learn the hard way (by doing) that you regret not knowing in advance. [more inside]
We have some linoleum floor tiles which might be asbestos. I'd like to get rid of them. How dangerous is this? [more inside]
One of my bedrooms serves as my home office, and the old carpet needs to be replaced - with something. Requirements: 1) I need something that will be easy to clean when the cats puke. 2) I would really prefer to not have to use a mat under my desk chair. 3) Wood is probably out. The office already has a lot of wood furniture, and a wood floor would be too much. [more inside]
When our staircase was remodeled several years ago, it left an area with no tile at the base of the new stairs (old stairs were curved, new ones are not.) It's been 6.5 years of stubbed toes and general unsightliness, and I need suggestions on what to do with this area. [more inside]
I am trying to identify the type and brand of floor tiles in my kitchen so I can replace a couple of them. Unfortunately, there is no box, no label and no brand identifier on them. I think they are vinyl tiles, in an off-white and black cover , with a cork backing and fit together with locking edges (see pics here). Anybody have any ideas of the manufacturer or brand name?
We have a 450 sq.foot "utility" area (ground level, not a basement, but it is where our HVAC, water heater, laundry, freezer, storage, exercise equipment is). Floor is slab concrete, walls cement block. 45 year old home, original contractor cheap tiles over the years have loosened and the remaining ones are easy to pop up. We do not have ground water or dampness problems in this area. We have gotten so much advice from friends, coworkers, home center folks that I need kind Metafilter folks to steer us to solution for our snowflake needs. Details inside. [more inside]
So the hot water pipe leading to our kitchen sink in our house burst during the night and I came down to find our kitchen, bathroom & half our livng room under 2 inches of warm water. Now everything is tidied but the floor material - vinyl - is damp on the underside. What to do? Damp slushy snowflakes inside. [more inside]
We have pretty nice looking hardwood floors. They are becoming increasingly creeky and I am becoming increasingly obsessed. What can I do that doesn't cost BIG $ or make the floorboards look mismatched? [more inside]
My traditional, two-story house currently has dark laminate on the first floor, carpeting on the stairs leading to the second floor, and carpet on the second floor (containing a hallway and three bedrooms). I'd like to get rid of the carpet and replace it with something else - likely laminate. How should I handle the stairs? [more inside]
I am getting rid of the horrible pet-stained carpet in my living room and am considering replacing it with tile. Is this a completely crazy idea? [more inside]
Husband & I are getting a puppy soon. Since we spend most of our time in our study, we were going to purchase this pen to keep in our study along with his crate. Unfortunately, our study is carpeted. So we need something we can cover a section of the carpet with, help us find it! [more inside]
I have hardwood flooring. Part of it got messed up by dye leaking into it, another part seems to have dark stains that I think may have been caused by drink spillage. I need to fix it ASAP. Are these things I can fix myself easily, or should I call a contractor? And if I do, what type of contractor/which one should I call? [more inside]
We are having a basement finished with very recently placed concrete (on the order of a few months old). Our contractor says that we have to wait to put vinyl flooring down (but we could put down carpet). What are our options for flooring materials? [more inside]
We have inherited a dated 2 bedroom condo in Sunny Isles, Florida that we intend to sell in the autumn. The market for permanent residents and snow birds is pretty strong, and we've decided not to do a gut reno, but do want to "neutralize" it somewhat with fresh paint and flooring. White paint is easy to decide, but how to replace the 10 year old blue carpet is puzzling us. As a Floridian, would you want / expect ceramic throughout a 2 bdrm condo or laminate "hardwood"? Why? Our realtor advises ceramic tile throughout, but as Ontarians, that seems weird for bedrooms. I have seen this question but our situation is really focused on immediate resale in an upper middle class community - universally attractive is more important than durability.
My boyfriend owns a house in North Florida that needs to have the floors in the kitchen and living room redone. He rents out the house. He's looking for a good 'middle way': not expensive, but not so cheap that it will have to be replaced soon; nice, but not so nice that it it might get easily damaged by renters (nor ugly, which would lower rent value). N.B.: the price has to include installation since he won't be around to install it himself. Any suggestions for what types of flooring he should look at, especially given N. Florida's climate?
Can you recommend a floor refinisher in Los Angeles? It's for an elderly couple in a 1940s home very close to the intersection of Wilshire and Fairfax. [more inside]
Help us figure out how to cover up or replace this god awful kitchen floor. We just purchased a farmhouse that was renovated in the mid 50s. The mudroom and kitchen have 9" asphalt tiles that are all coming up (so not level), and on top of that, the prior owner used these rooms as a kennel for his incontinent daschund. [more inside]
Will we regret buying engineered hardwood or bamboo flooring from Lumber Liquidators? [more inside]
Should I install "bamboo hardwood," hardwood, or laminate floors? This is for a rental unit in a not-that-upscale neighborhood in Oakland, California. I'm most concerned about long-term maintenance costs and potential resale value. [more inside]
My very dark strand woven bamboo hardwood floors have a semi-glossy finish. Even after they've been freshly mopped, every speck of dust is visible and they'll look dirty the minute someone – wearing socks fresh out of the laundry, even – walks across the room. Is there any way I can change their finish to matte? [more inside]
Advice on painting a room white from top to bottom. [more inside]
I would like to install raised/tiled flooring in the new electronics lab I am outfitting. (So its easy to string new cables of all sorts around the lab with no mess or moving furniture around). I can afford the enterprise tiles I have found on the net so far. Can anyone think of a creative way to implement it without breaking the bank? I would be very happy.
I've gutted my kitchen, and the concrete floor is uneven. Can I get away with only leveling the floor where I'll install the floating flooring, or should I really pour leveler where the cabinets will rest, too? [more inside]
How hard is it to install click together vinyl plank flooring like Allure Ultra? Please assume that this is to be done by two people with a limited budget and limited practical skills. [more inside]
Help me floor my house! [more inside]
So I'd like to know if homes built in the USA in 1958 commonly had wood floors and it is possible this owner added the carpet later. If true we'd have hope that the wood below has possibility for restoration. [more inside]
Sink overflowed in bathroom, it's raining in the basement, now what? [more inside]
I am fixing the flooring in our kitchen and pulled out some pieces of white oak. They are 5/8" x 2 1/4" tongue-and-groove. The pieces have stamped underneath: "MO. HDW. FLG. CO. BIRCH TREE. MO.N.O.F.M.A." [more inside]
Any advice on getting the cheapest possible decent quality flooring? How to shop for it? [more inside]
I want to use my unfinished basement as a workout space and have laid down some interlocking foam tiles on the bare concrete floor. However, the floor under the tiles has started showing mildew after a few weeks in place. How can I set up a comfortable workout space in a typically humid but not wet basement without having to lift the tiles every couple of months to scrub out the mildew? [more inside]
My living room is on two ever-so-slightly different levels; is this going to cause problems when it comes to laying a carpet? [more inside]
What is the best flooring for a basement? Has anyone had experience with the wood-like laminate? [more inside]
How hard is it to "sister" floor joists or is it something a reasonably skilled home handy man/woman could do without breaking the bank? [more inside]
Where can I buy an undercut saw (jamb saw) in Canberra (or online to arrive within a few days)? [more inside]
What color engineered hardwood should I put in? What are the trends? What are the fads? What color would you NOT recommend? [more inside]
What’s the cheapest way to make an unfinished basement work as usable living/working space? [more inside]