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What flooring should I use in my home office?

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]
posted by jeri on Jun 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Best way to fill in missing floor tiles?

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]
posted by pyjammy on Jun 23, 2014 - 18 answers

What type of floor tiles are these?

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?
posted by baggers on Jun 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Advice please on selecting/installing flooring in our "utility" area

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]
posted by forthright on May 17, 2014 - 13 answers

Following a burst pipe, is soaked flooring salvageable?

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]
posted by ianso on Mar 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Creeky Hardwood Floors

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]
posted by demonstartivepapadonous on Feb 2, 2014 - 10 answers

What flooring should I install on stairs in a house with all laminate?

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]
posted by pitseleh on Jan 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Tile in living room: fugly or nice?

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]
posted by Wordwoman on Nov 20, 2013 - 48 answers

Cheap, Chew proof, Non-toxic, hard surface for a puppy's pen

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]
posted by long haired child on Nov 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Part of hardwood flooring is damaged. How to fix it or who to call?

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]
posted by corb on Sep 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Flooring Options Over Green Concrete

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]
posted by plinth on Aug 13, 2013 - 5 answers

What flooring would you want in a Miami condo?

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.
posted by Heart_on_Sleeve on Jun 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Reflooring part of a rental property (kitchen and living room).

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?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Recommend a Floor Refinisher in Los Angeles?

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]
posted by palliser on Apr 13, 2013 - 2 answers

New (old) house with the worst possible kitchen floor.

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]
posted by checkitnice on Feb 16, 2013 - 20 answers

Flooring from Lumber Liquidators

Will we regret buying engineered hardwood or bamboo flooring from Lumber Liquidators? [more inside]
posted by amarynth on Feb 13, 2013 - 18 answers

Laminate vs. Bamboo vs. Hardwood flooring

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]
posted by slidell on Feb 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Straightforward way to reduce hardwood floor shine?

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]
posted by halogen on Jan 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Paint it white.

Advice on painting a room white from top to bottom. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Jan 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Raised flooring on a budget.

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.
posted by digividal on Dec 22, 2012 - 5 answers

How to best level a kitchen floor?

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]
posted by jacob on Dec 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Can I install this floor?

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]
posted by maurice on Sep 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Is laminate flooring what I want?

Help me floor my house! [more inside]
posted by Cloudberry Sky on Jul 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Carpet common?

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]
posted by usermac on Jul 20, 2012 - 21 answers

It's raining in the basement.

Sink overflowed in bathroom, it's raining in the basement, now what? [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny on Jul 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Needing wood of a certain size

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]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jun 28, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I find cheap but durable flooring?

Any advice on getting the cheapest possible decent quality flooring? How to shop for it? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jun 16, 2012 - 19 answers

How can I set up a mildew-free workout space in my unfinished basement?

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]
posted by wexford_arts on Feb 13, 2012 - 13 answers

The ever-so-slightly-split-level living room

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]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Jan 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Best Flooring Ideas for a Basement?

What is the best flooring for a basement? Has anyone had experience with the wood-like laminate? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Dec 27, 2011 - 15 answers

Sister (joists) are doing it for themselves

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]
posted by wwax on Aug 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Where can I get an undercut saw in Canberra?

Where can I buy an undercut saw (jamb saw) in Canberra (or online to arrive within a few days)? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Aug 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Please help me choose a color and type of hardwood flooring. Please!

What color engineered hardwood should I put in? What are the trends? What are the fads? What color would you NOT recommend? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Jun 14, 2011 - 14 answers

A different type of planking

Any ideas what this type of flooring is? [more inside]
posted by timshel on Jun 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me not move my office into a dank cave

What’s the cheapest way to make an unfinished basement work as usable living/working space? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jun 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Liquid vinyl or epoxy floor covering for plywood floor in "cat room"?

What options can you suggest for replacing carpet in a "catbox room" with something moisture-resistant and easily cleaned? Some of the cats occasionally get confused and miss the boxes. The sub-floor is plywood. I've been thinking along the lines of the 2-part epoxy coating I applied to the concrete garage floor several years ago, but don't know if it works well on wood, which flexes. Flooring companies have pointed out problems with conventional floor coverings either absorbing or being etched by cat urine. The room has a wood-burning stove in it, so something that won't burst into flame if exposed to an occasional ember would be best. X/
posted by Death by Ugabooga on May 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me improve my floor!

Can we paint our dull, lousy-looking laminated timber floors? [more inside]
posted by lottie on May 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Wood floats

We are buying a one-story 1959 ranch-style home in Austin, Texas. The floors are 70% polished concrete (which is just the top of the slab). I want to add wood floors and our contractor is suggesting that we float the engineered wood floor on the slab. [more inside]
posted by seventyfour on May 9, 2011 - 12 answers

Can I repair just the small damaged area of my parquet floor?

A small section of my wood parquet flooring is cracked and/or buckled. When I step on this area it creaks and springs up. Can I replace only the damaged section? [more inside]
posted by ranunculus on Apr 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Forced to redecorate the bedroom. Halp!

So. This renovation just keeps getting worse. Now the bedroom is involved. Help me brainstorm new flooring, wall color, and keep me sane. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Which should we pay for and which should we do ourselves?

DIY: is it easier to go a good DIY job painting walls (interior) or installing laminate floors? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 22, 2011 - 32 answers

Choosing shower floor tile shouldn't be this hard.

Now I need help choosing tile for the shower floor. Is the one I picked going to hurt me? I know you are not my tile setter but I've got to order tile soon. Testing the tile before ordering is not an option. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Can I find flooring that's green, durable, and relatively inexpensive?

We're about to tear up old, nasty carpet and install some new non-carpet flooring. But after way too much time spent researching, I'm still completely confused about the best option that combines sustainability, durability, and appearance without breaking the bank. [more inside]
posted by laze on Apr 12, 2011 - 12 answers

What can we do with an older house with carpeted hardwood floors?

My wife and I are about to close on a house. Most of the rooms are carpeted and we're wondering what we should do; we'd like to rip out the carpets but are worried that the hardwood floors underneath (assuming that the floors are hardwood) might be covered with lead-based paint. Also, we pretty much have less than one month to do the floors. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Mar 20, 2011 - 23 answers

Help me be grout-free.

What material should we use as the flooring of a raised outdoor patio? The tile isn't hacking it. [more inside]
posted by dinger on Mar 4, 2011 - 9 answers

What should my hardwood floor stairs look like?

May I please tap the Hive Mind for some advice about hardwood floor stairs? I'm not sure how to identify what I want. [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii on Feb 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Urine makes my feet sticky

My beloved 12 year old mini dachshund has suddenly developed incontinence. I've got the medical issues covered but I'm having trouble with the clean-up. [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on Jan 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find this flooring!

Can anyone identify this hardwood flooring? [more inside]
posted by some chick on Jan 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Flooring moisture meter in Seattle.

We have purchased some new flooring and would like to rent/borrow a surface moisture meter before we install it. We've checked several tool rental places (home depot, aurora rents, etc.). We've been able to find the "pin" type meters, but really need one of the "surface" variety. I know it's a long-shot here, but does anybody have a source that I might try? thanks.
posted by jimmereeno on Dec 20, 2010 - 6 answers

I want warm feets!

Marmoleum Click + Electric Radiant Floor Heat = ? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka on Dec 17, 2010 - 1 answer

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