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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

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

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

Is laminate flooring what I want?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can I intall Marmoleum directly over tile?

Can I install Marmoleum Click tiles over ceramic tile? [more inside]
posted by cyndigo on Sep 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me clean my floors!

My roommate and her dogs are finally moving out. Now how do I rehabilitate the floors in my house? [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel on Aug 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Need some advice about home repair

So, Mr. Sunny and I need to get some work done on our house. We need to replace the sliding glass door, probably with another sliding door. There is condensation in-between the panes. [more inside]
posted by annsunny on Jun 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Plywood floors for our kitchen?

Are plywood floors a good choice for our kitchen? [more inside]
posted by iconomy on May 11, 2010 - 30 answers

One, Two, Three, Floor! Underlayment?

We're putting in a laminate "wood" flooring in our kitchen. I've read this thread for great tips. However (underlayment question)... [more inside]
posted by carlh on Jan 18, 2010 - 10 answers

My floor is covered with years of dirt and I don't know how to fix it.

I have no idea if my floor is vinyl or linoleum. What's the best way to clean it? [more inside]
posted by ohisee on Dec 27, 2009 - 6 answers

Silencing squeaky floorboards.

Squeaky floorboards in hallway. Sleeping toddlers that wake at the slightest noise. What are your best tips for reducing the creaks and squeaks? [more inside]
posted by SueDenim on Sep 27, 2009 - 18 answers

Economical flooring suggestions

Looking for suggestions/recommendations on economical home flooring solutions after a carpet de-install in a 70s era home. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Jul 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Is this laminate defective or is this typical?

Should I keep the $800 worth of as-yet uninstalled Shaw VersaLock laminate flooring, or is this just a shoddy product that I need to return to "Larry" at the floor store? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Oct 13, 2008 - 13 answers

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