How do you shrink flooring to take the excess wrinkles out of the center?
We have vinyl flooring that is glued on the edges but not in the center. The excess material is causing the flooring to raise up in the middle of the floor. Do I use a heat gun and try to shrink it? I don't know. Any educated suggestions would be help-full.
Question answered by rob s
If this is a perimeter bond material, and it didn t acclimate right and "shrink" to the floor then it is faulty material and must be reported to the place of purchase.
If it is a full spread glue type , there is nothing you can do but replace it.
The way to tell the difference, full spread flooring will have a felt type or paper backing. Perimeter bond is smooth. You ll have to find out what you have before anything can be attempted.
Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar. GL
How do you remove laminate flooring that was put down and glued to the floor?
I have this horrible laminate flooring in my house but it's hard to take off the sub-floor because the laminate is glued to the floor. I have been taking it out with a screw driver and hammer and it kinda damages the sub-floor. Is there a way to take out the laminate with little damage to the sub-floor?
Question answered by Heretoplay2
That is a very tedious job. You will be sitting there forever with a pry bar though. You can also buy a floor scraper for about $20 at any hardware store. Generally found in the flooring dept.
Take my experience though, all depending on what you re-cover with (ie. tile, carpet, etc) if you are going with tile, you need to have a glue free surface. Plywood is inexpensive and easier to remove that your laminate, Not to mention the time and aggravation you will save.
Bamboo Flooring! How good is it? Anyone installed this type of floor more than 2 years ago and happy ?
I live in Sydney, northern suburbs. I'm trying to find the optimum solution for a bedroom floor to replace the sick carpets with an alternative healthy floor. My ideal is bright sand color flooring. Timber seems not that tough as bamboo, but bamboo products are imported from China and the quality may not be as good. If anyone has a bamboo floor for a few years now, I'd like to hear from you, and if you are happy with the quality, please let me know where to buy it from.
Question answered by fun mom
well we haven't had it for two years, but we have had it for a couple of months. we have the dark maroon color and it shows dust and cleaning streaks retty badly so i have to clean it every other day to. i wish i would have went with the lighter color now like you are talking about.
as for scratches, since ours is so dark, the deep ones do show but i go over them with a matching stain. i have never noticed lighter scratches. but since you are talking about getting the lighter colored flooring, the scratches wouldn't show up very easily.
we were very happy with the quality. it wasn't like hardwood flooring where you have to inspect each piece before you put it down, each one that came out of the box was in perfect condition. and the brand we bought was nice and thick.
Is it expensive to switch from a concrete flooring to a wooden one UK?
We have concrete flooring living room with carpet but want up to date wooden floors. It's a very small room but heard that concrete floors are difficult to covert. Is that true?
Question answered by Beacher
The concrete floor has to stay there, but you can cover it with oak flooring on a sticky insulating membrane, we did ours, but you need a good DIY ability to do it. We got ours from Homebase.
When fitted you feel warmer in the room as it insulates away from the concrete. But the choice is yours.
What suitable flooring can I use for a laundry joint toilet area?
The area is timber floor sitting on stumps and whatever flooring should go on top of it. It will need to be waterproof. I'm looking for other ideas other then tiles.
Question answered by furniture_pc
In my sons bedroom, I put down a plywood floor. I used a decent shop-grade plywood...about 28.00/sheet at the time, and I caulked the seams as I laid it down. Once this is done, the finishing options are endless. I used an oil brick red primer and a brick red latex top coat. Then we took white, green, black, and a burnt orange, and used sponges to create a nice texture. We finished it off with 4 coats of a water-based poly. I love the way it came out. It takes more time than you may think, but the materials are relatively cheap, and we had a lot of fun doing it. You wont find this floor anywhere else in the world.
How long do you have to leave concrete floors to dry before laying hardwood flooring in a new house?
We are considering laying hardwood flooring in the living/dining room of our new house. The floor is concrete and we have been told we need to wait for a period of time before laying wood flooring.
The time period varies with who we ask, but we've been told anything from 3 months to 2 years!
Does anyone have any direct experience of this? Is it a load of rubbish or is it genuine?
Question answered by firebobby
Would have thought that after a week or so when the concrete was set it would be ok to lay flooring. Maybe the flooring contractors are trying to put you off until they can fit in the job!!
What is the best kitchen flooring for a home with a very slobbery dog?
My dog slobbers a lot on the kitchen floor when we are out. We come home to lots of very watery slobber on the floor. Our current linoleum flooring is old and needs replacement. I would like something in style but it needs to withstand the slobber. Thanks for any suggestions.
Question answered by Gordan
The subject of kitchen flooring and dogs can be a real dilemma for those who have large rambunctious pups and a small budget. Some of the more durable floor types can be somewhat expensive. When it comes to flooring, you get what you pay for. While some kitchen floor types can entail high upfront costs, in the long run, they may just help you save money.
Some Kitchen Floor Types for Dogs:
Ceramic tile flooring
Hardwood is affected by changes in humidity and is not recommended for bathrooms, kitchens, or below grade. Many laminate floors are water-resistant, but you should check the warranty to be sure what is and is not covered.
What kind of flooring would you lay in a bottom level of a tri-level house?
I live in a tri-level home. The upstairs has hardwood floors in all but the bathroom and it has ceramic tile. The main floor will soon be remodeled so its not an issue at this point.
The bottom level has a bathroom, pantry and bedroom. We have gutted the bathroom and are trying to decide what type of floor to put down. Its a concrete floor as of now. What kind of floor would be best and should i do the ENTIRE lower level the same flooring? Im thinking resale value.
Question answered by rob s
Any moisture at all in that lower level, I d do that whole area in ceramic..And if the house is a few years old, and you have no vapor barriers , again I d do ceramic. Using area rugs as needed. Any moisture issues at all or no vapor barrier I wouldn t do any carpet or vinyl since it can ruin carpet and the hydro static pressure can blow off any vinyl glued down. If this level comes off a garage again I d do ceramic..
If you have a vapor barrier and have no moisture troubles a glue direct engineered hard wood looks great and ceramic in the bath unless its a 1/2 bath then you can let it flow right in there but thats your choice. Any other flooring questions you can e mail me thru my avatar GL
What kind of flooring should I use?
I need to replace the carpet in my master bedroom. The flooring that leads up to the bedroom is a blond laminate. I do not want that in the bedroom. I also don't want carpet again. Would it be strange to do a different color wood floor? All that is under the carpet is plywood. I want to do this myself. Any suggestions?
Question answered by email@example.com
For resale value of the house, you should stick with the same or a similar color. If there is wood in the room, you could match it to that. If you aren't that crazy about the blond color, use some throw rugs. Never buy flooring to match furniture. Furniture is temporary & floors are not usually.
How easy is it to install hardwood floor? Is it as easy as laying laminate flooring?
I have started my own flooring business. Installing laminante and hardwood. While I am experienced in laminante, I have not had the oppurtunity to install hardwood.
I will be installing prefinished tongue and groove haardwood.
Question answered by Bitcasso
That depends on whether you are installing prefinished or unfinished flooring. On prefinished it is not that much more difficult than laminate except you use nails or glue to install it. There are flooring nailers and flooring staplers and you need to know when to use which one. With unfinished it is best to leave that to someone with experiance as the sanding and finishing stages are critical to having a good looking floor. If you are interested in doing quality work, you need to do a lot more research before taking on these floors.