General Flooring Information

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Choosing the Right Threshold and Molding: T-Moldings

Floating laminate floors provide the installer with numerous different styles of molding. Each piece provides an overlap that will cover the expansion area of ½- to ¾0inch, the area that must be provided so that the wood floor is allowed to expand and contract as humidity and temperature levels change

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Choosing the Right Threshold and Molding: Overlap Reducers

It is important to know which molding is right for the transition from a floating laminate hardwood floor to another type of flooring. An expansion area must always be provided to allow for the floating floor to expand and contract. Transition Overlap reducers are moldings that are used for a finishing

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Choosing the Right Threshold and Molding: Reducer Strips

When installing hardwood laminate floor, you must choose the right molding for the right application. The different types of moldings provide a nice transition from the laminate floor to another surface and cover the area that is left open to allow for the expansion and contraction that a floating floor

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Choosing the Right Threshold and Molding: Stair Nosing

Among the many kinds of molding that builders used to create neat spaces, stair nosing is one option for outfitting flights of stairs to create more attractive interior designs and more functional stairways. Whether a home or other property has a full flight of stairs, or several steps up to a split

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Choosing the Right Threshold and Molding: Baby Threshold

Pre-finished laminate floors offer a specific molding for a specific purpose. The moldings are color-coordinated with the flooring. Because the laminate floor will expand and contract, the moldings allow room for that expansion. They are not attached to the floor itself, but to the subfloor underneath.

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Understanding the Anatomy of a Wood Frame Floor

It is important to understand the anatomy of the wood frame floor for several reasons that include knowing how to properly install plumbing and wiring. It is also necessary when determining what types of appliances and pieces of furniture are safe to put on top of it. There are several materials put

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The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Flooring

There are a number of reasons why vinyl flooring has long been amongst the most popular types of flooring. Not only is it relatively affordable compared to many other types of flooring, it can also look very authentic. In spite of this, vinyl flooring is a completely artificial product. It is easy to

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The Pros and Cons of Wood Floors

All of the realities of a wooden floor should be taken into consideration before you install it in your home. Wooden floors can be practical or inappropriate, depending on your specific situation. Elegance and Tradition Wood is a completely natural product and has been used in flooring ever since people

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The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is often used in bathrooms and kitchens places because it is easy to clean. It is also resistant to water and other spills, unlike carpet or wood. However, there are also disadvantages which should be taken into consideration. This is especially the case if you are planning to install ceramic

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The Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a fairly new and increasingly popular option for flooring. It is by far the fastest growing in the floor industry. It has only been around for about twenty years. Laminate flooring has a number of advantages and disadvantages. The main reason for its popularity is that it provides

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The Pros and Cons of Carpet Squares

Carpet square makes an attractive choice for interior flooring. It consists of portions of carpet cut into square shapes. These squares are also known as carpet tiles. They are a good alternative if you wish to have a carpeted floor but prefer not to have a complete roll. Below are 5 pros and 3 cons

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How to Remove Vinyl Tile

Removing vinyl tile is a fairly easy but time-consuming job. You will need a few basic tools and materials at your disposal and a basic knowledge of DIY will be helpful. Generally, if you want to install new flooring in a room in your home, you will need to remove the old floor. In some cases, you can

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How to Patch Concrete Floors

Since concrete is a very popular material for flooring, patching concrete floors is something that you can learn how to do if you want to save money in the future. The process is fairly straightforward, but the most important thing is to get on to the problem quickly. Damage in a concrete floor can quickly

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How to Apply Floor Leveler: the Basics

If there is a difference in the level between different portions of your floor, the simplest way to sort out this problem is to apply a floor leveler. This does not require removal of the final finished flooring and completely makes up for any elevation differences on the surface. The steps for applying

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Evaluating Your Existing Floor: Underlayment and Subfloor

Replacing floor underlayment and subflooring is a home improvement project that takes planning and attention to detail. Underlayment is a protective layer of sheeting, that is installed between the subfloor and the top floor covering. An effective and correctly-installed underlayment protects the floor

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Basement Floors: How to Test Your Floor for Moisture

One of the recurring problems in basement floors is that of moisture seepage. However, moisture is always not easily detectable. Often, it is observed only when extensive damage has already been done to the flooring and wall surfaces. One of the easiest ways of avoiding this problem is testing the basement

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Pointers for Painting Floor Coverings

When it comes to painting floor coverings, there are a few common factors regardless of the type of flooring that you are painting. However, there are some slight differences when it comes to what paint to use, so it is worth making sure you are using the right tools for the job. 1 - Clean it Before

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Installing Commercial Black Vinyl Tile

Commercial black vinyl tile may be suitable for flooring in the kitchen, hallways or bathrooms and may be easily installed. The advantages of these types of tiles include the price and the time spent on installation. Tools and Materials Needed: Self stick vinyl tiles Rolling pin Knife Measuring

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Cutting Black Vinyl Tile

Black vinyl tile may be suitable for your floors in your kitchen or hallways. When installing the black vinyl tile, you may need to cut the tiles according to the layout of the space. Vinyl tiles are not difficult to cut and you won’t need an electric saw. Tools and Materials Needed: Vinyl cutter

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Remove Vinyl Tile Adhesive from Concrete

Managing to remove vinyl tile adhesive from concrete is not a simple task, especially if the adhesive has been applied several years back. However, even though it is a challenging task, it is definitely not an impossible one, as long as you follow the steps below. Tools and Materials Needed: Mop Warm

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How to Remove Vinyl Tile Adhesive from Hardwood

Vinyl tile adhesive is used to attach the vinyl to the floor. If you want to lay a new floor, after removing the vinyl, you have to remove the adhesive also. If you have hardwood under vinyl tile, you can polish it and you will get a new floor. With the right tools, it is labor intensive, but easy to

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How to Seal Self Adhesive Vinyl Tiles

If you do not have the time and money to install ceramic tiles, self-adhesive vinyl tiles are a great option. They resemble ceramic tiles, but at the same time, they are easy to maintain. The biggest disadvantage of these tiles is that they have a porous surface, which will cause accumulation of dust

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How to Remove Stains from a Marmoleum Floor

A marmoleum floor is a more natural alternative to linoleum floor and is ideal in areas that are heavily circulated. The cleaning of this type of floors is easy and even if you are dealing with stains, these can be removed with commercial or home produced solutions. Tools and Materials Needed: Dish

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Install a Marmoleum Floor in a Bathroom

While the manufacturer Forbo recommends that a Marmoleum floor be laid by a professional installer, a small area such as a bathroom can be installed by the homeowner. Marmoleum is a certified ‘green’ product by LEED’s. With the patented ‘Top-Shield,’ Marmoleum is factory sealed and is very

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How to Seal Marmoleum Floors

Marmoleum floors are sturdy and may be recommended in areas with high traffic. Marmoleum is a material that is manufactured using natural ingredients such as linseed oil and wood and the marmoleum floors are easy to install, clean and maintain. For maximum durability, you will need to seal your marmoleum

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Maintenance for Interlocking Rubber Flooring

Interlocking rubber flooring is becoming a popular flooring option. Rubber flooring is not only relatively affordable and low maintenance, but it is also easy to install, especially with the interlocking features. Here are a few significant maintenance tips you should adopt for your interlocking rubber

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Staining Concrete Floors: Mistakes to Avoid

The process of staining concrete floors is rather straightforward. However, some may tend to commit some mistakes. Here are some commonly made mistakes which you should make sure to avoid. Lack of Proper Preparation It is crucial to prepare the floor properly prior to staining it. Some primary mistakes

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How to Clean Bathroom Ceramic Tile

Bathroom ceramic tile may be problematic to clean, since a lot of bacteria, soap scum and mildew can gather. For your health and comfort, it’s best if you keep the bathroom ceramic tile clean. You Will Need: Generic tile cleaner or vinegar Water Sponge Dry towels or pieces of cloth Small

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How to Use Premixed Grout

Using premixed grout is a great way to speed up the grouting process because you do not have to mix it yourself, saving yourself from the risk the mixture isn't exactly right. Before using any premixed grout, be sure to read the directions given on the package, because they all work a little differently.

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How to Match Grout Colors

Being able to exactly match grout colors can be a very taunting experience because the colors will fade over time. The best way to match the colors is by beginning with the original color and mixing with a color that will lighten, or darken, it until you can match the existing color. Tools and Materials

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How to Change Grout Colors

The grout colors in your tile flooring or wall might fade and discolor over time, producing an unsightly appearance. Tiles are the preferred choice of home owners for a variety of surfaces as they are both durable and attractive. The grout may somewhat inhibit the signs of aging as dirt, grime and fungi

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How to Grout Bathroom Ceramic Tile

The bathroom ceramic tile is a durable material that can withstand weathering. However, ceramic tiles still wear out over time and once this happens, applying grout on the bathroom tiles usually fixes the problem. Grout is a type of plaster that fills the cracks between the tiles. Here are the materials

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How to Clean Glazed Porcelain Tiles

Glazed porcelain tiles add a glistening beauty to any area where they are installed. They can be used for floors, countertops, backsplashes and tub surrounds. The cleaning of all of these areas is similar.You Will NeedMopBucketMild detergentBroomVacuum cleaner with hoseStep 1-PreparationThese instructions

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How to Easily Replace Individual Rubber Floor Tiles

Rubber floor tiles can be easily replaced with little effort and cost. One or two broken or worn out rubber tiles may spoil the look of your floor and be an embarrassment to visitors in your home. Just because you have one broken tile does not mean you must take out the whole floor. If the broken tile

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Maintenance Tips for Rubber Roll Flooring

Rubber Roll Flooring is largely preferred, since it reduces the number or edges and seams, preventing moisture seepage to a greater extent. Rubber roll flooring is a bit more expensive than rubber tiles, and needs some basic care. To care for your roll rubber flooring, use the following tips: Getting

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Pros and Cons of Vinyl Composition Tiles

They're a recent addition to flooring options.

Hazards of Vinyl Composition Tiles

Vinyl composition tiles are also known as VCT.

How to Seal Rolled Rubber Flooring

To prevent Rolled rubber flooring leaks.

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How to Precision Cut Polished Porcelain Tile

Using polished porcelain tile can create a stylish design.

How to Use a Grout Float Properly

A grout float is used to apply the grout to the tile.