HOW TO FIX A SQUEAKY FLOOR!

We often run into squeaky floors when installing a new one. At times we get a call about a new squeak after a new floor is just installed. Let’s go over a couple of issues we see on flooring projects. Before an install: Loose 2”x6” subfloor is common and can be screwed down rather than nailed. Screws do hold tighter and longer. Also if we can use glue or construction adhesive as well that will really make the correction last. Sometimes you need to add more support under the area to hold an area firm. This can be done by … Continue reading HOW TO FIX A SQUEAKY FLOOR!

BEST FLOOR TO KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN AND HEALTHY?

This question reminds me of an article I read a few years ago. The article was about commercial hospital flooring. Flooring, janitorial and hospital industries were working together to decide what was the healthiest environment for their patients recovery rooms. … Continue reading BEST FLOOR TO KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN AND HEALTHY?

Which flooring should be installed first, or does it matter?

Tile can be messy and the traffic to complete the job is heavy as well. It is recommended to have all your tile and grout work done before carpet, vinyl flooring or hardwood installation. This is typically after any cabinet and painting work is completed. After tile is done we want to install sheet vinyl and laminate flooring if you have any. Hardwood flooring should be held to after all other trades finish there work. Any work that might need ladders like installing light fixtures and crown molding should be completed. We want to protect hardwood and install it at … Continue reading Which flooring should be installed first, or does it matter?

What should I take into consideration before flooring over ceramic tile?

At times I look at the option of installing a new floor coverings over existing ceramic tile. New flooring must be installed over a suitable underlayment that is solid, stable, dry, clean and smooth. Things I take into consideration are: Is the existing tile bonded well to the subfloor? We can’t install over a old floor unless it is solid and stable. I would look the tile over for signs of bond failure such as cracks in the tile or grout. If I find any cracks I will knock on areas listening for hollow or loose spots. If I find … Continue reading What should I take into consideration before flooring over ceramic tile?

HOW MUCH CARPET DO I NEED FOR STAIRS?

When I made the shift from installing to estimating flooring projects, a wise man told me  “the cheapest insurance you can buy for a job is some extra material”.  I think this is a very smart move, especially when figuring carpet or any other flooring materials on stairs and other intricate areas. Carpet on stairs is rarely installed in one single piece, stairs often fall within general size so I often use 12″ for the tread and 9″ down the riser. With this I just need the width to finish the size to order per step. 12″+9″(21″) X width = Area of one step … Continue reading HOW MUCH CARPET DO I NEED FOR STAIRS?

HOW FAR SHOULD TACKSTRIP BE AWAY FROM THE WALL WHEN INSTALLING CARPET?

Installing tackstrip to concrete or wood subfloors correctly is an important part of the carpet installation. If tackstrip is installed incorrectly the carpet project often fails to perform to its potential or the installer is called back to attempt a correction. The following is what the Carpet Rug Institute notes as the industry’s standard on tackstrip installation. It is required that tack-strips be a minimum of 1 inch (25 mm) wide and 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick. Additional tack-strip installation specifications include: Securely fasten tack-strips to maintain the tension provided by power stretching. Nailed or stapled tack-strips are required to have a … Continue reading HOW FAR SHOULD TACKSTRIP BE AWAY FROM THE WALL WHEN INSTALLING CARPET?

CAN I INSTALL OVER MY OLD FLOORING?

     Often I am asked if we need to remove the old flooring before installation of the new floor we are going to install. We want to look at the job site to be sure before we make that … Continue reading CAN I INSTALL OVER MY OLD FLOORING?