Artfloorescence-The Moisture Testing Guy

This article was written and shared by my friend and flooring expert Carl Bredl “The Moisture Testing Guy”. Carl Bredl the moisture testing guy – testing & inspections themoisturetestingguy.com 2w · Edited ‘Artfloorescence’ – There Is Beauty In Destruction These … Continue reading Artfloorescence-The Moisture Testing Guy

FLOOR REMOVAL, GRINDING CONCRETE. WHAT TO EXPECT.

Grinding Concrete is dusty business every time it is done. We use vacuum equipment when possible and cover doors openings and furniture, however you can expect the home to have some dust on all surfaces when completed. It is best to plan on a house cleaning after work is completed as part of the cost of the project. Tile and hardwood removal often disturb the subfloor in the same way and creates a large amount of dust. With that said, at times our clients tell us “it was much less dusty than expected”. So if you are having this work … Continue reading FLOOR REMOVAL, GRINDING CONCRETE. WHAT TO EXPECT.

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?

How do you tear out linoleum and vinyl tiles (VCT)?

The question came in: How do you there out linoleum tile? Although a big vague on details, I will attempt to help you through the process. Before you remove linoleum sheet goods or vinyl tile (VCT) it is best to remove approximately 3″x3″ area and the adhesives under it and have it tested for asbestos. It is more likely the adhesive would have asbestos than the floor but either could be a carrier. You can find a lab locally to do the test for under $50.00 in most cases. Once you are cleared to remove the flooring it depends on … Continue reading How do you tear out linoleum and vinyl tiles (VCT)?

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?

Do large tiles make a room look bigger or smaller?

                      I am often asked in the showroom if large tiles will make the room look smaller. This is often when looking for floor tile for a smaller room. The old train of thought was that you put large tiles into large rooms and small tiles into small rooms. We even used to change size in the same installation and install 18″x18″ in the kitchen and living room and change to 12″x12″ for the bath and laundry even if they connected at the doorway.Now days we know large tiles vs small tiles will make a room look bigger rather … Continue reading Do large tiles make a room look bigger or smaller?