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.

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!

When you do a home improvement project is STEP 1 to throw away the instructions?

“Oh, instructions you are my friend! How I long to know you, so well I can fly without you.” As a young flooring installer I loved reading all the instructions. I went to every workshop, read every flyer that came with materials. Hardwood and sheet vinyl often had instruction in the packaging or within the material package.I worked with many old-timers and was a wealth of useful knowledge and over the years was promoted to installation supervisor of the same men that trained me.I still enjoy keeping up with the changing industry and a large part of that is reading the … Continue reading When you do a home improvement project is STEP 1 to throw away the instructions?

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?

What orientation should I use when laying vinyl or hardwood plank flooring?

There are three rules when determining what direction to install a plank floor. Rule #1  When you open the front door it is inviting to have the planks running front to back showing you the way. They can also invite you further into the home. Used diagonal they could even direct you in a  certain direction. Rule #2 Install the flooring planks into the light. Maybe towards windows in the back of the home or other. When subfloors are a bit uneven (most are at a bit), running into the light rather than across (side to side) to the light … Continue reading What orientation should I use when laying vinyl or hardwood plank flooring?

What are the best ways to lay a linoleum floor over an existing one?

Before you decide to install a linoleum or vinyl floor over an existing floor you need to find out the recommendation from the manufacture of the new floor. Some floors are not ridged enough to be installed over a flooring that may give in to dents from furniture or appliances. As a rule I feel it is better to remove the existing flooring when possible, especially in areas of heavy traffic such as kitchens and other main living spaces. However at times it does make sense to prepare the existing floor for installation over a old floor. This could be … Continue reading What are the best ways to lay a linoleum floor over an existing one?

Why glue down a new engineered hardwood floor?

Most enginiered hardwood floors offer the installation options of Glue Down, Floating or Nail Down. In my opinion the glue down method is preferable in most applications.  I often tell clients that “If we glue it down, you won’t be calling us back”. When you glue a hardwood floor the entire board is secured to the subfloor weather your subfloor is a concrete slab or a raised wooden subfloor, the bond locks the two together for the life of the floor. Not only does this firm up a raised wooden subfloor, fill in some low spots, it helps seal a … Continue reading Why glue down a new engineered hardwood floor?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CERAMIC FLOOR TILE REMOVAL.

    Removing ceramic tile in your home needs to be done at times to make room for new flooring such as new tiles, hardwood flooring, laminate, carpet and/or vinyl floors.       Removing tile in the home is one of the most dusty things  to be done in the house. No matter how well you mask off areas, the dust seems to get through and rolls slowly into all areas and levels of the home. With that said it is still worth  the effort of masking off doorways to slow it down, covering furniture, drapes (or removing them), … Continue reading WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CERAMIC FLOOR TILE REMOVAL.