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?

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?

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?

EXPANDING AND CONTRACTING WATER PROOF LAMINATE FLOORING (WPL)

Currently the Water Proof Laminate (WPL) flooring sales continue to grow at a very fast pace. It is a great solution for areas in the home, or commercially that could get wet from time to time.One of my previous blogs named IS WATER PROOF LAMINATE FLOORING FOR ME? talked about the benefits and cautions of water proof laminate. What we are experiencing in the installation field is a small number of WPL jobs being effected negatively by direct sunlight and expanding when they get hot. This is because they are made of forms of plastic therfore hot and cold seem to be … Continue reading EXPANDING AND CONTRACTING WATER PROOF LAMINATE FLOORING (WPL)