Damaged Flooring – Insurance Claim – What to expect from your Flooring Contractor.

Are you currently in the unfortunate position of being affected by unforeseen damage to your flooring and home? I am sorry this happened to you. Making an insurance claim can be very stressful because it means that something awful has happened. Your flooring contractor is here to help you with the corrections with the minimum of stress, and here is some information that may help you through your claim. Once your agent has come out and inspected the damage he will contact the flooring contractor he trust and have them call you directly. When the contractor receives your information they … Continue reading Damaged Flooring – Insurance Claim – What to expect from your Flooring Contractor.

We are putting new flooring in our home including carpet and tile. Which should we have 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 installation. Another reason to have the tile done first is the the carpet will tuck to the tile during install and if the carpet is done first the installer will need to leave the carpet long and return back to finish off to the finished tile with another trip costing both time and money. Safe the frustration of new dirty carpet, carpet runners and multiple trips. Schedule tile and wait for … Continue reading We are putting new flooring in our home including carpet and tile. Which should we have installed first, or does it matter?

Can I lay vinyl over laminate flooring?

It is not recommended practice to install vinyl flooring of any kind plank or sheet over laminate flooring. Or any other flooring for that matter. Laminate flooring is installed in a floating method. It is not glued or nailed down to the subfloor. Therefor, one it should be pretty easy compared to other floors to remove and two it is not a suitable subfloor for a new vinyl flooring. Save yourself the grief of having issues with your new vinyl floor by removing the laminate and doing the work to prepare the subfloor correctly. It is kinda like painting a … Continue reading Can I lay vinyl over laminate flooring?

What can I put on hardwood floors to make them less slippery?

Having a slippy floor is dangerous for anyone. I have walked myself into several rooms and almost gone arse over tea-kettle myself. If your hardwood floor is slippery it could be caused by something on the finish that can and should be removed. A good clean floor should not be slippery. The cause could be too much wax, water on the floor or even a thin layer of dirt or soil. Let us start by cleaning the floor. Sweep it well in all areas and under the toe kicks and up tight again all the base. Then lets clean with … Continue reading What can I put on hardwood floors to make them less slippery?

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 loose or … Continue reading What should I take into consideration before flooring over ceramic tile?

How do you tear out linoleum tile?

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 tile 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 the size of the … Continue reading How do you tear out linoleum tile?

WHAT IS THE ACCEPTABLE TEMPERATURE FOR INSTALLING INDOOR CARPET?

When your flooring installer ask if the heat is turned on during cold weather, it is not because he does not like to work in the cold. It is because a cold carpet does not work the same way as a carpet does at proper room temperature. The carpet may not stretch properly, set on the tack strip correctly or seam well, do to cold air surrounding the area of installation. Even rooms just heated will have a cold floor and when the product is laid have the same results. This is why the following guidelines should be must be followed.The installation should not to begin until the … Continue reading WHAT IS THE ACCEPTABLE TEMPERATURE FOR INSTALLING INDOOR CARPET?

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

Installing tack strip correctly is an important part of the carpet installation. If installed incorrectly the carpet project often fails to perform to its potential or worse the installer is called back to attempt a correction.The following is what the Carpet Rug Institute notes as the industry’s standard on tack strip 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 minimum of 2 fasteners per piece. … Continue reading HOW FAR SHOULD TACK STRIP BE AWAY FROM THE WALL WHEN INSTALLING CARPET?