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Installing engineered wood flooring with baseboard radiators?

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I’m looking at installing floating 3/8" or 5/16" engineered wood floors in an 90 year old house that has perimeter hot-water base-board radiators around almost every exterior wall. These are the units aobut 6" high with a flanged radiant core housed in an overhanging metal housing with an adjustable "roof" over the core. The rooms are large and the existing floors are sound and fairly level old 3" wide pine boards (NOT tongue and groove.) Normally you’d pull up the quarter-round and wooden base-board and put 10 mm spacers at the wall (which is what we’ll do at the interior walls with no radiators.) Pulling out and extending the height of all the radiators would be prohibitively costly (that’s why we are not doing 3/4" solid wood). If we just run the boards to just under the edge of the radiators will it be fine? Anyone out there dealt with this situation and how did you handle it?

Baseboard radiators work by convection, meaning they take in air through the bottom, which passes over the heating core and then the warmer, lighter air rises out the top. This creates a circuit of cool air entering at the floor and warm air rising along the wall. Therefore, you need to have the bottom open for the heaters to work correctly. I’m guessing from your description that you would be reducing the size of the opening at the bottom. Any amount you reduce it won’t help, but as long as you still have at least an inch and a half or so, you should be OK.

I would just do it, and if the room seems colder when you’re done, then maybe you might need to raise the heaters. I would think you can do that after the floors are installed without much problem (other than the pesky cost problem).

The metal housing is usually separate and snaps on to the fin-tube and pipe inside. Maybe you can raise the cover (you might have to modify them a bit, cut off the snap on flanges or create new attachment points where they screw into the wall) to maintain the current opening at the bottom without moving the pipes…

Solid wood floor in the bathroom?

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I have just bought meranti (type of Mahagony) recycled parquet floor which used to be the flooring in an old school. It is georgeous and I would like to use it in my bathroom too. As I said it is solid wood not engineered.I just wondering can anybody would be able to advice me using it in a bathroom? Which would be the best treatment for it ?


Being in the bathroom remodeling and flooring industry for 10 years, you may want to heed my advice on this. Do not use wood as your bathroom floor. Moisture WILL find it’s way to the wood (whether it’s humidity, or a wax ring on the toilet goes, to drippings, etc). No matter how much you "treat" the wood, it won’t keep it from warping, and maybe more importantly, growing mold. Wood is a porous material, and damp wood is a prime home for many nasty types of mold and mildew, some of which are very unhealthy to you and your family. Warping would just affect the cosmetics of your home, mold can risk the health and wellbeing of your entire family. Go with tile, there are even some tile’s made now that imitate wood and look good. Email me if you need further help.

I am getting ready to install a click and lock engineered wood floor, when do I install the stair nose?

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Shoud it be installed first or last? I am installing it on stairs with carpet, how do I secure the top of the carpet under the stair nose?

Each situation is different and each engineered wood too. If your running perpendicular e/ the wood and need to tye into it there are 2 options. You can set the nosing and lock into it. Or put a pc in that you can lock into that. That pc needs to be set back the nosing depth. Then lock nosing into that , or use a spline, which ever you need.If your floor runs parallel to the nosing you can leave it off til the end , just ripping the pc before it to size. Carpet bel usually needs to be trimmed back and turned and tacked up under the nosing Depends how your nosing lays out I always cut off the sub floor over hang to give the nosing as much support as possible. Any questions you can e mail me GL

Alternative to carpet for house with messy kids – real wood flooring?

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I have 2 kids and my carpets in the living room, dining room and hallway are getting very grubby. I am looking at having wood flooring with some rugs? Is this a good plan? Also, there seem to be lots of different types of wood – oak, ash? Any tips on best value for money appreciated.

I don’t want laminate, real wood only.
Thanks everyone so far, under the carpet are big floor board panels so no use in stripping them down :( The house is about 20 years old so those old floor boards arent apparent

Am not too keen on ceramic as it will be v cold in the winter.

If you want real wood, one choice to consider these days is bamboo. It is a sustainable product, because bamboo regenerates so fast. It is hard, durable, comes in a variety of styles and finishes and seems pretty kid proof, depending on the finish you select. Across the street from me, a neighbor with two children, seven and four, put it in the children’s bathroom. I thought this was a pretty crazy idea at the time, but a year later it still looks the same as the day she installed it (herself), even in front of the shower and toilet. When you select your flooring, take a look at the many bamboo products available.

And I’m with you — no laminates!

Doors and Floor installation?

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I have sub-floors in my condo and want to put in a hardwood floor and replace the interior doors. Should I install the new doors first before the new floor, or, the floors first then the doors?

Thanks, M

This type of question is one that has 2 different answers. If you want a easier flooring installation install the floor first (you see this done alot if it is an unfinished wood floor), if you want a easier door installation install the door first. Either set the height with a scrap piece of the wood floor (or) install the door to the floor and cut the bottoms with a saw. Normally, the doors are installed first (so the floor will not be damaged) but it can be done either way.

where can i buy good bamboo flooring in manila?

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i’ve read that it is nice as a flooring material. where can i find details about it? design, cost?, where to find? i am in manila.

You look for the Alfonso Farm in Cainta. They sell bamboo furniture and can surely supply you with bamboo floorings, too.

Can you lay laminate wood flooring next to ceramic tile?

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I’ve never seen it done in person and I’m worried it won’t look right. I have ceramic tile in the kitchen and am remodeling the living room. I want to put in laminate wood. Will the transition look ok from one surface to the next? Does anyone know where I can view pictures of transitions like this?

You can put laminate flooring next to ceramic tile, hardwood, carpet, stone, sheet vinyl, or any type of flooring.
But you must take into account that the laminate floor is a floating floor and must maintain a gap around its perimeter to allow for expansion and contraction. So to allow for dissimilar materials, and differing heights, a transition strip is installed where these materials adjoin. You will also need base shoe (quarter round) around the perimeter and nosing at any change of elevation.
here is a site that explains these various mouldings and their applications.