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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.

Does resanding/refinishing hardwood floors remove signs of water damage?

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I’m going to be rehabbing a house that had some roofing problems and damaged the hardwood floors in certain areas. I was told that I could hire someone to sand the floors and refinish them for a cost. Does this effectively remove the signs of water damage?

Also, what are you guessing the rate is for hardwood resurfacing in Chicago, IL?

Thank you!

Yes , sanding will take out most normal water stains. If the water had penetrated deep into the flooring it would cup and warp the boards. If you don t have cupping then you should be able to sand and refinish to an acceptable level. I don t know about Chicago area but my area it was 3/5 $ a s/f to sand and refinish. GL

Is there a combination vapor barrier and wood flooring adhesive?

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I’m laying an engineered wood floor on concrete on grade. It’s recommended (although not required in my situation) to lay a vapor barrier before installation. Is there a product that combines this IN the wood flooring adhesive?

I ve never seen any and I ve layed a lot of that type flooring. If your using a urethane glue ( recommended) I ve always considered that my vapor barrier, since no moisture will penetrate the urethane. And a tip… Cement must by very clean and dust free to glue wood down.. Any flooring questions you can e mail me thru my avatar GL

Is it necessary to acclimatize solid oak wood for some days before laying down flooring?

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We are getting solid oak flooring, and we wanted to know for how long it should be done, if it is necessary?

All houses are different. Heat, cold, humidity and ya da. It’s a very bad idea to just take it out of the box and lay it down. I had professionals lay my floor and it was the same thing, lay it all down and let it get acclimated. Then they came out the next day to finish. They laid it out over night. I’d say about 18 hours. But that’s what they did, your experience could be very different from mine. I just know from experience that you MUST let the wood breath and get used to your house.

How do I get rid of "glue haze" on my engineered hardwood floor?

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they make a spray cleaner specifically for hardwood….
try a local flooring company or maybe lowes or h/d…………

real wood flooring…..help!?

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almost 18 months ago, i had some real wood flooring down in our living room. My husband laid it down, and because he is one of these people that has to get everything dead right, he used all the correct materials and tools. i must add that he also used proper edging material in case of expansion to the wood over time. Everything has been fine up until now. there are a couple of places where the wood has raised. It has not come apart but just raised. it has been like this for around 2 weeks now, and at first we came to the conclusion that it may be linked to the weather that we have been having, and that it would eventually settle down. The flooring is all glued down, so it would not be as simple as just taking certain parts out and re-laying, it means taking up most of the flooring which may even damage the tongue and grove. any ideas please. Thank you in advance.
he did leave a gap around the edges of the wood near the walls, and its not the whole of the flooring that is lifting up,its just in a couple of places.
The glue was only used along the t&g and not to glue the whole floor down.

When you say real wood do you mean tongue and groove 3/4" hardwood?

If that is the case,it should have been nailed down not glued.Also us old timers use a tar paper moisture barrier under this type of installation.

Or are you talking about engineered hardwood,(hardwood veneer over plywood)?

Many of these types are meant to float, not be glued down.
They also need a moisture barrier.

Over the years I’ve put many variations of wood flooring down but never a glue down type.So I’m wondering if it was supposed to be completely glued down at all.

Some laminate or engineered floors do need only the joints to be glued.

Was your new flooring brought into your house environment 24hrs prior to installation? Both wood and tile should be allowed to acclimate to the environment it will be installed in.

When you say raised, do you mean just the t&g edge or do you mean the whole floor?
It could be moisture,It could also be the original floor may have been "wavy" which would lead to an improper bonding surface if it really was supposed to be glued down.

Your problem is either moisture related or improper installation.

5"hardwood flooring installation ?

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Hire a joiner.