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How much does it generally cost to put down wood flooring?

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Just the labor part; how much does it generally cost to install wood flooring? Not laminate, solid wood floors. Materials not included, just the labor.
Oh, BTW…for a space that is about 700 Sq. Ft.

It depends. I have had people charge anywhere from $50 to $100 an hour labor. It is the labor that usually costs you, but if you want it done right it is worth it.

How can I paint a beat up old engineered wood floor? Can I also put wallpaper boarder on it and seal it?

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I know I can stencil, but the area is huge and wallpaper cutouts or boarder seems like a good idea to me. I can then seal it with many coats of some kind of low voc clearcoat. I was going to test this in one of the closets to see how it works.

You can actually do whatever you like knowing it is stylish and seems easy to do. It’s a good idea in any hardwood floor to put some design.

real wood flooring or laminated in bedroom? I know real wood is very easy to damage but I don’t like smel and?

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feel of laminated floor. Any advices?

Your bed room doesn t get the foot traffic that will do the normal damage to real wood.So you won t get the wear and tear that you ll get if the wood was in the kitchen or a hall way.
A good laminate will cost the same as your less expensive woods. There are very nice , good looking laminates on the market but they do cost a lot more.
Consider doing the wood yourself if possible. That way you can spend a bit more on the wood and have a great looking floor.
The cost, per s/f for labor on either product is close to the same so thats a wash.
Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar..GL

What is the going price per foot for installation of hardwood flooring ?

hardwood floor installation 3 Comments »

It really depends on several different factors, your location, what type of wood, prefinished, unfinished, exc..
The price of $2 or under would normally be unfinished. Then you would have to add the cost of finishing the floor. So by the time you are done. It would be more like x2 = $4 sq ft
Pre-finished can vary as well depending on the type.
The price range in our area is between $3-5 sq ft.
Normally, you should plan to pay between $4-5 to be on the safe side.

bamboo flooring is only produced in China?

bamboo flooring 1 Comment »

In the stores, everyone says bamboo flooring is from China, does anybody know bamboo flooring from other countries?

in fact,Chinese bamboo flooring is best,and so cheap

Can i varnish or paint my laminate wood flooring a darker colour?….?

laminate wood flooring 15 Comments »

I have laminate flooring in my new apartment and it is of a light colour. I would like to varnish or paint it to a darker brown shade,is there any way this is possible?…

If it’s laminate, no. If it’s wood, yes.
There is no such thing as laminate wood. It’s either one or the other.
Laminate flooring is the same material you find on most formica countertops. The wood grain you see is only a print. If you try to sand it, you end up with nothing. It is not meant to have it’s appearance changed in any way whatsoever.

refinishing hardwood floor – help?

hard wood floor refinishing 6 Comments »

floor sanded – when applying stain they applied 2 coats without allowing to dry inbetween, now it looks like paint and will not dry – what do we do to remove? can this be fixed??

I am going to assume you are talking about 2 coats of stain, not top coats.

So I would proceed as follows
1st) give whomever the "They" are a swift kick in the a**
2nd) determine, whether the stain is oil base or water base.
(if you can’t, use lacquer thinner, with a respirator and lots of ventilation, should work on either kind the only reason not to do this is the cost of the lacquer thinner)
3rd) if oil, start rubbing with mineral spirits
4th) if water, start cleaning up with warm water and lemon juice mixed in equal parts, with a tiny bit of dish liquid to act as a surfactant (keep in mind if you have to go this route the floor will need re-sanding, water will raise the grain esp on pine species

Oh yeah, you will need ALLOT of rags and the longer you wait, the harder its gonna be. Evidently the "stainers’ did realize that most of applied stain should be wiped off minutes after its applied, waiting 24 hours for the second coat if one is required.

The upside of all this is you may find after you gone through all this, is the floor is stained the shade you desire, because without sanding its gonna be nigh on impossible to remove all the stain from raw wood

Laying engineered wood flooring over vinyl flooring?

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Can engineered wood flooring be installed on vinyl flooring?

I’m in the middle of home improvement project and have decided to lay some engineered wood flooring for my kitchen. The particular brand that I’ve bought requires glue-down installation.

The problem is, there’s vinyl flooring that’s been laid with cutback and it’s not going to come up without a significant amount of work and then re-preparation of the sub flooring. I’ve been to the local home improvement center several times and can’t really get a straight answer as to if this is possible. I’ve searched the Internet and its about 50-50 yes and no.

I’d really like anybody’s input into my situation, as I am under a little bit of a time constraint to finish the project as this is my new house and I’ve got to move out of my old house in in a week.

Thanks in advance to your answers!

If you are laying down Bruce or Armstrong flooring, they have instructions for laying over vinyl flooring. Basically you can’t lay the flooring over more than 2 layers of vinyl. You want to make sure the flooring is stripped, not sanded, especially if there is a gloss on the floor. Don’t sand if its a resilient floor, it may contain asbestos. Also they recommend specific adhesives that will bond with the floor.

whats the best way of laying solid wood flooring like Oak on a concrete base?

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The best way I have found is to lay down a layer of asphalt felt and then screw down some 5/8" plywood. I have done this many times. If the floor is up and down put some ashphalt shingles in the low spots before laying plywood. Use Tapcons to screw the floor down.

Why is engineered wood floor so delicate?

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I have it installed in my condo and it scratches SOOO much! I mean even the smallest things makes the scratches. Is there a reason?

It really depends on the brand you bought. A lot of companies produce engineered wood flooring in different styles and grades of quality. You may have ended up buying a lower quality without even knowing it. I would recommend checking with whoever installed it to find out what exactly was put in, and if it was supposed to be good quality, I would go back to the manufacturer and ask for replacements.

Granted, there are a lot of factors that would scratch things…like dogs, roudy children, etc. So it could be any number of things causing the scratches. Or the product could just be defective.