Wood Flooring - Flooring Questions
1.20 Does anyone have BKR brand laminate flooring. Thinking about buying this brand. Any suggestions would help.?

Q. I debating on laminate flooring. BKR has caught my eye but i have never heard of it. What brand of laminate is best? 8mm or 12mm. Going on a wood floor in an old house. Ripping up carpet and tile. BKR has the underlayment already attached and the installer said he would put down a moisture barrier. This is just adding up quickly and I want to make sure i get a good brand that will last a long time.

A. The most well known brands of laminate are quik-step, & pergo. The thicker the better. If I were you I would have the real wood floors refinished. Real wood is much more durable, you won't have to buy the new flooring, and wood will add more value to your house. If the wood floor has already been refinished too many times and can't be refinished again, then maybe consider engineered wood flooring. It has a layer of real wood, it will feel more solid than laminate, it looks better, and it can be refinished when it gets worn.

1.20 We just got our carpet removed and got wood flooring. What are some things we should know or have?

Q. Anyone out there that has wood flooring, do you have any tips? Like what kind of things we don't need anymore (carpet vacuum, rugs, etc.), what kind of things we do need (slippers, polish, etc.), and what kind of things we should know about wood flooring

A. A swiffer sweeper is a must have and it's not good to walk on them with spiky hills in your shoes, they leave dents on some wood floors.

1.20 Laying engineered wood flooring over vinyl flooring?

Q. 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!

A. 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.

1.20 Can laminate wood flooring in two adjoining rooms be mismatched?

Q. We are moving into our first home and we are replacing the carpet in the living room with laminate wood flooring. The floor in the dining room is already laminate wood and joins up with the living room floor. We are trying to pick out new floors and are wondering if we can get a different color wood floor for the living room or if we need to match it perfectly with the dining room. Would mismatching the wood look tacky?? Calling all interior designers! I need your help!

A. What you are asking is a question of personal taste. I (being a wood lover) think it's kinda cool to bounce to contrasting wood off one another, But thats just me.

1.20 How long do you have to leave concrete floors to dry before laying hardwood flooring in a new house?

Q. We are considering laying hardwood flooring in the living/dining room of our new house. The floor is concrete and we have been told we need to wait for a period of time before laying wood flooring. The time period varies with who we ask, but we've been told anything from 3 months to 2 years! Does anyone have any direct experience of this? Is it a load of rubbish or is it genuine?

A. Would have thought that after a week or so when the concrete was set it would be ok to lay flooring. Maybe the flooring contractors are trying to put you off until they can fit in the job!!

1.20 Is it difficult for a person to install snap together laminate wood flooring,should we hire a professional?

Q. We are putting down the board like laminate wood flooring that snaps together & have been told it is easy to do . Does anyone know how to do it? We could use your help.

A. Hello, Just follow instructions that are on every pack, Tools needed , Fine tooth saw, square, ammer, stanley knife for scribing the line to be cut,rule and pencil, and common sense. Some you just snap together by hand, others have a driving tool to knock the laminate joints into one another. Just take your time, make sure before jointing up as to take apart again will damage laminate. Go for it.

1.20 Flooring Experts Read This--Help?

Q. Ok...I ripped the carpet out in my family room and put down glueless laminate snap together wood flooring. Now i want to put it in the kitchen and hallway but i have two layers of flooring above the subloor....one linoleom with some serious adhesive underneath, and on top of that I have those stick down tiles ....together they are about an eighth of an inch thick....NOW heres my problem....It is nearly impossible to remove the linoleom....it would take me 3 days at least to get all of it off....would it be easier to take apart the family room....it isnt that big....and then put something down an eighth inch thick....and then just put the laminate over the existing tiles and linoleom? I have enough room under my doors to do it....what would i use that would be that thinn if so??? like masonite board?

A. That s one way to go about it. That is to use something thin. Its best to get the elbow grease and take up the old .. Barring that ,a "T" mold which you ll need any way, may make the transition if not you ll have to use a reducer.. You ll need break in the laminate for expansion and contraction any way. Any other flooring questions you can e mail me thru my avatar GL

1.20 Question for flooring expert?

Q. I am going to get some hard word flooring soon. it is going to be click-lock. right now my room has carpet that is about 27 years old. over the last 15 years I have sat on floor and layed on it to play video game or watch TV. this has caused the padding under the carpet to go flat. I'm definatly going to get some kind of chair to sit in on the new floor but if I were to sit or lay on hard wood flooring with out any kind of chair would the same thing happen ?

A. I have installed floorboards before and I doubt you could hurt the floor by just sitting while playing games or watching TV.

Wood Flooring

 Flooring - Wood Flooring No other flooring material offers quite the same kind of beauty as wood flooring. There is something polished and classy about wood flooring that other materials simply can't match. They are perfect for all styles of East Bay, California area homes, but add a special finish to country homes, farm houses etc. Besides, they are relatively easy to clean, are extremely durable, and overall, add to the value of your home. They are also one of the most natural flooring materials, allowing you to give back to the environment.

 flooring company in East Bay, California Wood flooring are varied not just in the species of wood it is sourced from, but also in the types, finishes and thickness of the flooring. Wood species include oak wood, Brazilian cherry, birch, pine, walnut etc. Besides, you can choose from solid or engineered wood flooring, antique wood floors, factory finished floors and parquet flooring. The kind of materials and styles you choose will depend on your life style, the rest of the décor of the room and the area where you live. Almost all types of wood flooring that consists of one piece of wood are considered to be solid flooring. This flooring is perfect for rooms that are on or above ground level. Engineered wood flooring is ideal for areas of the house where a solid wood floor may not work, like kitchens and utility rooms. Bamboo hard wood floors are the most environment friendly, and are a far cry from the rustic bamboo poles of yesteryear. Modern bamboo wood floors come in the form of strips, making them easy to lay. Oak hard wood flooring is still the material of choice for elegant >, California area homes. The variety of colors that are available may vary from species to species, so request a pre-finished or unfinished sample before you decide on the right shade. The natural colors of oak and maple continue to be the most popular shades. Always factor in color variations because it is highly likely that each strip comes from a different tree.

Wood floorings are one of the more expensive choices in flooring materials. However, the quality of the wood determines the pricing itself. You can expect a cheap wood flooring to have more imperfections and more number of knots. A higher priced wood will offer fewer variations in color, although this is dependent on the species too. Expensive wood also gives you a wider width, and allows you to stain and finish your wood flooring to bring out a richer color. Installation costs also vary a lot, depending on the labor rates in your area, as well as the sub floor preparation. To ensure that your expensive new wood floor lasts long, keep water, dirt and sand away from your hard wood floor. Water discolors the wood, while dirt and sand cause scratching and dulling of the color. Use floor rugs outside the door, and just inside the hallway, and place area rugs at different points throughout the house to take some of the wear off the floor. Never use regular floor cleaners or soap solutions. Special neutral pH cleaners will keep your wood floors residue free. Insert felt strips or padding under the legs of your furniture to prevent scratching and lift the furniture off the floor when you have to move it. To protect areas near large windows from the damaging effects of the sun, use heavy curtains.

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