May 3, 2016
installing vinyl flooring

Installing Vinyl Flooring

Whether you are using vinyl tile or roll flooring, installing vinyl floors is a matter of patience and planning to execute a beautiful finish.
January 14, 2010
laminate flooring off gassing

Laminate Flooring: Off-gassing and VOCs

This “article” is the result of questions readers had for me because they felt their situation or concerns weren’t addressed in the various laminate flooring articles […]
July 18, 2008
refinishing pine floors

Refinishing Pine Floors

Refinishing pine floors needs to be done after years of wear and tear. You can do it yourself or hire it done. You have to make a few decisions before the project is done, so this article will help.


May 3, 2016
installing vinyl flooring

Installing Vinyl Flooring

Whether you are using vinyl tile or roll flooring, installing vinyl floors is a matter of patience and planning to execute a beautiful finish.
June 8, 2007
how to install carpet pad

How To Install Carpet Pad- A Complete Guide

Knowing how to install carpet pad doesn't mean you'll be doing the job; you may choose to supervise it. But with the know-how under your belt, you can hire qualified workers so you get a top-notch job done on your new carpet and padding.
May 18, 2007
engineered vs solid hardwood flooring

Engineered vs Solid Hardwood Flooring

Engineered vs solid hardwood flooring can start many a lively debate among friends, home builders or remodelers and homeowners. There are pros and cons to both, but for the most part, nobody can tell the difference in the look once the floor is installed. Let price, availability, and environmental issues help guide your choice.
January 26, 2007
stained concrete flooring

Everything You Wanted to Know about Stained Concrete Flooring

Stained concrete flooring can solve many flooring questions and issues. By being a hard surface, it collects less dust and dirt, agents that cause problems for people with allergies. You can create the look you want with the scoring patterns you select, and the color you choose for stain. As long as you have a solid, stable foundation, the flooring shouldn't crack or move either.
December 22, 2006
engineered hardwood flooring faq

Engineered Hardwood Flooring FAQ

Home improvement projects and new construction always raise questions about the products you are considering. If you've never had experience with hardwood flooring, you may wonder what the difference is between solid and engineered hardwood. Frequently asked questions (FAQ) aren't always easy to get answers to, but we've tried. Here are a few engineered hardwood flooring FAQ with answers.
November 15, 2006
pine flooring

Pine Flooring

Pine flooring isn't as popular today as it was in past centuries, but if it's the look you want then it's a good option. Pine is a softer wood than the popular woods of today like oak, making it show wear and tear sooner and more readily. But that distressed look can be fashionable, and with the right sealer, you can control the level of distress your floor gets.
April 21, 2006
sealing slate tile floors

Sealing Slate Tile Floors

The topic of sealing slate tile floors seems to have more questions around it than you would expect. Do you need to seal them at all? When do you seal them? What do you seal them with? The quick answer is, if in doubt, seal them and use a penetrating, water-based sealant. Need more? Read on.
February 16, 2006
removing asbestos vinyl flooring

Removing Asbestos Vinyl Flooring

Asbestos vinyl flooring was widely used until 1972. When the dangers of asbestos became an issue, then careful vinyl flooring asbestos removal became an issue. One option is just covering asbestos flooring with the new flooring material like carpet, vinyl tiles or sheet vinyl, laminate or hardwood flooring, or even ceramic tiles and stone. Testing for asbestos in vinyl flooring can be done by professionals or by yourself to determine "is there asbestos in my vinyl flooring" or not. Asbestos in vinyl flooring isn't the end of the world, but asbestos and vinyl flooring do cause concern for your health. Use precaution if you elect to remove asbestos vinyl flooring so that its potential doesn't become your reality.
January 23, 2006
removing vinyl flooring

Removing Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring has changed through the years, and if you are tired of your old vinyl flooring, consider replacing it. First decide if you are going to floor over it or remove it. Removing vinyl flooring is hard work, and can be dangerous if it contains asbestos, as pre-70's vinyl tiles did. Just be sure to learn how to tear out vinyl flooring before you tackle it. Want a new kitchen floor? There are lots of ideas to help.
November 25, 2005
sealing basement floors

Sealing Basement Floors

Basement floors can be a problem to live with and to finish if you have moisture problems. There are several ways of dealing with the moisture, including filling cracked basement floors, sealing the basement floors, using a dehumidifier and/or sump pump, and laying moisture barriers for basement floors -- prior to installing your flooring choice.
November 19, 2005
jute rugs

Jute Rugs

Jute rugs and carpet are not widely used, but they are a sustainable option for your home and office. Jute matting is used for backing on some carpets and linoleum. Jute area rugs and carpet can lend a certain look to your home, while custom made jute rugs add a distinct touch of class. Jute flooring is more delicate or fragile than other natural fiber rugs and carpets, but it may be the right choice for you.
November 19, 2005
travertine flooring

Add Beauty And Quality To The Home With Presence of Travertine Flooring

There are pros and cons of travertine flooring, and your lifestyle and needs will determine if it's the right choice for you. You can select larger slabs or tiles for one look or opt for travertine mosaic flooring, an option that may increase the flooring durability. Your level of skill and handiness will guide you when it comes to the installation of travertine flooring -- will you do it yourself or hire it done?
November 19, 2005
saltillo tile

Saltillo Tile

Saltillo Mexican tile has been used in homes for hundreds of years. Though not durable enough to withstand harsh winters outside, they are lovely indoors anywhere. The challenges of this type of flooring include installing Saltillo tile, Saltillo tile restoration, and a reliable method to clean Saltillo tile. But the benefits -- rustic beauty, non-toxic materials used in its manufacture, and low cost -- may outweigh the drawbacks.
November 19, 2005
porcelain tile flooring

Porcelain Tile Flooring

Porcelain tile is a durable and beautiful product that enhances floors, countertops, and walls. Porcelain floor tile is beautiful, durable, and easy to take care of when properly installed. Porcelain tile floors add a touch of elegance to any home or office they adorn. One question for you to evaluate is ceramic tile vs porcelain -- which one fits your style and budget best.
November 19, 2005
polyurethane flooring

Polyurethane Flooring

Polyurethane flooring is a protective coating that adds longevity to many floors. Consider lightweight polyurethane flooring for your next hard-surface floor to reduce damage from moisture, dirt and grime, and daily wear and tear.