Supporting floor joists or multi-layered concrete slabs lie at the bottom.
Then you probably have a sub-floor made of plywood sheets. Carpet and wood floors come next with pads and vapor-barriers. Vinyl and tiled floors require their own protective layers beneath called an underlayment.
Now, don't think a home flooring topic would just be about the pretty stuff on top!
Cracks, creaks and smells in your floors are almost always coming from the bottom layer.
It goes without saying though that your home floor covering (top layer), is the best layer since it's what you see and feel as you walk about your house.
A home improvement flooring project can dramatically change the appearance and "feel" of a room.
Hard surfaces such as tile flooring and wood flooring, can infuse qualities from country-esque to grand palace into your space.
Carpet floors bring you a softness and richness that can make your house feel friendly, warm and cozy.
Whatever your home flooring style, you're surely to face a repair or replacement project if you live in your home a long time or have moved into an older property.
Surface damage to floors occurs and can affect both the looks and integrity of your house. Sub-flooring can squeak and joists can cause bulging and sagging.
The best thing to do is evaluate your flooring situation and use the proper remedy to bring things up to snuff.
Home Flooring Guides
- How to Fix a Floor Squeak
It's like taking your floor to the chiropractor... You make the right adjustments, and things feel and work smoothly again. Find out what's going on with your noisy floors and learn about a sure-bet way to permanently get them to stop creaking.
- Refinishing Hardwood Floors
This endeavor is usually a process of clean, prepare and apply. Get the skinny on the best ways to prepare your hardwood home flooring and tips for a quality and long-lasting finish application.
- Repair Broken or Cracked Tile
You can usually make tile repairs yourself if you follow these all-important steps. Only a few tools and supplies are needed - just add your steady hands, and your tile floor will look as good as new.
- Vinyl Flooring Repair
There are several problems that can come up with vinyl flooring. Factors like whether it was installed correctly or not, age and the kind of beating it takes can lead to bubbling, dents, scratches and gouges, just to name a few. Follow these tips to improve this common type of home flooring.
- How to Remove Gum from Carpet
Oh the joys of sticky, dried chewing gum in your carpeting. All hope doesn't have to be lost if your carpet has fallen victim... A few methods described here almost always lead to successful removal.
The mantra "keep trying" definitely applies, do do not give up.
- Remove Pet Urine Off Concrete
Nothing will stain or smell up a cement floor like pet urine. If your dog or cat has had some accidents in your basement, garage or patio, there is a great product that can help. Follow the directions carefully, apply a little elbow grease, and consider the problem solved.
- Epoxy Garage Floor Coating
While technically not in your home's living space, adding an epoxy finish to your garage or basement floor can do wonders for the appearance and clean-up of any space. Follow these steps for your prep and finish jobs, and your concrete flooring will never look better.
- Cat Urine Odor Removal
There's a main rule of thumb to follow here: use the right product as soon as you can. And even if you can't act quickly, don't try too hard with the wrong products. Follow this method to get your carpets and floors smelling "normal" again.
- Remove Paint from Concrete Surfaces
Sometimes, you have a paint spill or maybe it's time to redo your flooring. Whatever the case, here are the best ways to get that old, unwanted paint off any concrete surface.
- Remove Linoleum Glue from Concrete Floors
We love these simple methods for getting old, stuck-on "Lino" glue up from a concrete pad.
- Remove Carpet Glue from Concrete
A little bit of elbow grease goes a long way when you've ripped up old carpeting and find the glue didn't come with it.
- Remove Wax from Wood Surfaces
It happens, candle wax drips or you need to get wax off of an old hardwood floor. Use these techniques that will take wax spills and build-up off wood safely and easily.
- Remove Old Thinset from Concrete
Whether from your concrete subfloor, foundation or cement board in your bathroom, we've got some great methods to get thinset up and out cleanly for good.