Find out how ceramic tile can be laid on mid-century crumbling linoleum or vinyl floor without first adding a cement floor, and when to check for asbestos content in the old floor.
It's generally advisable to remove old flooring and paint before adding new layers. But exceptions do exist. Learn how to determine whether layering floor types is acceptable or not. Plus, buyer beware: Discover the major pitfall of sheet vinyl flooring.
Find out how to pull up carpet in a basement and learn what your options are for a new floor. Get tips on finding an effective adhesive remover and learn why tile is a better idea than paint, which is bound to look uneven.
Learn why mystery odors can be normal in houses that have been vacant for long periods of time. Get tips on how to use primer to seal in odors in the walls and floor before painting or carpeting.
Get tips on the best flooring choices for kitchens and baths. Damp locations make carpet a poor flooring choice. Find out about new options in laminate flooring designed for damp locations.
LESLIE: Rebecca in Kansas is on the line with a question about how to replace ceramic floor. How can we help you? REBECCA: I have several questions. They’re all related. I have a large mud room, a laundry room and kitchen and eating area that are all the exact same ceramic tile and grout. TOM: Read the full article…
Hardwood floors are beautiful, easy to upkeep, resist wear and tear, and are environmentally friendly. However, the one downside to a hardwood floor is that it doesn’t stand up well to water, and can be damaged by prolonged water exposure. Hardwood that’s exposed to water may end up getting warped or stained, and the damage Read the full article…
Forced-air heat may be the most common form of heating system across much of the nation but it has its drawbacks—allergy concerns, duct leakage and the complexity of system zoning can make for an uncomfortable and expensive way to keep your home comfortable in cold weather. Hydronic (hot water) heating, which uses hot water instead Read the full article…
Find out which types of wood flooring can withstand basement moisture, and which to avoid.
Learn how to deduce whether cracked flooring tile is the result of problems with the grout, or the underlayment. Plus, get advice for dealing with the floor's installer after a botched installation.