Bob and Betsy

Bob and Betsy are the dynamic duo that have all the answers for your flooring related questions! Don't hesitate to submit a question to them at support@bestlaminate.com!

Can I Store Hardwood Flooring in a Garage?

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Dear Meredith, How exciting! Getting new flooring can change the look of your home. We’re excited for you! It sounds like you made a smart choice in purchasing a little bit of extra material just in case something goes wrong during the installation. Having extra hardwood flooring on hand is a good idea so that no wrong cut or measurement …

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Do Hardwood Floors Need Moisture Barrier?

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Dear Susan, You’re right. Moisture can do serious damage to hardwood flooring if you’re not careful. If you were to install your flooring below grade, we’d caution you heavily against it. However, on grade installations can be safe as long as you’re confident that the moisture levels won’t damage your floors. Moisture barriers protect your flooring from below. You are …

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Are Hardwood Floors Slippery?

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Dear Judith, Although that was a classic movie scene, it’s not the norm for most hardwood floors. Hardwood isn’t naturally slick. In Risky Business, Tom Cruise’s character must have just had his floors cleaned, rewaxed or polished to make them slippery enough to slide on. Then, hardwood can become a little harder to walk on. Another time hardwood becomes slippery …

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Does Hardwood Flooring Go Under Cabinets?

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Dear Elvia, Your new house sounds exciting! Putting hardwood floors in your kitchen will look luxurious. Great choice. When building your kitchen, we almost always recommend installing your flooring before adding any cabinetry or appliances. The only times when we might recommend installing cabinetry first is when you are installing the floor and cabinets at separate times with long intervals …

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Can Hardwood Floors Get Mold?

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Dear Tracy, Yes, hardwood floors can get mold. When it does, it’s dangerous. Mold poses a major risk to your health. Some types of mold are more dangerous than others. For example, if it’s black mold, you might want to get a professional cleaner to remove it. If you are able to remove the mold yourself, it’s important to do …

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Are Hardwood Floors Waterproof?

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Dear Natalie, What a great Christmas present from your husband! We are sure you will enjoy your brand new pool once it is built. Not to be a downer, but hardwood floors are not waterproof. In fact, lingering moisture can cause them to buckle or cup. It’s important to keep moisture away from your hardwood floors – even while cleaning. …

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Do Hardwood Floors Need to be Waxed?

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Dear Jeff, Great question! Even though it seems like a straightforward maintenance concern, it’s not. How is your floor surfaced?  The first question you’ll need to ask yourself before worrying about whether or not you’ll need to wax or re-wax your hardwood is how your floor is surfaced. Polyurethane and other types of surface finishes should never be waxed. To …

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Can You Install Hardwood Flooring Over Ceramic Tile?

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Dear Bekki, How exciting! You’re going to give your house a whole new look with hardwood floors. Yes, you can install hardwood floors over ceramic tile, but with a few exceptions. Whenever you install hardwood flooring over any type of subfloor, you must ensure that it is completely level. If your ceramic tile has grout lines that give it texture, …

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Protecting Your Floors During the Holidays

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Dear Amy, How exciting about the family coming into town! As with any full house, you’re up against a risk of unintentional damages and scratches to your new floors. To help you keep them safe, here are a few of our favorite tips. Have a Plan of Attack for Spills  Spills are bound to happen with little ones around. From …

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Finding the Right Hardwood Floor Style and Color

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Dear Angie, Great question! Your floor truly sets the tone for your room. Finding the right style to match your new look is essential. Since hardwood flooring will last you for decades, you want to choose something that’s unique to you but not too eccentric that you’ll regret your decision a few years from now. Styles The first step is …

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