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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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Installing Laminate Flooring in an Enclosed Porch

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Dear Lauren, Congratulations on your new addition! It sounds like you’ll have a great retreat to go enjoy your backyard or views. Enclosed patios are a unique type of room. It sounds like you have some of the most common challenges that go along with these rooms, including climate control concerns and consistent UV rays. Let’s take a closer look …

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Installing Hardwood Flooring With Dogs

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Dear Savannah, Hardwood flooring is stunning. It has a rich finish and beautifully natural appeal. We can certainly understand why it’s your top pick for your house. Still, its natural allure does bring a few downsides. The wood itself is softer than most other flooring, so it’s easily scratched or dented. Unlike laminate or vinyl flooring that mimics the look …

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Is It Safe to Install Laminate in a Nursery?

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Dear Eleanor, Keeping your child safe is your highest priority. You’re watching your diet during pregnancy and prepping your home so it’s safe as soon as your little one starts to crawl. It’s normal to worry about the flooring in your child’s room and want to select the best option for their health. There have been reports of formaldehyde found …

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Where to Start: Beginning a Laminate Flooring Installation

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Dear Sian, Many people can relate to your nervousness to start a laminate flooring installation. The beginning of any big project is critical. You want to start it on the right note so everything runs smoothly. You’re in luck! A laminate flooring installation doesn’t require years of on-the-job training and experience. It’s ideal for DIYers. To help you enjoy the …

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Can I install underlayment under laminate with attached padding?

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Dear Craig, Laminate with attached padding (underlayment) can be confusing to many DIY installers. You read articles touting the importance of using underlayment for moisture control, noise reduction, and overall support. It’s natural to wonder what you should do to maximize your floors longevity when the underlayment comes pre-attached. Extra Padding Poses a Risk Most underlayment provides extra padding on …

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When Do I Need to Use a Transition Molding?

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Dear Randy, This is a great question. The need for a transition piece can be confusing in rooms with unique sizes and shapes. As a rule, we recommend using transitional molding in any room that is larger than 30 feet in width without any obstructions. Without this, the stability and strength of your floors are in jeopardy. You are installing a …

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Installing Underlayment With Laminate Flooring on Stairs

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Dear Elaine, Great question! Underlayment is usually such a crucial part of laminate flooring installations, but when it comes to your staircase, you can leave your underlayment behind. When you install laminate flooring on your stairs, you must glue the planks to the thread and riser. You cannot use the click and lock installation method for this type of install. …

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