Flooring DIY How To Projects including Advice on Laying Carpets and Timber Floors DIY Doctor

Flooring DIY How To Projects

This page includes links to all of our Flooring DIY how to projects with advice covering everything from how to lay carpets to cleaning and sealing stone floors. Please browse through the below list and click on your chosen link to view the project information or if your question is not addressed here use the search box above.

Available DIY How To Projects

  • Carpets — how to lay carpet underlay Advice on laying underlay carpet. Including different types of underlay and preparing your floor to fix or staple the carpet underlay.
  • Carpets — laying carpets How to lay a carpet correctly. A guide to laying fitted carpets, underlay and carpet with integral underlay yourself.
  • Drills (angled drill) — how to use Angled drills allow you to make precise drill holes in limited or awkward spaces through most materials with the correct drill bits
  • Flooring DIY How To Projects including Advice on Laying Carpets and Timber Floors DIY Doctor
  • Flooring — cleaning and sealing natural stone floors Cleaning and sealing natural stone floors and worktops including information on why you need to seal natural stone surfaces to ensure they are protected
  • Flooring — engineered hardwood flooring Information on the benefits of wood flooring and hardwood flooring and help with choosing the correct wooden flooring for your home
  • Flooring — filling floorboard gaps How to fill gaps in floor boards, stopping draughts from floorboards and how to seal floorboards.
  • Flooring — fixing creaking floors and stairs How to fix creaking floorboards — Find out Why floor boards creak and why stairs creak and how to stop them making noise
  • Flooring — floor area measurement How to measure a floor area or floor space for carpet, tiles, lino, floorboards, laminate flooring and chip board accurately and ensure that you minimise waste and also any cuts you may have to make
  • Flooring — ground floor slab construction Guide to Laying a Concrete Floor slab and Preparing for a concrete floor slab Repairing Concrete Floors and Replacing a Timber Floor with Concrete After Dry Rot
  • Flooring — laminate floor laying Find out how to correctly lay and fit a laminate floor, how to lay underlay and add edging trim
  • Flooring — laminate flooring Information about laminate floors, types of laminate flooring, when and how to fit a laminate floor
  • Flooring — laying floor boards How to lay timber floor boards. Guide to how to plan, cut and lay floor boarding
  • Flooring — laying vinyl tile or vinyl plank floors How to lay a vinyl tile or vinyl plank floor, prepare the existing floor surface to lay vinyl planks on top. How and maintain a vinyl floor
  • Flooring — laying waterproof flooring How to lay waterproof flooring in your kitchen or bathroom including a step by step guide and supporting tutorial video.
  • Flooring — levelling joists How to level a floor joist and get an old floor level again. Learn about levelling old timber floors, repairing and replacing timber joists.
  • Flooring — non slip flooring Information and advice on how to install non-slip flooring. Health and safety information on non slip flooring
  • Flooring — sanding a timber floor How to sand a timber floor. DIY floor sanding tips and advice about how to use a sander to sand floorboards
  • Flooring — timber floor finishes How to finish timber floors. Find out how and what you use when sealing, waxing, oiling, polishing & varnishing timber and parquet floors.
  • Flooring — timber floor replacement How to replace a timber floor. How replace timber floorboards, sole plates and joists, particularly in old houses
  • Flooring — timber or hollow floors Information on understanding and building a suspended or hollow timber floor
  • Garages — garage floor coverings Levelling a garage floor: How to level concrete floors with self levelling floor screed. Information on various types of concrete floor coverings
  • Insulation — ground floor slab insulation How to lay insulation under a concrete floor slab with advice on target U values, damp proof membranes and underfloor insulation boards.
  • Insulation — underfloor insulation Underfloor insulation, underfloor heating for laminate, tile backer boards for floors, heating under tiles, heating under floors
  • Joist hangers — how to fit and use How to use joist hangers to fit timber joists and rafters. Guidance on installing joist hangers
  • Joists — notching joists for pipes and cables How to correctly notch joints. nothing joints. Advice on the best way to complete your project
  • Joists — repairing timber joists Structural timber repairs — Information guide on the repair, treatment and maintenance of structural timbers and timber joists after wet rot, dry rot and insect damage and how to repair them in situ
  • Levelling concrete floors and floor levelling compound Find out the best way of levelling concrete floors using a levelling compound to lay floor tiles, laminate flooring, wooden flooring, carpets and vinyl
  • Lino and vinyl removal How to remove lino tiles. Advice on the best way to complete your project
  • Painting — wooden floors In this project you will learn how to paint wooden floors correctly and give them a new lease of life
  • Screeding a floor Screeding a floor, raising a floor, laying a level floor, correctly screed a floor
  • Tiling — laying floor tiles A Step-by-Step Guide to laying any type of tile — suitable for Vinyl, Ceramic, Porcelain, Slate & Travertine tiles.
  • Tiling — types of wall and floor tile An Explanation of The Different Types of Wall Tiles, Floor Tiles and Floor Coverings that are available for use in your home and Where to Use Them.
  • Tool hire — floor sander hire Hiring a floor sander — in this project we show you the types of floor sander available for hire from your local hire shop and why you should hire instead of buy
  • Underfloor heating — electrical How to install underfloor heating. Installing electrical underfloor heating and answers to the most common FAQ’s
  • Underfloor heating — water In this guide we find out how water underfloor heating works, what it is, how it is installed and also what flooring types it can be laid on to – everything you need to know
  • Waterproofing — how to waterproof DIY checklist guide to waterproofing buildings and your home, what to look for and how to solve damp and water leak problems

Your room (and indeed you whole home) will be defined by the choice you make when laying a floor, whether that is a solid floor, laminate floor, engineered hardwood floor, oak floor, or a softwood timber floor like floorboards or parquet flooring. If you have a solid floor you might just want to soften it with a rug, or you may choose to go down the lines of laying a laminate floor, fitting carpet or laying tiles.

Timber floors often feel much warmer than tiled floors

Floor tiles are a great choice for rooms where you are likely to get spills such as kitchens or bathrooms, or in areas where you may get high traffic like hallways or corridors. Ceramic, quarry tles or stone floor tiles can be a bit cold in the UK. They are also unforgiving if you drop crockery or glassware on them, so you could opt for vinyl flooring, cork tiles or lino. There are even specialist floor coverings such as Amtico, which can be fitted with a very ornate design if you have a room that will suit it.

If you have a solid floor you could consider fitting underfloor heating to combat that cold feeling underfoot. Whether you have a heated floor or not, you need to make sure your floor is flat and level before laying flooring to ensure that the floor covering doesn’t crack or wear unevenly. See our advice on leveling a concrete floor with floor screed.

Timber floors, parquet floors and exposed floorboards can all impart charm and character to a room, and they are naturally warmer surfaces. Although you will need to protect them against moisture and water leaks, especially if they are used as kitchens and bathroom floors, of course we have a project on floor finishes in this section. Wooden floors can get marked if they are not cared for, for example heat and water can discolour wood and stiletto heels can cause damage.

We have advice on painting and sanding a wooden floor as well as fixing a creaking floorboard. If you are sanding floorboards you must make sure to sand along the gain to avoid unsightly scratches and scuffs.

If you are ordering flooring you will need to work out the floor area and you can use our guide: How to measure flooring to help you.


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