How To Install Hardwood Floors, Linoleum Or Tile.

How To Install Hardwood Floors, Linoleum Or Tile.

How To Install Hardwood Floors, Linoleum Or Tile.

There are many choices for remodeling, you can use wood, tile, or linoleum. These all come in many different styles, colors and designs. Each type requires a different skill set to install but the preparation is the same for any type of upgrade. The type and style you decide to use all depends on your taste and desires for your home.

Wood planks can come in thickness of 1/4. 5/16. 3/8. 1/2. 5/8″ and 3/4″ or (6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm, 13 mm, 16 mm and 19 mm). They can be solid hardwood, or engineered wood. They can be tongue and grove or interlocking planks. They can be pre-finished wood floors or unfinished which means they must be sanded and finished after they are installed. The engineered wood will normally have a wear layer of 2 mm to 4 mm thick. They can be attached to the sub floor by nails, glue or floating, 1/4″ thick planks cannot be floated.

You need to find out the method that is recommended or required for the flooring you want to use. What is the sub-floor cement or wood? Cement sub-floors are usually on the ground or sub ground level. You need to check the moisture content, and if it exceeds the recommended content then a moisture barrier such as a plastic sheet needs to be placed over the cement. Check the manufacturers recommendation.

If you are going to install this as a do it yourself project, study all the available recommendations, and talk with knowledgeable people before starting. Determine which type of material you are going to use and how you are going to attach it.

If the manufacturer requires that you glue the floor down, check out the process, you may have to use their glue, and they may have put a tracer element in it to verify if you have used their glue. Does the manufacturer require that a professional install the flooring?

Tile flooring can be either ceramic or vinyl. If the application is for a high traffic area such as a hall way or entrance or if it is a high moisture area such as bathroom?

Ceramic tile can have a glazed top layer that is very pretty but can be scratched easily in high traffic areas. Other kinds or unglazed tile will have the color clear through the tile and are resistant to scratching. Ceramic tile can be installed over a sub flooring of cement or wood which must be structurally stable. A cement board recommended for wood sub floors can be installed and fastened to the sub floor per the manufacturers recommendation.

Vinyl tiles can be the least expensive tile and easiest to install. They may be installed over an existing resilient flooring, over plywood on wood floors or on dry concrete. Clean, dry and level the sub floor, remove all oil, wax or grease. Study all the pros and cons for the flooring you select and the job it must do.

How To Install Hardwood Floors, Linoleum Or Tile.

Linoleum can be produced from environmental natural things such as linseed oil, wood or cork powder, resins and ground limestone. It can be made in many rich colors and patterns and comes in a sheet that is usually 2 meters wide (6′ 7″) A 2.5 mm thick sheet is suitable for home place use.

Linoleum can be placed over most sub floors but if placed over concrete, the moisture content must be below the limits set by the manufacturer. A pH level of 10 for the concrete can break down the adhesive and it may not bond if there is a sealer on the concrete. If two sheets of linoleum are butted against each other, they need to be sealed either with special seam sealer or a color coordinated linoleum rod that is heated with a special welding tool.

Linoleum over time will expand in width and shrink in length so you need to take this into consideration when laying it down.

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Before you begin to redo your old floors see Bruce Contryman’s excellent free report on How to install hardwood flooring. How to install hardwood floors. and home improvements


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