7 Steps to DIY Vinyl Floor Installation: An Amateur’s Guide

By |April 21st, 2017|

We did it. My husband and I accomplished a DIY home improvement project without killing each other! We transformed one of our closets into an office nook, which included a vinyl floor installation, and I am in love with it!

At the start, I was nervous. My self-talk about this project was something like this: Would it […]

Glue Down Installation: The Basics

By |April 19th, 2016|

Several months back, I wrote an article on Floor Adhesive: What to Buy and How to Apply It. That was a pretty high-level article to help give you a general idea of glue down installation for vinyl flooring. Let’s take a moment to dive into a few more basics that are important.

1) SUBFLOORS

Plywood Subfloor

With any subfloor, […]

How to Prepare a Concrete Subfloor

By |November 12th, 2015|

When it comes to preparing a concrete subfloor for flooring installations, there are 3 things to consider: Is it clean? Is it flat? Is it dry?

Cleaning requires pulling up existing flooring materials on the concrete subfloor and removing any and all traces of previously used adhesives, residues, or other build-up from dirt, wax, or oils. Floor sanders or […]

Why Tile Grout Is Important

By |November 9th, 2015|

We often get questions about tile grout: How thick should it be? How thin can it be? Do I even need grout?

The answer is pretty simple, tile grout is important for all tile installations. The thickness of the grout line depends on whether or not the tile is rectified. Rectified tiles don’t need as much […]

How to Prepare a Wood Subfloor

By |November 5th, 2015|

Preparing a wood subfloor can increase the longevity of your floor especially when it comes to laminate and hardwood floors.

Step 1. Pull up the existing floor and remove the baseboards (a pry bar usually does the trick).

Step 2. Leave a ¼” gap around the perimeter of the room to allow for expansion from heat and […]

How to Install Tile

By |November 4th, 2015|

If you’re thinking about adding tile to one or more rooms in your home, we always recommend you consider how to install tile (or any floor, for that matter) before you begin the search for the perfect tile.

Tools Required

Tape measure
Framing square
Marking pencil / china marker
Chalk line
Paper
Carpenter’s triangle
Safety glasses
Rubber gloves
Knee pads
Buckets
Drill and mixing paddle
Spray bottle
Tile trowel
Rubber […]

What Kind of Floor Underlayment Is Best?

By |November 3rd, 2015|

A while back we addressed the basics of underlayment. I’d like to go into a bit more detail with this topic.

With most floor installations, you’ll hear the phrase ‘floor underlayment’ get tossed around. In layman’s terms, floor underlayment is a big roll of either carpet pad, foam or cork that is rolled out on a […]