Can bamboo flooring really help save the worlds’ environment? - Probably not on its own, but its an excellent example of how consumers can vote with their buying dollars to sway market demand to bring more environmentally friendly products into the marketplace.
Installing Cement Backerboard - You may be tempted to rush ahead and get to the fun part - laying the tiles.
Laying Out the Tiles - Once your surface is prepared, you’ll need to lay out where the tiles will go.
Grouting - Grouting is the process of filling the spaces between the tiles.
Removing Carpet - There aren't any ifs, ands, or buts about pulling up old carpeting, because you can't lay any other material, even new carpet, on top of it. Fortunately, removing carpet isn't rocket science, once you realize that it's fastened only around the edges.
Removing Ceramic Tile - Damaged or loose ceramic tile must be completely removed. Don't bother trying to salvage the old tiles. Just bust 'em up and chip away the pieces. Of course that can be easier said than done, depending on how the tile was installed.
Removing Wood Flooring - Think twice before tearing out a wood floor. You can easily replace a few badly damaged boards, sand away wear and scratches, and apply a shiny new finish – for a fraction of the cost of new flooring.
Setting the Tiles - Setting tiles is fairly straightforward: begin at the center of the room and work your way out.
Stopping Squeaks - Floors and stairs squeak when wooden floorboards or structural elements rub against each other, when the bridging between joists flexes under traffic, or when floorboards have not been properly nailed to the subfloor.
Removing and Replacing Thresholds - Thresholds cover floorboard edges that end at a door, and serve as a transition element to other flooring materials such as carpet, vinyl, and ceramic tile.
Replacing a Threshold - Thresholds are an important part of the entry to your home. Their primary function is to keep warm air in and cold air out (or vice versa in summer.) And because they withstand a lot of traffic, purchase a good quality threshold to increase durability.
Hiring an Installer - Don't get in over your head with an intricate home improvement project. Here's how to seek professional help.
WOOD SPECIES - Selecting a wood species can help you create many different looks or design sensibilities. Following is a quick description of some of the more popular varieties.
HARDWOOD BASICS - Brands differ in their capabilities and limitations. ALWAYS follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for each individual flooring choice when installing or making other decisions regarding your project.