Found 122 results for the keyword ‘Floors’

  • Can I lower the floor of the basement?

    Tom from Thomasburg, Ontario writes: "I'm thinking about buying a house, however the basement has low ceilings. Is it possible to bust out the cement floor instead of jacking up the house?"Yes you can dig down, but you need to be aware of just how the soil under the house supports the house. Al...
  • Can you still buy cork flooring?

    Larry asked: "I put cork flooring in my basement 15 years ago and we've been very happy with it. I'd like to put a similar floor upstairs. Is there a product available for upstairs?"I believe that cork as a flooring did dissapear for a while, but it is back in style. The new floating cork floo...
  • Can I insulate my electric in-the-floor heater?

    Debbie from North Bay, Ontario has electric heaters sunk right into her floor. Very few people even know that these things exist, but if you have a baseboard heated house you know how hard it is to get heat in front of a patio door or some other place that needs heat but there seems no way to ge...
  • Overview: Finishing Hardwood Floors

    I get a lot of questions about choosing and applying a finish to a hardwood floor.First understand that there is no one right answer -- there are a lot of products that each has certain advantages over the others and you need to select the properties that are the most important to you. There are...
  • Flooring transitions from room to room for wheelchairs

    Beth has a kid in a wheel chair and wants to know how to lay down a floating floor across two rooms without a bump in the doorway.Good question Beth, because floating floors are designed to shift a bit with expansion and contraction. The first photo above shows the official transition piece that...
  • Retrofitting a bathroom for accessibility.

    Jan needed to do some serious renovations at her mother-in-law's house because the she had a stroke and was suddenly less mobile than she was before. So the bedroom was moved to the main floor and a new bathroom was built to go with it.She put Pergo floating hardwood floors right through from th...
  • Can I install a floating floor in a basement bathroom?

    No flooring company recommends any kind of wooden floor in a bathroom, and even fewer (fewer than no?) who would recommend it in a basement bathroom where you might not only have water constantly spilling from the top but maybe moisture coming up from the floor.You want to do it anyway? OK, here...
  • The edge of vinyl flooring is curling up.

    Kim from Brampton, Ontario has problems with vinyl flooring in the bathroom. She had wanted to just caulk around the edge to join it to her ceramic wall trim on the floor, but the workmen cut it so poorly that she can't do that at all. So now it is all curling up around the edges. She also fel...
  • OVERVIEW: Sound Proofing

    In this TV segment we followed a sound proofing specialist through a home, testing it for problems, and indicating some solutions. Elsewhere in this database you will find more through discussions on soundproofing various parts of your house.The photo shows the use of Z-bars or resilient bars on...
  • How do you repair a tear in a vinyl floor?

    Sharon in Toronto has a small tear in her kitchen vinyl floor, that none of the kids own up to. How to repair it?A pro will use a special "seamer" that matches the brand of floor for the right chemicals. For a good DIY patch, use transparent silicone.Cut it a little more if necessary to clean ...