Hardwood floors in basement

Q: My home is located in the Kansas City area. I am currently in the process of finishing the basement. My wife would like to have hardwood floors. My main concerns in using a wood floor is moisture, the cold feel, and losing headroom from a built-up floor. Continue reading Hardwood floors in basement

Installing wood, over cement, that’s over wood?

Q: We have a wood floor covered in a cement slush which is about an inch thick. We want to go over the cement since it has asbestos glue on the cement. The two contractors we’ve spoken to are encouraging us to put down plywood and then solid hardwood on top of that. Continue reading Installing wood, over cement, that’s over wood?

Tropical climate and wood floors

Q: We just installed N**** Floor Planks and parquet in our basement. We stained the wood and put dead flat finish as topcoat. It was 99% done, when some hairline cracks appeared, there were around 10 at first, but as the days progressed it multiplied. We sanded those parts and re-applied the top coat, but a day later, the cracks resurface and expanded? Continue reading Tropical climate and wood floors

My hardwood is glued directly to concrete, no vapor barrier

Q: If my hardwood floors were installed poorly.. My hardwood is glued directly to concrete, no vapor barrier, and there is no 1/2″ gap between floor and wall. How much moisture is needed to cause cupping, or worse, buckling? Continue reading My hardwood is glued directly to concrete, no vapor barrier

Wood floor pops in winter

Q: We had engineered oak hardwood glued down to our concrete subfloor in the lower level of our back split. It was done by a flooring company. They said the glue would allow the wood to float. It has been in 3 years and the only problem is that in the winter there are certain parts of the floor that pop when you walk on them. Continue reading Wood floor pops in winter

Wood floors drying out the air?

Q: Our landlord just installed new oak floors in several rooms. They are beautiful. But ever since their installation, we have VERY dry air in the house and cannot get past the choking feeling in the air, despite running a humidifier as much as possible. Continue reading Wood floors drying out the air?

Moisture ratings

Q: I am having hardwood laminate installed over radiant heat. The tubing is installed in a grooved plywood track on top of the sub floor. The maximum inlet temperature into the loops is approx 108 degrees. There is a 20 degree temperature drop so the flooring will only see about 88 degrees. Continue reading Moisture ratings

Gaps

Q: I live in Alberta, and have had solid maple hardwood flooring installed over a new sub floor of 5/8″ plywood on my main floor. The strips were nailed securely and tightly by a carpenter friend who has done this before, and his floors always looked great for years after, so I know that he is doing it correctly. Continue reading Gaps

Wood floor popping when the furnace comes on

Q: I’m having a problem with my wood floor popping when the furnace comes on and run for 30 minutes or more. I am getting this very loud popping in the flooring, is that a natural occurrence when the weather out side changes or is that something I need too be concern about? Continue reading Wood floor popping when the furnace comes on