Protecting wood floors from the cold

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We had a very uneven slab when we started building our home. We put 80% hardwoods in the home. The concrete company floated the downstairs extensively and then put the black tar stuff and plywood down before installing our nail down hardwoods which are red oak. Continue reading Protecting wood floors from the cold

No moisture barrier placed underneath the concrete

Q: I currently have my floor dug up in my kitchen. I’m trying to find a source of moisture after seeing dark stains in a few spots on my wood floor. So far we have found no leak, but there is moisture in the soil. We have discovered that there was no moisture barrier placed underneath the concrete. Would it be considered standard practice to place a moisture barrier under concrete? Continue reading No moisture barrier placed underneath the concrete

Does filler make the floor water tight?

Q: We have a few gaps between boards where the filler has popped up. I don’t mind filling it again (and again as needed), but I am wondering if doing so makes the floor water-tight (or as water-tight as it can get). I ask because I love my Scooba floor cleaner, but it can only be used on hardwood with no cracks. Continue reading Does filler make the floor water tight?

Landlord says a large dog would scratch the floors

Q: I would like to adopt a 95 lb. golden retriever, but my landlord says he will scratch the floors that were recently redone. What is the usual damage done? And what is the average cost for repair in a house with 4 average sized rooms with hardwood floors? Continue reading Landlord says a large dog would scratch the floors

Would it harm the floor if we place a piano (on plywood) onto the newly stained and refinished floor?

Q: We plan to have newly stained and refinished red oak hardwood installed in our kitchen. Would it harm the floor if we place a piano (on plywood) onto the newly stained and refinished floor? Continue reading Would it harm the floor if we place a piano (on plywood) onto the newly stained and refinished floor?

Planning to close down the house for the winter months

Q: My father has a 30 year-old, nailed down hardwood floor. This winter is the first time he is planning to close down the house for the winter months (drain water pipes and shut down the heat). He is concerned that if he does not leave any heat on in the house that his hardwood floors will be damaged. Continue reading Planning to close down the house for the winter months