Uneven cement “lip” bordering the entire room we want to install laminate in

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I recently installed a plywood subfloor over a slab. There is a cement “lip” bordering the entire room which is uneven and ranges from 1″ to 3″ in different spots. It is impossible to make the plywood meet this lip all the way around the room. Continue reading Uneven cement “lip” bordering the entire room we want to install laminate in

Bad idea to screw or nail down part of a floating laminate floor?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: If I may ask one more question. Isn’t it a bad idea, in general, to screw or nail down a floating laminate floor? Doesn’t this defeat the engineered purpose of a floating floor? Continue reading Bad idea to screw or nail down part of a floating laminate floor?

Laminate repair is lighter than rest of floor

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I recently had someone come to my condo to replace a section of my laminate flooring. Once the work was done it became obvious that the new flooring was about two or three shades lighter than the old. Is there any way to darken the new flooring without replacing it?

A: As you indicate, the “patch” repair that was done is significantly lighter than the original floor. I have a couple of questions. Did they use the same product to match your floor? Is this a real wood laminate or a “countertop” type of surface with a wood-look “picture”? If it is the same product and is real wood, then perhaps just letting exposer to sunlight do the job will be all that is required.

If they did not use the same product, and this is a wood laminate with a real wood surface that is thick enough to be sanded and finished, then you could likely get an exact color match done at a good paint store, such as Cook’s Paint and Wallpaper on Danforth Ave., and have the area carefully sanded and finished to match the existing. You likely won’t get an exact match, but close enough that the spot does not jump out at you.

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Air bubbles spreading under laminate floor

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We put laminate snap together flooring throughout the entire 3200 sq. ft. house. The house is only a year old. There are several areas that have huge air bubbles under the floor. How do I get the floor to lay flat? Some doors won’t even open unless I stand on the bubble while pulling the door open. It is happening all over the house now. Continue reading Air bubbles spreading under laminate floor

Different sheen room to room

Q: I have had trouble with a flooring company. They pushed to do a job quickly, said it could be done in two sections in two days. Now I have two different colors or sheens on my flooring. I told them I wanted satin finish. They used Absco Grandgray label which is semi gloss. They said it will be a satin finish.

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Third coat is messy

Q: Hoping for some advice based on your experience. Here are the details – New floor, 7 1/4″ engineered Fumed White Oak (no bevel), nailed and glued. Professionals were hired although their experience with oil polyurethane was limited. They finished with ****** Poly 500 matte (we specified the finish as the matte with 8-10 luster rating was desired).

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Clear coat peeling off prefinished flooring

Q: I have prefinished wood floors that were installed about 3 months ago. In areas where a board had to be ripped to fit, the clear coat (finish coating) is peeling back. This has also happened in the few places where the last board was nailed in. The clear coat is pulling back around where the nail was shot in.

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20 Hours after applying, sealer is still tacky

Q: We sealed our refinished pine floors last night. It’s been 20 hours and sealer is still tacky. We used Polyplaz. On the stained oak floor the sealer is very damp.

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Sprucing up floors when selling home

Q: I have tigerwood floors. The ground floor was re-done just before we moved in, 7 years ago, by the seller. It now shows extensive peeling, scratches easily with just fingernail, and painters tape seems to pull off the finish completely. Clearly it was done incorrectly, as the upstairs is very resilient to scratching. I know it needs to be re-done, ideally sanded and coated.

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