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Tips for Installing New Hardwood Flooring

We are in the process of updating our kitchen and installing a new hardwood floor.  I would appreciate any advice/references you could share on the “greenest”, healthiest products to use for our flooring process. 

Debra,

Thank you for the question.

Hard wood floors on floor frames are historically laid over a minimum ¾” thick sub-floor – whether rough plank, plywood or oriented strand board (OSB)

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Hardwood Floor Repair

 I have a townhouse build in early 70′s with original hardwood flooring. There is a 2″ x 1/2″ knot missing and a light stain on the floor. What is the best way to fill the hole and blend it into the rest of the wood without redoing the entire floor?

Frank,

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You have a large gap in your wood floor from a missing knot! What to do?

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How to Install Hardwood over Concrete

Can I lay hardwood over concrete floors?

DK,

Thanks for the inquiry – we appreciate it.

Concrete has a natural ability to absorb and transfer moisture while remaining dimensionally stable. This means the concrete itself will not change size and shape simply because all or part of it is wetted.

Wood has similar characteristics except that it may change shape when wetted, especially if the bottom only – the side laying on the concrete below – is wetted while the top remains dry.

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Installing a Wood Floor over Concrete

Can I install wood over a concrete floor?

Dale,

Thanks for a great question – we appreciate you.

Hardwood has been installed over concrete for decades – but only according to some basic rules – the first being to make sure the floor is not in direct contact with “raw” concrete due to moisture issues.

If you could totally seal the concrete moisture would not be a concern – but it always will be.

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Name: Matt

 City: Allen Park

I’m trying to stop my wood floors from squeaking. I’ve got a 1948 house with original wood floors that were refinished about 5 years ago. I’ve pinpointed the squeaky areas and have tried to screw the sub floor and joist together hoping that would alleviate the squeak. No such luck. I’ve also tried to screw the sub floor to the wood floor, no luck either.

It seems as the though the squeak is coming from the boards rubbing against each other. Any suggestions?

Matt,

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Hardwood Floor Damage

Name: Devvon City: Troy

Question: I had hardwood floors installed about 7 or 8 months ago. They are buckling now. Water did get on them from a small leak in the kitchen sink, but not a lot of water and it didn’t stay on the floor long. I paid $1500 for this work; do I have any recourse with the installer? Should this wood be that vulnerable? If I have no recourse, how do I fix? Pull it all up or sand it down? The buckling started ..read more

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