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Floors 72 Ideabooks

I love the look of polished concrete floors in kitchens, but concrete — along with other nonresilient floor surfaces, such as stone, ceramic and porcelain tile — can take a toll on your joints. I've heard complaints from many homeowners who regret putting in a hard flooring material in their kitchen because of the subsequent...
Contractor Tips: Smooth Moves for Hardwood Floors
If your place doesn't have hardwood floors, you probably wish it did. Wood makes great flooring. It's beautiful, long lasting and easy to clean. The Victorians weren't too fond of it (they covered with rugs and oilcloths the same floors people are now...
Transition Time: How to Connect Tile and Hardwood Floors
Transitioning a bathroom's tile floor to the hardwood of another room is often given little forethought. However, not planning the transition can result in a final product that doesn't meet your expectations, or a floor assembly that's destined to fail....
Cork Flooring 101: Warm Up to a Natural Wonder
Although cork floors have soared in popularity over the past decade or so, they’ve been kicking around for more than a century. Back in the early days, cork appeared mostly in commercial and public spaces, although residential use increased after...
When to Use Engineered Wood Floors
After two weeks of discussing the different characteristics of a variety of solid plank wood floors, it's time to delve into the world of engineered wood floors. Once installed, an engineered wood floor can be difficult to distinguish from a
Ecofriendly Kitchen: How to Choose Flooring
Going green with your kitchen floor brings benefits beyond making you feel good about your selection. Durability is the biggest prize. Think of homes with wood floors that may be nearing a century old — this is sustainable thinking at its best, because...
Your Floor: How to Find Right Stone Tile
Natural stone has been popular for use on floors for centuries and for very good reason. Stone tile brings the colors and texture of nature to our homes and adds a quality and warmth to a room that's not possible with any other material. Because...
Your Floor: An Introduction to Solid-Plank Wood Floors
Wood floors are a classic addition to any home. Barring damage from fire or flood, a well-made and correctly-installed solid wood floor will add warmth, character and value to your interior as long as you're in your house. However, not all wood...
The Case for Linoleum and Vinyl Floors
So far in this flooring series, I've discussed a variety of ceramic tile, plank wood, engineered wood and laminate floors. Rounding out but by no means completing this series are linoleum and vinyl — also called resilient flooring, or sheet goods. Resilient...
Your Floor: How to Shop for Tile
There's a lot more to buying ceramic tile than finding a color and pattern that will work in a room. Every tile manufactured and sold has an intended use, and that intended use is made pretty clear on the label of a box of tile. However, it's always in...
What to Know Before Refinishing Your Floors
After about 20 years, most hardwood floors start showing their age; scratches, dullness and discoloring are the most common signs that the wood is due for refinishing. Fortunately, the typical ¾-inch-thick hardwood floor can be sanded about six to eight...
Have Your Own Red Carpet Moment Anytime
The red carpet has a long history as a symbol of welcome. Back in 458 B.C., Aeschylus wrote about Clytemnestra welcoming Agamemnon’s return from Troy with a crimson path. Rumor has it, Joan Rivers was waiting for him at the end. Today the red...
How to Add a Radiant Heat System
So you’re thinking about adding radiant heating or cooling to your house. Unless you have particular renovation constraints, you’re most likely going to be looking at a hydronic system — one based on water. Here are some tips to help you get started...
Is Radiant Heating or Cooling Right for You?
With a radiant heating or cooling system, the goal is to make the temperature of a room more comfortable by changing the temperature of an entire surface. Most of the time we think of radiant heating systems, we think of them for floors, sometimes called...
11 Reasons to Love Wall-to-Wall Carpeting Again
I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m ready to embrace wall-to-wall carpeting again. In fact, I’m not sure why it fell out of favor in the first place. It is great for newly walking babies, provides a comfortable place to sit and play, and gives...
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