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Flooring is one of the most visible finish surfaces in a home, and serves to unify the entire interior design. With this in mind, this web site shows the many ways in which flooring can enhance the appearance and function of a home. This vendor introduces all types of flooring, discussing their merits and limitations. On this site you will find ceramic tile, terrazo, natural stone, terra cotta, hardwood, wood laminate, floating plank, carpet, vinyl sheet, resilient tiles, cork, carpet tiles, leather, and the new plastic laminates. In addition, you will learn how to repair problems with all types of flooring, how to soundproof and insulate floors, how to refinish hardwood floors, and how to create decorative paint finishes on wood floors.
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Laying, sanding, and finishing
Nothing compares to the warmth and durability of a beautifully finished hardwood floor. With Don Bollinger's help, you will be able to install a strip, plank or parquet floor with professional results--and then preserve it with a rich finish.
You don't need flooring experience, and the tools needed can be rented locally. Using crisp photographs and drawings, Bollinger goes step by step through the process. He explains how to estimate materials, select the right kind of wood, prepare the subfloor and achieve a blemish-free finish for an old or new floor. Bollinger also gives you numerous tips and tricks and sources of supply.
Since the early 1980s, wood flooring has undergone a phenomenal resurgence in
popularity, both for residential and commercial construction. To those
of us in the flooring business, this comes as no surprise; for even though
other materials may be cheaper or faster to install, wood retains a beauty,
warmth and durability that's hard to match.
All of this means that it's now more practical than ever for the owner-builder to install a new floor or to refurbish an old one. Note that I said "practical" and not "easy." I don't for an instant pretend that flooring is easy. Carting bundles of flooring up a flight of stairs, puzzling out a layout and nailing the floor down are all physically and mentally demanding tasks. It's not the sort of thing you can rush into and expect good results. Nonetheless, laying a wood floor is well within the ability of anyone with average tool dexterity. It takes very few special tools, materials are readily available and, if this book does its job, the skills will come quickly.
I've intentionally limited the breadth of this book to three major kinds of wood flooring: strip, plank and parquet. Through drawings, photos and text, I have attempted to explain as thoroughly as possible how to install each kind of flooring. However, I have by no means covered every variation of each type, preferring instead to convey enough fundamentals to allow you to interpolate solutions for problems not specifically discussed. Like any other trade, flooring has its share of "special cases" -- what to do, for example, when new flooring must match old or how to deal with radiant heating. I've tried to include real-world solutions to these problems, but again, not every situation is covered.
As are all endeavors, this book is a bit of a compromise. I have written it primarily with the experienced owner-builder in mind, so most of the book is devoted to detailed how-to information on installing wood floors. However, readers who wish to subcontract the work to a professional will also find useful information, especially in Chapter 1, which deals with selecting and specifying floors, and in Chapter 2, which explains material grading rules. These chapters should also be informative to architects, designers and builders who may occasionally need to deal with flooring contractors. And although I don't intend this book as a trade manual, I hope professional floor mechanics will find useful nuggets within its pages.
Table of Contents
1. Why Install a Wood Floor?
2. Materials, Estimating and Tools
3. Preparation and Underlayment
4. Strip and Plank: Layout and Installation
5. Parquet: Layout and Installation
6. Sanding and Finishing
Updated: Wednesday, 2016-06-22 13:43 PST