Purchased a new construction house last year and having a non-wood
floor (marble or tile) in our foyer wasn't given as an option so we
went with the cheapest wood floor we could get. Now we want to
replace it. I'm kinda handy but nowhere near an expert on any home
repair items. So far I've only done 2 projects...crown molding and
putting in a storm door. How difficult is ripping up the wood floor
and replacing it with either a marble or some other kind of tile
flooring? I have 2 weeks off so I'm looking for a project to do!
Any tips, suggestions..etc would be greatly appreciated.
It's certainly a DIY job, especially if you go with an engineered or
floating floor. It's pretty much about just following directions.
But when I was getting lumber quotes to replace my first floor
flooring a GC friend recommended that I ask his flooring guy for a
quote. After factoring in lumber, rentals and urethane his price was
less than a thousand bucks more than what it would have cost me to lay
1200sf of tricky flooring.
When you're doing a major home renovation sometimes you've gotta pick
your battles and that one was below my price point. I'm glad I had
him do it too because he ran into structural problems that I probably
would have missed. Also, I've never gotten the technique down for
laying satin oil urethane without streaks or thick spots.
try reading for comprehension. the OP is removing a wood floor.
it's probably somewhere between easy and hard to remove. it depends upon
what it is and how it was put down, which we can't see from here.
it's easy to lay tile of any kind, providing the subfloor is built for tile,
which again, we can't tell from here.
Assuming it's a standard wood floor (subfloor+finish floor), it's
hardly brain surgery. Set a circular saw to finish floor depth, run
it down the center of the room, cut a hole to get started, then use
prybars to pop it up. Remove or sink protruding nails. Any bonehead
with a strong back can do that.
The OP is repairing, leveling and securing the subfloor and laying
down the new finish floor.
On Wed, 2 Mar 2005 11:55:31 -0700, "Charles Spitzer"
Not true. There are many laminate tile floorings, like for example:
There's even t&g laminate marble:
Even if you don't use a laminate and go with solid tile or stone, the
process is pretty much the same: make sure your subfloor is sturdy and
level. Then just read the directions. HD has a very readable book on
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