You've seen it-and heard it-in so many scary movies: a stair creaks in the night, startling the homeowner into nervous wakefulness. But in reality, creaky stairs are a common and usually merely annoying problem. The basic cause is generally wear-and-tear on the wooden staircase components causing one wooden section to rub against another or against…
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Understand how prefinished hardwood planks differ from traditional hardwood flooring to pick the perfect product for your home improvement job.
Maintaining the luster of wood floors starts with the right commercial cleaner. See our guide for 5 highly-rated picks for the best hardwood floor cleaner.
Bold patterns and vibrant colors of cement tile floors are trendy-but they're not appropriate for every setting. Read this before you install them at home.
Vinyl is the most popular form of resilient flooring (a category that also includes linoleum and cork) because it's low-maintenance, water-resistant, cost-effective, and long-lasting. It also has the perfect balance of firmness and “give,” meaning it springs a bit when you walk on it for a comfortable feel underfoot. And thanks to recent technological advances,…
Curious about a DIY alternative to tiling your floors? Find out if a floating tile floor is actually any easier, cheaper, or better to install in your home.
Laminate floors are low-maintenance, affordable, and DIY-friendly-to a point. Learn the pros and cons of laminate flooring before you begin a project.
Learn about the colors, patterns, quality, and costs of posh, popular marble flooring to decide if it belongs in your home.
Carpeting brings wall-to-wall softness and warmth to a room, both visually and physically. But over time, its attractive pile can begin to show signs of wear from heavy traffic, stains, and even steam cleanings. Nothing dates a home more quickly than dingy or stained carpeting, so if that spilled soft drink was the last straw, you may…