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Find the surface that suits your style, function, and budget

Wood Floors Are Lightening Up

Dark wood floors are out. Pale hues are in

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How to Remove a Burn Mark from a Hardwood Floor

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert travels to Portland, Oregon to repair an original wood floor that was burned by a face-down hot iron.

Create Consistent Color In a Marble Tile Floor

There’s no shortcut to fine-tuning the color pattern in a marble tile floor. Custom homebuilder John Hourihan explains the process

How to Patch a Chipped Wood Floor

Using only hand tools and a drill, Tom Silva makes minor floor damage disappear with a simple and effective dutchman repair technique

Subflooring Secrets to a Quiet Floor

Squeaky floors can be a jobsite nuisance or a frustrating callback. Learn how choosing the right subflooring material can help prevent the pain

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How to Replace a Vinyl Floor with Ceramic Tile

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner replace the peeling, vinyl floor in his bathroom with a ceramic tile floor

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How to Patch a Chipped Wood Floor

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva fixes a chipped wood floor using a Dutchman and hand tools.

Blending Wood and Tile in an Open Plan

Spaces like the one above (by SuzAnn Kletzien) inspired renovator Melissa McCreight to go for the no-thresholds look in her Euclid, Ohio, house.

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How to Repair a Bad Flooring Joint

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva repairs a piece of wood nosing that was poorly installed and resulted in a bad joint.

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How to Patch a Hole in Wood Trim

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner patch a large hole in painted baseboard molding

Dog-Friendly Flooring Rules

Dog-friendly flooring needs to be durable, easy to clean, and attractive too. Here's what you need to know if you have four on the floor

Painted Floor Inspired by the Past

Use tape, paint, and a stencil to make this classic floor pattern shine

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How to Install DIY Radiant Floor Heating

Use a specialized foam panel called Bekotec to lock the PEX tubing in place, cover it with a sand-and-cement mix, and tile away

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How to Restore Terrazzo Floors

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor heads to Del Ray Beach, Florida, to restore terrazzo floors

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How to Avoid Rookie Plumbing Mistakes

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates some common plumbing mistakes and how to avoid them

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How to Repair a Cracked Floor Joist

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair a cracked floor joist

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How to Quiet Squeaky Carpeted Floors

This Old House general Contractor Tom Silva shows how you can silence those squeaks by using specials screws

Fast Fixes for Floor Scratches

Between footwear, pets, and furniture, wood floors can take a beating. Minimize the signs of wear and tear with these easy repairs.

All About Linoleum Flooring

Durable, easy to clean, and eco-friendly before green was a selling point, linoleum is winning new fans. Here's what you need to know if you're considering it for your home

6 Design Ideas for Tile Rugs

Fall in love with one of these bathroom-floor designs

Fun Facts in Rug History

World-renowned appraiser Stephen Fletcher looks back at the history of American floor coverings

5 Easy Room Updates You (Probably) Never Thought Of

The folks at Apartment Therapy share nifty, thrifty interior-design ideas in a new book

Cleaning Dos and Don'ts for a Painted Hardwood Floor

A flooring expert offers tips for caring for your painted wood floor

11 Ways to Update Your Floors With Paint

Lively and budget-friendly paint ideas for the surfaces beneath your feet

Easy Fixes to Create Quiet in the House

Pounding washers, knocking pipes, roaring exhaust fans, whistling windows—read these simple house noise solutions to quiet nuisance sounds

How to Stencil a Pattern on a Floor

Homemade stencil + primer + paint = brand-new floor

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How to Install a Linoleum Tile Floor

Use click-together Marmoleum squares to lay a floating floor in an endless array of colorful patterns

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Overview of Flooring Options

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor discuss the wide world of flooring products

American Artisans Whose Work Will Floor You

Check out hand-hewn flooring that brings home details to new heights

How to Paint a Compass Rose and Stripes on Your Floor

Give a room a lift with a stylized compass rose and lots of ocean blues

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How to Remove a Vinyl Floor and Plywood Subfloor

Uncovering a beautiful hardwood floors with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva