Lowe's Complete Tile and Flooring Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780376009210
  • Publisher: Sunset Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

How to use this book 6
Tile and flooring options 8
Today's choices 10
Ceramic and stone tile 14
Glazed ceramic tile 16
Terra-cotta tiles 18
Porcelain tile 20
Quarry tile 21
Polished stone tile 22
Mosaics 24
Tumbled-stone tile 26
Rough stone tile 28
Resilient flooring 30
Wood flooring 36
Wood parquet tiles 40
Laminate flooring 42
Decorative concrete flooring 44
Carpeting 46
Baseboards and thresholds 50
Getting practical 52
Choosing flooring 56
Tools you'll need 59
Wall and counter tiles 66
Preparing a wall for tiling 68
Laying out for wall tile 72
Tiling a wall 74
Tiling a tub surround 80
Countertop & sink design options 88
Preparing for flooring 96
Inspecting a floor 98
Firming a floor 100
Removing fixtures and other obstacles 102
Removing mouldings 104
Removing flooring 106
Creating a level surface 109
Laying cement backerboard 110
Installing plywood underlayment 112
Preparing a concrete slab 114
Expansion joints and membranes 116
Ceramic and stone floor tile 118
Laying out for a tile installation 120
Marking tiles for cutting 124
Cutting ceramic and stone tiles 126
Mixing and applying mortar 129
Laying floor tiles 130
Tile base pieces and cove base 134
Floating ceramic tiles 136
Choosing and installing thresholds 140
Installing stone tile 142
Setting a patterned floor 144
Tiling a hearth and fireplace surround 146
Vinyl flooring 150
Installing tiles 152
Installing vinyl sheet flooring 158
Strip flooring 164
Floor designs 166
Installing parquet wood flooring 168
Installing a solid wood strip floor 172
Installing wood baseboard 178
Creating a striped floor 184
Finishing options 185
Engineered flooring options 186
Stapling an engineered wood floor 188
Gluing down engineered flooring 191
Floating engineered or laminate flooring 194
Combining wood with tile 198
Repairs and maintenance 200
Sanding and refinishing a hardwood floor 202
Repairing tongue-and-groove flooring 206
Caring for flooring and tile surfaces 208
Replacing tiles 210
Repairing grout 213
Re-caulking 214
Laminate floor repair 215
Carpet maintenance 216
Glossary 218
Credits 220
Index 221
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