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The Flooring Handbook: The Complete Guide to Choosing and Installing Floors Hardcover – March 6, 2004


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This handbook is a great resource for all sorts of flooring installations. (The Cottager (cottager.com) 2007-03-00)

This is a finely done book and an excellent source for home remodelers to show clients what is available and how a material will look after it is installed. (Barb Siddiqui woodcentral.com 2004-05-00)

It is surprising how many types of floor can be installed by do-it-yourselfers. When that's a possibility, this book shows step-by-step instructions. When it can't be done, that's clear too. (Nancy Herrick Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2004-05-02)

Starts with the basics... covers very kind of floor... step-by-step photos are wonderfully helpful. (Linda Turk Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal 2004-05-09)

A chart compares costs, installation difficulty, necessary maintenance and subfloor requirements for the 27 varieties... a good place to collect ideas before jumping into a project or hiring a flooring contractor. (Lee Stratton Columbus Dispatch 2004-05-01)

The ultimate how-to guide to picking out and putting in the right floor. (Patrick Butters Scripps Howard News Service 2004-05-09)

Whether you are doing it yourself, hiring a contractor or imagining your dream home, this book is worth a few hours of your time... the how-to guides will easily give your average DIYer enough information to undertake the installations shown. (Ian Milne Canadian Home Workshop 2005-04-00)

Improve the odds of getting the right look. (Miami Herald 2004-05-30)

Helps readers determine what kind of flooring will best meet their needs... [covers] topics critical for success. Numerous color photographs. (Library Journal 2004-06-01)

A user friendly guide. (Giftware News 2004-05-00)

A practical look at laying tile and installing wood flooring... photos illustrate the impact of different flooring on a room. (Diana Luciani Style at Home 2004-06-00)

What to know before you renovate... goes beyond traditional wood floors... tools needed, floor design, maintenance, pros and cons. (Jaime Spangrude Los Angeles Daily News 2005-02-02)

Every major flooring material is covered in detail, including advantages and disadvantages, installation difficulty, preparations required, planning, design and layout. (Myke Thomas Calgary Sun 2004-04-10)

Be warned: You may find yourself afflicted with floor lust in your heart. (Laura Hardy Little Rock Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 2006-06-19)

All the major flooring materials... are discussed in detail in this user-friendly guide... clear, well-illustrated installation instructions. (Jim Carlson Small Room Decorating (Country Almanac) 2004-08-00)

Thorough and thoughtful guide to beautifying the ground beneath your feet... Who knew there were so many choices?... A valuable resource... visually fascinating. (Jane Gadd Globe and Mail 2004-08-06)

About the Author

Dennis Jeffries is an internationally known and respected figure in the flooring industry with more than 40 years of experience. He pioneered the introduction of new products and spearheaded worldwide campaigns by the largest flooring companies. He is Head of Product Development and Commercial Sales with the international franchise organization, Floor Coverings International.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (March 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552977536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552977538
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,048,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John Patterson on October 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book, by far the best I have ever bought on flooring maintenance and installation (I wish I had bought this one first). This book offers great comparisons of different types of materials, well written and simple instructions on how to install them and advice on when to get a professional if your an amatuer such as myself. This book is a great resource and will help you make an informed decision if your putting in a new floor, whether you do it yourself or not.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By TC Ashton on April 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
We're refinishing our hardwood flooring and adding laminate to the playroom downstairs, but I wanted to do some research before spending any money. I checked out several books on flooring from the library, and this was the only one that was so thorough I immediately went out and purchased my own copy. Not only does it cover hardwoods and laminates, it covers just about every flooring material you can imagine (leather, rubber, cork, bamboo, etc.). Every material gets a solid description, several pictures, a list of pros and cons, and installation instructions. Also, a big chart in the front tells you which floors can be installed yourself and which need professional installers. It also gives number ratings for the difficulty of the task (should you take it on yourself) and for how much you can expect to spend in comparison with other flooring materials.

This book is simply the definitive resource on the subject.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Wagner on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book provides a very good overview of the different types of flooring. It also provides some useful tricks. I recently installed 17'x17' hardwood bamboo floor for a friend whose house is on a slab. We had to install a vapor barrier and if you read this book you'll notice that the author and the references are generally from the UK. So if you walk into a flooring distributor and ask for some of the products Jeffries mentioned, you will get some weird looks. But the trick about using tape to hold the boards while the glue dried was invaluable.
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Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent summary and guide to the different types of flooring and the ways to go about installing them. The author explains this topic extremely well, being detail oriented without being overly technical. Many great pictures accompany his explanations so that the reader is given a clear understanding of some of the concepts introduced in this book. I recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about flooring basics!
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By Mara Rivera on September 26, 2011
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Excellent review of most of the available flooring choices, with great photos, a comparison chart, and directions for each type.
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