I want to tear out the carpet in my 2 story home and replace it with hardwood. There are a few things that are confusing me though and hopefully you fine folks can shed come light.
Bathrooms, the fireplace and the kitchen have tile that is roughly the same height as wood (3/4"). How do I transition? I have seen where folks run a strip along the length of the tile (the edge of the tile is decorative, so I want to avoid a T), but I don't see how that locks in with the rest of the wood floor. Or is there a better method?
Does no one make prefinished risers? I prefer to use prefinished everything so I can do the install myself. I have two flights of steps and would love to match the riser to the treads. The stair nose is easy enough to find, but risers seem to be a challenge. Or is it OK to just face nail hardwood floor strips to the riser? Is that hokey?
Despite the sticky on this forum, who makes a decent prefinished hardwood? Is it safe to buy from a box store as I know with many products they cheapen the big box version? I am thinking at this point Armstrong Oak is a good bet as they seem to have a lot of the trim accessories (no risers though ) that will make the DIY aspect less painful.
For a novice such as myself, how much overage would it be advisable to order? 5%?