Your floors should be replaced every 7-10 years. But, before you start ripping up carpet or hardwood, there are some things that you need to consider before you begin the project of installing new floors.
Below we’re going to detail a couple of factors that will play a huge part in your new floor installation project.
1. Types of Flooring
The number one factor at the top of our what to know list is the types of flooring options you have. There are several options that you might not know about, including:• Concrete• Laminate• Hardwood• Carpet• Tile
Before you begin your project, you need to decide which of these home flooring options will work the best for your home and project budget.
2. DIY or Professional Help
Sometimes doing the project yourself might sound like a great idea, but it can be costly and frustrating if you don’t know what you’re doing. The next thing to consider before moving forward with your home floor installation is whether to hire a professional or not.
If you don’t have time to do the floor yourself and have the funds, it might be easier to call someone to complete the floor for you. But, if you’ve got the time and have learned how to install flooring, you can easily take on the project yourself.
3. Where Is the Flooring Going?
This might not sound like a huge deal, but it is. If you’re looking to install a floor on a second or third level of your home, you need to think carefully about the choices you make.
Floors that are on the second or third level of a home are suspended in the air. This means that over time the floor will bend and flex with age and wear.
Depending on the flooring that you’ve chosen for that specific floor could mean broken tiles or cracks in your hardwood that you didn’t plan for.
4. Subfloor Condition
After finishing a flooring installation, the only thing you see is the smooth tops of your tile or the fuzzy appearance of your new carpet. But, considerations for a flooring installation start below the surface with the subfloor.
You need to consider the condition of the subfloor and make necessary repairs before installing your new floor. Not taking care of issues in the subfloor could mean problems in the future that can mess up the flooring you’ve put on top of it.
Installing New Floors: Things You Need to Know
Installing new floors is exciting for any homeowner. But, if you don’t know the factors you need to consider before beginning the installation process, the entire project can quickly become a nightmare.
Some things to consider are whether you want to do the project yourself or have someone do it for you. You’ll also want to consider the condition of your subfloor before moving forward with your project.
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