choosing the flooring for your lifestyle

The flooring that you install in your home should last several years before you even have to consider replacement. If your flooring isn't lasting that long, chances are, you aren't choosing the type of flooring that will fit into your lifestyle very well. This blog is all about choosing flooring that will fit into your lifestyle and last you many, many years before you have to rip it up and replace it. You will also find tips for keeping it looking like new as it survives the abuse that your family, friends and pets put it through during the course of the year.

Things To Ask Your Flooring Contractor About How To Prepare For The Installation Of Your New Floors


Getting new flooring is an exciting time since new floors transform the appearance of your home. Installation day will go much smoother if you plan everything out in advance and talk to your flooring contractor about the process and your responsibilities. Talk to your contractor about the following issues so your new floors are put down fast and with fewer unexpected problems.

How To Handle Moving Your Furniture

The flooring company might move furniture room to room as they work depending on the type of flooring you're having installed and if the new furniture can be placed back in the room right away. If you have a bedroom that isn't getting new flooring or that's getting a different type of flooring on a different day, you may want to move all of your furniture to that room before the installers arrive.

If you're also going to be painting and doing other work around the house, you might consider moving your belongings to storage and keeping the bare minimum furniture at your home that you can just move outdoors if possible until the work is complete.

If the flooring contractor will move your furniture on installation day, you'll be responsible for removing all the small items from the rooms, so you'll need to do that work in advance.

If You Can Do Some Work Yourself To Save Money

The old floor has to be prepped before the new flooring is put down. The type of work needed depends on the type of new flooring you get. Some floors can be installed over the old floors, and in that case, all you may need to do is clean the flooring thoroughly.

Other times, old flooring has to be removed down to the subfloor. You might want to do this yourself to save money, but then you'll be stuck with flooring to get rid of, and that adds to the cost if you need to rent a dumpster.

Even if you do remove the old floor yourself, the flooring contractor will need to prep the subfloor if it needs to be leveled or repaired. In addition to prepping the floor, you might also want to remove the baseboards and trim if it will be necessary before installing the floor.

The interior doors might also need to be moved, and you'll also want to ask the flooring contractor if the new flooring will change the height of the floor, and if so, you or the contractor may need to saw off a bit of the door. By doing some of this work yourself if you want to, you might save money and help the installation of your new floors go quicker.

How To Control Dust And Debris

The flooring contractor will take steps to control dust if sanding is necessary, but you may also want to ask about steps you can take, especially if you paint the walls prior to having the floor installed. The contractor will remove the debris they create, but you may need to dust and clean when the work is done before you settle in and enjoy your new floors.

For more information, contact a flooring contractor.


25 November 2020