Flooring Installation Tips
October 15, 2009
Flooring installation is one of the most significant home improvement projects you can do. The flooring product itself will define the actual steps to laying the floor. Carpeting, for example, is stretched and pulled when it is laid, while hardwood flooring needs space to expand some depending on the weather. Beyond the steps to installing the flooring, there are a few tips that you can use to avoid having to do extensive flooring repair later.
One of the first things you should do when considering flooring installation is to focus on the substrate first. The material under the floor should be:
- Free from any damage
- In good condition
If it is not, chances are good that the finished project will not look the way that you want it to. In fact, this is one of the leading causes for flooring repair. Take the time to inspect floorboards, replace any that are not in good shape and be sure to check for moisture.
In addition to this, flooring needs to be level. As you place it into place, randomly check to ensure the flooring is level. With the placement of tiles or stone, each piece needs checked to ensure it is level. If you do not do this, chances are good that the entire floor will be slanted or uneven by the time you finish the project.
Finally, know when to call for professional help with the flooring installation. There are some projects that are best left to the professionals, such as the installation of natural stone floors or ceramic tile.
When you take these basic steps, your installation will come out looking perfect. Flooring is an investment you will need to live with for years to come.