As any homeowner may know, remodeling can be a huge undertaking that can potentially have cost overruns and additional headaches. However, with a few tips to keep in mind, you can keep costs in check and dramatically increase the life of new flooring.
When considering new residential flooring, one has to bear in mind the condition of their current floor. Subfloors may need preparation including patching or leveling. Additionally, depending upon the age and condition of the current floor, a new wood underlayment may be recommended. These components, to any flooring project let alone the installation of a new floor, are typically overlooked by homeowners and subsequently catch them for surprise. Yet, with the underlying preparation, you with dramatically increase the performance and life of your new flooring installation.
One should also note that moldings, wall bases, and toe kick guards will be removed prior to installation. It’s generally recommended that a flooring specialist handle such removal so as to prevent unnecessary damage to the molding and reinforce the possibility of reinstallation after a new floor is laid. The installation of a new floor, however, could be an ideal time to upgrade your molding, wall bases, and kick guards particularly if you’re opting for a radical redesign. There are a wide variety of styles to choose from on the market, essentially guaranteeing a consistent match with new flooring.
New flooring may also require readjustments to appliance and door placement. If your opting for a significantly more thick flooring consistency, make sure you and your flooring contractor discuss door heights so as to allow doors to freely swing above the new floor. Appliances, likewise, may need readjustment to sit level with the new floor.
When choosing your floor material, make sure you take into account the room’s daily use. Kitchens and bathrooms are high traffic area that susceptible to spills and water damage. Vinyl or tile is the typical choice for new kitchen or bathroom floors, but a number of specifically formatted wood flooring options have emerged which are designed to be water resistant. Living rooms and bedrooms, on the other hand, tend to be more decorative in nature. Hence, you have greater leeway in selecting the proper color and texture of a new living room or bedroom flooring. One should, however, account for the overall décor of the space.
Finally, once the new floor has been laid and life has returned to normal after the flooring installation, homeowners must consider proper care and maintenance to ensure their residential floor’s extended lifetime. There are a number of flooring sealants, each tailored to a specific flooring material, that can protect your household’s floors and lead to long a lifespan.
With these tips, homeowners can be aware of potential projects required of a new flooring installation. Whatever your project, it is imperative to maintain a strong line of communication with your flooring installers, from the initial design all the way through the finished project.