Virtually all homeowners are pleased when the time comes to remodel, update and ultimately add beauty and value to their dwelling. Installing new floors is a great way to accomplish these goals. However, it is important for property owners to understand that there are several aspects to which thought must be given prior to scheduling new floor installation.

Selecting a Floor Type

Choosing the a floor type is sometimes the most challenging part of the entire renovation project. Fortunately, with so many a aesthetically pleasing, high-quality options from which to choose, this aspect of the project can also be the most fun. The following floors are some of the most popular:

  • Hardwood
  • Carpet
  • Vinyl
  • Tile
  • Laminate

Those who have a difficult time deciding should consider speaking to an interior decorator who can make helpful recommendations. Simple activities such as leafing through home interiors magazines or walking through home improvement stores are also great ways to get ideas. Whichever type of floor is selected, it is important to be prepared in advance, prior to the date of the scheduled installation. The following checklist will assist virtually any consumer to prepare for a hassle-free, new floor installation.

Complete Simple Tasks First

Although it may seem obvious, many homeowners forget simple things, such as making sure that all breakables are removed from any room where new floors will be installed. One may be tempted to keep such objects in the room and simply move them to one side or another as the floor is being installed. Nevertheless, this is usually not a good idea and often results in the need to replace valuable items that were damaged during the installation. Items that should be stored in a safe place include the following:

  • Lamps
  • Breakable figurines
  • Pictures
  • Candy dishes
  • Glass ashtrays
  • Handmade crafts
  • Any other breakable items

This is also a good time to remove pictures, wall hangings and curtains. Even if this seems overly cautious, one should always keep in mind that it is much better to be safe rather than sorry whenever he or she is completing home renovations.

Assigning Tasks in Advance

It is always a good idea to determine in advance who will remove appliances, furnishings and the sub floor, if the removal of the latter is necessary in order to install the new flooring. Certain homeowners prefer to complete such tasks on their own, while others would rather place jobs of this type in the hands of professionals.

There are pros and cons to each option, and this decision largely depends on the personal preferences of the homeowner. However, should anything become damaged, homeowner’s insurance may not pay if the consumer cannot prove that he or she was not negligent when removing the items. On the other hand, the insurance carried by professionals always covers this type of damage in the rare event it would occur.

Remove Items in Closets and Storage Areas

When new floors are being installed, it is easy to forget about storage areas and closets. Because most people have items placed on the floors of these areas, this is something that should not be overlooked.

Disconnect Electronics and Gas Appliances

Homeowners must also make sure that gas appliances and household electronics are disconnected before the installation of the new floor. Although this is a precautionary measure, it should never be overlooked. If one is unsure about how to disconnect certain appliances, he or she should get in touch with the contractor for assistance.

Determine if Floor Heights Require Adjustment

Property owners should also be careful not to overlook floor height. For example, depending on the type of flooring one is having installed, adjustments may be required to ensure that doors will properly open and close when the installation is complete. Although this is a small detail, it easily becomes a major aggravation if one forgets to measure door height.

Temperature

It is also important to consider the temperature of the area where the new floors will be installed. This is because if it is too hot or too cold, certain flooring should not be installed until the temperature is adjusted. The best way to determine whether or not one’s house is the proper temperature is to seek the advice of a professional flooring installer. This should be done in advance so that the installation date need not be delayed.

Prepping the Sub Floor

The sub floor is a vital aspect of floor installation preparation. Some homeowners choose to complete this task independently, but in most cases it is a better option to have the sub floor prepped by a professional. Those who choose to prepare the sub floor in advance must make sure that the appropriate materials are chosen, as they must work well with the new floor one has selected.

If the sub floor is installed inappropriately, the integrity of the new floor may be compromised. The sub floor must be void of any paint, sealers, drywall or anything that could lessen the effectiveness of the adhesive. In addition, it must be completely clean. The moisture content of the sub floor must be tested as well, before the new floor is installed.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Floor Installer

The tips outlined above are appropriate regardless of which kind of flooring one prefers. Whether a homeowner is having solid wood floor installed throughout the dwelling or merely having a room or two carpeted, specific steps are involved in the process.

For this reason, it is wise for any property owner to work with a flooring company that provides reliable service, helpful advice, quality materials, and one that can ensure a successful installation. The experts at LevelUp Flooring can help virtually any homeowner to complete floor renovations and choose the best possible floor for their home. Anyone planning to remodel their floors should contact our team of professionals for more information and to obtain an estimate.