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|Posted on April 2, 2018 at 11:30 AM|
Whether you are a new homeowner or an experienced home builder, laying new flooring can be a challenging project. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. Here are a few tips to help you get started properly.
Lay Out the Flooring Last
If you are doing a large home project, make sure that the flooring is the last thing that you do. Install the floor after all the windows, doors, trimming, and painting have been finished. This will keep you from damaging your new flooring, and will allow you to match the materials to the rest of the room. After all other things are done, the heat and humidity are constant, so the material of the floor will not change its size due to temperature changes.
Empty the Space
Make sure that there is nothing on the floor or ceiling until you finish with the project. No matter what material you are using or how much of the room you are working on, the whole space should be empty. This will allow you to clean the sublevel and work on your project without having to constantly work around other furniture or decorations. It also means you won’t have to worry about accidentally damaging anything.
Prepare Your Underlay
If you are installing wooden floors, you have to have an underlayment to avoid future squeaking. Underlayment can also help your floors stay warmer and reduce the moisture that builds up underneath your flooring. The success of flooring is in the details, so don’t forget use an underlay.
Level the Floor
While your underlay can smooth out little imperfections in leveling, bigger problems need to be addressed or your flooring isn’t going to lay properly. It’s important to thoroughly clean the floor so it doesn’t undo your efforts. It is possible to level the floor yourself using a self-levelling compound. Just make sure you double check the leveling after it has dried to make sure it worked properly.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Flooring materials are expensive, and you don’t want to waste any of them if you can help it. The saying measure twice, cut once is in full force here. Measure the area you are covering multiple times and plan out the placement of your flooring before you cut the first piece. This will keep you from wasting materials or making a costly mistake.
Adding new flooring is an exciting venture for your home and it can be a lot of fun. Just don’t forget to follow these tips to get the best possible results.
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