The song “Under the Floor Again” by The Damned was never released as a hit single. It’s maybe no surprise it flew under the radar, but it kinda gets you thinking about what you need to know before you go there…if you plan to replace the floor in your home, that is.
You may think it’s no big mystery, the likes of what is “under your floor”, but lack of its preparation can make or break a successful installation and the longevity of your new floors.
If you are planning on installing new floors as part of a home renovation or giving your place a facelift, consider the following about your floors before you invest.
A few tips before you install a new floor.
1. The cost to level a floor can sometimes outweigh what home owners want to spend. Make sure your renovation contractor includes subfloor preparation in your estimate and budget. There is no way for your contractor or salesperson to know what is under your existing floor, and what amount of time will be needed to prepare the job site for laying floor that will last its full lifetime.
2. All your flooring products should spend some time onsite before installation—longer in the rainy season—and your installer should measure the humidity in the wood to make sure it matches the environment and the subfloor they are installing on.
3. On average, only 25% of installers out there are trained and use proper installation practices. Don’t be fooled. Laying floor requires the same workmanship and years of experience as any trade to be good at it. Look for certification and, especially, years of experience. Keep in mind, a great tile setter isn’t necessarily going to be as good at laying hardwood, and vice versa. Ideally, your home renovation crew will include one tradesman/woman who is great at each type of installation.
4. Make sure your installer is using the right products for the right floor. For example, the adhesives for engineered hardwood are different than for regular hardwood, and more expensive in some cases. Also, the glue used at sub terrain levels is different than the main level depending on moisture levels. Make sure they are not cutting corners when it comes to the products that are going to keep your floors looking great.