After that, figure out what kind of subfloor your new flooring will cover.
Carpet may be laid over a wide range of subflooring materials. Carpet can be put down on hardwood, plywood, particle board, cement, vinyl tile, sheet vinyl, ceramic tile, and in some cases an existing glue d down carpet. Because carpet is commonly placed over a cushion, many subsidence irregularities are concealed. If you install a carpet as a direct glue-down , you’ll need to do additional prep work to guarantee a good installation. Because of the high level of skill required, hard surface flooring like hardwood and tile need considerably more work than carpet before they can be properly installed. One of the most common issues with hard surface floors that are not laid on a properly prepared floor is porosity in the subfloor, as seen in the image below.
Step 3: Removal of Existing Floors & Addressing Sub Floor Issues
Unless there’s a major problem, replacing an old carpet with fresh carpet typically requires very little floor preparation. If you’re removing an old carpet and installing a new hard surface flooring, though, you’ll need to do a thorough investigation to ensure that any underlying concerns are addressed. Carpet and padding might conceal potential problems that can’t be discovered until they’re gone.
Step 4 – Other Flooring Installation Considerations
You’ll want to think about the following things while preparing your budget and minimizing potential problems during installation:
- Transitions from Floor to Floor
How will the height of your new flooring compare to the existing moldings, including door jambs and transitions into other rooms? Your contractor can give you some alternatives.
Will creating a subfloor or a new floor create difficulties for appliances to fit under countertops or cabinets? Before installation, it’s vital to evaluate this issue.
- What Type of Moldings Will be Used?
If a shoe molding is used, it should match the baseboard molding’s color. Moldings should match the cabinets if moldings are required around cabinets.
- What About Cast Iron Radiators?
Before the installers arrive, remove your iron radiators by a qualified heating contractor. They may then be re-installed after your new flooring is completed. Depending on the height of your new floor, you might need to make adjustments.
- What About Furniture Moving?
Most flooring installers charge extra to move furniture. Pool tables, grandfather clocks, antiques, electronics, water beds, and valuables are examples of items that installers can not relocate.
Step 5 – Review Line by Line List of Materials & Labor Need for Floor Installation
Keep in mind that, if your current flooring need to be removed on the same day as your installation, there may be additional expenses for floor preparation involved with that scenario; therefore, be sure to disclose your specific circumstances. In general, the more you prepare, the less stressful your installation will be.