Are you getting ready to start a DIY flooring project? You'll need the right tools and materials, as well as a plan before things get too far along. DIY flooring projects can be a lot of fun and save you money, but they do require some planning. Whether you're doing it for the first time or just want to get things right so that your project turns out perfect. In this blog post, we will discuss 7 things to consider before starting a DIY flooring project.
Choose a Flooring Material That is Appropriate For the Room
The first things you should consider before starting a DIY flooring project are what type of floor to cover and which materials will work best in your home. If this is going to be installed in any room with more traffic, such as the living room or kitchen, then it would be best to choose a flooring material that is durable and can handle things like spilled drinks or scratched. If you are installing the tiles in your bathroom then more delicate materials such as porcelain, ceramic, slate or marble will work better because they are less likely to chip from things dropping on them.
Make Sure You Have All of Your Tools and Materials Before Starting
Make sure you are prepared with the things you need for this DIY flooring project. Before you even start, make a list of things to do beforehand so that nothing is forgotten or left out. Things like paint brushes, drop cloths, measuring tape, gloves, grout or tile spacers, adhesive, and even things like a vacuum for cleaning up dust. You should also have things ready to go such as tile or grout sealer once the project is complete so that everything lasts longer.
Measure Accurately so You Know How Much Flooring Material You Will Need
Before starting your DIY flooring job, make sure to accurately measure the areas you are covering. If things are not measured correctly, things can go wrong when laying down tile or grout is applied to make it level with surrounding tiles. This will cause things like gaps between tiles that leave room for germs and mold if they aren't sealed properly too.
Have Enough Space Cleared Out for Laying Down Sheets
If things aren't laid out properly and the space is not measured correctly it will be hard to complete a project that looks good. Measure your flooring area, then measure how many tiles you need in each direction so that things are straight or at least evenly spaced apart from the next tile. If things do shift when installing them, you can use things like spacers to keep things properly spaced.
Plan Ahead if There Are Any Obstacles Under the Floorboards such as pipes
Before starting your DIY flooring job, make sure you plan around anything that might get in the way of laying down tile or grout. If things need to be moved out of the way before things get started, things like plumbing or heating pipes can be a problem. Make sure you know where things are before starting so that your project is not interrupted halfway through because something has to be moved around and then the flooring has to come up again.
Install Screws Along Edges Where Tiles Meet to Keep Them From Lifting Up Over Time
To keep things from being lifted up over time, you should install screws along the edges of your tiles. This can be a problem if things aren't seated properly and will lift up as things settle or move around with humidity changing throughout the day. Keep things in place by installing these screws so that places don't have to be re-grouted or things have to be replaced.
Know What Type of Adhesive is Best For Installation
The last thing you should consider before starting a DIY flooring project, is knowing which types of adhesives are going to work well with the materials that will be used under them. Things like tile and grout need things like silicone adhesive to keep things in place and lasting longer.
By knowing things like which types of adhesives work best, how to measure things accurately and what things you need for a successful project will ensure that your flooring lasts longer.
Hopefully, you won't need another guide for the DIY Project.