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Flooring: Things you should do before installing flooring

Flooring is one of the most important aspects of your home. It can increase resale value, it can make a room more comfortable, and it will protect your floors from moisture. However, before you install flooring in your house there are some things that you need to do first! In this blog post we will discuss how to prep for installing any type of flooring in order to make the process go smoothly.

 

Take inventory of your home's flooring.

Remove all furniture and appliances from the room to be installed.

Start by removing any existing flooring in order to get a good look at your substrate (floor). If you aren't sure how it got there in the first place, keep reading! We'll also cover what type of sub-floor is needed for each different installation method. One important thing that many people don’t realize is that hardwood floors can easily be damaged if they are not installed over a solid surface such as plywood or concrete.

Clean up the area that

The area must be as clean as possible where you are planning to install the new floor

You may need to take up wall-to-wall carpeting, pad it out with plywood subfloor before installing hardwood floors, or remove/repair damaged areas of drywall in order for your room to be ready for a brand new installation. You should always use high quality underlayment when putting down wood flooring as this will help protect the finished surface from moisture and heat that can warp the boards over time!

Check for any cracks or holes in the existing flooring

Make sure to fill the holes and make the necessary repairs.

If you have radiant heating in your home, be sure to install a plywood subfloor over the existing flooring before installing your new floor. This will help protect the finished surface from heat and prevent any buckling or warping of the boards over time.

Remove old carpet padding if necessary

If you have carpet padding, be sure to remove it before placing the new flooring.

Most people don't realize that some types of sub-flooring are needed for different installation methods.

Install underlayment if necessary

Always use high quality underlayment with wood floors as this will protect you from humidity and prevent warping over time.

Don't forget about the trim!

The trim is a very important part of the installation and can really make or break the look of your new flooring. Make sure you pick out the right type of trim and have it on hand before you start the installation.

Cut out any obstructions that will interfere with the installation

Make sure to remove any door thresholds, vents, or other obstructions that will interfere with the new flooring.

Make sure to remove unnecessary wires and outlets from the wall as well.

Conclusion

Flooring is a very important part of your home and it's important to do your research before installing any new flooring. Make sure to remove all furniture and appliances from the room, clean up the area, check for any cracks or holes in the existing floor, and install underlayment if necessary.

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