How To Approach New Floor Installation: 6 Things You Need to Know

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Is one of the rooms in your home in desperate need of new flooring? Before you tackle a floor installation project, you should take a look around at your different options.

These days, there are so many types of flooring available. From carpeting and laminate to luxury vinyl and hardwood, you'll find that there isn't any shortage of options when shopping for new floors. You should choose the one you like best for your specific home.

You should also take the time to prepare yourself for your new floor installation, especially if you're going to be doing it yourself. It'll make the process go so much smoother when you know what you expect.

Here are six things you need to know about doing floor installation in your home.

1. Different Types of Flooring Call for Different Types of Floor Installation

If you've installed, say, carpeting in your home in the past without a problem, you might be under the impression that it'll be just as easy to install hardwood floors. But this is not the case.

Every flooring option calls for a different type of floor installation. You're going to find that installing carpets in your home is nothing like installing hardwood. You're also going to find that installing hardwood is nothing like installing laminate, even though they might look similar in the end.

Don't trick yourself into thinking floor installation is going to be easier than it will be. You could end up setting yourself up for a real disappointment if you take this approach.

2. Taking Accurate Measurements Before Installing a New Floor Is Important

One of the reasons why installing new floors in a home is so difficult for those who have never done it before is because it's important to take accurate measurements at the beginning of a project and during it. This is one of the most painstaking parts of the process.

You'll need to measure the area where you're installing new floors so that you know how much flooring to order (more on this in a second!). You'll also need to measure individual pieces of flooring along the way to ensure your flooring goes in according to plan.

If even just one little measurement is off by half an inch, it could throw your entire floor off. It's why many homeowners choose to have professional installers put new floors in for them as opposed to doing it on their own.

3. It's Also Important to Order More Flooring Materials Than You Need

By taking accurate measurements in your home, you can figure out exactly how much flooring you'll need to cover your floors. But you shouldn't order that exact amount when ordering floors.

There is usually going to be at least a little flooring that is defective when it arrives at your home for one reason or another. There is also going to be flooring that sustains damage during your floor installation.

With these things in mind, you should make it a point to order a little bit of extra flooring for your installation job. With hardwood floors, for example, it's smart to order about 20% more flooring than you need to make sure you're covered.

4. You'll Need to Have the Right Tools on Hand to Install Flooring

To install new floors in a home, you'll obviously need to have your new flooring. But you'll also need to have a large number of tools on hand to put the floors in. These tools aren't always things homeowners have lying around.

For hardwood floors, you'll need to have tools like:

  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Jam saw
  • Hygrometer
  • Hardwood nailer

For tile floors, meanwhile, you'll need to have:

  • Undercut saw
  • Wet saw
  • Tile snapper
  • Angle grinder
  • Trowel

You're not going to get very far during a floor installation without these tools.

5. Installing a Floor Yourself Will Take Longer Than You Think

You can't just bring most types of flooring into your home and install them right away. You have to welcome things like hardwood and laminate into your home and let them sit for a day or two first so that they can get acclimated to the humidity levels in your home.

From there, you can start installing your floors, and one thing you're going to find is that it can be a time-consuming process. Depending on what type of floors you're installing and how much flooring you're putting down, it could take several weekends for your floors to come together.

Don't make the mistake of thinking your new floors are going to be installed and finished on a single day. It often takes much longer than that for people to put them in.

6. Hiring Floor Installers Instead of Taking the DIY Approach Won't Always Cost a Fortune

A lot of homeowners attempt to install floors on their own because they think it's going to save them a ton of money.

That may have been true a decade or two ago. But these days, the flooring industry is very competitive. As a result, most flooring companies are willing to provide a very affordable flooring installation when you buy floors from them.

Additionally, they can sometimes provide next-day flooring installation so that you don't have to wait long to start enjoying your new floors. It's one more reason why you might want to leave floor installation to the pros.

Plan to Have New Flooring Installed in Your Home Soon

If you have floors in your home that have seen better days, consider having them replaced soon. New floors can improve the look of your home and make it more valuable.

You can try to take on floor installation if you want. But these days, it often makes more sense to hire a flooring installation company to help. They can deliver flooring materials for your home, bring the right tools to install them, and have them installed in your home in no time.

Need help deciding which floors to install in your home? Check out our blog to find tips that will make it easy to pick the right option.


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