Flooring Installation The Wrong Way
When it comes to your floors, you deserve the best. Using the wrong materials or a low-quality product can do more harm than good. It might not withstand the test of time, or it might not have the appearance you want. Keep in mind, the choice you make will be with you for the next 15-25 years.
The quality of the installation also matters. Rushing the job or not having enough experience with flooring could cause more problems than you are expecting. You could have floors with visible gaps or other serious issues.
Installing your flooring right isn’t always a walk in the park. Whether you are restoring old tiling in an apartment from the last century to choosing the right kind of hardwood for your new flooring, many people make the same kind of mistakes. And if you are a fan of DIY, you will have even more decisions to make and mistakes to avoid.
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1. Using Poor Quality Materials
Remember, installing new flooring is an investment, and it’s one you will live with for many years to come. If you try to cut corners, you’ll end up with a floor that warps or damages easily and needs replacing within a few years. Inferior quality flooring can also lower the resale value of your home — a little extra money spent on suitable quality materials will ensure years of enjoyment. You’ll save money in the long run with a floor that lasts much longer, and increase the overall value of your home.
2. Not Measuring Properly
2. Not Measuring Properly. One of the biggest mistakes most do-it-yourselfers make is not measuring correctly. If you ordered just enough flooring materials, you might find you have issues you didn’t expect. When it comes time to install, it turns out you’re short a few tiles. Most floor product companies have a minimum order limit set, so you can’t just get a couple of new pieces. Specially customized flooring could cost almost as much as the initial order. To avoid these issues, always measure a room at least twice before placing your materials order. A good rule of thumb is to order 10% more material than the total area, just in case something goes wrong and you need extra.
3. Insisting On DIY
Just as in buying cheap materials, this is another instance where trying to save money now could cost you a lot more in the long run. You may be handy with great a set of tools, but unless you have professional experience with floor installation, you’d be better off calling in an expert than trying to do the job yourself. If something goes wrong, you could end up creating more problems than you would have if you’d hired a professional to install your floor in the first place.
4. Underestimating Your Time
Murphys Law applies when it comes to flooring installation. Everything usually takes longer than anticipated, and if it can, it will go wrong. Depending on the room size and materials used, the contractors could be in your home for more than a few days. And that’s if everything goes smoothly. There’s always the possibility of delays that make things take longer. But trying to rush everything and get it done as quickly as possible will only ensure a poor, subpar job. If you want a proper, quality installation, then set aside enough time and plan the use of your house accordingly.
5. Underestimating Your Budget
The mistake that leads to most other errors on this list—as well as several other potential problems is underestimating how much it will cost. Unless you choose to work with a professional, you could end up doing some rigorous budgeting gymnastics to make the project work for that amount. You end up skimping on materials, you don’t have the money for a proper installation, you don’t allow enough time for a proper setup (because the longer it takes, the more it costs), and worst of all, you don’t have any extra money set aside for unforeseen circumstances or unexpected disasters. The project ends up costing you much more than you anticipated, and you’re unprepared. Instead, sit down with your flooring contractor at the very beginning, tell them what you want, and work with them to set a realistic budget, including a little extra for emergencies.
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