Getting Ready For New Flooring | What You Need To Know

laying new flooringIf you have decided the get new flooring, then there are some things you will need to consider before having the work done, or doing it yourself if you are brave!

Preparation is essential, and it can mean the difference between you having a bad floor or a great floor.

The preparation

When preparing the room fort new flooring, you will of course first need to remove all the furniture and everything else that is in the room to be able to get to every inch of the floor space. Nothing should be left on the floor. This is the first important step to be able to lift up the old flooring.

It will be easier if you can do this at least one day in advance of the new floor being laid. Laying a new floor can be a significant upheaval and can cause a certain amount of unrest throughout the household. Therefore it is important to get the preparation right in the first place to make the job go as smoothly as possible.

Depending on what type of flooring you are having laid, it will bring with it it’s own challenges to overcome. Wooden flooring, for example, can create a considerable amount of dust during the installation process so you may also want to remove all the curtains from the room until after the job is completed. It can be rather a pain to have to wash the curtains once your new flooring is laid, so removing them beforehand will save you a job.

If you are giving the whole room a full make-over, then be sure to do jobs like the painting first, or you will risk spilling paint on your new flooring, which would be a drag!

The Installation

Firstly, you will want to safeguard the mess that may start to spread through your house from having the new flooring laid. Therefore, it is a good idea to close all the doors of the room that you are working on to help prevent the spread of dust around the house and into the other rooms.

Your workers will need a decent amount of space to do any cutting or sanding down so prepare them an area for them to use fun the garden that is close to the area that they will be working on as possible.

Be also clear on what direction you want your flooring to be laid before they start the work. Once it’s laid, it is not an easy thing to change, and they may charge you again for the work.

After Installation

Once your new flooring is in place, you will, of course, be keen to move all your furniture back into the room and to start getting it the way you would like. However, depending upon which type of flooring you have gone for, you may need to wait a certain amount of time for the flooring to set before you can move heavy furniture back into the room. For this reason, be sure to ask the workmen who install your floor how long you will need to wait before you can move the furniture back in.

When moving your furniture, do so by using furniture pads to help avoid scratching your new floor surface. Be sure also to check what are the best cleaning materials to use on your new floor for the best results and that will not cause damage.

What is the best flooring for Your Kitchen?

There are several different choices of flooring for a kitchen that may all be suitable for this room. However, there are also some factors that you may want to consider to make the best choice possible for you.

Vinyl Flooring

vynal-kitchen-floorVinyl flooring has more give under weight. Therefore it provides a more comfortable working surface if you are often in your kitchen.

Furthermore, the flexibility in the flooring also makes breakages less likely as the floor is somewhat more forgiving on dropped crockery.

Vinyl flooring is often quite a cheap option but still looks great. It provides an easy surface to maintain and is also very easy to clean up the mess if you make any spillage during cooking.

However, it is important to make sure that vinyl flooring is laid properly to prevent unwanted gaps, which can accumulate dirt over time.

Vinyl flooring is available in a variety of styles and colours, making it an easy option to blend in with the rest of your kitchen.

Porcelain Tile

This is by far one of the toughest floorings you can get in a kitchen. Porcelain tile has a great look and is also easy to clean. However, bear in mind that if you are a person who drops things frequently while cooking, then you can say goodbye to your crockery because there will be no give in the floor.

Another significant advantage to porcelain tile flooring is that it is impenetrable to moisture, which will help you to combat damp in the kitchen.

One important consideration when choosing porcelain tiles for your kitchen is to choose a brand that is certified as anti-slip.

Cork Flooring

Cork is often a material that is overlooked nowadays for flooring. However, it can make an excellent surface for most kitchens.

Cork is of course relatively soft and will be kind on your plates and dishes if anything is dropped.

Cork is often the popular choice among the more ecologically friendly people of this world as it is made from the bark of trees without necessarily needing to damage or cut down the trees. Tree bark always grows back so the tree is left virtually unaffected.

Cork is an anti-slip surface so it is also very suitable for a home that has elderly or physically challenged residents.

Despite being made from tree bark, cork is waterproof and therefore, can provide an excellent floor for a kitchen.

Hardwood Flooring

an example of hardwood flooringHardwood flooring is an excellent choice for most kitchens as it is very durable, easy to clean and it will not look dated after an extended period. All this means that you will not need to replace your kitchen floor for a long while to come.

Because hardwood flooring has a long life span and also will not go out of date, means that it is an excellent choice if you are planning to sell your house anytime in the future. It’s attractive natural look will be appealing to most any home buyer.

As hardwood looks great in multiple rooms, such as a lounge, means that hardwood is also a sensible choice if your kitchen is open plan to the living room.

When it come to hardwood flooring, you have tow options; wood planks or wood strips. Wood planks are more durable and less prone to movement due to temperature fluctuations and increased humidity, which are common conditions in kitchens due to the use of appliances, which will create an increase of warmth and air moisture.

Summary

If you have a larger budget and are wanting something more durable and looks are important, then you may want to choose either hardwood or porcelain tile flooring. However, bear in mind that if you are in your kitchen cooking a lot, then these surfaces will not be as comfortable on your feet and may cause you back ache and muscle tightness further down the line.

For people on a lower budget or who prefer a surface with more give below the feet will probably do better to opt for either vinyl or cork-based flooring option.

Glorious Flooring That Makes a Difference

Flooring that Makes a Difference!

floor-woodenWe believe that the flooring to any room makes a huge difference to the overall aesthetics and feel of that room, be it a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or even a conservatory.

Although it can be fairly easy to change the topical appearance of a floor in most cases, it is something that is better to get right from the get-go, as it can often be quite an upheaval for many people to change this part of a building. Furthermore, if their new chosen flooring also requires structural or foundational changes, then changing a floor can end up being a rather big job to say the least.

With proper guidance and careful planning, you can get the right flooring for your property with the minimal of hassle.

Carpets

Changing the carpets of a property if often an easy process. Once the customer has chosen the carpets they would like, it can often only take a professional a few hours to make the change, depending upon the floor size of the particular room in question.

It is important to understand the requirements of a room before choosing carpets. For example, it is not favourable to employ carpets in a kitchen or a bathroom. The simple reason being, kitchens often have a lot of mess and food stuff that is dropped on the floors and can therefore, damage carpets and render them unsightly fairly quickly.

Carpets in a bathroom amy sound like a nice idea initially, but are prone to damp and therefore rotting within a sort period of time. Even if water is not frequently spilled on the floor in the carpeted bathroom, if the room does not have good air circulation and ventilation, the carpets can still soon turn mouldy due to excess moisture in the air, which will inevitably settle on the carpets.

Laminate Flooring

a person laying laminate flooringLaminate flooring is a rather trendy and popular choice these days and can make a fantastic addition to most rooms.

Laminate flooring can be a perfect choice for a kitchen or a bathroom, for the above reasons that the flooring will not get damaged so easily from spillage and excess moisture. Laminate flooring is also very easy to keep clean.

This kind of floor surface can also be a nice addition to a dining room, living room or bedroom. However, it is important to bear in mind that a room with laminate flooring will loose more heat than a carpeted room. Therefore, if you live in a cold climate or if your house is particularly cold, you may prefer to choose carpets for rooms where you will be spending more time.

There are several other choices of flooring on the market that you could choose for your home. Here is a great video from Matt Fox to talk you through the different options and help you decide which would be the best choice for you.