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.

Other Considerations

When choosing and preparing for your new flooring, you also want to consider things like the overall feel and aesthetics of your flooring choice. Does it match the other rooms in the building and adjacent to the room?

Considering the use of the room is also very important as you want to pick a flooring choice that is both pleasant to look at, comfortable under foot and  practical for the type of room. For example, when choosing an office floor it is important to consider the acoustics of the flooring as you do not want to choose a floor that will reflect and amplify the noise of the room.

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